My 18weeks old son has constipation

Amanda Jane - posted on 10/11/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son was born 12weeks early and the doctors have put him Nutriprem 2 formula. I've tryed Water, Pear Juice and everything the health vister and doctor's have said but nothing is working he has to stay on this milk till he is 6months old and l need help.

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Amanda - posted on 12/16/2009

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my baby had constipation when he was younger and i gave him Coloxyl oral drops.. worked great

Becky - posted on 11/02/2009

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My son has been consitpated since we started him on formula. The thing that worked the best for me was, the nurses had told me to get infant glycerin suppositories and use half for my baby. You should tell the pharmacist your babies weight ask if they have a suggestion on how much to use since my baby is big for his age, half may be too much for yours. That would get him moving within an hour and then I would give him 1 1/2 oz water mixed with 1 oz prune juice twice a day to keep him moving. Once we started him on 1st stage fruits and vegetables twice a day he really hasn't had a probelm anymore. If you give him any juice with fiber in it just make sure you give him water too because if he is dehydrated fiber will only make it worse. I have also tried using a thermometer to move around the anal openning and then right after that set him in some warm water, I did it twice and he went a few hours later, but I hear with some babies it can work right away. I'd only use the suppositories if he hadn't gone in a few days and is uncomfortable.

Rachel - posted on 11/01/2009

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My son has always had constipation problems and we have tried everything. The best natural solution was making sure his bottles were warm. The unconvential tricks that work the best that have been approved by my doc are adding 1/8 tsp twice a day of Benefiber and a third time if its been more than 2 days (or if his poop is hard when it comes out). When it gets bad we use a 1/2 tsp of Miralax to a bottle and that once or twice usually gets him to go that day. I know they say they can go a week without pooping but my son is miserable if he doesn't go after 2 days. I know some people are opposed to using fiber or miralax because it is not "natural" but my nephew was born at 27 weeks and this is what they have recommended for him (so if its safe for her preemie, i figure its safe for others).

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I had the same problem till he turned 4 months. A friend suggested to give him before each bottle almost hot water 10/20ml to drink (please make sure it is not too hot!). 30 minutes later...boom..everything came out. This really helped us. Good Luck

Elizabeth - posted on 10/29/2009

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One of my girls has trouble occasionally with constipation. Water didn't help at all. She is now 5 months old. I used Fleet glycerin suppositories for infants. Her doc said to use a half of one, and it worked. I wouldn't do it all the time, but if your son seems like he is really having a hard time, and straining a lot, it's worth a try.

Kylie - posted on 10/27/2009

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Nutriprem 2 is very binding. Joseph only poos once every 3 to 4 days (although now he's almost 6 months he takes some solids and thats helped)



If he's not distressed/crying, then it could be fairly normal and nothing to worry about. If he is distressed, I wouldn't bother with your health visitor or gp and just go straight to your local casualty they'll give him a suppository.



Joseph was 13 weeks early so I know what its like to have doctors and heallth visitors don't have a clue :)

Erin - posted on 10/13/2009

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Put a probiotic in his bottle once a day. You can buy it in powder form and sprinkle it in. It's great for his health too! My daughter is very regular where my first was not and both were on the same formula, but I did not use the probiotic on my first. I also agree with Rhonda, prunes always help us too. A warm bath and also a thermometer in the butt, haha! I have never tried this but a friend of mine did and out it came. Good Luck!

Kristen - posted on 10/12/2009

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My little girl was constipated quite often when she was exclusively breastfed. Used to only poo once every couple of days, and she was in so much pain during it. Once I introduced some solids into her diet (at about 17 weeks) she became very regular. She now goes a couple of times a day and it doesn't seem to worry her.

Claudia - posted on 10/12/2009

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speak to you doc.. i am almost speechless that they han`t given you any advice if he` s really constapated!!

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When did he last poop??? A lot of babies will go 3-4-5-6 days without. -- Try calling the hospital you delivered at and speak with Mother/baby(or whatever it is called there) and ask to speak to one of the nurses. I would hope that they would be willing to help. I am sure things are a little different when it comes to preemies. Good Luck!

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Are his poops hard, like marbles??? - If not, then he isn't constipated! If he is constipated and you have tried all of those, I would call the doc and tell them what is going on. They should recommend some kind of infant suppository and 'dosage' for it. Good Luck!

Rhonda - posted on 10/11/2009

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i know this sounds crazy but i had the same problem and bought baby prune food, put like a TBS mixed with about 2 oz of water...works like a charm..or karo syrup...

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