constipation

Kerry - posted on 08/09/2011 ( 210 moms have responded )

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my 5 week old baby is badly constipated have tried brown sugar and water also stomach calm and diluting his formula. doctor is telling me to stay on this formula till he is 6 months

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Bernadine - posted on 08/09/2011

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Ok, this is a 5 month old the only thing he/she should be eating is baby food and formula or breastmilk, Therefore, i agree with your doctor. Sometimes babies get constipated, give him/her baby food prunes and do not give him/her too much water or all of these home remedies - babies that yound should not really be drinking too much of anything except formula/breastmilk. PRUNES should work just fine.



5 weeks old - sorry I thought he was 5 months!!! OMG - do not give him water or any home remedies, babies this yound should not be drinking water or watered down formula. How long has he been "consitipated" and there is a difference between constipation and not having a bowel movement. Again check with your DR. not on a forum with people who are not DR.'s an excellent resource is baby 411 book and website - written by pediatricians and answers all your questions about baby!

Kelly - posted on 08/09/2011

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I agree with the Kayro white syrup. It works. I used that on my oldest daughter she had the same problem.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/09/2011

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I would think about getting a second opinion from a different pediatrician. I have never heard of the brown sugar thing, or staying on a formula that could be causing constipation.

Kristie - posted on 08/09/2011

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Kerry. I would suggest looking into another doctor. When my doctor brushed me off I took my son to children's hospital's gastroentology unit myself. In 48 hours they had given him two doses of Miralax (half a cap full per their directions). He was a different baby within 48 hours. Miralax is safe and he takes a half cap everyday with sometimes an additional 1/4 cap in his bottle. I felt strongly there was something more going on and went above the dr. I hope it gets better. I had used karo syrup before that but to no avail it did not work. Get a 2nd opinion and if that doesn't work get a referral if you need one to a children's gastroentologist. It may be the best thing you have ever done for you and your child. Trust your instincts.

Carolyn - posted on 08/09/2011

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If you are using formula mix in a table spoon of Kayro white syrup.

This has been used for several generation and proven to work.

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Julie - posted on 08/14/2011

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If you child is getting constipated on formula then something is wrong either with the way it is being made up or the formula itself is not suited to your baby for a doctor to tell you that regardless of what happens stick to the same formula then seek another doctors opinion every child is an individual both myself and my two daughter had to have special milk as we were allergic to the general formular babys were given at that time the hospital can do atolerance test to see what is causing the problem constipation in a child so young is a concern please do not leave it until they become very poorly act now trust your instinct the old saying mothers know best is as correct now as it was years ago as my childrens doctors found out and had to apologies to me for their mistake

Jo - posted on 08/14/2011

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I would definately recommend using a formula that is easier to digest rather than watering down regular formula as they have the exact amount of nutrients that your little one needs to grow.(I had the exact same situation with my daughter and she has had slow bowels til now (age 5). Soy based formula is often helpful for constipation, and once she is old enough to have milk I would strongly recommend soy as apposed to dairy. perhaps give her cool boiled water in between feeds to increase her liquid also....hope this helps i know how you feel!

Natalie - posted on 08/14/2011

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Does your formula have extra iron? That will cause constipation. I know things are different now, but with our babies, they had us give a little diluted apple juice.

Hollie - posted on 08/14/2011

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I agreee with the Karo syrup but my pediatrition suggested the dark one, good luck!

Susan - posted on 08/14/2011

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no karo or enimas unless directed by doctor...I was told this because you can make them sick. No kayro under 1 year and you could completly unbalance their body..not to mention damage thier poor little bums.:(

Arlene - posted on 08/14/2011

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Have you tried dark corn syrup in the formula? My daughter's pediatrician said that you can put a few drops in the formula. I've never tried it. Or a rectal thermometer with vaseline on the end. Almost like a suppository. I've tried that with my son. It has worked.

Brianne - posted on 08/14/2011

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I forgot to say when my kids were real little they usually got constipated when they had shots. I do agree with Kim on maybe switching doctors.

Susan - posted on 08/14/2011

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Well it depends on how long...prune juice is first defence (dilute slightly). I had to give my daughter Miralax per my daughters GI specialist (1/4 teasp, increasing amount by another 1/4 daily if still no movement). They also did a Barium xray to ensure her intestines were not kincked. She was also having acid reflux. And on top of that she had a severe intolerance to milk. I was told soy was ususally a problem for them. I had to switch her to a super expensive formula (Rx). Ask to be refered to a GI specialist and either your doctors office or the GI's office can give you samples of other types of formula. Give it a good 3-5 days though.



