my daughter is constipated!

Rikki - posted on 07/27/2010 ( 42 moms have responded )

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my baby is crying when she poops, like it hurts her. we have been giving her apple juice but it's not helping, any other suggestions?

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Tia - posted on 08/02/2010

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My daughter was born grumpy. She had horrible gas and constipation problems. We finally after 2 years took her to the chiropractor. She was pooping normally an hour later. I thought maybe it was a fluke but the problem stayed away. She was a completely different kid. I thought grumpy was just the way she was but she was only that way because she never felt good.We quit taking her for a while and it came back so we had her adjusted again and she was fine just a few hours later and hasn't had any more problems since. I guess she just needed a tune up. My son started having the same problems and we didn't wait as long with him. We took him in at two months and he's very regular now.

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CHRISTIE - posted on 08/10/2010

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I have 4 kids and All 4 of them had the same problem. I gave mine prunes stage 1 baby food in their cereal every morning and the problem stopped. My doctor told me that prunes were better than juices because juices give them empty calories that they don't need!!!

Lovely - posted on 08/10/2010

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I give my son apple juice. Or I give my son boiled apple and raisins in cinnamon water. My son have bowl issues his doctor said they may have to do surgery if it dont get any better. His is so bad to the point he have blood in his poop. Keep us posted pray shes better soon.

Sarah - posted on 08/09/2010

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all i can say is PRUNES!!!! they work every time if it is a fequent thing just give her a prune every morning with her brekkie or morning tea it will help 2 keep her regular!!

Anna - posted on 08/09/2010

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Hi - we had lots of problems with our daughter passing poohs and screaming with pain also - we tried lots of different things, but what has worked is lactalose from the doctor after seeing the hospital about it too - apparently its a natural sugar so doesn't harm them or make them have a lazy bowel even if used long term. Lately our daughter has been going without any pain at all - but we keep a close eye on it so if it starts getting too firm or making her cry we just give her a dose of the lactalose each day until it comes right. Hope that helps! Good luck. -

Lucy - posted on 08/09/2010

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hey ladies.... i have now changed my daughter onto rice milk and it has worked a dream! shes a regular shit machine! thankgod... i tried all the other options and nothing worked so rice milk was the go! she still has cheese and yoghurt, just the extra processes that went into cows milk did not work for her... good luck xxx

Harsha - posted on 08/09/2010

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my daughter had a same problem she use to cry a lot i have to put glycerine sapositry but now by god grace its ok
i started giving her beetroutand food iteams with butter in it and it actually worked try out

Carly - posted on 08/08/2010

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apple juice is binding...i would suggest trying prune juice or grape juice...my daughter has the same problem...the only thing that somewhat works for her is raisins

Kay - posted on 08/07/2010

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had similar probs wiv my LO, tried putting 2-3 teaspoons dark brown sugar in 4oz cooled boiled water. it worked for me, but dont give it to her regular cos sugar not good for the teeth. hope u get success with whatever u try. good luck :)

Brianne - posted on 08/06/2010

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The same thing has been going on with my DD. She is 1 and has been on whole milk for 3 weeks. Our pediatrician told us no more than 24 ounces of milk a day. I have been feeding her oatmeal and prunes and have been mixing an
ounce of prune juice into her milk twice a day. This normally does the trick.

Jessi - posted on 08/06/2010

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I heard any fruit that starts with a P is good to regulate, if you don't want to always give them prunes. I typically start with pears or pear juice when my daughter gets backed up and it works like a charm! She did get VERY constipated between 6-8 months and we just gave her a little Karo corn syrup and it cleared it up.
I would say just make sure they are getting regular helpings of "P" fruits (pears, prunes, peaches...) along with plenty of liquids and she should be ok!

Desiree - posted on 08/06/2010

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corn syrup.. my 4 yr old didnt poop for 2 weeks n corn syrup fixed it all.. not to much.. about a teaspoon in a 500 ml bottle should do it.

Amy - posted on 08/05/2010

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My son is going through the same thing. His pedi told me to give him gerber prunes, it's been helping out, I've also been giving him a little grape juice which does help as well. I hope it helps.

Faye - posted on 08/05/2010

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My 2 year old son Jayson he got constipation problem quite often, normally I'll apply the Chinese herb oil (made from nutmeg) on his stomach and after few mins he will poo, I found it is quite effective every time when I apply the oil for him.

