Has anyone ever tried Karo Syrup for their baby's constipation?

Stephanie - posted on 05/06/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My baby is almost 5 months, but he has a hard time pooping. my mother in law says to give him karo syrup but idk if that is good for him? Any advice?

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Tanya - posted on 05/17/2010

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Hi, I m a pediatric nurse in ftw. Karo syrup/honey have been noted to cause botulism...so please don't give your baby any. they have stool softeners or even prune juice to help with that...better to ask your baby's pediatrician.

Sylvia - posted on 06/08/2010

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I did try it a few times when she was a newborn, but not after that cause it didn't work anymore. What worked really well and still does is the "gerber prune/apple juice"...just don't give him too much.

Cruz - posted on 05/20/2010

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Actually my own pediatrician recommended this when my children were babies - just make sure you use a baby spoon to measure - you only need a little bit in the morning bottle. It did not harm my kids and they pooped everyday ;) hope this helps.

Juana - posted on 05/06/2010

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HI Stephanie, I'm new to circle of moms. I have a 18mth boy and I have used the syrup . My doctor does not recommend it cause it might have an effect on their intestines or something like that, but I chose to give it to him anyway cause he was not pooping for days. I would give him the darker syrup not the clear one, one teaspoon in his milk until he would poop. And yes it definitely works.

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Rhonda - posted on 05/25/2010

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When my 7 month old gets constipated, I usually use a suppository to help with a bowel movement. I cut it in half and insert it. But careful, it does work rather quickly. Prune juice works wonders too. I stay away from Karo and honey due to the botulism. Id much rather take my baby to dr. for constipation than food poisoning.

Hilda - posted on 05/25/2010

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Try Levive (contains 5 natural fruits).. like one teaspoon for his age. www.changeintenminutes.com/hipadil4

I give it to my 2 year old son. He has a strong immune system.

Jacqueline - posted on 05/24/2010

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Mother in laws never know the best...I would not do that and talk to your pediatrician. If you are nursing, try eating some fiber foods or take probiotics. But, never give a baby honey or any kind of syrup it gives them Botulism.

Carmen - posted on 05/24/2010

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Hi Stephanie-
I have twin girls born 3 months early...I say that to say that when they were around that same age 5 months I had the same problem and I put about a teaspoon in the formula shaeked it up and miracles happened...

Ruby - posted on 05/22/2010

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Take about half a teaspoon of olive oil in your hands warm your hands by rubbing them together then massage your babys stomach a little while and see if it works. It did for me. years ago years ago haha

Mari - posted on 05/19/2010

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My son had the worst pooping issues ever...so you can do stool softeners or enemas (do not put a whole enema cut it in half vertically)...I would give him this when he hadnt pooped in like 3 to 4 days. I would also pureed fresh prunes and sqeeze out about 2oz of juice and put it in 4oz of water. I stayed away from karo syrup caz of the botulism effect...I would rather be safe than sorry.

Junie - posted on 05/18/2010

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My babies had that problem and the Dr. told me to give them prune juice....if you give him baby prune juice give him half juice and half water....if not he will get the runs and he will get A HORRIABLE DIAPER RASH!!!! Do it once a day every other day!

Karen - posted on 05/15/2010

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My daughter is 4 yrs old now, and when she was small like that I gave her the dark caro syrup in her formula. It worked for a little bit. The dr. gave her prescription strength miralax and said to mix it with apple juice. that also worked for a bit. Now she sees a pedi gastroenterologist who prescribes her senna syrup to produce a bowel. Have you had your child checked for herschberger (i think that's how it's spelled)? My daughter tested negative for it, but just a thought...Also how many weeks gestation was your child when born? The dr finally ruled that since she was born at 36 weeks gestation and was able to see through endoscopy that her colon muscles do not move to produce a bowel, maybe your baby's colon muscles still need to mature a bit.

Jeannie - posted on 05/13/2010

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I have 2 teens and an 6 y.o. and 2 y.o. I can tell you that we used karo syrup on a couple of our kids and it will not harm ur baby. My husband used to massage baby oil or holy oil all over the baby's body to relax them. We also have used an "old wives remedy" using Anise spice boiled in water that my mother in law recommended and she had 11 kids of her own. Good luck!!

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We definitely did this... not everyday or anything... but it helped when we were starting solids. The other thing I learned was that the solids we started with: rice cereal and mushy bananas are both constipating! Introduce some prunes and that might help too. The last thing was we... just once... followed our ped's directions and used a baby suppository. Watch out, because it happens quickly! Good luck :)

Francina - posted on 05/08/2010

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yeah i did got to use it, it worked good when my daughter was younger then 6 months..after that it wasnt working that good she need it something stronger so my doctor gave me something a little bit stronger that one works good know..it was probably because she was getting bigger she need it something stronger...but the dark karo syrup works..

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