Good luck! Also only start to worry about it if it is 3/4 days and they havent gone. Some babies are just funny like that

Dora - posted on 08/14/2011

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Do not dilute the formula. It can mess up his/her electrolytes. Have you tried Karo syrup? Dark I believe it's just one tsp. It could also be a milk protein allergy. You could ask your pmd if switching to another milk would help. Are the stools pebbles or regular baby poop. Young infants can look like they are constipated because they get all red when they poop. Their intestines are still immature so they use all their muscles to poop and get red. As long as the poop looks normal not pebbles and hard the child is not constipated. Also some infants don't go everyday and that's also considered normal. The child needs his formula and even when they start solids the need it just not as much as before. You can go to kidshealth.org. Great website and has appropriate answers on infants and newborns. I hope this helps

Brianne - posted on 08/14/2011

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I was told to used 1 tbsp of Karo syrup in bottle mixed with formula. Worked great! Both my kids had that issue and one still does and the doc. is always asking me if she like waffles. Syrup is a natural help!

Prudence - posted on 08/14/2011

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Sorry to disagree with some of you but i have a three week old and he was constipated too.... i tried staying on the formula and just doing water at times, it didnt work....so i talked to my health nurse and she said the formula i was on was known to constipate kids...so i swapped formula and he is fine..... you dont change formula for no reason but this is a good reason to change formula and they get used to it....but you dont just change all the time. my opinion but it worked.

Heidi - posted on 08/14/2011

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my oldest did the same thing and we did prune juice(small ammounts) and our Dr. thought it was the soy in the formula that did it so we went soy free(expensive but worht it) good luck!!!

Sheila - posted on 08/14/2011

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Have you tried pear juice or purn juice? My son had terriable constipation and it helped the other thing we tried was dark karo syrup in his formula. We mixed the pear juice in to his formula as well but not full strenght. Hope this helps.

Calvalyn - posted on 08/14/2011

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My oldest was constipated as a child, the iron in formula can be too much for the little stomachs but it is essential, so I used to add a drop or two of prune juice to each bottle and that worked fine. I don't remember who told me to do it so you could check with your doctor, but just enough to slightly change the color of the formula was all that we needed to keep her going. Good luck

Robin - posted on 08/14/2011

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Try using some pancke syrup in the formula. I used it for all 4 of my children when they were babies, just fo your fyi my oldest is 6'2" and 240 all muscle. It didn't hurt him.

Darcy - posted on 08/14/2011

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We had the same problem switched to enfamil gentlease and it worked wonders!!! Try 1 oz prune juice and 1 oz water also works but can hurt the tummy sometimes.

Shaz - posted on 08/14/2011

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okay...dont worry to much doctors are quacks....

at around 5 weeks a baby's digestion changes and they get tummy upsets and some constipation its normal. everytime you change their milk or diet the same will happen. now a breastfed baby can take 8 days to poop and thats normal and fine. a bottle fed baby can take up to 5 days. if they still havent gone after that amount of time then they are definatley constipated. Dont ever dilute milk they need it. now i swear by gripe water for helping tummy upsets. its premade and you can get it just about anywhere. id suggest giving it by a baby medicine giver that has a teat so they can suck on it. the key with gripe water is that you need to give it to them before EVERY feed. gripe water helps to bring up gas and help them fart. now what you can to is several things....

1.give him a warm bath...it helps to relax their muscles so they can let go of the gas.

2. rub his tummy in a clockwise direction be firm but not too firm this helps to soothe his tummy and helpos to pass the gas

3. stand up and hold thim under the arms but ensure his head isnt flopping then allow him to stretch out you can slowly move him up and down

4. sitting down put him across your knees tummy pressed into your leg with his legs comming away from yours now pat and rub his back. you can move your leg around slightly to help push the gas out. (any position which will allow you to put a bit of pressure on his tummy will work though its his own weight and the best positions need to be front down)

5. lay him on his back (present its a game) bring both legs up at the same time gently (but firm) push his legs in up to his tummy (knees bent) then one leg at a time then both... (this has ALWAYS worked for me)

Note you will often have to rotate between 2,3,4, and 5 because they will get annoyed at you after a while so keep chaning it until you get a fart.

please try it. and go see a child health nure they know more than most quacks for drs and they will take the time to explain milestones give tips and explain baby health ALOT better. i hope this helps...it seems to me that you are a new mother and this is your first. when i had my first a stupid dr told me my DD had a tempory lactose intollerancy...what a load of crap....Id been giving her diluted apple juice and it had been giving her the runs..i had stoped giving it to her and she hadnt gone in days. but it turned out that she just needed a little time. also my boy was very gassy as a baby actually he is even now and hes 3 lol..

Delora - posted on 08/14/2011

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My son had the same problem and I used exactly what Pauline uses....MIRALAX. It works so well. Half a cap full in formula and shake well. Only once a day. It will work!!!

