My baby hasn't pooped in 3-4 days, please help.

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My 8-month old is constipated for the first time. He was breast-fed up to 4 months old and then bottle-fed since then. He also has whole-grain, organic rice cereal, sometimes oatmeal and organic (Earths best) fruits and veggies in his diet. He doesn't seem to fuss at all but when he tries to go he strains soo hard his face gets really red and I'm worried he's going to hurt himself. I've tried prune juice, cutting back on solids, rectal thermometer, and sitting in warm bath water. Nothing has helped yet, but maybe I just need to be patient? The nurse said we could try an infant sopository tomorrow, but that just seems like it should be the last thing we do. What's normal? Any advice?

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Yvette - posted on 09/14/2010

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honestly a more natural way that works great for my daughter is guacamole(mild of course) it may just be the avacado I am not sure but I let her have a little and she can go a lot...never really like the whole supository thing myself but there are natural ways....mineral oil is another way but check with your doctor because I know it's safe for toddlers you just give them 1-2 teaspoons but I am not sure what amount to give to an 8 month old...woorks pretty fast...but guacamole is safe as long as the avacado is fresh

Rasha - posted on 09/07/2010

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hi, my mom used to put up in my daughters bum, a little peice of soap, and after 5 minute, she started to poo, it helped her a lot, you can try it out

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Tim - posted on 03/18/2014

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Do you not have the energy to type out a word? Really, are you that lazy? What the hell is wrong with you? LG is a brand.

Tracey - posted on 09/13/2010

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my daughter sufferd wit really bad constipation from 12 months on till i potty trained her but one of the best remidis i used was disovling bran sticks in hot water and mixing a small amount through her breakfast cearal

Ann - posted on 09/11/2010

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Ezekiel was constipated a lot .. so i doctor made me go to formula.. i was so sad.. but it work... then want we started cereal.. the doctor said NO rice cereal... so we get oatmeal... Ezekiel is doing so good now. he eats fruit, veg, meats, and oatmeal....

Chantell - posted on 09/10/2010

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My 8-month old son had the same problem. My pediatrician recommended a sopository and a 2-week course of paediatric soluable fiber 'Pro Fibe' which has eased the constipation. Baby masssage is also recommended. I hope you find this useful.

Kelly - posted on 09/10/2010

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i used a level teaspoon of brown suger in 3 onzes of cooled boiled water usually did the trick other wise i let him suck on liqurice which also helped. we did this really early doors when he was about 2 months old and still do it now, i do normally try the liqurice first, works wonders but normally with an explosion.lol.
hope this helps.x

Roxanne - posted on 09/08/2010

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I have a wonderful sister that advised in my daughters early days to give her 1 teaspoon of brown sugar with her feeds for 1 day. Also lots of fluids, mainly water. It works for her like a bomb and i seldom have to do anything after the first day.

Maria - posted on 09/08/2010

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We went through all this with my 5 year old. She was always constipated and no "nice" way of helping her poop helped at all. We had to use sopositories just to get her to poop and when she would go it would be this huge process of someone holding her legs up and open while i would massage and help her push out what seemed like the biggest hardest poop in the world. We changed her diet and even went to a GI doc and tried several medicines including miralax. We finally happened to go to GNC and talk to a girl who looked like she was 12 and she told us to try senna capsules. Its the raw and natural form of sennacot(not sure how to spell that). We would break 1 capsule in her juice bottle and shake it up. A few hours later she had a normal poop!! We would do this every other day or so usually and it worked wonderfully!! Since she has grown up we have switched everything to whole grain including cheese puffs and she poops more normally but i would say maybe once a month she has a problem so we give her a dose of miralax at night and she's fine the next day. Definately talk to your doc and try different things.

Krystal - posted on 09/07/2010

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Try rubbing the sides of his belly and kinda kneading the bottom of it with your fist. Like his lower belly right in between his hip bones. That usually works with in minutes if he is super backed up. Just get him to sit still for like five minutes so you can rub it and knead it a little.

Michelle - posted on 09/07/2010

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A great natural laxative is home-made pureed prunes - and it's easier than it sounds! By the Newmans Organic dried plums/prunes, steam about 7 of them for 5 minutes, then puree in a blender with some of the water that was at the bottom of your pan after steaming. My daughter loves the sweet taste of prunes, and I also mix it into her oatmeal from time to time if I notice she is needing something to get things "flowing" :-) Works EVERY time!! Just give it about 24 hours to kick in.

