I think my son is getting constipated, is there anything that I can do to help him?
Leslie - posted on 08/07/2009
I don't like to feed my baby other than Good Start formula at the moment. I usually take 2 fingers and gently rub her belly--starting at her belly button and moving outward. That usually works! If your baby still isn't pooping, I'd contact your baby's doctor.
My son had the same problem...1tbs of prune juice in with the regular amount of formula. Formula is specifically formulated to give your child the nutrients they need (when not getting it from breast milk) so if you add less formula or more formula you are depriving your little one of necessary nutrients. Always mix formula as specified.
Christina - posted on 08/02/2009
my son was constipated i tried a few things... first thing i would try is half oz of prune juice mixed with half oz of water. his dr also said to try a suppository since they don't make ones for babies his age really to cut one for a baby a little older in half. worked instantly. Or just checking temperature rectally can do it too
Stella - posted on 07/20/2009
you can always try lying your baby on his back and moving his legs as if he is riding a bike. sounds crazy, but it works for me. also you can try giving him a little bit of water inbetween feeds. always make sure though that you boil fresh water for this and let it cool down.
Amanda - posted on 07/17/2009
I thought that my son was constipated, but it turns out he was just using the breastmilk more efficiently! He went from going several times a day to not going at all for a few days. My son's doctor told me that it is best to just wait a few days and see if they work it out on their own because it is important for them to let their bowels work. If you are really worried though, here is what my doc said was safe to do. (I wouldn't do all of these at the same time though. Try one then the others if you need to.)
1. Take a rectal temp. Hold the thermometer in for a minute to stimulate the bowel.
2. Give him 1 tablespoon of DARK Karo syrup in 4 oz warm water
3. Give him 1 oz of apple, white grape, or pear juice
4. Put him in a warm bath
My son loved the Karo syrup mixture. It seemed to soothe him. He didn't really care for the juices and the bath never helped him go. We did the thermometer thing, and it worked just fine. But eventually his dr. said that since he was breastfed we should just wait 5 days and see if he did it on his own. He went on the 5th day and has never had a problem since.
The reason the juice and Karo syrup are supposed to help is because the sugars bring more water into the bowel and make the stool softer. I would suggest only giving your son nutritional food, whether it be breastmilk or formula, and stay away from the sugary substances unless you absolutely have to.
Hope this helps. Sorry for such a long post!
Valerie - posted on 07/14/2009
I have been going through a similar problem w/ my 11 week old son. Icalled my pediatrician after almost 2 days w/out BM and was told that he should have BM every 24hr if not more. Was advised if bicycling their legs and thermometer in rectum does not work to use half of a suppository or purchase baby lax now called pedilax. I used the pedilax and it worked w/in 2 min. And my son who was quite miserable before the pedilax immediately calmed down and was less spitty. Good luck!
Kylie - posted on 07/11/2009
Unless your bub has a rock hard poo or like little pebbles he is not constipated.
I was also worried about this with my little girl, I just needed to learn what was ok.
If your boys poo is like the above get him to a doctor. If you are just thinking it should be a little easier for him to poo than it appears to be then give him some water.
Water is like a natural lax for bubas......if no poo in 12 hours try a teaspoon of brown suger in 100mls of warm water (recomended by doctor) don't do this all the time but if you are worried give it a go....the sugar stimulates the bowl to make them poo..........still if there is no action a trip to the doctor is better safe than sorry.
Christina - posted on 06/23/2009
I used soy formula, like to feeds after she wakes up in the morning and it really helped with her constipation. (Before I did this, she was so constipated that she couldn't sleep and would cry in anger) I did the soy for one 12oz can was gone...the only neg. is that it gave her really smelly gas, but I didn't mind cause I need that smell meant poo was on the way!
Dayle - posted on 06/10/2009
First, I would ask you why you think he's getting constipated?
My son had 4 -5 bowel movements a day and then went four days without one. I freaked out and called the doctor. They told me that the older babies get, the less they poop. Some babies can go 7 days without a BM! They told me not to worry if: 1. He's still eating normally, 2. He's has the same number of wet diapers, 3. He's not acting like he's in pain (grunting and turning red in the face is pretty normal).
In my son's case he would wake up shrieking and then pass gas so I new his tummy hurt. They told me to 1. try stimulating his rectum with the thermometer 2. the 1 drop of Karo in 1 oz of water and 3. infant glycerin suppositories. While I did use the thermometer on him once, I never have had to do more than that... he's always gone on his own eventually.
My son is a week older than your son and now only goes every other day or every two days but, it took him about a week and a half for his system to straighten itself out.
Jessica - posted on 05/31/2009
1 tsp spoon of Karo syrup to 1 oz of pedilyte. My 5 week old got constipated and she is breastfed. I called the doctor and he said give this mixture 2 times a day. And if on the 3 day still no bowel movement give her half of a pediatric suppository. After I gave her the suppository she has been ok since. He also said you can give half water half prune juice even this early on. Didn't have to use it.
Stephanie - posted on 05/28/2009
If you are formula feeding, try a different one; my son had the same problem, once I switched to Good Start with Natural Cultures, that helped. I am going back to breastfeeding so that is keeping constipation away. Don't add less formula, most doctors will tell you thats a bad idea. You can always check with your peditrician to see if a little bit of apple juice or prune juice (diluted) is ok to give; a few girl friends swore by that with their babies.
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