CONSTIPATION

Kathryn - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )

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MY SON HAS HAD CONSTIPATION SINCE HE WAS 2MTHS OLD. DOCTORS WONT DO ANYTHING ANYMORE HE IS ON A HIGH FIBRE DIET... HE HAS SO MANY MEDS THT I REFUSE TO GIVE HIM ANYMORE UNLESS IT NATURAL AS HE NEEDS SOMETHIN HE CAN HAVE IN A REGULAR BASES THAT ISNT HARFUL....

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Janet - posted on 01/11/2010

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The white Karo does the job almost every time. You can mix it with any juice or even milk. A long time ago we didn't have formula like we have today and we made out own with karo and carnation or another canned milk. We always added a little more if our infants was constipated. You need not worry about the safety. Your mothers or grandmothers were feed this if they didn't breast feed or as a suppliment.

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Jenny - posted on 01/16/2010

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Try 2-3 oz of WARM water between each feed and once or twice a day but 4 teaspoons of brown sugar in it. it worked a treat for my son

Dent - posted on 01/11/2010

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my son who is now 13 years old had the same problem as a baby and what worked was freshly squeezed orange watered down but ina feeder cup not a bottle!!!!!

Heather - posted on 01/11/2010

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baby prunes baby food, not juice, also i give my baby girl lactulose, just ask your dr or pharmacit for all the info. lactulose works like a charm and it doesnt cause stomach cramps, my daughter is about 19 lbs and the dr said she can take up to 5mls a day and you can give it to them for as long as they need it, it is not addictive and is gentil on their system, you can even take it. oh ya and it tasts great, and i know it can be taken if your baby is on zantac or previcid

Colleen - posted on 01/11/2010

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I don't know how old your son is now but if he's on formula, you could try a different brand. Probiotics help alot with wind and tummy movements. Cloudy Apple and Pear juice can also help to get things moving too. When he's blocked up try rubbing his back in a clockwise direction while he's on the toilet to help stimulate movement. Have the doctors checked for blockages in his bowel?

Danielle - posted on 01/11/2010

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Juice seems to loosen my son up when we have that problem. I only give him milk or water so the juice is a big change to his system. I've also mixed prunes into his meals. If all else fails, I was told by a nurse that if you lube up a q-tip and put it gently into your baby's bum that'll help. I've never had to try it with my son but my friend did with her daughter and she had a great big poop like 5 minutes later.

Sarah - posted on 01/11/2010

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My daughter had bad constipation too. I did several things to get up through it

1. an ounce of prune juice mixed with an ounce of water twice a day

2. camomile tea (sold at the grocery store with the green tea - cheep and safe for babies)

3. oatmeal cereal

4. when the constipation was painful I resorted to "babylax" from the pharmacy

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I'm not sure how old your child is, but Baby Calm is wonderful (and natural). It's a magnesium supplement, which cause regular bowl movements because it acts as a muscle relaxer. We get it from Whole Foods. You give it mixed with some warm water and juice daily. A daily probiotic would be beneficial, too. Has he ever been on antibiotics? Make sure to stay away from Miralax. Good luck-

Ana - posted on 01/11/2010

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keep in mind also, that not pooping every day is normal- my daughter once went 9 days without pooping, just listen to your intuition and to the cues ur little one gives you ;)

Ana - posted on 01/11/2010

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try some infant probiotics! if you breastfeed, just dab a little on your nipple before a feeding. but when my daughter gets consipated we give her a little prune puree and that seems to do the trick!

Belinda - posted on 01/11/2010

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I also agree with the food allergy/intolerance comments.
Both my children have intolerances to all the foods the doctors told as to try for constipation. We stopped eating gluten and all starchy foods such as potatoes etc.
But the best thing that works for both my kids is a good probiotic. Children have probiotics from birth and they do wonders for constipation. I would try and see a naturopath they are so much better than a doctor.
good luck!

Colleen - posted on 01/11/2010

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By the way, if your child does have a food allergy/intolerance, make sure to read labels on everything! You'd be surprised how many things have allegens, such as soy, dairy, and gluten (wheat), in them...including baby foods. Allergy-testing is not that accurate on very small children...so sometimes you have to go with your instinct and with what works best for your child.

Colleen - posted on 01/11/2010

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I completely concur with the comment that the constipation could be a symptom of a food allergy/intolerance. Please discuss this option with your pediatrician. He or she should refer you to a pediatric gastroenterologist.

Stefanie - posted on 01/10/2010

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have you had him food tested...he may have food sensitivities/allergies. I would try this...i know lots of kids that are allergic to wheat, gluten, dairy etc..the minute they stop eating these...they are better. You can get food testing from a dr's office or some chiropracters may offer it as well.

Bonnie - posted on 01/10/2010

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My daughter who is now 39 had many problems her first year and we used many suppositories.. The dr. then suggested karo or maltsupex in her formula. It worked wonders. Maltsupex is a laxative for infants. My other daughter had problems with both of her kids & she used Miralax!