Amy - posted on 09/07/2010

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My Hannah went 5 days and it was pear juice in her water and taking her temp rectally that finally got it moving.

Kara - posted on 09/07/2010

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Many kids get constipated from formulan, my daughter is experiencing the same thing. I think it is the iron. Have you tried mineral oil. It is an over the counter laxative.

Alma - posted on 09/05/2010

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my baby had that problem when i started him on rice cereal, he wouldnt go for a day or two!!!! I was hesitant to use a suppository at first but when i realized it worked and he was back to normal I was happy and he was too!!! It is the last method i would try though. Prune juice with water has worked for us, he drinks it every two days and hes been going potty 2 or 3 times a day!!

Krysta - posted on 09/04/2010

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First off, hold up on the rice cereal and oatmeal. Both constipate. Second, try pureed prunes or prune juice. You can also try dark kryo syrup in a warm bottle. The warm fluids will dissolve the thick fluid. I've heard that this works wonders. My little guy is sometimes constipated and prunes usually works. Apple juice works with him too :) Little boys just seem to have this problem a lot :(

Jamie - posted on 09/04/2010

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My son went 10 days without pooping and 2 visits to the doctor inbetween. He was also breastfed for 5 months. We switched from rice to oatmeal, tried juices, sopositories, anal exam, X-Rays. Nothing worked until we gave him an old home remedy, Karo Syrup. 2 Tbls per 5 ounces twice a day. It works like a charm but it might take a day for it to kick in. So now when its been 3 days I will give him Karo Syrup. It doesn't matter if its dark or white Syrup. I use the light. Hope this helps :)

Kate - posted on 09/04/2010

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i boil whole prunes and then mash them up and take out any big pieces of skin and add that to my sons breakfast each day - he used to get constipated and this certainly helps him!

Chantal - posted on 09/04/2010

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My LG had the same issue and I also tried prunes and pears and nothing was a fast enough solution. I eventually then took old advise and gently inserted an ear bud (cue tip) covered with Vaseline into her bum, she then immediately started pushing it out and it came out and she felt better. I've read that you shouldn't do this unless your pead showed you how, but my mother use to do it a lot with my sister and showed me. Its not rocket science, just don't push it all the way in. The objective is to irritate her anus so that she pushes it out. Hope this helps. I should also add that I only did this right after saw that she was pushing so hard and nothing came out.

Belinda - posted on 09/03/2010

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My daughter gets constiptated to the point it gives her anal fissures. As far as food goes you can try the p foods. Pears, peaches and stuff others have mentined that. As far as medication goes you could try coloxyl drops they didnt work for us but a good starting point. Parafin was another thing we were given to try didnt work for us either and Lactulose all that did for us was give her alot of wind and upset tummy. These are all things that have worked for other mums i know though. Brown sugar one tablespoon to 100mls of water and i give 50mls a day normally only have to give it once and it works but i only do this when im desperate as i hate to give her sugar. Prune juice works for us. I give her a drink of 10mls prune juice with 100mls water once a week to keep her regular. If your bub hasnt gone for a few days there is prob a blockage there that will stop anything from coming out even if you try these things so you will probably need a supository first. I suggest you take your baby to the dr its not good for them to go this long without going and the longer this lasts the worse it will get

Jenn - posted on 09/03/2010

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We keep my son's diet heavy in non-starchy fruit and veggies, like peaches, green beans, pears, etc. (not sweet potatoes, bananas, etc.) We also give him a few oz. of water during the day. The pedi calls it "natures laxative". That's how we maintain his bowels. You may have to use a suppository to clear your baby out and get back on track. When my first had this problem, I was very hesitant to use a suppository, but now that I know how helpful they can be and how much better the baby feels after going, I don't hesitate if there is a problem. It just isn't good to be dependent on them.
Also, to the mom with the info on Earth's Best...I hadn't heard that. Thank you for sharing!

