should you give corn syrup to your baby?

Jen - posted on 04/12/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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my baby is a month old and is very constipated, he screams everytime he tries to poop

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Marie - posted on 04/14/2009

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My son had the same problem!  I called the pediatrician and the nurse told me to use suppositories.  We used them twice just to see and they worked like a charm.  The first time we used them he was so constipated that he pooped out a six inch formed stool.  At his three week visit with his pediatrician she told us it was ok to use Karo syrup (light corn syrup) 1 tbsp at a time mixed with his formula.  That works great for him now and we still give it to him in smaller amounts in almost every bottle.  I had bowel trouble as an infant as well so helping my son learn to poop when he has to is the thing I want most.My advice is to use a suppository once to move what is making him constipated and then give him Karo Syrup in at least one bottle a day to stimulate his bowel...Good Luck!

Candice - posted on 04/13/2009

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you'd be amazed how strong you can be. and suppositories aren't that bad...most of the time they went in and came right out shortly after ...just the insertion was enough to stimulate a movement. other options if you don't like the idea of medication is to use a q-tip with vaseline to do the same thing...stimulate the area. i felt safer using the suppositories cuz they are soft and meant for that. just be careful, if you use them when not necessary they can cause cramps...but like i said, they rarely stayed inside my daughter for very long :)

Melissa - posted on 04/13/2009

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I do the natural way if you put your baby on thier back  with diaper still on move their legs bicycle movement about ten minutes it doesnt huirt them and it stimulates bowel movement other wise see your doctor.



 



One thing I have to ask do you guys have an infant helpline you can call24/7 and speak with a nurse we do here in alberta I cant say how handy it is and besides that the information you get from them is great and they are very fast.

Emily - posted on 04/12/2009

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I think Karo syrup is better. But you should probably stick to some very watered down prune juice.

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Marie - posted on 04/14/2009

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Also...are you breastfeeding?  Because if you are using formula that is milk based I suggest changing to a soy based formula.  I give my son Similac Isomil and he has done very well...

Melissa - posted on 04/13/2009

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Thanks for that info I have never actually bought formula. Only ever breast fed my first I do not know if I can be that strong for my new little man but I am sticking ut out thanks for that info candice.

Candice - posted on 04/13/2009

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if you read the ingredients list on any can of formula, you'll realize that corn syrup is a main ingredient...so yeah, it's safe. we put it in my daughter's bottles (on the advice of the doctor) for months...unfortunately it didn't help her constipation all that much. lol.



we tried everything from prune juice (not till 4 months) to suppositories...the suppositories were the only thing that worked for her though...i hope you have better luck.

Emily - posted on 04/13/2009

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At a month old don't give your baby anything but breastmilk or formula without first consulting a doctor.

Sara - posted on 04/12/2009

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I personally use prune juice. I know a lot of people have used Karo, but upon further investigation I decided against it because there have been anecdotal evidence of botulism spores in Karo syrup (same reason you don't give an infant Honey). I know that this isn't a huge danger, but I decided not to do it. Instead, I use prune juice, the adult kind, not the baby's. I put one half ounce in her bottle in the morning, a half ounce at night and that seems to help keep her stools from getting too hard. You can titrate this up or down, depending on how he reacts to it. You could also just mix one ounce of prune with one ounce of water, but I found that this caused a major blowout! So, I divide it up over the day. And, I started doing this with my daughter when she was about 6 weeks, and the doctor thought that was fine. Good luck!

Dawn - posted on 04/12/2009

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Yes it does work but get the light colored corn syrup. my son had the same problem,it worked great..

Dawn - posted on 04/12/2009

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Quoting Jen:

should you give corn syrup to your baby?

my baby is a month old and is very constipated, he screams everytime he tries to poop


 

Amanda - posted on 04/12/2009

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My son has the same problem so my doctor said to give him half water and half baby apple juice. I oz everyday and it really does help him go.

Greer - posted on 04/12/2009

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yeah go to the doctor, you know they recommend bm or formula only for the first 6 months...not even plain water unless instructed to

SteveandAmanda - posted on 04/12/2009

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I would call the peditrician and see what they advise. With your baby being that young id say get doctors advice, thats what they are there for. corn syrup does work but i dont know if they would want a baby that young to have it and they may even want to change formulas if you are formula feeding or moms diet if you are breastfeeding.

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