my baby is 14 wks old and has always been constipated how can i cure it ive tried everything

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Jennifer - posted on 10/29/2009

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My son had a HORRIBLE problem with constipiation...have you tried rectal stimulation? It may be uncomfortbale for you, but will feel great for him/her, you have to use a rectal thermometer and plenty of vaseline or some sort of lube(I have used A+D ointment) And put it up there about half way and while the thermometer is up there, close his/her butt cheeks so that the ointment melts...then slowly move the thermometer in small circlur motions....he/she should be going poop with in minutes of you doing that!...Matter of fact the baby should poop WHILE you are doing that....STAY AWAY from any apple sauces, bananas, rice cereal .....they are all binding! I also have tried the karo syrup and found that it did nothing for my son...also stick with the gas medicine, you can get it in store brand also...it helps release the gas that they cant get out because they arent able to poop. Also PRUNE JUICE!! every single day give the baby 2 ounces of prune juice with an ounce of water added to it. This should be a great help! My son wouldnt go for over a week, and then i did the thermometer thing and viola`...poop! LoL. I hope i have helped!

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Talk to your Dr as each baby is different. Our baby was badly constipated and is formula fed. We had tried all the over the counter stuff our GP suggested, but when we saw the paediatrician, she 1st suggested the Novalac Constipation formula...Max hated it, but apparently other babies like it. We now use the Lactulose syrup and he's fine. Some times, it can be as simple as making sure you are dead acurate with your formula measuring, but please see your Dr before trying anything...babies are so delicate, you don't want to get it wrong.
Good luck

Nadine - posted on 11/03/2009

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With my son the best thing that worked for him was cuttung a childs suppository in half and putting it up his bum. But the only time we went to that extreme was when water and bicyling his legs didn't work and it was more than 3 days. Babies will also get constipated with the switch to baby food and then grown up food so sometimes you just have to let nature take its course or adjust the babies food...

Nikki - posted on 11/03/2009

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I was told to try to change his formula. he was on regular enfamil lipil with iron and the doctor put him on enfamil lipil gentlease.... within about 2 weeks he started to go everyday instead of the every 4 days it was. I had asked about the Caro syrup trick and she told me to be really careful doing that because it changes the taste of the formula because of the sugar and the baby may not take the bottle without it in there. I chose not to go that route and went with changing the formula. Note that if you change the formula it may take a few weeks to see a result because it needs to regulate the babies body. Also i found that placing my son in his bouncy seat on viberate worked well too. Good luck!

Erika - posted on 11/03/2009

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What we have noticed and worked for us is give her or he a little bit of Prunes (baby food). Worked wonders in my baby

Julie - posted on 11/03/2009

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oh, one more thing, you really should not give juice until around 6 mths. it's too acidic for them...and sometimes prune juice will give gas so you end up with another painful problem....

Julie - posted on 11/03/2009

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My baby had the same problem. One... we gave her caro syrup and water every day...which was recommended by my ped. two... sometimes it took a little stimulation...we'd have to put vaseline on a q-tip and just kinda poke in her little butt...and it usually came out. you can also use glycerin suppositories if needed. they really don't usually even need to stay in... just let them push it back out. it usually stimulates them...

Karen - posted on 11/02/2009

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when my son was about a week old he was very badly constiapated the pediatrition told me to add about a teaspoon of Dark Karo syrup to his formula or breast milk until he went it work very well. I have recommended it to other moms and it worked for them as well.

Stephanie - posted on 11/02/2009

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depends on what kind of poop it is when baby does poop- hard is constipated, soft/ mushy is "normal"... our dr told us to give 4 oz of apple or prune juice- straight up (aka, no water added) once or twice a day until he pooped- i would ask the dr though if its a chronic problem

Lisa - posted on 11/02/2009

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My boy was the same.I gave him BROWN sugar in water (bout teaspoon to 50mls) it works a treat in about 2hrs. I give it to my boy every 3 or 4 days as his poo is really firm.

Linsea - posted on 11/02/2009

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I had the same problem with both of my children and giving them an ounce or two of prune juice every day did the trick. Once your baby is old enough you can mix it with food

Jasmine - posted on 11/01/2009

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My baby is constipated too, i just give him a couple mouthfulls of water between each feed and then he poos normally but if i forget he is in so much pain all the time

Trisha-Ann - posted on 11/01/2009

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raise about 8 oz.- 10 oz. of water to a boil. after a few mintues cut off the water than while it is still hot add karo syrup to the water. it only takes about a tablespoon, but you can just measue it by eye. place the bottle in the fridge, or let it cool to an apporiate temperature for the baby to drink. Whenever she gets constipated let her drink a few ounces. or you can let her drink an ounce or two regualarly- thats what i always do. my grandma, and great grandma, told me to do this- and its always worked. prunes/ prune juice are also great ways to beat constipation.