Courtney - posted on 09/02/2010

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Prune juice prune juice prune juice!!! Haha it really helps. I mix it with my 9 mo olds oatmeal in the morning and believe me, there is no shortage of poop here.
On another note, I'm all for organic feeding but earths best has tested positive for lead in some of their products. http://www.envirolaw.org/documents/Produ... is a list of all products, but what concerned me most is that when questioned by MANY moms ontheir fb page, they refused to offer any info besides "oh, it's safe, really." Plum organics is another baby food company, they make the stuff in the pouches, and they divulged all kinds of info on where their food comes from, what it's packaged in, and they didn't even test positive for lead. It's a rad bit more expensive but if you keep watch on babies r us fliers it's often on sale.
Just some food for thought...lol, bad joke.

Katie - posted on 09/01/2010

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dark Kyro syrup. Thats what my pedi told me to use with my first and it worked with my second too. ONly takes about a teaspoon and they wont be constipated any more!

Erin - posted on 09/01/2010

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My baby girl had this problem when I started her on rice. I would give her prune juice and use a suppository if the juice didn't work. I have taken her completely off of rice and we've had no problems since. I've also heard that Apricot nectar works

Melissa - posted on 08/31/2010

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Gripe Water

Prune Juice

Anise Tea (brewed from anise seeds, found with the spices in the supermarket)

Paula - posted on 08/31/2010

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Both of our twins had this problem when the switched to rice cereal. We gave them each a 1/2 oz of prune juice and one 2.5 oz container of Gerber prunes every day. They have not had a problem since!!!!

Sonya - posted on 08/30/2010

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i was told to do 30mls prune juice 30mls cooled boiled water and to avoid bananas and cheese as they bind them up.

Carlene - posted on 08/30/2010

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barley cereal is a wonderful cereal for babies with constipation! also try only water in the the bubba... 2 or 3 ounes and that could do the trick i had this prob with both my kids and these methods worked! prune juice didnt work for my kids so maybe these will help u.. good luck to ur lil guy!!

Emily - posted on 08/30/2010

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We had that problem with our daughter as well. I was told by a doctor to try 7 oz water, mixed with a little bit of sugar or a ltitle bit of corn syrup. the more water the baby gets the easier it is for them to poop. With us it was also the formula we were using, we have only found one formula that seems to make her not constipated. We have also used the supositories and find they work good as well. Good luck!

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My son has the same prob....his ped put him on a laxative because it was so bad that I was giving him supository because he would not go poop for 4 or 5 days. He told me to give him barley cereal not oatmeal or rice and that worked and also to give him prune juice or baby prune a day. It has been working because he now goes to the bathroom 3 times a day also stay away from bananas that will bind him up....Good luck

Jennifer - posted on 08/29/2010

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My pediatrician said prune or pear juice, 2 ounces. My little one doesn't like juice so this was hard. About a teaspoon of brown sugar in the bottle works pretty well too. Good luck!

Kate - posted on 08/28/2010

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My oldest had this issue alot, Kendall gets constipated sometimes....Dark Karo syrup in their bottle works wonders, I never had any luck w prune juice or any of that, and wasn't keen on suppositrys

Angela - posted on 08/27/2010

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I find that giving my baby Oatmeal helps them stay regular. Anyway ever since I began feeding my son solid foods I usually give him two servings of fruit a day. I find that one serving of Prunes really helps. I usually soak the dried prunes for an hour or so. Cook them up for about 10 min then blend them or put them through a food mill. Then I mix it with something like squash and this seems to work like a charm. I have heard that when babies start eating solids that as long as they go every three to four days they should be fine. My son goes every day normally. Sometimes if we try a different food the day before he sometimes skips one day but that is when I give him the prunes.

Kim - posted on 08/27/2010

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You might try Fletchers. It is a children's laxative. I used it with my youngest daughter but I don't remember the age range. It was the only thing that helped her.

Heidi - posted on 08/27/2010

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we've never had to use a supository yet, but were told that any fruit beginning with the letter "P" should help. Peaches, pears and prunes. these have all seemed to do the trick for our little guy. We also do leg bicycles and that helps too. Best of luck!

Jamie - posted on 08/27/2010

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My 8 mo. old gets constipated and the only thing that will work with her is a supository. She eats a lot of fruits and vegs but also drinks juice. The dr's have said that anythng apple or oatmeal can constipate so try not to give ur baby too much of either of those. Good Luck

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