Teresa - posted on 08/14/2011

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U can try putting a teaspoon of dark caro syrup in his bottle...make sure to shake it up

Kabhooper - posted on 08/14/2011

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When my children were small I used the half dose of the glycerin suppositories but that was over 33 years ago. There is ped clinic in our city. The drs are great. If you little is under stress maybe take to your locate children hospital the drs there could help. God speed.

Claire - posted on 08/14/2011

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i had same problem at 5 weeks old, my son just stopped pooing for 2 weeks. we did brown sugar and water on its own- nothing, prune juice10mls 2x a day on its own- nothing. did the suppository-cleared him out but still he wouldnt poo on his own. then we added coloxyl drops to his formula and did prune juice still twice a day, worked excellently! pooing all the time now on his own again. also been seeing a chiropractor who has helped a treat. we also swapped him to HA formula, makes their poo softer. only had to do the prune juice and coloxyl drops (from chemist) for a couple of days, and did not harm him or make sick or cause allergies. the brown sugar and water is meant to act as Lactose to get them going, but u have to get the dose right-pediatrician gave us correct dosage, but i found the coloxyl drops and prune juice together the best.

Jeunae - posted on 08/14/2011

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KAYRO SYRUP WORKED!
Make sure that the water and Kayro have been boiled together then store in refrigerator.
My instincts told me no, but my elders swore it worked everytime. My son was so miserable and my pediatrician was only telling me to give him a little water as well as the formula. I finally gave in and my 3 week old son must have pooped a pound! We scaled back on the amount of Kayro added to the "Water-Kayro" solution slowly and within 1.5 months he was pooping regularly w/o the Kayro additive.
Difficult decision going against what my pediatrician recommended...I understand your dilemma better than you think ;)

Maria - posted on 08/14/2011

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what formula are you on?? Same thing happened to me. I was using Similac with High iron and switch to similac regular..... After 2 days things were back to normal. In the mean time you should do what I did. Make your baby drink warm water and put something warm on his or her belly. I also played with my baby girl legs like she was doing some bicycle..... I did exactly what the nurse online told me to do. It's all because of the formula....I am pretty sure. Now what i do to prevent anything else I make her drink a little bit of warm water everyday. About half an once....Hope it helps.

Terry - posted on 08/14/2011

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Definitely listen to the pediatrician when it comes to babies this young. I am an RN and have raised most of our 9 children (have 3 to go) and am raising my 4 month old granddaughter now. She has had problems with gaining weight and at this age it is extremely important that they get the nutrition so I would strongly discourage diluting their formula or giving brown sugar in water. Your baby needs their (brain food) nutrition at this time. As far as Karo syrup I know they used them (dark and white) for constipation and diarrhea. With some of my older kids I was given glycerin suppositories but with my granddaughter the pediatrician told us to get molasses and put in a bottle of formula. MOST DEFINITELY LISTEN TO YOUR PEDIATRICIAN !!!!

Robbie - posted on 08/14/2011

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Doctors are not God - seriously, you have to listen to your gut. Find a different doctor and in the meantime, don't just let your child suffer with constipation for 6 months like your doctor is suggesting. A hypoallergenic formula might just be the answer until you get your milk production up again. My oldest child ended up with very serious GI issues because his doctor ignored me when I showed concern.

Theresea - posted on 08/14/2011

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never heard of brown sugar. everyone I know would add a little karo syrup. worked wonders.

Kristen - posted on 08/14/2011

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dont always listen to your doctor. things have changed so much overtime and they tell you new things all the time. do what you feel is best and what needs to be done.
when i was constipated my parents gave me a little pruin juice no matter what age i was, and i did the same for my son. it works!

Shannon - posted on 08/14/2011

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My daughter had a similar problem and we tried baby probiotics. It worked the next day! We kept her on them until she was 6 months. We used BioGaia but there are all kinds out there. The BioGaia were just the only liquid drops that we could find. Just make sure that if you do try them out to make sure that they are cold packed when delivered or they will die. Amazon.com sells them but they don't ship cold. If you go to the web site they can hook you up with good retailers.

Angela - posted on 08/14/2011

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DR. Jen did wonders for my baby. Also my midwife said a few drops of castor oil onstomachand massage in the direction of the bowels exit..boy this works fast...

Beth - posted on 08/14/2011

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My daughter used to have issues. She was breastfed and still having issues. There were times that I used a rectal thermometer and it worked every time. I also used to help by pushing her knees up to her chest. This seemed to make it easier for her to go when I saw that she was trying.

Leslie - posted on 08/14/2011

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Pumpkin. Pumpkin works wonders on humans and animals. Be sure to ok it with your doctor first.

Amy - posted on 08/14/2011

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Add some karo syrup to his bottle. That's what my doctor had me do. I put some in 1 bottle each day and it took care of the problem. Good luck!

