Constipation

Stacy - posted on 03/30/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hello,



My son was 7 months old on March 19th. He started eating baby food about a month ago. He has been constipated ever since. The Dr. told me to give him Miralax, which works, but I do not want to give it to him on a regular basis. Any suggestions on a diet that will make him more regular? Right now he eats a jar of fruit in the morning and jar of veggies in the afternoon/early evening..he breastfeeds the rest of the time. The Dr. doesn't want me to give him juice. He says it's linked to obesity problems.

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Kayla - posted on 04/25/2009

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We suffer from this here too...but for totally different reasons. My son has a heart defect and takes diuretics so he gets a bit dehydrated. He doesn't have it enough to give him miralax, we just cut back on his Lasix and he starts to go again...but I know that's not going to help you since your child probably isn't on Lasix. But something that might help you that we do isn't really a diet change...I know that is probably your main concern, but sometimes to make ours go we give him an enema. We take Dove soap or another mild soap and warm water and mix it together in a bulb syringe. You don't have to use a lot of water or soap...just enough to soften it up a little bit! I don't know if this helps you or not...it's kind of disturbing to do...I make my husband do it, but it works every time!

Colleen - posted on 04/22/2009

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My daughter suffered with constipation almost from birth! We used 1/2 glycerin suppository when she really needed help pushing out. It just makes the area a little slipperier. Now that she is on solids, I make sure that she gets pears and peaches daily. I also find that apricots really do the trick as does yogurt. Sweet potato was one of her faves right from the beginning and it really worked too. It is fantastic because it is a superfood. I agree with your doctor. I don't give Abbie juice because it is full of sugar and her little teeth and digestive system don't need all that sugar. Stay away from rice cereal because rice is naturally binding and will make constipation worse as will bananas. Hope that helps!

Maria - posted on 04/21/2009

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Had similar problems too... I didnt give juice either.

Try:

1. Prune jar or fresh prunes cooked. (you can give 1 prune everyday if you want)

2. Give water (after meals)

3. Avoid apple, banana and rice cereals

Good luck!

Samantha - posted on 04/20/2009

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I had that problem too I would give my little guy 1 oz prune juice with a bottle of formula. They have a prune fruit mixture you can add to cereal in the morning too. Now I give him 2 oz of juice (apple or pear) mixed with 3 oz of water.

Allie - posted on 04/20/2009

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i read somewhere that apple and banana can cause constipation. apricots are good. try sugar and water just a little in a bottle or cup can even be given on a spoon. or the prunes. also breast fed babies often don't go as often as formula fed.

Carolyn - posted on 04/19/2009

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I also experienced this. What worked for me was to put a spoon full of prunes in with my daughters cereal which she got 2 times a day. After a few days it worked and she became fairly regular and started to go on her own again, without prunes. Also my health unit suggested water to a formula fed baby because the palm oil in the formula can cause constipation.

Joanne - posted on 03/31/2009

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Hi we have more in common the just a battle of constipation I have a set of twins born on the 19th also luckly I also have a two year old who I learnt a lot of secrets to battle constipation.  First see if you can get him to drink twenty mill's of prune/pear  juice a day.  other than that you can give him before every feed until he is regular a heaped teaspoon of brown sugar desolved in ten mill's of warm water.  Good luck hope this helps. 

Alizbeth - posted on 03/30/2009

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If he will take a bottle or cup give him juice if that doesn't work add dark Karo syrup to the juice. Not too much though it could end up working too well. 

Clariza - posted on 03/30/2009

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try giving him barley cereal and sweet potato. not necessarily together....but the barley helps them poop and the sweet potato is an instant hit in flavor, but loaded w fiber so its a win win.  I like to roast the sweet potato in the over.  just wrap it in foil n put it in for about 20 minutes at 400. Its easy w no mess! hope it helps.



ps. your boy is adorable!

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