whats a good home remedy for constipation?

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Olivia - posted on 02/06/2010

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Our little one just had a problem with this today - after talking to her pediatrician, he suggested either 1/2 of an infant glycerine suppository or 1oz of prune juice mixed with 1oz of plain pedialyte. We opted for the latter and followed with some formula. She had a bowel movement within a half hour. Hope this helps.

Amanda - posted on 01/30/2009

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i used sugar water, my great aunt told me about it, it beats taking pills or creams.
1 tbs of sugar, half a 4oz bottle of water, 3 times a day, should take about 2-3 days to get your baby regular, it worked for me, maybe it will work for you.
those 80-90 year old women really know there stuff!!!

Soraya - posted on 02/25/2010

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My doctor told me to drink a lot of water, even if you eat a lot of fiber, you have to wash everything down, so water is the best

Kimberly - posted on 02/07/2010

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Anything high in fiber, low in fats and starch. I'm talkin fresh fruits and veggies! Nature's candy! If you need to include a little something to make a salad more flavorful, go for the viniagrete or olive oil and vinegar, not the other heavy stuff. (for mom)

Try to avoid starchy foods = more gas; like potatos, corn, peas, broccoli and cauliflower. Thats just in the veggies category, avoid the stuff and the bottom of the food pyramid in = all starch and carbs. (By all means eat this stuff on a regular basis, but purely for the purpose of unclogging the lower intestines, avoid this stuff)

Anything else is fair game. Have fun, get creative!


My baby is on a soy-based formula (lactose intolerant) and she poops regularly. If she doesn't, the orange baby food jars work really well like sweet potatoes (not a starch), butternut squash, applesauce, pears, and carrots. Just the single flavor ones, not the mixed stuff. (The mixed stuff tends to have other things added to them and is not pure fruit or veggie and water)

Melissa - posted on 01/30/2009

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Quoting Azra:



 hello






 firstly it depends whether ur child in  on breat milk only coz during that time   they dont pass stool evn for a week . if the child is other feed too then try for honey in warm water should work ...  it did in   my son's case.






 add lots of vegetables  and fruits in ur child's diet.






 keep  us posting abt any improvement






Honey is not safe to give to children under a year old!     It may cause botulism in infants under 1yr old

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Truly, [IF] you can, eating PRUNES, or DRINK PRUNE JUICE. It's really not that bad--it gets a bad rap, but it's kinda sweet and kid-friendly too! IT WORKS, what can i say.
GOOD LUCK :)

Debbie - posted on 02/06/2010

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for a baby my midwife suggested 1/4 teaspoon brown suger to 5mls warm/cooled boiled water, this worked with our oldest daughter when she was nb and got consipated, toddler age id offer prunes, bran keeps them regular also you could make bran biscuits or buy a small packet and sprinkle over their cereal in the morn. also another idea for bubs is pour boiling water (small amount) over a prune or two and leave it to soak for a few hrs or over night give them the cool water to drink.

Pamela - posted on 01/30/2009

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depends on the age...for an infant you can put vaseline on the end of a Qtip and insert it in the bum in and out and put the diaper on...it should stimulat the sphinctor muscles...sp?  Also I have a friend from Argentina and the stem of fresh parsley inserted in the bum...cut the leaves off and vaseline and a quick in and out should help.



Also...for older child if on baby food I would always keep a jar of babyfood prunes in the cupboard...mix a table spoon in at every meal...



Good luck!

Dawn - posted on 01/30/2009

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who is constipated? you or your baby? if it's your baby then give her 1/4 ounce of apple juice with a few ounces of water. this worked within a few hours for my baby. if it's you...then lots of water, fruits and veggies. bell peppers work great!!!! also high fiber cereal and lots of whole grains.

