My 5 week old is constipated. Any ideas to help?

Sandra - posted on 10/16/2009 ( 135 moms have responded )

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I've heard that putting some karo syrup in his formula can help, and it has a little bit, but I find myself needing to do it daily.. He is on soy formula, could that be causing his constipation? I've run out of ideas on how to help my constipated 5 week old. He cries and cries when he's trying to potty and I feel so helpless.. Any ideas at all will help out so much. Thank you.

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Christina - posted on 10/22/2009

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put a tsp of the dark colored karo syrup anymore and you'll make him have the runs.



I was using infamil for my daughter at first then after I noticed she was having such hard stools I switched to similac and then that was upsetting her stomach so I switched then to similac sensitive at about 6 weeks old and she was on that until she switched to whole milk at 1.

Bristol - posted on 10/22/2009

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When my son was having problems, I gave him about 2 oz of watered down prune juice, it worked within 30 minutes, he had a bowel movement almost immediately.. its worth a try

Annette - posted on 10/22/2009

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ask your pediatrician about formula without iron, the iron is what uaually causes the constipation. I do childcare and have raised many, many children. Also karo and water not formula. is what i have always used. you can try a heat pad or hot water bottle , sometimes that helps with the cramps from the hard bowel movement. I have also used this with colic babies it does wonders for soothing

Amanda - posted on 10/22/2009

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My daughter is 7 weeks old, and at 4 weeks her pediatrician told me to make her a bottle with 1/2 ounce apple juice and 1/2 ounce water mixed and give her it twice a day. Apple juice makes a natural laxative. My daughter is doing a lot better now. Hope this helps for your son!

Jennifer - posted on 10/22/2009

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soy will definetly help cause constipation. doing something as simple as rubbing stomach in clockwise motion or doing the bicycling pumping of legs will help. The bicycle motion always helped my daughter

Lindsey - posted on 10/22/2009

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gripe water (you can buy it at most drug stores and almost all natural food stores). it's an all natural remedy for gas, constipation, colic, teething, etc. also, try gently pushing his legs up into his tummy. does he need to be on soy formula? it may be worth trying something else - if dairy-based are a problem, maybe try one of the lactose-free formulas that you can find at natural food stores...

Mary - posted on 10/22/2009

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If you are formula feeding, you can give your baby 1 oz of white drap juice, you can ind it in the baby section by the food. Mix the 1oz of juice, with 1 oz of water. let them drink half, and then 20 mins later let them drink the other half. This will help them go to the bathroom. But dont give them more then the 1 oz of juice. At 5 weeks they are still to small for more then that, but you could give it to them again after 6 hours if they have not pooped yet. Hopes this helps. My son had the same problem at 4 weeks and that helped him in about an hour after I gave it to him.

Carmel - posted on 10/22/2009

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The same thing happened to my son and I just used water. Have him drink 2 oz and it should pass.

BRANDY - posted on 10/22/2009

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My son had it bad when he was born and the doctor switched him from powder formula to concentrate in the can same formula brand just in the concentrate a world of diffrence and i would put a little bit of that baby gerber apple prune juice in with his formula it works too

Cheryl - posted on 10/22/2009

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My son had and still has bad constipation. The pediatrician said to try karo syrup at first and it didn't work. Then we were told to give him one ounce of prune juice with one ounce of water every day. When that stopped working we used pediatric suppositories and cut them in half and did this every 2 days. I would try the Nestle Good Start formula because it is the closest to breast milk and I put my son on this formula and his stools are soft not hard when he goes. Right now my son is 6 months old and is on a 1/2 cap of Miralax a day and just had a barium enema done. He goes every 4 days with that laxative and it comes out all at once.

Ashley - posted on 10/22/2009

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my son since about the same age was very constipated i used prune juice 1 oz juice 1 oz water and that helped alot if that don't help pear juice also helps but make sure you are using the baby juice

Leanne - posted on 10/22/2009

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i have a 5 month old baby boy,and that use happen to him all the ime at the start brown sugar in with cool bolid water does the trick

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I know there are a lot of people who will knock it...but try taking him to a chiropractor. If you stop & think about what they physically go through when they are born, birth is a traumatic event. It can have an effect on all sorts of things. My son was adjusted by my chiro the day after he was born, it is perfectly safe & babies love it. My kids fight over who gets to go first! Also, prunes are natures laxative, try putting just a little into his formula. Whenever either of my kids had a little trouble, prune juice worked wonders.

Tedra - posted on 10/21/2009

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as a mom with allergy kids.....if it is really constipation, and not just baby grunting, consult a naturopath and adjust baby's food. almost always constipation in babies is food allergy/sensitivity related. (Note: try a hydrolyzed baby formula like Nutramigen or alimentum, they are hypoallergenic and super easy to digest)...Also - fabulous treatment for tummy ailmnents is colic ease (not just for colic)....it's all natural gripe water you can get it at www.colicease.com, that was the only thing that made her tummy happy while we got her food straightened out...we gave it to both our daughters in a medicine cup with a bottle nipple on it....and it let us all get some rest...