Katrina - posted on 11/01/2009

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i have used Almond oil on my little girl...you can get it from health food shops, all you do is rub it on their abdomen and in a few hours they release their bowels. its better than eating and swollowing medication.... hope it helps.

Martina - posted on 11/01/2009

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I am not sure what you have tried, but one thing that really worked for my grandson was to put a little prune juice in his bottle. It doesn't take very much. If you buy one of the little individual things of juices, use only about 1/4 at first and if that doesn't work then try 1/2. No matter what you will need to dilute some if you don't put it in the formula bottle. In a regular bottle do like 3 ounces of water and 1 ounce of prune juice. Hope this works if it isn't anything you have already tried.

Vanessa - posted on 11/01/2009

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Hi Gemma, it is horrible when your bub is trying to push out a poo and can't. They can become very fretful on the breast when you are trying to feed them. I have twin girls and am breastfeeding and topping up with formula at night and have found that the formula has interrupted with their bowel movements. I remembered when I started breast feeding I was eating these high fibre muesli bars and the girls were pooing after every feed...lots of nappies to change. So I have started eating the bars again and found that has helped, I figured if they get their food from us then I have to eat the fibre for them to get it...made sense. If that doesn't work, my sister in laws third child was constipated through most of his baby to toddler life he is now turning 3 in January and is fully toilet trained and is pooing daily and grown out of the constipation?? She tried everything when he was younger and even took him to a specialist and there was nothing the doctor could do...so just know that there is a light at the end of the tunnell. I hope the bars work though. Cheers.

Haley - posted on 10/31/2009

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ask your pediatrician, if formula feeding they can have a SMALL amount of water. also, shoving a few raisins in the end of a bottle and putting water in it works.

Amy - posted on 10/31/2009

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Tiny bit of brown sugar in cooled boiled water or squeeze in the smallest amount of orange. Works, Promise :)

Gayle - posted on 10/31/2009

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try 1 to 2 tablespoons karo syrup in the formula until constipation loosens up.

Mindy - posted on 10/31/2009

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Oh that is so sad for you and the baby! I would try switching to a soy based formula. Ive also heard of putting some prune juice in a bottle of warm water just dilute it with 3oz of water with 1oz of juice and feed it to the baby slowly, my chiropractor did it for his baby and it worked.

Natalie - posted on 10/31/2009

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My 11 year old daughter has had chronic constipation since she was 6 wks old, my baby doctor told me to put a teaspoon for brown sugar in 4oz of cool boiled water to get things moving. This really helps in the short term but I would advise checking there isn't more going on here as it turned out there was a medical reason for her difficulties.

Jen - posted on 10/31/2009

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Did you try corn syrup? I know u arn't supposed to give it to them until after 1 year old but it worked with my son--he was 2 months ols @ the time!! Try supositories..I heard they work awesome too!

Bianca - posted on 10/30/2009

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Have you tried Prune Juice. My daughter that is nearly 19 months has had terrible difficulty passing her stools so I went to the doctor after I was at my whits end and they told me to get Parachoc from the chemist. You dont need a prescription and its worked for my daughter.

Candi - posted on 10/30/2009

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If you notice the baby is trying to go to the bathroom but cannot get it to come out you can put vaseline around the hole to the rectum and push his or her legs up towards their chest for a few seconds and it basically comes shooting out at you. It is worth, because it allows them to go and you feel better about just being able to help them.

Sara - posted on 10/30/2009

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we have that problem too, my baby is almost 9 months now but since he has been 2 months we give him 4 to 6ozs of apple prune juice a day. Hope it helps thats what the doctor told us to do.

Joanne - posted on 10/30/2009

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i had same problem with my 3rd baby. i used glycerol suppositories ( reccomended by the chemist and availible over the counter) they worked a dream and only had to use them twice

Elisabeth - posted on 10/30/2009

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i would definitely suggest talking to your ped. every baby is different and every ped will have different advice. I took my daughter in for what i thought constipation was (the lack of bowel movement). I was told that constipation isn't defined by the lack of stool, but the description of the stool itself. If it's truly constipation, hard rock like poos that the baby can't pass, you will know by vomiting and blood in their diaper. If it's just the lack of poo, that is pretty normal, because if we were on liquid diets, we wouldn't have bowel movements all the time either. We have done the Karo syrup, but it probably won't mean poo right away, 2 teaspoons in each bottle is ok until he/she goes, but then you will have to wean them off. They also suggested prune juice watered down a little bit.



But definitely talk to your doctor, and suggest things mentioned in the posts, they will let you know what they think is the best course of action....





GOOD LUCK!

Tamm - posted on 10/30/2009

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What we did with the Karo syrup was doctor recommended and we never had any problems. Different doctors recommend different things though so maybe talking to your peditrician or nurse would be best?

