Do you have tips for easing constipation for my early August son?

Alayna - posted on 02/20/2010 ( 73 moms have responded )

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My son has been really hard bowel movements. I think it may be because I had to wean him. My supply ran out and the increased formula may be causing the problem. I have stopped giving him rice cereal and started peas with only a bit of oatmeal combined. I also have given him a bit of diluted prune juice. Not much because I don't want the juice replacing formula. Just hoping to help out his BMs.
I also give him tummy massages and exercise his legs.

Does anyone have any other suggestions to help soften his bowels? Thanks in advance.

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Jackie - posted on 02/23/2010

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my little boy had the same problem, our doctor told us to try giving him 2 ounces of prune juice with 2 ounces of water and it worked great.

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Amber - posted on 03/23/2010

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Flaxseed oil. It really helps and it skips all the sugars in the juices. I cut open one gel capsel and mix the oil into his cereal. He doesn't notice it and it helps him so much! Its perfectly ok for babies, my doctor reccommended it.

Sarah - posted on 03/22/2010

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We've never had to do this, but friends of ours give their daughter prune baby food once a week just to clean out her system...They say it works, but again, I've never done it. Other than that maybe some warm baths would help to relax and calm him, and keep him moving..natural movement is the bodies way moving things along...Hope things get better for your little guy

Romancia - posted on 03/22/2010

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i have the same issue sometimes with my daughter... i use to give her an oz of apple prune juice with 1/2 oz water but she does nto liek that, now she's 7 months old and i give her gerba 1st stage prune baby food every other night and she poops almost every day now.. babana and mango helps

how everything goes well

Christina - posted on 03/22/2010

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my eledest son suffers badly with constipation it started when he was 7 months old hes now 2 years and 8 months and still suffers 3 weeks ago my youngest son stated suffering with it the doc told me it was hes milk i had just started him on stage 3 cow and gate so i changed him straight back to stage 2 and hes fine now the doctor said their has bin alot of reasearch on constiption linked to fomula milk but because it hasnt being 100% proven they cant tell you its the milk just wish someone had told me it was the milk when my oldest son started suffering cause its such a shame 4 him

Melissa - posted on 03/21/2010

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I know it might be too late now but next time your baby is constipated take a 1/2 teaspoon Karo syrup (clear) in 8 oz of formula.Make sure it is warm.

Shanna - posted on 03/18/2010

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Less grains, more fruit and veggies. My baby girl has had a problem with bowels since day 1 pretty much but she was born Aug 21 and now she takes 3, 8 oz bottles a day and gets 2, 4 oz foods (one veggie one fruit) 2 or 3 times a day and the only rice she gets is 1 oz per 4 oz of bottle and she goes very regularly now with normal stool. When she has hard stool, I give her pedia lax suppositories ( dr. authorized) which is very rare.

Marci - posted on 03/18/2010

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my daughters dr said to give her water with about a teaspoon of karo syrup sometimes it helps just to give them 2oz of just water

Diomyrin - posted on 03/16/2010

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i had same problem with my daughter few days ago..tried helping her everytime she poop and just show support coz she cries everytime she does it..i gave her water to help her ...

Kylie - posted on 03/15/2010

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My daughter was born on August 14th and her doctor always recommend sugar water and believe me it works because I had to do that for my oldest daughter when she was little too

Brandi - posted on 03/15/2010

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My son Dean was born August 13. We had the same problem. You may want to talk to your doctor about changing the formula. That worked better for us. We also use just oatmeal instead of rice cereal because it has more fiber. We give dean prune juice. Our doctor said we could give him 2-4 ounces a day. We usually give him about two. He explained it to us as osmosis. The sugar pulls water or fluid into the intestine which help the bowels move. Or you could also try prune baby food.

Katherine - posted on 03/14/2010

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My son was born on the 13th August, has been eating solids for two months now. We had a problem with constipation and hard poops, I give him water everytime he eats and throughout the day. He is also breast fed when ever he wants, which is every few hours. When he had a problem I gave him a little apple juice mixed with water and fed him apples, plums, apricots, these things seemed to help. Keeping him hydrated is a big help. Try giving water through out the day and keep BF/formula

Jessica - posted on 03/14/2010

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my daughter sara was born aug 15 and the doc told us karo 1 tbl sp to 3 oz water but she got tired that so she enjoys about an ounce of apple prune juice everyother day but still drinkes her water daily, i remember back in the day my mother said they gave us kids black castory just a dab

Pippa - posted on 03/14/2010

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my son kian has has this problem since he was born and hes 7months now...boiled water helps or even 2ounzes of fresh orange mixed with another 5 ounze water...but he is actually on lacalouse medication from the doctors...maybe if its that bad u should ask them about it...he has a dose twice a day and hes bk at the hospital in april x

Elizabeth - posted on 03/14/2010

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My daughter never had a problem with constipation until I started feeding her solid foods. I started giving her an oz. or so of water after each solid food feeding. I've had better results however with feeding her fresh pears (pureed) morning and night. Fresh pears seem to more effective than the ones you buy already prepared, plus she likes them more that way. If she is having pains and discomfort, I will feed her some prunes to take care of the situation soon. The baby food we use makes a babies first prune.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/13/2010

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It seems to be these August babies that keep getting constipated! My second, born 28 Aug, also had 3 months of troubles. We had to give him 2oz of apple or pear juice a day. It's just because their bodies are beginning to learn how to process a new substance. I bottle fed so he had his issues the first 3months of life, while some who are experincing it now w/ weaning and breast fed, it's the same situation. I know it's painful to watch but it will get better.

