My 4 1/2 month son is constipated..

Tabby - posted on 11/17/2009 ( 40 moms have responded )

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Everyday he has a bottle of formula, and sometimes we put some rice cereal in it.. He gets plenty of water every time. how is he getting constipated? What could be used to help him poop? diluted prune juice?

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Elizabeth - posted on 05/08/2014

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I am shocked that you are feeding your baby solids at 41/2 months. Until the baby is at least six months old all he/she need is breast-milk or formula. Breast feed babies can go without doing a poo for up to 10 days.

Karen - posted on 11/17/2009

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try some dark karo syrup in the bottle it even be with the cereal. I used it was my daughter and my mom used it on all 3 of her kids and we are fine.

Binte - posted on 11/30/2009

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sometimes "Gripe Water" also helps them to settle constipation. I have twin girls, my first daughter went through some constipation in the first year. I used to feed her gripe water, it really helped her..... I hope you find it useful too. good luck. :)

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Jessica - posted on 11/22/2009

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An old, old remedy is to put a small bit of Karo syrup in the formula. (That's light/clear corn syrup.) They'll take it because it's sweet. It's probably the rice cereal that's getting him constipated. It's pretty normal while their bodies are learning how to digest new, more complex foods.

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my son had the same problem my health visitor told me to put some pure orange juice

in the water we were giving him

User - posted on 11/22/2009

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I know this sounds wierd, but when my daughter would get constipated I would put a teaspoon of Karo syrup in her bottle. It did wonders for me! To this day if she gets like that I still use it!

Keylee - posted on 11/21/2009

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I did the same thing with the rice cereal and sometimes it can be too much for their tummies. In the past I used Kayro Syrup not much at all less than a tspn actually. There is also a medication at some of the local pharmacies that is called Tummy Soother and it helps with constipation. The prune juice would definitly help too. With it being a fruit I honestly don't think that you would half to dilute it just only give him maybe half an ounce to a full ounce.

Maryann - posted on 11/21/2009

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Try Maltsupex - you can find it at any drugstore. Mix with formula - works great.

Jennifer - posted on 11/19/2009

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I wouldn't use that it would probably be to hard on his stomach. You can use Juicy Juice you can give him 1 oz per month of his age he can have up to 4 oz. It might take a few hours or even over night but that should help him and doctors recommend this. Glad to help!

Rebecca - posted on 11/19/2009

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The cereal can constipate him. Our pediatrician told us to to give our son a tiny bit of 100% juice (she was very clear that it had to be 'no added sugar' juice). Also, 'P' foods are natural laxatives - peas, peaches, and pears work best for my little guy. That said, I'm not sure when it's okay to give a 4 1/2 month old baby solids so you may want to check online or with a dr to make sure, especially if you have a family history of food allergies.

Danielle - posted on 11/19/2009

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Diluted prune juice would work, but when my daughter was just about 1 month old, I had to call her pediatrician because she was very constipated and they gave her a prescription for Miralax (a powder version) that I was to mix in with water and give to her. It really worked.

Amanda - posted on 11/19/2009

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karo syrup - put a tsp to a tbl in his bottle, shake it up really well, and watch the magic. i had the same problem with my youngest. it is dye free corn syrup and you can get it in the baking section of the store. magic magic stuff and the kid won't even taste it in there. i still give it to mine once in a while when he gets backed up, and he is 3 1/2 now. good luck, and i hope that helps. ~ amanda

Terri - posted on 11/18/2009

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I used to care for my sister's children. Her son had a big problem with constipation. We used qtips and vaseline to make it easier on him along with prune juice. Found out later that it was a food allergy.

Sheila - posted on 11/18/2009

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my son had the same problem. it's good to go to your doctor, but be careful. our's gave us a cream to rub on his butt to make him go. it worked, but on day i decided to Google the med and found that prolong use could lead to heart attacks, and that it was the same meds they give to adults, my son was 6 months. so we looked into other alternatives and found that we were mixing to much powder in his formula. also that if we gave him a bottle of whole milk he would go poop. you do have to watch him closely because if he gets to constipated it can lead to tears in him rectum.

Ryann - posted on 11/18/2009

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It sounds like all of the responses pretty much cover what I was going to say too! Above all, the prune juice (diluted) or Karo syrup (clear) about 1-2 Tbsp in an 8oz bottle will do the trick. I also gave the oatmeal cereal instead of the rice cereal because the rice cereal, plus the formula or the milk will definately plug him up. Just be carefull with the juices though because you can easily over-do-it and go from constipation to diarrhea.

Michelle - posted on 11/18/2009

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Try tsp of brown sugar in water in a bottle it worked with my one daughter who also got constipated and also tsp of corn syrup in a bottle of water this is what they use to use on babies before. they both work wonders.

Katie - posted on 11/17/2009

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Take him over your lap and lay him on his tummy, lay him so the area just below his tummy is resting on your thighs, and bounce him lightly. This works really well for my son when he can't go. Also, when he was a few months old I would give him a suppository, it doesn't hurt them and it makes them go within minutes.

Crystal - posted on 11/17/2009

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This may sound odd to you, but take him to a Chiropractor. The adjustments are so mild at his age. My daughter had the same issue and when she was a couple months old and after we took her to a chiropractor it changed with in 24 hours. My kids have both gone to one often. It was so effective for my daughter that I took my son, for his 1st adjustment when he was 2 days old. Many times they were sleeping in their car seat through the adjustment.

