My son is having problems with pooping and we have tried everything.

Jennifer - posted on 01/25/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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My son will be 7 months in a couple of days and since birth he has had problems with having a bowel movement. We have tried switching between every kind of formula, we give him 8oz of prune juice a day, he has tried eating straigh prunes and nothing works. Does anyone have any other suggestions? He is miserable and the doctors have no other suggestions, can anyone help?

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2 of my kids had the same problem:(( Finally when my son was 3, I moved and got a different doctor and he told me that my son was probably cow milk protein intolerant. He told me that people who are very fair skinned are more likely to be intolerant to cows milk. Maybe try to switch him to soy? Luckily it is something that they usually outgrow. I add benefiber to their juice with their meals and it seems to help keep thing moving. Prune juice never worked for me either. I found a web page that may help you out and i'll post the address below, but i would also mention this to your doctor and see what he/she says too, he still is kind of young to be adding things to his diet so make sure to check with them first before trying too many things.
http://www.drgreene.com/qa/milk-and-cons...

Chanell - posted on 01/25/2010

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When my daughter was younger our doctor said to put vasoline on her thermometer and insert it in her behind just like you would if taking her temp. That is suppose to help stimulate a bowel movement. It did help then. She is now 2 and has to take miralax everyday becuase it was hurting her so bad to have a bowel movement.

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Jessica - posted on 01/10/2012

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My son is 2 years old and has trouble as well. I took him to see his doctor and she had to manually remove his stool that was stuck inside then prescribed him some power laxative which helps but after about a week it happens again. His stool isnt hard everytime but it is like it sticks to him or something. I do not know what to do.

Jolene - posted on 01/25/2010

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Frozen apple juice concentrate. Thawed and given in a cup or bottle undiluted works wonders!

Starluver101 - posted on 01/25/2010

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My son is basically the same. The doctor recommended one tsp a day of milk of magnesia, and it seems to work!

Donna - posted on 01/25/2010

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My son had the same problem at that age. we started putting a spoonful of ground flaxseed in his food and it was like instantly his problems were over!! Worked wonders. Prunes didn't work for us either or juice or anything else for that matter. But Flaxseed really keeps you regular and is compleatly safe for babies!! good luck

Abbie - posted on 01/25/2010

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Have you tried having your son adjusted by a peds chiropractor? the nerves in the spine might be off a little causing his body to not process correctly. Also you can try a massage therapist that is used to working with babies to teach you to massage the belly area CORRECTLY, to help move things. It really does work!! But if you do it the wrong way you can bind him up even more. I had my son adjusted and used apple juice and it worked GREAT!!

Megan - posted on 01/25/2010

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lil corn syrup in his bottle helped my kids when they had trouble, it lubes the bowel and gets things going

Nicole - posted on 01/25/2010

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im having the same problem with my son he is almost 3 will be in april. and since birth he has had the problem. doctors gave us a prescribtion for mirlax to give to him everyday. it doesnt always work. we have to give him edma's every week and 3 stool softeners everyday.. and our doctor wont recemened us to a spec. she just tells us to keep giving him more miralax. sorry that wasnt any help..

Kristen - posted on 01/25/2010

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I have that same problem with my daughter she is 4 months and yeh the doctors dont know or do shit .... pretty much ya gotta do what ya gotta do like i use apple juice and i warm it up or pear juice or i was using milk of mag..... just alittle dont use it alot .... using the rectal things just you pretty much gotta be the doctor

Marilyn - posted on 01/25/2010

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try a really warm bath to relax him it works like a charm for my nefew. yeah you have to watch and make sure he doesnt poop in the tub but i figure i would rather poop in the tub then no poo at all..

Margaret - posted on 01/25/2010

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Take him to a Gastroenterologist, my grand daughter had the same problem she was given a powder mix and it helped her.