Amanda - posted on 10/21/2009

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My daughter had the same problem right after she was born & her dr changed her formula to similac sensitive which is for stomach problmes.I also put karo syrup in her bottles daily..the drs told me that some babys just don't digest formula that well.

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We use to have to use a vaseline Q tip on his bottom to help ease poop time. I would talk to your pediatrician about changing his formula or adding something to the formula

Sarah - posted on 10/21/2009

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Instead of suppositories you can also use a glob of vaseline on a q-tip. Insert just the head of the q-tip and twist a little...the results should be pretty immediate. However, my son is 10 weeks old and we ended up giving him 2 ounces of straight Gerber baby pear juice. This did the trick...it had been 6 days since he'd pooped, and he ended up going within a couple hours of the juice. Good luck!

Emma - posted on 10/21/2009

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we were back into it after i finished bleeding. so go for it when you are ready... just use protection i fell pregnant 3wks after having my first...

Jamie-lee - posted on 10/21/2009

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my little boy had the same prod put a tea spoon of brown sugar in his bottle once a day it is cheap works farely fast and they don't mind the taste!!! it really helped me hope he feels better soon!

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Have you tried a little prune juice mixed with cooled boiled water ? add 15ml to 15ml water, that helps also try Putting some oil on ur hand and rubbing his tummy in a clockwise motion. It helps there bowel to move also try moving l=his legs in cirlces like he is riding a bike. The formula could be doing it are u able to try a different one ?

Charmaine - posted on 10/21/2009

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my baby had the same problem when she was tiny i gave her a teaspoon of orange juice squeezed from an orange or u can use pure orange juice from a carton, i put a teat from 1 of her bottles in her mouth then poured the orange into that for her to drink but then straight after you have to rinse their mouth with water so the acid from the orange isnt sitting in their mouth it may not work for your baby but its worth a try. Also when my daughter was trying to go to the toilet i helped her by wiping her bottom gently at the point when she was trying to go to moisten the area & at the same time you can lift their legs up that may help good luck

Elaine - posted on 10/21/2009

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I have heard if you change the baby milk sometimes this works he may not be able for it

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you could try some prune juice...i use a tiny drop in my daughters bottle daily to help her potty she has had the same issue...i asked the doctor if that was ok and she said if its working keep using it! goodluck!

Kristin - posted on 10/21/2009

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I dealt with this when my daughter and friend's daughter were infants. My pediatrician recommended a home remedy that works and doesn't cost a lot. First you need to have some dark Carol Syrup at home. You mix 1 tablespoon of dark syrup with warm sterilized water in a 4 oz bottle. Simply let your infant drink and it helps them poo. I have even used this with my daughter now who is 8 yrs old. It doesn't cause the discomfort of medicines on the market and works with the body to get the poo out. Hope this helps

Atsuko - posted on 10/21/2009

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My daughter was only pooping once in 7-10 days from about a month old. Her dr said it's okay as long as she's pooping every 7-10 days, (okay if she's on schedule)

Her constipation was gone all of a sudden when we started to feed her solid. But till then, she was right on the schedule.

Melanie - posted on 10/21/2009

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I had the same problem when my son was around that age. My Pediatrician recommended a glycerin suppository and it worked like a bomb!

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oh dont do the syrup it is very bad for babies. a doctor told me there are soooo many complications with parents doing that and the babies responding horribly. A doctor told me if the suppositories dont work add a little juice to their diet. and if that dont work sprinkle very very little of the powdered fiber stuff on a drink of some sort. it is frustrating that no one knows for sure how to help babies under 6 months old

Monica - posted on 10/21/2009

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5 weeks is too small for suppositories, I'll try one teaspoon of Karo syrup mixed in his formula or talk with your pediatrician, mine had the same and it just work fine, suppositories are for a year old or over, before I think it could harm the intestines, so watch out, if Karo syrup dont work, hey you can try prunes juice or prune dessert of gerber, just dont give it too much just half of it cause can cause diarrhea for a day. Other wise consult your pediatrician :) good luck.

Anja - posted on 10/21/2009

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try some homeopathic remedies... you can find them online or at wholesales... google kids homeopathic remedies and you will find several sites that will help you figure out which is the best solution

Amanda - posted on 10/21/2009

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try diffrent things...if he's not lactose intolerant..normal formula tends to help..ad a teaspoon of karo as you heard. i used to also give my daughter a bottle of water to sip on between feedings when she was constipated. helped.

Christina - posted on 10/21/2009

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My daughter just had a problem with pooping. She would cry so bad every time she pooped. I went to Pediatrician, and she suggested baby prune juice or baby apple juice. She said if that did not work she would prescribe medication. The prune juice worked fantastic! I give her 2 oz a day and no more crying when she poops! It took like 2 days to work but it does.

Amanda - posted on 10/21/2009

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Take his temp with a rectal thermometer at every diaper change. Within a few diapers he will go. Also children suppositories work wonders. Just be prepared to catch the poop! They can work VERY fast!