Jessica - posted on 03/13/2010

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Beechnut has an oatmeal cereal mixed with fruit to mix with the formula that has fiber in it. We give that to our baby every morning and feed him pears during the day and it seems to help. Also a little bit of the apple flavored Pedialyte usually does the trick.

Karen - posted on 03/11/2010

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Straight up cooled boiled drinking water - try a little at room temp /body temp, then a little at a bit below. Also if you're feeding solids try on a bit of yoghurt. It's easily digested and most babies don't mind it (the specifically designed for babies kind is best). My little Bella is having the opposite issue - when one lot of solids goes in, the last lot goes out! Zuccini also has a quick passage (I steam with the pumpkin, carrots, peas & corn then run it through the food processor roughly)

If in doubt water is always good - if he's blocked for a couple of days on formula go to the Doctor ASAP though, even if they say it's fine better to play it safe.

Samantha - posted on 03/08/2010

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My family gave me an old family remedy that seems to work. We give my son about four ounces of water with just a small amout of Karo syrup. That seems to do the trick but I also know that as your childs digestive system ajusts to the formula the BMs will be a bit hard. In time it should resolve itself though. Hope this helps

Carrie - posted on 03/08/2010

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My son is 6 months old and since we started him on solids two months ago, he would scream bloody murder every hour at night in pain because of constipation, we tried a lot of things, prunes every day, thermometers, nothing seemed to work. Finally we talked to our pediatrician and he put him on 1/2tsp of Miralax every morning. He is such a happy baby and is not constipated anymore. Thank you Miralax

Melanie - posted on 03/08/2010

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a little kayro syrup in his cereal or in his millk and the prune juice. That's what always works for my little darling

Ericka - posted on 03/08/2010

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My daughter was born the 21st of august and she has had the problem her whole life! My son is 2, also had the problem, when he was a baby, the doctor told us to give him Miralax, which did help. I've been putting some of that in her bottle latley, added with the prune juice, and has been helping her. Miralax is all natural and safe, I would give that a try, if all else fails.

Stephanie - posted on 03/07/2010

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I did the Kayro Syrup too and it works wonders. This is my third, just make sure they have atleast 2 ounces of juice a day to keep them regular. Their stomachs take time to adjust to the big change of fomula to food. Wait till you get to the MILK stage, it only gets better. That is why you get them used to drinking juice. After the third , things just come to you , and u know what to do.

Zoe - posted on 03/07/2010

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my baby was the same after two months of a crying distressed child and cuts on her bottom from pushing i took her to westmead childrens hospital and finally after seeing a doctor who actually knwe what he was on about( thankyou dr justin chen) we discovered that my baby girl was allergic to the formula she was on and after a quick check up he discovered she was in need of a hyperallergic formula (novalac) and it's been wonderful after trying prune juice and trying water and brown sugar and everything else finding this formula has been a god send

Sara - posted on 03/06/2010

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I agree with Laura, prunes and water.....and you could add pears...they seem to help with constipation too.

Laura - posted on 03/06/2010

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We've had lots of problems with constipation too,my daughter is 7 months old and we try to give her prunes every 2nd day,also offer more cool boiled water after food. Seems to do the trick! Her poos are much softer now. Good luck! :)

Barbara - posted on 03/06/2010

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problem when I sterted her on rice cereal. switched her to oatmeal and feed her prunes withe the cereal to unplug her. In a pinch, if she's really plugged, I warm up some prune juice with a little bit of mineral oil. now she likes pureed spinich which is real good for keeping her regular.

Andrea - posted on 03/05/2010

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I started feeding my daughter more fruits and that has really helped. I make my own apple juice and she gets 1 oz of that a day. I've noticed a big change in the frequency and consistency of her bowel movements. She definantely doesn't grunt as much anymore.

Tricia - posted on 03/05/2010

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my son has that problem and i either feed him prunes when he eats his baby food or put prunes in his cerial he loves them and it works within a day

Amily - posted on 03/05/2010

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You- may try feeding him with quionoa porridge. Quionoa is a grain full of fibre. I started feeding my August baby with quionoa porridge when she turn 6 months.. She doesnt have any problem with bowel movement....

Nicole - posted on 03/05/2010

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A little bit of prunes goes a long way. I feed Julia half of a tub with her nighttime oatmeal every other night. No rice cereal just oatmeal. This has worked wonders

Heather - posted on 03/05/2010

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Ava had terrible gas pains and awful constipation. I give her a container of prunes mixed with a little bit of oatmeal in the morning. She goes regularly now and has no problems.