Linda - posted on 08/05/2010

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My daughter had that problem and our pediatrician advised against apple juice while she was constipated as it can actually constipate a baby more. He suggested we do 50% water - 50 % pear juice and that seemed to help my daughter. Good luck and hope she feels better.

Lucy - posted on 08/04/2010

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prunes/prune juice never worked for my little girl, neither did pears, or extra water- Can't get miralax in AUS (tried to get it at the docs) - magnesium as good for a while (used infant friend) as magnesium is a natural laxative.... now we onto 10mls of parachoc a day - can get at the chemist, this seems to be working well, she does like the taste though so that helps alot!
Good luck, I know its so horrible to watch your little angel in so much pain...

Jennifer - posted on 08/04/2010

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Pear juice works better than apple and prune...probiotics added to any liquid they are drinking will usually fix the problem for good.

Olga - posted on 08/04/2010

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Prune juice, for sure. Also, limit her intake of bananas and other constipating foods.

Glenna - posted on 08/04/2010

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My daughter is 13 months and has had problems with constipation off and on since she was 6 weeks only. At 6 weeks the pediatrician said to add 2 Tbsp of prune juice to her formula/milk 2x day and it worked like a charm. She has been eating solids for a while now and we still do the same thing. If I give her oatmeal I try to mix some baby prunes or pears or peaches with it to help out. The individually wrapped dried prunes are great too. If I give her anything potentially problematic like bananas or cheese I try to balance it out with a prune. Works great. I've heard that this can be common and could last until age 2 or 3 but they eventually grow out of it. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 08/04/2010

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Prunes or prune juice is good but so is kiwifruit. Kiwifruit juice works well but like all the other remedies, only use a wee bit. Best natural laxative I have found yet.

Teghan - posted on 08/03/2010

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Wow! Lots of replys to this one. I didn't read all of them so forgive me if this is a bit repetitive. My son gets constipated really, really easily. My quick fix, and yet to be unsuccessful- tones of fruit. Peaches, plums, pears and prunes...any "P" fruit works the best, but really an fruit (or vegitable or that matter) usually works. Bananas tend to be constipating, and I heard that apples can be as well. Strawberries and blueberries seem to work great as well. If she is really constipated you may need to give her prune juice or pure, then give her lots of fruit as more of a prevetative measure, or if you notice the early signs in the future. Goodluck :)

Erin - posted on 08/03/2010

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Gerber makes apple prune juice that you can just screw a bottle top onto. Give her that and when she is drinking it, move her little legs around like she is riding a bike. Works like a charm!!!

Ashlee - posted on 08/03/2010

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Prune juice, plenty of water, and pears!! (Or pureed pears, depending on how old bubs is) Prune juice is just part of my son's breakfast now...i mix it with his cereal, and now that he has started drinking more water, that has helped a lot too. When my son was smaller, I would just give him lots of pureed pear, because that is a natural laxative apparently! Hope you find something that helps...it's a horrible, helpless feeling when you're watching them trying to poo and they're crying in pain :'(

Tracy - posted on 08/03/2010

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Karo syrup shouldn't be given to young children just like honey it can cause serious health issues. Here's a link expelling why.

http://www.justmommies.com/boards/index....

My son has been constipated since he was 2 weeks old. Strawberries worked with him although there are some people who don't recommend young children eating them because of potential allergies, and blueberries. Other than that his pediatrician has him on a daily dose of miralx. If it's cronic you may want to ask your pediatrician, so you can get control of it before potty training time. It makes it so much harder once they start to hold it.

Danielle - posted on 08/03/2010

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If the prunes don't seem to work you can also try plums. They are sweeter and work just as good for my daughter.

Naomi - posted on 08/03/2010

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my daughter summer is one and she has been really ill with it she was screaming when she was going and in the end started bleeding. we took her to the docs we have to give her lactulose its working great and she is her normal self now but the doc said to keep going with the lactulse she only goes still now once a day or every other day

Keri - posted on 08/03/2010

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My little girl was born with her small and large intestine not connected and had to have surgery so it is imperative that she doesn't get too constipated. I was told that if applejuice didn't work to give her milk of magnesia. anywhere from 1 tsp to 2 tsp. It is disgusting and she would gag and throw up so I started mixing it with her milk or juice. It works!