Samantha - posted on 08/14/2011

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Maybe you should try taking baby's temp rectally. I had the same problem with my oldest, it seemed I was calling the doc everyday! And sure enough everytime they got her temp, sje went all over the table. Baby is too young for anything besides 'milk' (formula or nursing). Good luck. I know your frustrations!

Teena - posted on 08/14/2011

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It's been many years since my daughter was an infant...13 yrs in fact. The one thing that we were told to use was a small amount of DARK Karo syrup on a bottle with warm water. It was th only thing that worked! Good Luck!

Tina - posted on 08/14/2011

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You've got some good ideas out there. As for the formula thing its good for them but so is the cereal if they are a hungry/eater. I wouldnt jump right into fruit and veggies yet. Every baby is different. I worked nights I would "play" with my son throughout the day. Babycize is what it was called way back when. Doing the exercizes with him worked out any gas I did not get out burping and worked out bm's. My healthy happy son is 190lbs and 5 foot 11 and 23 years old. Be sensible, stay on formula, cereal is ok baby spoonful, play with them the leg pushes the soft rolls, situps (not like adults) all help. I wish you the best and feel you will figure it out with a little help.

Pauline - posted on 08/14/2011

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Miralax. If you put it in the bottle the baby drink it. There are so side effects. I used it on my son. It was wonderful.

Aleph - posted on 08/14/2011

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I say karo syrup and water (just about 1 teaspoon and 4oz)...I heard alot about doctor this..... doctor that but let me tell you something about my daughter ...she never had this problem but she was given water in between feedings legs were exercised 2 times a day( bend knees and push to belly this also released any gas he may have )...at 6 weeks she was on baby cereol (before all these mothers out there that following the doctors instruction to the letter start) she was drinking 8oz of formula every 4 hours !!! She was HUGRY !!!! She went down to 4oz of milk and cereol three times a day...She is now 16 years old and weights 110 pounds and 5'7.5" .....she never had any BABY FAT to loose. (something else that people/doctors need to think about )

Ani - posted on 08/14/2011

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OMG. NEVER give a baby anything other than formula. I have an 18 year old, 16. Year old, and 5 month old. My husband is a dr. First, dump this doctor. Second, find a chiropractor that treats babies. 10 to one, the baby needs to be adjusted. As a mom that had #3 adjusted when she was hours old, and avoided belly issues, i can't strees enough the importance--especially for constipation. I will warn you, the baby will have a "purge" of the bowels. This is normal until the parasympathetic nervous system matures. For your baby's sake, please try it AND don't ruin the delicate balance of good bacteria that are trying to develop. Check out mercola dot com for what to feed the baby. Formula has way too much sugar in it already. Also check to make sure there is NO soy in the formula. Your actions can make your baby better or worse. Please be careful.

Rasheda - posted on 08/14/2011

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I did not read any of the other posts so someone could have suggested what I'm about to say. I have been down this road an my daughter is 3 now. The doctor told me to do the sugar water and I refused. Then I changed her formula to reduced iron, but she could only be on it till she was 6 months old. It worked. After 6 months I changer her to the Hinze formula that worked too. At 10 mos she did not want the formula so I askes the doctor if it was ok to give her homo he said yes and the problems started again. Went to the doctor again and he said give her 2% I did and still had the problem. I went to a peditrician and he suggested restoralax in her milk. Every morning and every night he said that we will start weening her off eventually but for now she needs this.

Carla - posted on 08/14/2011

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my daughter was always consitipated, my pediatrician recommened "maltsupex" . Its a natural aid that is put in formula. its expensive but well worth it!!

Eve - posted on 08/14/2011

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Yes, listen to your Dr. I always tried a bit of light corn syrup and it always helped. or water with a bit of corn syrup after feedings if he'll take it. see how that works.....good luck!

Crystal - posted on 08/14/2011

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No this baby is 5 WEEKS OLD ladies.... This poor baby is not going to handle all that crap very well! That's great advice but for an older baby.
I would certainly check with another Dr. especially if you are uncomfortable with your current Pedi's suggestions. Follow your instincts and do what you think is right for your baby, and if you aren't sure then your probably better off waiting and getting another Pedi.... Also be careful giving less iron, newborns need all of that iron. Ask around to some friends and family as to who the go to for a pediatrician. Good luck!

Colleen - posted on 08/14/2011

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I had this problem with my middle child and I switched the formula to Isomil soy and at 6 months put him on whole milk, I know the dr tell you not to but if you think it is alright it is up to you, you are the mother and like they say "Mother knows best", never had a problem after switching to whole milk, good luck and hope you find a good solution that sooths you and your baby.

Jane - posted on 08/14/2011

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mybaby was the same i ignored the doc and gave my baby a different formula it eased the constipation and he was soo much better.

i remember being so terified for my baby as he was in agony i listened to the doctor for a week but baby was soo hurting so i changed formula and he pooped soft stools and slept so peacefully xxxxx sometimes docs arent right xx

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