Heather - posted on 10/21/2009

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You know, my I tried my kids on Soy formula when they were babies and they were constipated as well! I would recommend you switching formula, but nothing that is too high in iron as that may cause the same problem. In the meantime Karo syrup really does work, and its really inexpensive. You only need to use about 2-3 drops per 4 oz of formula. You don't want to use anymore than that as it will cause a massive and probably unexpected explosion, lol! I would do this with every bottle until his bowel movements are back to normal. This along with changing formula, should solve your problem and ease your mind. The syrup should work in a day or two, but remember the formula may take a little longer possibly up to a week. Good luck, this will work and you'll both feel better soon!

Rebecca - posted on 10/21/2009

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A product called infants friend, you can purchase from most chemists, it is all natural has magnesium(relaxes muscles) and liquorice root plus other things, I swear by it can be given from birth for colic, teething constipation etc. It is so worth a try, hope this helps you xoxoox

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My girl was on soy for a while - turned out people were wrong about a milk allergy and she just had reflux - so I put her on a thickened formula - and problem fixed. but if still doing some breastfeeding eat kiwi - or kiwi as you may call it - I was down to one breastfeed a day and it was still fine. or you can get some coloxyl from the chemist

Sandra - posted on 10/21/2009

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For us each time chocolate worked, I'd eat chocolate then nurse them it was like magic each and every time.. (Our doctor even tried it when they needed to. for their kids too after we told them)

Casandra - posted on 10/20/2009

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My son was a premiee and I was scared to give him what the doc recommened she said to put Adult prune Juice about 1 tbs in a 4oz bottle and that has worked for us! Also when he gets older you can make him prune gerber and that also works great! but over all talk to your pidi they will know whats best for you guys! Good Luck

Nicole - posted on 10/20/2009

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My son was the same way. I spoke with his pediatrician and he told me to give him 1/2 an ounce to 1 ounce of pear juice, daily. Because he's so young you don't really want to start with karo syrup or other thing like that, because he could potentially get dependant on it. Pear juice worked for my son. You can give it everyday to him, it's not going to hurt him like the syrup will. Try that, I hope it helps you!

Natasha - posted on 10/20/2009

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Hello there Sandra I have four children and they all had bad constipation when small my their doctor recomended apple juice of course you have to part water part juice but they say the sugar in the juice will help the constipation. There is also corn syrup and that also works you put a teaspoon in a full bottle it also works. Hope this helps,good luck.

Natasha

Kim - posted on 10/20/2009

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You need to take him to the pediatrician. They sometimes have to put their finger up the little one's bottom to get things started. I really don't want to give you any other advice b/c I'm not a medical person - just a mom. Take him to see your doc as soon as possible.

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You REALLY have to tell your pediatrician. People were telling me to use karo syrup, but now a days, they do not want you to give that to newborns. Sugar lowers their immune system and its flu season! :)
My son was constipated most of his newborn life and his doctor told us to use prune juice and water (i don't remember how many months he was, so ask your doc)
Also, he said to take his temperature with a rectal thermometer to make sure he isn't sick, and that sometimes that pressure will help show him where to push....
That was NO LIE...every time we took his temperature, he pooped and i had a happy baby the rest of the day. :)

Erin - posted on 10/20/2009

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I have twin boys and when they where infants they where always getting constipated i would just give them about a teaspoon of karo syrup into there bottle at feeding time one a day until they went. It worked everytime.

Amanda - posted on 10/20/2009

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Try giving him apple juice or apple sauce. I am a dork and just now noticed that you are already on soy formula.

Amanda - posted on 10/20/2009

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Maybe he is lactose intolerant. Ask your pediatrician about switching to lactose free formula.

Kathy - posted on 04/07/2010

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my child had the same problem but i was told to put a tiny bit of sugar in the milk she was drinking it seemed to work i also tried holding her feet and moving her legs gently like she was riding a bike (do this over an open nappy sounds gross i know but hey were mummies eh lol so you can see if it works ) it ended up kinda like a little game for us



i hope this helps your constipated 5 week old some the poor mite

Lily - posted on 10/23/2009

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My daughters nurse told me to give her about 3ozs of water to 1tsp of Karo syrup (just enough to sweeten the water) in between feedings. She's about to be 5 and I never had anymore trouble with her. She was days old when she would get so constipated that any time she tried to poo she would throw up. You could try this it worked for me. Hope this helped your constipated 5 week old.

Shari - posted on 10/23/2009

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hi sandra,

i had this problem with my daughter and i used sugar an water very mild an it help her alot...actually i still used it..lol hope it works for your constipated 5 week old

Lori - posted on 10/23/2009

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talk to his ped about possibly changing the formula. do not use karo syrup for your constipated 5 week old!

personally dealt with constipation around the 4 month mark and solved it with some prune..too early for yours to use...it is terrible to watch bubs go thru this!!!

for a constipated 5 week old I would suggest a prompt visit to ped office...probably the formula

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