Monet - posted on 11/17/2009

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i used to use the gerber baby juice. just give him an ounce or two diluted with water.

Amanda - posted on 11/17/2009

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I so agree with Tara. Prune Juice works wonders. It did for all of my children. Just be careful to much can cause a disaster...lol...Trust me with that one. My nephew was so constipated I gave him straight prune juice and didn't even dilute it. (my ex-sister in law waited 2 1/2 weeks to bring him over with the problem)...it wasn't pretty but the child was relieved and slept, well, like a baby!...lol

Kimberley - posted on 11/17/2009

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I would also recommend flax seed oil. It's highly nutritious (omega 3 fatty acids - good for his developing brain) and great for constipation. Just mix it in the bottle. Suppositories are not great to use if you find you have this issue on an ongoing basis. I always go the natural route first. Massaging their tummies along the route of their bowels works awesome too. Start at his right side near his hip, move gently upwards just above his belly button and then move across towards his other side and then down towards his hip. Try it on yourself with your fist and you will feel a natural route. This really gets the bowels moving and if you find your son has gas ever, this works super well. My chiropractor showed me this and I found it was effective.

Sarah - posted on 11/17/2009

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my doctor said prune juice can be very hard on their little stomachs. it sucks, but he said use a glycerin suppository if longer than 2 day without poop. maybe formula?? too much iron? would talk to doctor before switching thou.

Liza - posted on 11/17/2009

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in maly javaness traditions, they massage the baby.. or give the baby drink some cooking oil..

Stephanie - posted on 11/17/2009

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my son used to get constipated to the point it would hurt him. we found like everyone elseo we used pureed prunes and i used infant sypositories! we didnt leave them in his bum we would just stick it in and he would end up pooping before we even took it back out you might have to do it a couple times but it works!!!

Monique - posted on 11/17/2009

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my daughter has ALWAYS had this problem.. just was told to use Pear juice from Kern's.. used prune juice, glycerin suppositorys ( just once, worked within seconds) dr also said oatmeal too. Hope it works..

Holly - posted on 11/17/2009

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Plum juice actually has the same effect of prune juice but 1) does not stain and 2) works a little slower... so you don't have insta poop!

Miranda - posted on 11/17/2009

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Half water and half prune juice, total of 4 oz. My son had that problem after a trip and didn't poop for 4 days.

Brandy - posted on 11/17/2009

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When we first started adding cereal to my son's bottles, he got really constipated. I called his doctor, and she told me to give him 2 oz of juice cut with 1 oz of nursery water. I use Gerber white grape, since it has more fructose in it, which is what makes them poop. Works like a charm. I have also heard baby apple, or pear or prune works just as well.

Anna - posted on 11/17/2009

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I would recommend up to 2 ounces of unsweetened prune juice. That's what worked for my daughter.

Casey - posted on 11/17/2009

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also, when my son was older, like 4 or 5 years, he would (willingly!) drink a teaspoon of mineral oil in orange juice. that always helped to soften things up.

Emily - posted on 11/17/2009

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Rice cereal can actually constipate a baby - oatmeal softens the stools. When my twins were that age they got constipated sometimes and I used slivers of Ivory and warm water to help them poop out the hard stuff and then they were able to get the soft stuff out on their own. Just make sure you have enough warm water on the Ivory before you insert it into his anus. I know it sounds gross but it will make him feel more comfortable once he gets his hard poop out! Good luck!

Alison - posted on 11/17/2009

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I always used Gripe Water for digestive issues. You can find it at the pharmacy and it really works (I have used the one with alcohol as I was told it was more effective). Why rice cereal at 4 months? All he needs is the formula. If it continues, try using a different formula (non dairy). Good luck!

Erin - posted on 11/17/2009

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Dilute an oz. of apple juice and give it to him. My son is 7 1/2 mo. now but I've used apple juice on both my boys when they were constipated. I never diluted it though. It works wonders I promise.

Stacie - posted on 11/17/2009

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its definately the rice...with my daughter it was yogurt that made her constipated so you just have to watch...giving the prune juice is good you just have to be careful not to over do it...

Casey - posted on 11/17/2009

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i've heard it's not good to put cereal in the bottle, but maybe it's the rice that is the cause? try using oat cereal instead. also, the prune juice is a good idea but do be careful that you don't overdo it on his little system! ask your pediatrician about the formula - is it a kind with added iron? that could do it, too. when my 1st was about that old, she was constipated, too and we went straight to using the suppository. i really don't remember it working that well - these other suggestions would be my first choice now. good luck!

Kylie - posted on 11/17/2009

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id go an see a doc, just to be sure, u may feel like ppl think ur being paranoid if u constantly go to a doc, but thats wat they're there for, its better to be safe than sorry. Ur doc or health line that Amanda mentioned will be able to give u tips and gets bub a check at the same time.

Tara - posted on 11/17/2009

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My daughter has the same problem. I start with substituting one oz prune juice in her bottle and then if she has not gone next day I give her two ounces. She is ten months now and I still have to do this. Doctor says this is healthiest way and is so much better than using medications. You can use pureed prunes also but I find that these are much stronger and have too much effect. The prune juice works wonders and can be adjusted depending on your childs needs. Good luck.

Amanda - posted on 11/17/2009

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How many days has it been since he last pooped? If only a couple wait for a couple more if he has not pooped then call the health line and see what they say.

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