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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Regina - posted on 10/20/2009

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My oldest daughter Cassidy use to get constipatied all the time when she was young there is a few things we did for her that might help you. Sometimes a little bit of apple juice helps not to much or it will be a mess. If you know what I mean. Pruna juice helps alot.about a 1oz or 1/2 oz. If it continuses I would ask your doctor about changing formulas like going to soy sometimes its the formulas there on that cause this. I had to even give them laxates there gel formed and you have to give them from there butt...I had to do this alot with Cassi but, after the soy formula that help I hope my rambling help you some...Regina

Karen - posted on 10/20/2009

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This may sound difficult to do but it worked for us. hen Scott was only a few weeks old he was severely constipated my baby's da took off his nappy twice a day an put lots of vaseline on his bum, he then worked his finger ove the opening gently an tried to open it up just a little. Scott did a poo that was as long as a snake and we did it the following day again and he felt much better!

Alexis - posted on 10/20/2009

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We had the same problem with my little guy at the same age. We were using formula and #1 fed him watered down apple juice and #2 switched the BRAND of formula - not the kind of formula. Other juices produce gas, so although the baby can then poop, he's in pain from the gas. We also used suppositories when it got bad. It's more painful for the mom to use those than for the baby to receive them!

Just take it one day at a time - God will see you through!

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I have used this table over and over again. The formatting isn't so good on here, but you can get the point.

Eating for Regularity Chart

BINDING Foods (Eat when you have diarrhea.)(Mostly simple carbohydrates and/or highly processed foods.)

Bananas

Rice cereal (or cooked white rice)

Applesauce

Toast

Carrots

squash

potatoes

unsalted crackers

noodles

oatmeal

yogurt with LIVE cultures

cheese



LOOSENING (Eat when constipated.)(Mostly high fiber and/or sorbitol/fructose sugars.)

Prunes

pears

peaches

plums

apricots

peas

brown rice (or most whole grains)

pear juice (sorbitol and fructose)

apple juice

prune juice

extra water and exercise

Karo syrup (1 t in 1/2 c water)

1/2 t bran mixed into food

Lindsy - posted on 10/20/2009

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My son was constipated for 5 days and i gave him some prunes and that did the trick!

Summer - posted on 10/20/2009

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My son is also on soy formula and is constipated all the time, and our peds Dr. told us that we can mix a little juice with water or we can take a thermometer with some vasoline on it and insert it in his rectum to help stimulate him to go to the bathroom. I hope this helps.

Stacey - posted on 10/20/2009

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try making his bottle really warm but not too hot for him with the karo syrup(older people i know have a cup of plain hot water in the morning to get them moving). as soon as he can have juice i found that pear juice works well. my first son was in a similar situation with the soy formula and his doctor suggested a little pear juice. it worked well.

Airan - posted on 10/20/2009

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I have 2 suggestions that worked when we went through that. Karo syrup didnt work for us. We switched to gentle ease formula that helped alot. Also instead of suppositories use Bar Ivory Soap. It is much gentler on them. Cut sliver, wet, and shape to rounded in. Insert it part way and it will work almost instantly. It is easy on their bottoms and works Great. Also giving them an oz of room temperature water a day is not only helpful with constipation but when only on formula and not breast milk they need it...Good luck

Stacie - posted on 10/19/2009

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My son was going through the same thing he was on soy the doctor switched him and now he has no constipation.

Tiffany - posted on 10/19/2009

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i just posted a reply and i thought you were constipated! sorry.....

I have 2 children 1 whom will be 21 and back then they recommended karo syrup...I think that is your safest bet!

Tiffany - posted on 10/19/2009

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they should have given you stool softners in the hospital...those help. also get that yogurt for digestive help! good luck..

Catherine - posted on 10/19/2009

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Try a small amount of fresh orange juice or massage his tummy I find that helps. An also leave his Nappie off for a while my boy goes every two days they say thats normal. Hope this helps.

Kat - posted on 10/19/2009

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kayro a teaspoon of it in the bottle for as long as he is on the formula i had to with my son

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I had the same problem when my lil man was your's age. Ultimately we ended up having to switch to Gentlease, not only did it help with his bowel movements, but it helped with his fussiness and gas.

Tabitha - posted on 10/19/2009

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My oldest daughter had this problem also....the doc told us to put so vasaline on a q-tip and put the vasaline in her rectum just a tiny bit. It seemed to work for us.

Miriam - posted on 10/19/2009

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I went through that with my boy. the first thing my doctor told me is asking my how much milk I was giving him. He was a 10 pound baby, and it was that I was not feeding him enough. As well I added a little bit of water to his diet. Every baby is different so I would check with your doctor. My little girly was like that as well and with her, the doctor told me to try a little bit of prune juice and pear juice. That work awesome too.. Good luck..