Jennefer - posted on 08/03/2010

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Try prune juice works better then apple juice or u can feed her prunes if she eating food yet

Kayla - posted on 08/02/2010

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i give my son some brown sugar and water! or prune juice he doesn't like it but once he goes, he's pretty darn happy!

Jessie - posted on 08/02/2010

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prune juice and pureed baby prunes will do the trick. I have never heard of apple juice helping constipation. also put some vaseline or something around her anus so that she doesnt bleed if she strains. (happened to my son once after he started eating baby food, not fun!)

Hayley - posted on 08/02/2010

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prune juice or just prunes help really well. Avoid giving her too much banana as this contributes to block baby up and triggers constipation. Lots of fibre foods will help too. And keep the hydration up. Hope this helps!

Trisha - posted on 08/01/2010

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I give my daughter flax seed oil (1/2 t.) in her morning bottle. It had been the only thing that has worked.

Lenci - posted on 08/01/2010

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Went thru this at 7 months! Learned that prune juice actually works better. Dr said apple juice can be constipating. So I diluted prune juice, and it worked! So now I just make sure Abby gets lots of fluids throughout the day and giving her just ripened bananas keeps her regular. Hope this helps! Such a horrible time for both momma and baby :-(

Nikki - posted on 08/01/2010

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prunes, lots of fruit and yogurt. and if seems to be a constant thing you can try putting in Fiber sure. use only a little and i would suggest if she is an older baby aswell. and you can put in anything and she won't even notice.
Good luck.

Deanna - posted on 07/30/2010

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Apples, juice or sauce is binding also banana's are very binding it's what you give when your kids have diarrhea. I agree with the other mom's try more water, put a little prune juice in the water if she won't drink it on it's own. If all else fails you can try the infant suppositories but only use these if she can't go on her own. I had to use these with my daughter a few times and they worked immediately. Hope this helps, take care

Catherine - posted on 07/29/2010

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I use prune juice for my son, I use about 3/4 juice 1/4 water and it works good. It is extremely bad I will use a suppository but only once in a while.

Jacey - posted on 07/29/2010

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my son had had constipation problems since birth. my pediatrician ended up putting him on miralax everyday, one dose or two half doses a day. apple juice is very binding! liams only allowed to have pear juice or white grape. try giving her less binding foods, which gets harder and harder at this age but liam lived on veggies andf peaches and pears for months because of constipation problems. plus he has reflux so his weight gain isnt completely up to par because of it either, i couldnt switch to milk from formula because he needs the nutrients so bad since he cant eat a lot of stuff. try looking up binding foods and go from there until you can talk to your pedi more. thats what i did. sometimes he still has a hard time but mostly hes ok.

Nicole - posted on 07/28/2010

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Hi, Trying using Sunsweet Prune Juice, thats the only thing that worked for my daughter. Warm it up and give her about 4 to 6 oz. I had to give it to her almost everyday for about 2 months but she is regular now.

Julie - posted on 07/28/2010

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we had the same problem and the dr recommended lactulose and it worked almost right away

Alenka - posted on 07/28/2010

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My daughter has had constipation since birth, even though I breastfed her. She is very active and I found when I give her a lot of water during the day she is regular and has softer poops. My daughter also cries sometimes when pooing but the more water I give her, the better she is. I usually give her atleast 200mls water a day on top of 4 x 200ml bottles of milk and 100 mls juice.
One other things that helps is 1 teaspoon of prune juice in her milk or juice. it doesn't seem like a lot but it helps!!!
If all else fails there are infant suppository's available. Not nice to use but they have worked for my daughter before when she has gone for more than 2 days.
Hope this helps!!!

Melissa - posted on 07/27/2010

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My first daughter, who is now 3yrs old, had terrible constipation problems!!! I fond that if she doesn't drink enough during the day, she still gets constipated. I give her 4- 8oz cups of water with about an ounce of apple juice a day. This has solved her problem. The other thing, do you feed her applesauce or prunes? I did do that when you was smaller, feed her the babyfood prunes, and it helped..but note..it stains horribly!! So diaper only!! Good luck!

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