Cathy - posted on 01/10/2010

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Can he tolerate Karo syrup....my son was on similac and it constipated him badly...his dr. suggested one teaspoon in one bottle per day.........it worked......

Carol - posted on 01/10/2010

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I have 2 suggestions...For immediate relief, try a baby Fleet enema. Also purchase some fennel seed and make a tea out of it and give it to him instead of water.

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How old is your baby? Some of the meds he's on (are they for constipation or?) can contribute to him being constipated. Try giving him a bottle or cup of water at least 3 times a day as this will help loosen the stools(poo's). Try giving him a kiwi fruit or 2 a day or a small piece of liqcorice? also. My son (51/2) also suffers from this condition but i vary his diet and make sure he has enough water to drink. He is also on suppositories every 2nd day

Toy - posted on 01/10/2010

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My son had an extreme case of constipation before he was old enough to be eating fruit, so the doctor advised me to add 1/2 tsp. Dark Karo to his bottle. Toy Hicks

Jessicarae - posted on 01/09/2010

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you said 'doctors' but i wasn't sure if that included the chiropractor or not? tons of digestive issues are linked to the spine and things being out of place. I had the same issue with our youngest and after he was given an adjustment he almost literally blew out a few diapers. he was also so much less cranky and happy because of the relief of not being in pain. find a chiropractor who has a great reputation and try it out? hope this helps! good luck!

Andrea - posted on 01/07/2010

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I have found with babys to the older that some warm liquid then some cool liquid will start things moving. I learned this working in a nursing home, they would give them warm juice then cold juice and get out of the way. This also worked for my 2 boys and daughter. Give it a try

Tristen - posted on 01/07/2010

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have you tried apple prune juice? gerber makes it . my two month old takes one oz juice one oz water every day it has helped her alot.

Heila - posted on 01/06/2010

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Try "babasuur". You can buy this at any Pharmacy and this is not very expensive. We also use Milkara (it is like fish oil) and is very effective.

Barb - posted on 01/06/2010

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Try more water. Sometimes your body needs more water to due your number 2. Also some foods can cause the runs or constipation keep an eye on the food you give to see if there is a pattern.

Chrissy - posted on 01/06/2010

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Fiber is bad for younger kids and can cause gas or constipation. Back off on the fiber and stay away from bannanas

Mel - posted on 01/06/2010

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HOw old is baby now? Mine had it til 12 months old and sometimes after that due to formula and not eating solids. The only formula that helped her was pediasure which is high calorie.

You can try switching formula, prune juice, half mixed wih water depending on the age, lots of water beween bottles, pear and orange juice, dried prunes and pureed apple and pears or other fruits, suppositories when necessary, warm bath and lower tumm massage in circular motion, coloxyl drops , and every time you change the nappy put cream tehre with a cotton tip so when he does go it doesnt tear. Stay away from dairy where possible and avoid things with iron such as rice cereal or vitamins with iron

Kathy - posted on 01/06/2010

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Try and get an appointment with a naturopathic doctor to find a safe, natural and effective solution for your little one. Don't give up! :)

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if he is like 5 or 6 months old there is stage 2 prunes for baby food i find that prunes work the best my son gets constipated alot an ill give him prune juice (he is 21 months) an then he goes within 3 hours an he can have prunes as much as you want him to well i wouldnt do it all day but if he needs it every other day he will be fine with that

Amy - posted on 01/06/2010

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give him fruit and other foods that loosen the stool. Our son loved bananas but we found out that we need to give him less ripe ones as if they become over ripe they can be constipating. Once he started eating his fruit he was fine.

Do you give him Rice Cereal? If so, switch to oatmeal cereal, it's MUCH less constipating!

Take a look at the foods he's eating then look up to see if it could cause constipation, if so limit the amount.

Dawn - posted on 01/06/2010

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My baby had big tummy trouble, at 5 months my friend suggested the cereal "Happy Bellies." It has probiotics, and she has been great since! I get it at Babies-R-Us and Target.

Dina - posted on 01/06/2010

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I gave my baby some chicken soup in her bottle! I make the soup with chicken pieces and not chicken stock so it;s all natural!

Joan - posted on 01/06/2010

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I gave my kids a touch of white/clear karo syrup (in their formula/milk) when they needed it.

Carrie - posted on 01/06/2010

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depends on his age have you tried baby food prunes yet? gerber also makes a apple prune juice you can try, sometimes just apple juice can help too, my little one had the same problem and i didn't want to give her meds and variations of all these thing worked just remember to start with one at a time for a few days to know what works better, hope this helps good luck!

Sunshine - posted on 01/06/2010

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I was told by a Doctor to give the child a bath with baking soda in it. It alway helped my girls if not that day the day after.

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