Charity - posted on 10/19/2009

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I had the same problem with my son, but instead of watering down the apple juice I gave it to him straight but no more than 3 ounces he was going usually within a half an hour to an hour. If he really seems to be trying that hard to go what I have had to do is lay him on the bed and bend his legs up in the air and kida work it out with him. All you need to do is spread their butt cheeks one at a time to help get the biggest deposit out and they should feel a lot better within a few minutes. They may also have just a little trace of blood down there just from the poop possibly tearing the hole a little but it should be nothing to worry about. I hope this helps your problem.

Tiffany - posted on 10/19/2009

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Rub a small amount of olive oil onto his belly below his belly button after every diaper change. The oil will naturally absorb into the intestines and lubricate things and allow things to move more easily.

Kelley - posted on 10/19/2009

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my daughter had really bad trouble going to the bathroom this is what worked for us water and apple juice!!!!!! just 1ounce of water and 1/2 ounce of juice give it to baby after their bottle....that is what our pedritian had us do then when she started eating baby food we gave her prunes...good luck

Kendall - posted on 10/19/2009

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i agree put a small amount of brown sugar in some preboiled warm water and feed that them and then just wait for the magic to work, it worked for me when my middle son was constipated it takes some time but it should work wonders, good luck.

Jane - posted on 10/19/2009

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I know that with my lil boy, it was the formula he was on. I simply switched formulas and no more constipation ! Maybe thats the ticket !!

Tommi - posted on 10/18/2009

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talk to your dr about maybe switching his formula...it could have a high dose of iron in it and that could be binding him

Lanette - posted on 10/18/2009

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peppermint water helped both my kids with the tummy aches and a little apple jucies made them go easly too

Julia - posted on 10/18/2009

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My son was the some way but I used the dark karo in every bottle and doctor said it was ok to do like that.

Meg - posted on 10/17/2009

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My 6 month old is helped by a teaspoon of clear karo syrup per 4 oz. bottle. My doctor said to try this twice a day and it has always helped her! She also recommended a little diluted prune juice, but I haven't had to try this yet! Good luck!

Cindi - posted on 10/17/2009

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I always gave my son Kayro Syrup in his bottle. It seems to make them go! IDK what it is but the baby loves the sweet taste and it makes them feel better.

Chelsea - posted on 10/17/2009

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I had the same problem with my daughter. I did have her on soy formula, and I switched formulas and she didnt have problems with constipation anymore. I would suggest switching formula and seeing if that helps.

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My youngest had the same problem when she was that age. I used watered down apple juice and prune juice. She didn't care for the prune juice too much but it did help. If all else fails you can use suppositories for babies. But thankfully I didn't have to go that route.

Amy - posted on 10/17/2009

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My son is on soy formula and the doc said it doesnt cause the constipation. Try boiled water with a TINY bit of brown sugar in it. Works a treat.

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my son has serious problems with this from about 3 days old and the only thing that helped was my doctor suggested watered down pear juice worked wonders

Brooke - posted on 10/16/2009

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It's horrible to watch and hear a little newborn that appears to be suffering from constipation discomfort. They seem like they are struggling so much and trying so hard. However, keep in mind this bit of information a few doctors told me and my new mother friends when our babies were newborns. They said that little infant newborns often seem like they are struggling very much to poop, making grunting noises, pushing, trying so hard, and that actually a lot of that might just be that their little bodies haven't developed the muscle ability to smoothly poop yet, and that they appear to be in a lot of discomfort or be constipated, when actually they might not be & that it is harder for mommies to watch than it is for them. They're just working hard or using all their little might to poop, but it doesn't always mean they are constipated. Now, that being said, my doctor also said that specifically breast fed babies it is normal for them to go even a few days without pooping, and not to worry, but if it's been a week or something that might be one I would check with your pediatrician about. If your baby is formula fed it is possible they could be constipated as some formulas ingredients and iron can cause this more often, and if that is the case, ask the doctor how to get the baby pooping again. They might suggest prune water or something else, not sure about that. Poor little babies. Hang in there.

Erin-louise - posted on 10/16/2009

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I was told that they can be constipated for a week on formula and as long as 14 days when breast feed. That is what happened to my son...12 days and boy was that a big job when he finally went. You could try gripe water it seem to week for my kids.

Jennifer - posted on 10/16/2009

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If you buy some sweet oil from the grocery store, you can warm a spoon on the burner from the stove. Let the spoon cool slightly. Put a little bit of the oil on the spoon and feed it to your baby. This should help in a couple of hours. You can also rub a little of the warm oil on his stomach. That should stop any stomach pains he might be feeling. Another thing to try is a little chamomile tea. Let the tea bag steep in hot water, add a little bit of sugar and let him drink it.

Andrea - posted on 10/16/2009

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Have you tried childrens suppositories? You can cut a sliver of one to try at first...Put some vasaline on the area first before inserting it. My son had it bad when he was first born - They worked like a charm - within minutes he would have a normal bowl movement. We also switched to a lower iron formula (Good Start brand) - If you're formula feeding. We also switched to the Platex bottles with the insert bags to push al air out for his feeds - No air - No gas.

Hope this helps!

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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