Elaine - posted on 03/05/2010

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Give him 2ml laxative first thing in the morning and before bed, otherwise take a small earbud, dip it in vaseline and put up baby's bum (not too deep) move it around a bit and in a few sec/min it will produce a bowel movement (Ped. gave me this idea and it workes like a bomb) coz my Aug baby has the same problem.

Yaya - posted on 03/05/2010

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my son was the same way for 4 months ur going to have to give him water n prunes everyday if that dont work try little tummys

Kimberley - posted on 03/04/2010

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You can give him some prunes with each of his meals. I do this every time I try out new foods in case they cause a problem and so far he's been good for the most part. I doubt the diluted prune juice would replace his milk. Only give him 2 oz ( 1 oz water, 1 oz juice) after a meal.

Gigi - posted on 03/04/2010

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My son has problems with constipation and his pediatrician has him on 1ml of milk of magnesia 3 times a day. It has really helped him. His BM's are runny, but he used to suffer with constipation and now he is much better.

Renee - posted on 03/04/2010

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My 6 month old went throught the same thing, pureed apple & pear along with a few sips of water fixed him up pretty quickly! I think it has more to do with teething as my gp suggested.

Christy - posted on 03/04/2010

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Ive had the same problem and tried the fruit, juice, karo and none of it worked...so her ped. told me to put 1/2 tsp of mineral oil in her formula 2x a day. He said it could be increased if that amount didnt help, that the worst it would do is make her have oily poo but wouldnt hurt her. He also recommended that we put her on vitamins if we starting using the mineral oil. We started that method this week and so far she hasnt had any more constipation.

Kaye - posted on 03/04/2010

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When this happened to my daughter, the doctor suggested thinning out the formula. I used powdered formula so I'd add 2 1/2 scoops per 6 ounces of water (instead of 3 scoops) It was alot easier this way. She wouldn't drink water from a bottle and the sippy was just to much. I do this at least once a day and she hasn't had a problem since

Lee - posted on 03/04/2010

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I weaned my daughter to formula only cuz I dried up. She has had some bouts with constipation. I now put Karo dark corn syrup in EVERY bottle and she's been pretty regular even with eating babyfood for a month now. I only give her rice cereal mixed with fruit in the morning, some sort of fruit in the middle of the day, and then a veggie in the evening.
Karo has really regulated her. Give that a try.

Wendy - posted on 03/04/2010

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Rice flour causes constipation frequently. I only give my son oatmeal. I give him prunes, pears, or peaches daily. I also try to get him to some juice. Good luck!

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We had the same problem with our son and we tried prune juice but it only worked right after he drank it, Karo syrup only worked the first few times so we used Miralax in his bottle in the morning. We only gave 1/4 tsp - any more than that and his bowels were loose. After we started feeding him homemade baby food - sweet potatoes, peas, apples he has not had a problem. The dr said the fiber in the food does the trick for him, we also have him on oatmeal and not rice cereal for fiber.

Andrea - posted on 03/04/2010

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Lots of helpful advice, I also have same prob with my little girl since 2 months. She started with bm's every 7 days, then up to 14 days apart despite warm baths, massages, coloxyl drops, and extra water. She has been bf mostly with 1 bottle a day or every other day, keep going with the bf's as much as I can. Have introduced over last 2 weeks pear, apple, rice cereal, yoghurt, carrot and green beans bm's are getting more frequent but more pebbly and hard to pass!! Only plays with her water sippy cup and refuses it from bottle - once tried brown sugar and she took it well, so may go back to this once a day to soften things up a little. Hope everyone finds something that works!!!

Kylie - posted on 03/03/2010

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Hi there I have an almost seven year old whom had this problem as a baby I wasn't sure what to do it was so cruel, I was told that's normal she'll be right as far as I'm concerned she wasn't right and as soon as I swapped her to soy she became regular as clockwork every day and was a totally different child. I've since had problems with my little man jett whom was also born in august he's had to be on goats milk because of eczema. When I swapped him over to the 6month formula he got very uncomfortable and constipated, I asked my health nurse what was going on and she informed me that alot of babies get constipated when changing over, and that there is no need to swap to the 6month formula as it is just a marketing ploy, babies can stay on the formula from birth till they go to real milk. She also suggested if I didn't want to do that that I could mix half birth formula and half 6 month formula, that works well to. Hope this was some help to you. Kind regards kylie

Starla - posted on 03/03/2010

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Our doctor said that if they are over 5 months, they can have up to 2 oz. a day of juice. Do it in between their feeding time. Apple, Peach, Pear & Prune Juices are all natural laxitive juices. If he is having that hard of a time, don't dilute it. And it also helps to warm it up just a little bit. I have triplets, and thankfully only one of my sons' has issues with constipation. Good Luck!! Sounds like you are doing a great job!!

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