Jordan - posted on 10/30/2009

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i don't know how much truth this holds but i heard that karo syrup can cause botulism....my son got constipated and he would cry when he pooped and it was really hard. his pedi said to give him a laxative for kids. we gave him less than a fourth of a tsp and it really helped. it's only happened one time though and it was after he had shots. it problably wouldn't be a good idea to do that on a regular basis though.

Elyse - posted on 10/30/2009

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a couple more things I forgot! laying on your back is the hardest way to pass a bowel movement. So have baby sit up or lay on side as much as possible. Also warm up a towel or use a heating pack set on low (only needs to be warm if low setting is hot just put a towel in the dryer) place on babies tummy for a few minutes and then warm it up again and than place on babies back. I usually alternate a few times. This won't make baby poop right away but it will get things moving and it is soothing to baby.

Tamm - posted on 10/30/2009

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The dark Caro Syrup worked for us! Our little guy is eight months and still gets constipated once in awhile. They had us use four ounces of warm water and 1 tablespoon of Caro Syrup to replace one of his bottles. It took 2-3 days but this eventually worked for him.

Elyse - posted on 10/30/2009

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Talk to your Dr before starting anything for constipation. Even if you just call the advice nurse. Consistant constipation can be a sign that something else is wrong. So be sure to keep your Dr in the loop so they can be aware if they should start being concerned.

Our Dr suggested giving our son 1/2 ounce of prune juice followed by 1/2 ounce of water. Some babies will not drink straight prune juice so it is ok to get Prune/grape but this adds sugars so straight prune is better.

We do this in combination with stretching exercises. Our son now thinks the exercises

are a game and loves them.

Something else to consider...Our son was becoming very irritable and frustrated after feedings. Dr thought this maybe a result of formula and switched us to Soy. The soy formula made him very constipated and got to the point where he was inconsolable. Because this isn't the usual reaction to soy the dr said this could be an allergic reaction. Just be aware of changes in diet and keep Dr in the loop!



Good luck =D

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Our doc told us that as long as our little guy was going regularly, that it might not be constipation. They might not "go" as often as you'd think, but as long as they are moving their bowels on a consistent basis, I wouldn't go too overboard with the extra stuff.
As far as rectal stimulation goes (thermometer with vaseline), be VERY careful with that method. Ask the nurse to show you how to do it @ your next appointment - if you push the thermometer in too far you risk puncturing their rectum. Also, if you do rectal stimulation TOO often, it could result in actually making the child dependent on the stimulation (like adults with laxatives, same issue), which will only make the constipation worse. Definitely talk to your doc about baby's diet, formula intake, measure out the formula EXACTLY, etc. If your doc tells you to try something else first, go with that.

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My daughter was constipated really bad from about 6wks on. The doctors I kept seeing kept telling us to give her laculose syrup, sypositories, to add more water in her formula, prune juice, orange juice. And nothing worked with her. She is now 2 and a half yrs old and still on occasion has difficulties. But what I found that helped the best was just giving her straight water everyday until she was about 20months old. I did not give her any juice or pop or any of that stuff.

Kristin - posted on 10/29/2009

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I do not advise tyring the Karo! It causes them to have terrible cramping! Instead buy Myralax at your local drugstore and give him/her 1/4 of a tablespoon. It is exremely gentle, and has never failed anyone I know! C= Good luck!

Latorya - posted on 10/29/2009

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what exactky is everything? have you tried apple, pear or prune juice? BUT you should dialate them with water

Anna - posted on 10/29/2009

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Do the poos actually come out hard or is it just that she doesn't go for a few days? If it's the second, it's quite normal. If they are hard, it's a problem. If you are formula feeding, do you measure it out EXACTLY? If you put in too much powder, it makes them constipated.
I don't know if you feed her solids at all yet, but if so I would stop doing that until 6 months of age.

Kimmy - posted on 10/29/2009

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my pediatrician suggested dark karo syrup. i dont know if it works. we were going to try it because my daughter hadn't pooped in 3 days but then she did it. lol so we didnt need to try it. so maybe it'll help you.

Kayliecia - posted on 10/29/2009

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With my sister my mom tried Caro Syrup in her bottle, daily...and evetually she pooped...she was an infant then too. Caro Syrup the Dark kind!. and about a tablespoon full.Or Prune juice.

Patricia - posted on 10/29/2009

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My daughter didn't have much luck going #2 early on either. A friend of mine showed me some exercises that resulted in diaper explosions. Lay baby on back (on bed, couch, wherever there's room & it's comfy), grasp both ankles, and scrunch baby up into a fetal position, nice and tight. Hold for several seconds, then pull straight. Continue this pumping action for a few minutes, several times a day. Baby may cry, but it will help get things moving.

Another position is similar. Baby on back, grasp ankles, curl, and rotate legs as though they are peddling a bike.



I would also encourage you to check out baby yoga poses. They also have some great digestion poses and encourage bonding in a cuddly way. My daughter especially enjoyed the dolphin pose when she was very small.

http://www.itsybitsyyoga.com/products/bo...

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