Stephanie - posted on 01/30/2009

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My daughter had a problem going. The poor thing turned purple everytime she tried to go from pushing so hard! She was only about 5 months old, so she wasn't eating any solids yet, but baby food prunes worked the best when it was that bad. I feel like they made her gassy though, so I only used them when desperately needed. White grape juice and apple juice also worked well for her. Now, she goes a couple times a day as long as she has some apple juice every single day. I always had this problem, and I need apple juice often as well. Hope this helps!

Azra - posted on 01/30/2009

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 hello



 firstly it depends whether ur child in  on breat milk only coz during that time   they dont pass stool evn for a week . if the child is other feed too then try for honey in warm water should work ...  it did in   my son's case.



 add lots of vegetables  and fruits in ur child's diet.



 keep  us posting abt any improvement

Heather - posted on 01/29/2009

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blend in blender prunes, branflakes and applesauce with a bit of apple juice. just till pasty so can be eaten with spoon. You can even top with raisins. When I worked in a nursing home this was what we nurses would give patients with constipation. Works. Of course lots of water stay away from bananas, toast rice those things can constipate even more!

Shena - posted on 01/28/2009

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When my son was having problems the doctor said to add brown sugar to his bottles and let me tell you it worked wonders!

Jenelle - posted on 01/27/2009

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I see that your baby is a week old. Congratulations! Just remember, unless your baby's poop is dry and hard, he is probably not constipated. Since he was just born, his little body is just trying to figure out the whole digestion thing. My daughter only poops on Fridays! She has done this since she was a couple weeks old. So don't worry too much because at this point you have a lot more to think about, like sleeping!

Amber - posted on 01/27/2009

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mix equal amounts of prune juice with water.  i don't know how old your baby is.  if less than 8 or 9 months don't give more than 3 oz of juice/water.

Crystal - posted on 01/27/2009

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I've had the same problem with my son since he was 2 months old.  The doctor told us white grape juice diluted with water and it works every time.  He's five months old now, so I do 3 ounces of grape juice and 3 ounces of water mixed once a day since he drinks six ounce bottles.

Nichelle - posted on 01/27/2009

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I agree with LeaAnn. My pediatrician said 1 tablespoon dark corn syrup to 4 oz water. If you can get it down, it will really work. My little girl didn't want anything to do with it. 



Are you breast feeding? It it now not uncommon for breastfed babies to go 1 week without a bowl movement. It's considered normal. However if it's been over a week and you are the mom of a little one under 2 years, you can use a glycerin suppository cut in half length wise. This will induce a bowl movement in under an hour. 



I will suggest that you use caution when giving things to aid constipation to your little one. It's very easy to dehydrate them. So, be careful and food luck! 

Brenda - posted on 01/27/2009

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This may just work for my child, but when she is constipated I give her a snack-pak can of those little mandarin oranges and she is going within hours. She has always had BM issues and, when she was an infant, the doctor suggested the corn syrup. It didn’t work even when we tried 2 Tbsp. of it in her bottle. Once she started on solids I found that the mandarins made her go. Regular oranges and orange juice don’t have the same effect, which seems strange to me. Our doctor also told us to stay away from bananas, apple products and starches like rice and breads, also known as the B.R.A.T. diet (Bananas, Rice, Apples, Toast). These things are usually used to help with diarrhea because they "stop you up."

Lynne - posted on 01/27/2009

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try rubbing the bottom of the spine near the butt, this stimulates the bowel movement.

LeaAnne - posted on 01/26/2009

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For an infant get a bottle, put 3ozs. of water in it, add 1 tbsp of DARK Corn Syrup. For a toddle, do the same just instead of a bottle, use a sippy cup. Hope this helps you out!!!

Kristi - posted on 01/26/2009

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Try peaches, prunes, apple sauce, just lots of fruits and water. If that doesn't work then you will probably will have to try suppositories by FLEET.( the liquid ones) Hope this helps.

Megan - posted on 01/26/2009

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Lots of water!!

Also grate an apple and let it go brown then eat it...it works very well

Hope it helps!

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