how can you solve constipation in infants

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Carla - posted on 05/03/2010

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We just had our 9 month checkup and I asked the doctor about this situation. I have twin girls who both eat the same thing everyday. Pretty much the same amount too. One has absolutely no problem and the other has such trouble. He suggested the corn syrup, a tablespoon for every bottle. It has been 4 1/2 days now that I have doing this and we have had a big improvement. Still not perfect but so much better. I had to help her go every time and she would cry so hard. Broke my heart. Now she is going on her own. yay All I can say is that if things don't improve soon go see your doctor before a problem occurs. take care.

Audra - posted on 05/03/2010

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When my daughter was born she had terrible colic from what ever I was eating. At about 6 weeks I started her on infant pro-biotics. They are found in the refrigerated section of the health-food store. You use very little in milk or formula or you can put a small amount on your nipple before nursing. My daughter's gas went away. She rarely spit up, had normal stools, and digested foods easily as they were introduced. She was also rarely sick. I hightly recommend them. I wish I knew about them 5 years before when my twins were suffering with colic and reflux, and digestion problems.

Leslie - posted on 05/02/2010

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My doc said any fruit/veggie that starts with a P helps babies Poo. Seems to be true at our house. My son rarely has a problem but since we've gone to whole milk my daughter seems to get a little constipated. I just make sure we have our P food and she's good. Carrots seem to work for my two also!

Kristin - posted on 05/02/2010

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Karo syrup! It works wonderful! My doctor suggest this when I told him my girls were having difficulty going to the bathroom. Just put a teaspoon in their bottle. But I found that too much makes them hyper.

Carrie - posted on 05/01/2010

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I used Coloxyl, didnt work, got so bad i had to use microlax (baby enema's) once cleaned out the only thing that has now worked after 3 months of trying everything is Ducolax drops at night and Parachoc in the morning, plenty of pear juice and heaps of water! Good Luck!

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2010

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we used prunes. diluted prune juice before eating and pureed prunes after. Warm baths helped also. we are still battling this issue at a year

Audra - posted on 04/28/2010

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Oh, and I always thought apple juice worked better than pear. We were giving our older babies cheese and bananas all the time because they loved them. I had no idea they were so constipating. I tried MiraLax and reduced those foods.

Audra - posted on 04/28/2010

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We were so concerned about reflux and constipation we went to a gastroinstestinal specialist. He prescribed MiraLAX. It is now over the counter. It is a tasteless, inert, completely safe, stool softener. Mix with any liquid like formula or juice. Ask Dr. or pharmacist for dosing instructions. Works in 1 to 3 days. Worked great. The whole family can use it.

Melanie - posted on 04/27/2010

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I don't know exactly what your child's circumstances are but I have almost 3 month old twin girls. One has a BM several times a day while the other may have anywhere from 1-4 a WEEK. This is pretty normal in infants from what I've read and learned from my pediatrician. I just give her Mylicon for gas when she seems uncomfortable and she loves the stuff.

Katherine - posted on 04/27/2010

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I tried straight prune juice and both of mine amd they started going within 6 hour. Also there are infant laxatives at the chemist that you can buy which is just only a few drops and minutes later u will experience the worst nappy of your life! but it relieves them. But when they start solids try stewed prunes into their rice cereal aswell.

Sheri - posted on 04/26/2010

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My son was constipated from about 2 weeks old. He is now 1 and his twin sister has a bowel movement 4-6 times a day so it was quite a difference. Dr. recommend Prune juice mixed with water (50/50) that worked a few weeks then stopped back up. then the Dr. said to put KY on a Qtip and insert slightly turn to the left, turn to the right, pull out push in a little, that worked too but how horrible. We finally used suppositories for a while. The Dr. said that it was not his formula but I didn't agree, we switch him to Sam;s clubs generic version of Enfamil's Gentlease formula and his problems finally resolved. He still has periods of slight constipation so we make sure to feed him all the fiberous fruits and veggies. It is the worst to see your little suffer through this, so painful.

Celeste - posted on 04/25/2010

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You can try feeding a few bites of pureed prune or mixing a few spoonfuls into a bottle, adding as much water as you can get away with into juices, and eliminate all cheese products from the diet until it passes. You can lay the baby down on their back and do bicycle kicks with their legs (especially the left leg), and a soft abdominal massage, especially when you notice the baby is in pain. You can also try lubricating the colon with vasaline and a rectal thermometer, but i was pretty nervous about doing that when the twins' were really young.

Astrid - posted on 04/25/2010

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My pediatrician advised that Pear juice, not watered down was a great helper.

Dawn - posted on 04/24/2010

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im curious to know how old the baby is... my son was constipated pretty soon after he turned two weeks old... it would come and go... but it turned out that he had a blockage in his bowel... and this was only determined through perseverance and exras and ultrasounds... sometimes constipation is a symptom of a more serious issue... be careful when using something to relieve it in an infant... if it is a more serious issue, things like supositories can cause huge complications... be persistant... talk to your doctor, and if you dont get answers there, search out a doctor who will listen, and take your concerns seriously.
Best of Luck...
xo

Amanda - posted on 04/20/2010

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You can buy the clear Kayro syrup and put it in the formula, that is what I had to with my girls.

Pip - posted on 04/20/2010

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I had a son with terrible constipation. he didn't go for 7 days once, it was a nightmare, I was so worried and he was in pain. Of couse we went to doctors but they just gave him lactulose, he had to stay on it for weeks, it did nothing. We tried pear juice and all the other things people advised and nothing worked. Eventually I went to a chemist and brought infant suppositories and against nearly eveyones advice I used them, much to my sons relief and mine. We had to use them quite regularly at 1st, a couple of times a week, after about a month he seemed to have no more problems, mind you at the same time he started to walk (maybe the motion helped). I think his bowel was lazy. I don't know anything about your case but I hope this helps you cause it's aweful. Good Luck :)

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