Home remidies for infant constipation?

Sarah - posted on 06/11/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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i have a 7 mo. son who has been have regular bouts of constipation. he is a breastfeed baby but we have been starting on solids. i increased his fluids and still BF him. dr. says child suppositories, they are inefffective in the long term. we get him back on track and then like a week later he's constipated again.

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Bethel - posted on 12/24/2017

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Babies magic tea is completely safe and helps with newborns constipation, gassiness, and reflux issues. I had the same issues with my newborns and this tea was our lifesaver!

Renee - posted on 06/13/2009

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Our periatrician also suggested the Karo syrup when our daughter had problems. We did that and physically "helped" help pass her stool by "excersizing" her legs back and forth to get things moving. It was an awful experiance, but did the job. With my son now, I am introducing his solids VERY, VERY, VERY slowly. So far, we haven't had any constipation issues with him.

Erica - posted on 06/13/2009

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I would increase your fiber since you are bf he will get it from you and also light Karo syrup does the trick you only need a little bit and you can mix it in anything

Minnie - posted on 06/13/2009

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Why wouldn't the doctor recommend cutting out the solids? He doesn't need them at this point. Then once his digestive system gets back in order you can reintroduce them in small amounts.

Just don't understand why such a simple thing has to be complicated with additional fluids, suppositories, changing cereals...just stop the solids, lol.

Amy - posted on 06/12/2009

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I agree with the changing off of the rice cereal. I use oatmeal for my daughter, she had the same problem. We did a few diffrent things, you can use 1 teaspoon of caro syrup in her milk bottle, 1 time a day or everyother day. We use the p fruits- pears, prunes, and peaches to help her along with 1/8 of a teaspoon of benefiber in her cereal 2 times a day. We had to do the same thing with my son until he was almost a year old. Make sure that your baby is getting enough milk too. I nurse first (it also helps to make the baby not so frantic when they are hungry) and then I give her the cereal. Good luck to you.

Rebecca - posted on 06/12/2009

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I agree, I would stop the rice cereal and go to a oat or barley cereal instead. Try not to give bananas as they can increase constipation. You can give peas, pears, and prunes to try to get him back on track. I call them the three P's lol! My son had really bad constipation at about 9months we found out that he cant tollerate rice, he is now almost 2 1/2 and is still the same way!

Eternity - posted on 06/12/2009

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my daughter also went through a stage of getting really constipated as well. i stopped giving her all cereal and gave her baby food prunes. this worked every time! good luck

Sarah - posted on 06/12/2009

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hi as i have worked as a nursery nurse in a baby room i have a few suggestions but it is about finding out what is right for your child. the old natural remedy is brown sugar in water but now a days weakened apple juice is recommended as the sugar is very sweet and more addictive, you could try doing a baby massage course this will teach you to feel where the poo is in your baby and help, or i found the best thing for both my girls is when i knew they were struggling to go i would take the nappy off lye them on their back hold there ankles and move there legs bent and doing circle motions to help them pass the poo.
i hope this helps

good luck sarah x

Teah - posted on 06/11/2009

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I found with my daughter that when we added in solid foods and her stool made the conversion from the strict breastmilk poops to solid stool she would go three to four days between bowel movements. My philosophy is when in doubt, breastfeed MORE. You can always give him prune baby food as well.

Sheila - posted on 06/11/2009

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Since your son is starting solids, you could try pears. My son was solely breastfed, and had some constipation despite our avoidance of rice cereal. I have one of those Baeba Babycook appliances, so I actually steamed(I worried about starting him on anything that had the mildest potential of giving him an upset tummy) and pureed bartlett pears and asain pears. They made everything come out in a day! My son is now 14 months, and I still go to the pears when he gets constipated.

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