Brittany - posted on 01/25/2010

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my daughter has had they problem too they put my lil girl on miraLAX you use half a cap in a 6 oz bottle and if that dont help you are to up the dose you put in the bottle i am trying with my daughter it makes is softer but she still screams when she goes because she now thinks it is going to hurt so she crys like it hurts ..... so this is how i am doing it good luck

Brittany - posted on 01/25/2010

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try kyro syrup and fiber supplements you buy it in the medicine isle and its a powder form you can add it to his bottle or juice.

Kajal - posted on 01/25/2010

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Orange juice may help. My son had issues in the first few weeks and as I was breastfeeding my GP suggested I drink fresh orange juice and it did the trick. You may need to check with your GP if your allowed to give your son OJ though.

Nickie - posted on 01/25/2010

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try putting a tablespoon or 2 of dark karo syrup in a bottle(formula or juice doesn't matter, just mix it)... worked like a charm for my daughter!

Lisa - posted on 01/25/2010

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If it's an ongoing problem, I'd ask your doctor for a referral to see a specialist.

If my daughter drinks too much milk, her stool will often become hard and then she has a harder time passing. I always make sure she gets some apple or pear juice each day. When she was littler, we would also put a tablespoon of karo syrup in her bottle or even in just a bottle of water. Sometimes just giving baby a bottle of water will help loosen up the stool.

Kacy - posted on 01/25/2010

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My daughter had a tonnn of trouble pooping when she was born. It wasnt that she COULDNT poop... it was that the little weird-o didnt know HOW! It was horrible,, gut wrenching screams everytime she had to go. She has only ever been nursed, so I knew it wasnt something to do with ehr diet... so the doctor suggested doing the bicycle motion with her legs... that didnt really work. What I wound up having to do, was show her where to push and stuff like that. I would press on her tummy a little and use a Q-tip to lightly press and her anus. It worked AWESOMELY. And Im thouroughly convinced it taught her exactly what to do since she didnt automatically have that reflex. Little tough at first, but now she's a poopin' machine " )

Chastity - posted on 01/25/2010

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My daughter was the same way and my mom told me to add just a bit of the clear Karo syrup in her bottle or sippy cup. Worked wonders!

Amanda - posted on 01/25/2010

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my son had the same issue when he was a couple weeks old the best trick in the book is the thermometer in the butt its gross but it stimulates them, u take the tip with vaseline and move it around in circular motions until they poop, my mom did it on my son and it took about 2 mins and he pooped, you can also try prune juice gripe juice or karo syrup it all worked pretty well for me good luck

Danielle - posted on 01/25/2010

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It's probably necessary to give him a suppository. They make them for babies. I had to do that a couple of times with my kids when they were little. Also try karo syrup in water. Sometimes that helps. Good luck.

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Is his stool hard? Does he cry when trying to have bm? If his stool is consistently hard and it's painful, and your peditrician says nothing is wrong I would consider seeing a specialist or getting a second opinion. I would also recommend trying Goats Milk. It's less hard on the digestive system and has natural laxative properties.

If your son doesn't have hard stool and he's just not having a regular bm, but he's unhappy you may want to look at other causes. It would help to know what his symptoms are. How often does he have a bm? again is it hard? does he cry when having a bm? is it ever bloody?

Shawn - posted on 01/25/2010

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Pear juice actually works as a better laxative with infants and tastes better. You can also try adding a TBSP. of karo syrup to his formula.

Rachel - posted on 01/25/2010

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oh dear, you must be so worried.



first of all, is your baby taking in enough fluid? as in to the ratio of solid to fluid. your baby might be lack of good bacteria in his intestine that helps in breaking down food. you might want to consider adding in Probiotic supplement into his diet.

Tshanta - posted on 01/25/2010

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I recommend cutting back on milk or going soy. I used to run a daycare and it took several years for one of the children's doctors to figure out she was allergic to dairy. Good luck.

Fiona - posted on 01/25/2010

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I had the same problem with my daughter when she was a baby, My doctor prescribed lactolose, This just softened her stools to make it easier to go, Although it wasn't an instant relief it definately helped,

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