What can I really do to help my 1month old with constipation?

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Kate - posted on 10/01/2009

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Iysha, didn't April mean that she took prune juice (then via her breast milk....) it would help her child. My son was purely breast fed and was constipated, which people still say to me can't happen!! I had to drink prune juice and eventually had to take senakot (a natural laxative) so it would go through me and then through my breast milk.

Dylan - posted on 10/01/2009

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1 oz of water sometimes can really help but if not 1 oz of prune juice. If neither helps you may have to ask your doc about rectal supositories

Iysha - posted on 10/01/2009

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I really don't agree with April. It is recommended that you do not give your child anything but breastmilk or formula without a doctor's concent. Nearly ALL doctors will advise against ANY juice, no matter how diluted, for a one month old child.

Emma - posted on 10/01/2009

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i had the same worries with my my little boy, he was 2 months old before i saw any change. I took him to a baby massage class which shows you how to do different techniques on your baby and to help with any problems, the biggest ne being constipation and colic........ hope this helps- any more questions about this please fell free to ask?

Iysha - posted on 10/01/2009

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First of all, How do you know your baby is constipated? Babies are rarely constipated. If the baby has a hard time going poop AND is passing hard, pallet like stools, then the baby is truly constipated. If the baby is only having a hard time going poop but the stools are still soft, then it's something else. The thing it is is that babies have a hard time knowing which muscles to contract and which to loosen when pooping. They are pushing with their abdominal muscles, but keeping their anal sphincter tight. So, they are pushing against something tight.



To help a constipated baby that is that young, I suggest you call your pediatrition. There are different recommentations and a one month old's remedy may differ form a two month old, five month old and so on.



To help a baby understand how to poop, you can massage the baby's anus or "pump" their legs slowly while they are pushing. Or just leave it alone... they will get it.



My daughter had issues with pooping because she didn't get how to exactly and by 2 months, she became an expert pooper. lol

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