constipated baby.. help !!

Madii - posted on 01/12/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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Amelia is 7 weeks and has been on formula for 3 weeks.

up until now we have had no problems but since last night she has been constipated.



she has been pushing and farting like crazy but has only had 1 dirty nappy in over 24 hours and it was more like rabbit droppings.



someone told me to try her on pear juice and someone else said cooled boiled water.. but im worried she is to young to try any of them.

i cant get her into to see the Dr for 3 days .



any advice would be greatly appriciated, thanks x

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Amanda - posted on 12/13/2015

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Babies magic tea soothes constipated newborns naturally and has no preservatives. Give it to your child in formula or directly. It is safe and healthy and relieves from gas, colic and constipation.

Kathi - posted on 01/18/2009

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Yeah, since she's having the rabbit droppings = def. constipated. I don't know if this would work or not - but when my son didn't go for a week (no rabbit droppings - so technically he wasn't according to the dr.) - a friend's mom suggested water and it worked.

Lorraine - posted on 01/18/2009

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Hi,



 My little one had the same problem,  different things work for different babies but I found half pear juce and half cooled boiled water worked the best.   I tryed the cooled boiled water on its own but it did not work. 



The other things I tryed were Coloxyl drops (ok for use for babies under 6 months),  The child nurse also recomended 1 tea spoon of brown sugar in cooled boiled water,  both of can help. 



At 7 weeks Amelia is not too young to try any of the above 

Charlene - posted on 01/18/2009

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lactulose you can buy from a pharmasist, it worked wonders for my son



only a tiny amount though as it works great.

Rebekah - posted on 01/17/2009

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Three short term cures:



Water with the clear Karo syrup

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Apple juice cut half in half with water

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1 drop mineral oil



Long term you will want to find a new formula that works better for your little one.

Jennifer - posted on 01/17/2009

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Im a mother of 4 children and at this point my youngest is 6 months. I had the same issue with my daughter it went a week. I took her to the doctor and she recommended changing her formula. They had her on Simliac with Iron and come to find out it was to strong for her they then switched her to Enfamil Gentlelease LIPIL and never a problem after that. So you may want to change her formula after consulting her doctor. It usually takes 3 days for her stomach to adjust. Going days without pooping isnt good. All docotrs think different things so I hope this is helpful.

Jeanne - posted on 01/17/2009

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I am just adding to the Karo syrup (dark) solution.  We also got low iron formula.  We put a tsp of Karo in her bottle once or twice a day and believe it or not it worked wonderfully.  Once she got a little bigger than it became less of an issue.

Brook - posted on 01/17/2009

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Both of my kids had the same problem. Their dr (and many experienced friends) suggested a little bit of Karo Syrup in their bottle. Worked like a charm. I didn't do it in every bottle, just a couple times a day, until they became more regular.

Dana - posted on 01/17/2009

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My daughter was constipated from the time she was 3 wks, and I was exclusively breastfeeding at that time. Some babies are just constipated. Talk to your doctor about it. Let him/her know if it is affecting your babies sleep/eating habits. My daughter wouldn't sleep or eat well when she was constipated. We were told we could use 1/2 of a baby glycerin suppository as needed (ie:when it began affecting sleep & eating). I also used white pear juice, but you can use prune juice (my daughter wouldn't take the prune juice). If it continues, I would definitely consult the doctor about miralax. We used that from the time our daughter was 6 mo to just over a year, when the fruits she ate started helping more.

HTH!

Regina - posted on 01/17/2009

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When you pinch around where the dark and light meet on you nipple, do you see any liquid come forth? if so, you have a natural laxative...breast milk! if you see nothing, its certainly not to late to ask for help in re-lactating..

Casey - posted on 01/17/2009

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My son is 12 weeks old and he is having the same problem (we changed his formula due to gas), I called the dr and they told me 1 tsp karo syrup (dark) twice a day. My older son had the same problem, the karo worked for him, but then I was told every bottle (that was 9 years ago though).

User - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi,

try a little karo syrup about a squirt in an ounce of warm water. wont hurt the baby and worked great for my son. Its normal for constipation there system is trying to figure out how to work and the formula's have iron. Hope this helps. Shellie Jochum RN

Kayla - posted on 01/13/2009

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ummm.....my doctor told me that babys can go up to a whole week and not poop and still be fine. Although he did say that if her bowel movemnets ever look like hard ball to call him asap. I have never heard of the pear juice but I have heard of prune juice. That is what I use to help mine use the bathroom. She is 2 months old. I started her on juice a few weeks ago. SHE LOVES IT! You may try Karo syrup also. 1 tbs. with 2 oz. of warm water. If she hasn't used the bathroom in a day...it isn't constiaption she just hasn't gone yet. My baby girl went 6 days no poopy. Now she uses the bathroom everyday.

