Natural remedies for constipated babies

Julie - posted on 05/31/2010 ( 31 moms have responded )

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okay so my little man Landon has not pooped in a week.... well, not a REAL poop i mean. he has been pooping this really THICK and sticky poop that is so small about the size of a dime. he does this everyday now. i dont think he is constipated bc of this. but i have tried warm baths, a tiny amount of juice and nothing has worked. i even tried a rectal temp.... yuckie. but still nothing. any other ideas? has anyone else had trouble with their baby not pooping?

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Resa - posted on 06/10/2010

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My baby was not pooping either because of the formula I started him on even though i also breastfeed. I simply gave him gripewater and the pooping problem was fixed.

Alicia - posted on 06/01/2010

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Try giving him banana baby food. It worked when our son was a little constipated. But watch out because there can be an explosion. Good luck.

Tina - posted on 12/06/2011

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If you're concerned about anything always talk to your doctor always trust your instincts. A little bit of brown sugar in warm water works well for constipated babies it did for both of mine also a bit of a tummy massage helps.

Tammy - posted on 06/06/2010

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My son has the same problem the best thing to do is get some apple prune juice and give him about 2 oz and trust me he will poop. Just don't give hime 4 oz if u do he will be a poopin man. I did that and I had to change 3 poopy ones in a row.

Jamie - posted on 06/08/2010

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If your breastfeeding it is normal that your baby is not pooping for a week or even a little more. If he seems fine otherwise I wouldn't be that concerned. Check with your doc if your really worried

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Abegail - posted on 11/20/2013

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I have a 3months old son and I'm so worried because its been over a week since he pooped...tried warm bath often but still not work...

Angelique - posted on 11/29/2011

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Hi My second child didnot have a regular bouwl movement even though she was breast fead I found when she started solids her tummy became worse so I used to blend raisins in her food which was home made and that did the trick if things really took too long I used a glisirins sepositry just to softed and continued with the blended raisins and fruit till today and she is now 4 and a half years old hopefully i gave some usefull advice tonght.

Donna - posted on 09/25/2011

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Dark Karo always worked for mine. Juice and the like did not. Just a little in their milk/food, whatever you can mix it with. My DD had trouble for years due to her love of milk. Karo always worked like a charm.

Jessica - posted on 06/24/2010

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My son was like that for a while. My pedi told me I could give him 4oz. of prune juice up to twice a day. I got the berber baby juice and it worked good. If that doesn't help he also advused me that I could give him a teaspoon of Karo syrup in his bottle.

Rachel - posted on 06/23/2010

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Constipation can also so be food intolerances, try changing diet leaving food out increasing fluids then try juices and then check with you doctor before you try any laxatives. Avoid sticking things where they dont belong all that tissue is very fagile and thin.

Rachel - posted on 06/23/2010

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I was told it might happen and sometimes they do it when they are growing, hold on to the food getting everything out of it so they can grow, beware the poonamy on its way keeps lots of extra wipes on hand. When my friends daughter finally pooped it was at the park and they ran out of wipes with still more poop to clean up....................

Jessica - posted on 06/22/2010

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To poop or not to poop!! Our little guy went through this when he first came home and then recently. We tried everything from the warm bath, thermometer, and suppositories (which are a pain to keep in). Since he is on puree's and formula, we gave him some prunes. He liked them waaaay to much. He had a poop explosion yesterday that rivaled Mt. St. Helen's (according to my husband). If you give him a little prunes in his rice/oatmeal or a puree that worked wonders for Stephen.

Dana - posted on 06/15/2010

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The thick sticky poo can be over flow, my oldest had constipation issues from the time he was 6 months till 3 years... his bowels were so blocked that when he would try to poop the liquidish stuff would squeeze out the pedi tole me it was over flow, they gave him a fleet enema and within minutes his diaper was full.

Jaime - posted on 06/14/2010

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my little guy was too but this whtite grape jucice really worked. I was hesitant about trying it but i heard from other moms it works and it's very gentle on the tummy too.

Jaime - posted on 06/14/2010

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try 2 ozs of white grape juice. My son has 2 oz a day and it clears him right out! Try Gerber brand its already dilouted for you.

Jessica - posted on 06/13/2010

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One of my little girls was/is having that problem. Our pediatrician said to use a stool softener. Cut it in half. It helped but I dont want her to be dependent on it so we use prunes and juice. She told us not to dilute the juice. I have been giving her apple juice but I might try the pear juice. When I feed her pears it helps. They are both breastfed babies and I only have this problem with one. Doc said its because of her eating oatmeal and baby food now.

Diane - posted on 06/12/2010

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this sounds to me as if he's struggling with a change in his diet or he's not getting enough fluids. Have you increased the amount of solid food he's getting or added something to it? If you've only just started the weaning process, perhaps give him a little bit more milk and a bit less food. If the weather's warm he might need more fluids to help him poop properly. Otherwise just try taking him back a stage to what he was eating before he had the problem. Good luck!

Dorte - posted on 06/11/2010

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When I saw your title I figured the answer would be "don't worry, BF babies can go weeks between poops without it being a problem". However, you describe sounds like clear symptoms to constipation to me. Have you make any changes to his diet recently (like introducing cereal)? If so I'd back off that for some days.
Is he more uncomfortable than usual?

Jeanine - posted on 06/09/2010

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Are you feeding him BM? If so, you could try eating a few fresh cherries. I ate some recently and they really got my son's stool moving! And it made his pooh smell kinda sweet.

Leona - posted on 06/08/2010

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we added half a teaspoon of powder magnesium to our sons bottle until he started pooping again! works in 12 to 24 hours usually.

Crystal - posted on 06/08/2010

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My DD has pooping issues. Her's were super hard and she would scream bloody murder. The pedi said to NOT give rice cereal because it binds. We do Oatmeal cereal one in the morning, mixed with some prunes (introduce easch sepeartly with 2 to 3 days inbetween to make sure there is no reaction). I also give her more prunes in the afternoon or some squash. The pedi said that the introduction of foods will help stimulate the bowels.

I found for my DD that the actual fruit was better than the juice.

Angie - posted on 06/01/2010

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my daughter had the same problem I gave her 4 oz of pear juice threw out the day. If you are giving him rice but a couple spoons of fruit in it. Along with that take a Q-tip and put vasline on it and put it in his rectum it will help him go. I know it sounds gross but if works you will both feel better

Melissa - posted on 06/01/2010

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newborns go through the sticky poop stage. its all the fluids etc that was in their stomachs while still in your belly that they need to work out of their system. And sometimes they just don't poop for several days. my son had that problem and i took him to two different doctors but they don't care unless it hits 10 days. you can stick a thermometer up his but and that will help stimulate the pooping sensation. but be careful not to hurt him if you try that one.

Jen - posted on 05/31/2010

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Is he breastfed? I have read they can go a while without pooping but I would definately check it out with your Dr.

Connie - posted on 05/31/2010

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My first son had a bowel issue at this age, the Dr had us give a teaspoon of dark Karo in 1-2 oz of water, once a day. Give it a try, it can't hurt.

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