Toni - posted on 01/13/2009

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Nearly forgot!! Also if you rub their tummy in a clockwise direction or get their feet and push gently into their tummy with their knees, That has worked many a time for me!!! God luck

Toni - posted on 01/13/2009

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I heard water is good as well. If you sterilise the bottle and use boiled water then let it cool it will be fine for your baby! don't leave it out for too long just so its luke warm and ready to drink or you add a little more water into her formula with same amount of scoops!

Callula - posted on 01/13/2009

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not poohing is comletely normal for a few days, but if she seems uncomfortable, a little bit of fresh orange juice always did the trick for my daughter. just be careful though cos if you give them too much it can have the opposite effect

Maureen - posted on 01/13/2009

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When my daughter experienced this problem my pediatrician advised me it ccoulld be a week to 10 days before she pooped.

Karry - posted on 01/12/2009

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Most likely it may be the formula. Try a brand where the proteins are broken down one closely resembling breast milk, like Good start. the orange can 0-12mts. It's usually nothing to worry about but who wants to see their baby constipated.

Nichol - posted on 01/12/2009

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I believe in the Holistic approach. My sister is a nurse & she actually was the one who showed me how... It will be disgusting, but you could help the poop along... I hope you are catching my drift because I do not want to be too specific! If all else fails, a little castrol oil in her bottle will help a little.... or try diluting the formulas a little... it may be to much!

Trisha - posted on 01/12/2009

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Get some infants probiotics to put in her bottle.  This should help a lot until you can get her to the doctor.  A warm bath with a cup of baking soda in it too.  Give her a good massage and keep her happy and relaxed as possible.  Poor baby.  From now on, really watch her poop and if it gets even a little hard is the right time to take steps to get her pooping again.  



 



A doubt a little pear juice would hurt her.  Do you know anyone whose still breastfeeding?  A couple bottles of that would clear her right up.  I know that's not hugely popular but what's the difference between getting a close friend to pump a little breast milk and sourcing an unknown cow for hers?



 



Good luck.



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I have 5 kids. The youngest also being named Amelia who has had the same problem as your since birth. Our ped. told us to give her miralax when she was 3 weeks old. She has been on it for her whole life (she is almost 2) We put her on every formula you can think of, even soy with no help. We tried goats milk a few months ago and it helped a whole lot. The only way we were able to get her off the mirilax completely was to feed her a vegan diet. I think she may have a dairy allergy because it "fixed" her and she is off the miralax now. Anyhow, you can safely use mirilax (start with 1/4 of the lid and adjust until she poops normally) But I would consider food allergies as a cause.

Courtney - posted on 01/12/2009

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Sometimes, babies decide they don't need to poop. My daughter would go a day without a dirty diaper when she was that small, and then give me three the next day, most of the time it's normal. At her age, giving her juice or something other than formula will probably do more harm than good (because diarrhea is pretty uncomfortable too). Gas drops (mylicon drops) usually help a bit if it doesn't clear up. Your doctor may want to change her formual if it doesn't stop on it's own. While you wait, enjoy the dissapearance of poopy diapers while it lasts.

Courtney - posted on 01/12/2009

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Sometimes, babies decide they don't need to poop. My daughter would go a day without a dirty diaper when she was that small, and then give me three the next day, most of the time it's normal. At her age, giving her juice or something other than formula will probably do more harm than good (because diarrhea is pretty uncomfortable too). Gas drops (mylicon drops) usually help a bit if it doesn't clear up. Your doctor may want to change her formual if it doesn't stop on it's own. While you wait, enjoy the dissapearance of poopy diapers while it lasts.

Courtney - posted on 01/12/2009

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Sometimes, babies decide they don't need to poop. My daughter would go a day without a dirty diaper when she was that small, and then give me three the next day, most of the time it's normal. At her age, giving her juice or something other than formula will probably do more harm than good (because diarrhea is pretty uncomfortable too). Gas drops (mylicon drops) usually help a bit if it doesn't clear up. Your doctor may want to change her formual if it doesn't stop on it's own. While you wait, enjoy the dissapearance of poopy diapers while it lasts.

Courtney - posted on 01/12/2009

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Sometimes, babies decide they don't need to poop. My daughter would go a day without a dirty diaper when she was that small, and then give me three the next day, most of the time it's normal. At her age, giving her juice or something other than formula will probably do more harm than good (because diarrhea is pretty uncomfortable too). Gas drops (mylicon drops) usually help a bit if it doesn't clear up. Your doctor may want to change her formual if it doesn't stop on it's own. While you wait, enjoy the dissapearance of poopy diapers while it lasts.

Courtney - posted on 01/12/2009

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Sometimes, babies decide they don't need to poop. My daughter would go a day without a dirty diaper when she was that small, and then give me three the next day, most of the time it's normal. At her age, giving her juice or something other than formula will probably do more harm than good (because diarrhea is pretty uncomfortable too). Gas drops (mylicon drops) usually help a bit if it doesn't clear up. Your doctor may want to change her formual if it doesn't stop on it's own. While you wait, enjoy the dissapearance of poopy diapers while it lasts.

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