3 week old with constipation issues, natural ideas??

Kara - posted on 05/05/2009 ( 206 moms have responded )

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My 3 we old is breast and bottle feed, probably half and half. Constipation has set in. Dr recommended Enema for discomfort but to wait it out. She is really uncomfortable. Ideas?

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Shaz - posted on 08/14/2011

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this is the third time ive posted this ( im currently asking myself why no one ( like a doctor or CHN has explained any of this before?)
at around 5 weeks (or earlier) 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. also if it persists for longer than 3 mths get her properly and completely checked. 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.
P.S for you pick one form of milk. i did this with my dd and it made her hugely gassy. it settled down once i stuck with one form.

Teresa - posted on 05/11/2009

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My daughter went through a similar period when she was switching from breast to bottle fed ... try mixing a teaspoon of carol syrup in 2 oz of water and giving that to her ... it works as a natural stool softner for babies because of the sugar in the syrup brings water to the intestines and thats what constipation is, lack of water in the stool. Will start to work the next day or maybe even that night... Let me know how it goes.

Shay - posted on 05/11/2009

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I used a Pune juice made by Gerber. Dilute it water. It worked for my daughter.

Andrea - posted on 05/11/2009

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Hi there, my daughter went through that. I bought the prune baby food but if you even blend up some prune for this. Also make sure that the formula if that is what you are using in the bottle does not have iron...that was my boo boo. I thought it would be better to have extra iron in it but it was a no go...literally!

Debbie - posted on 05/11/2009

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I found that my daughter got constipated when I moved from breastfeeding to bottle feeding (formula) at about 6mths old. We just kept changing the formula until we found the right one for Isla (Cow & Gate) - I was also recommended freshly squeezed orange juice watered down given by a syringe. And you could always include prunes into your diet if still breastfeeding!!!

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Jeniffer - posted on 05/11/2009

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My son had the same problem I mixed 1 ounce of prune juice in with his formula and it worked great!

Estelle - posted on 05/11/2009

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How long? i had the same problem if it cointinues for more than 2wks go to the

dr. and get something done about it.

Jackye - posted on 05/11/2009

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Glycerin sticks. Make sure you coat the tiny bottom in a layer of Vaseline first. It happens quickly!

Kelly - posted on 05/11/2009

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a few ozs of warm water + a bit (teaspoon or less) of brown sugar, the darker the better

Peta - posted on 05/11/2009

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probably found something that has worked by now but when you make formula bottles loosen the powder ( mix it with scoop) then scoop it up. also some cooled boiled water can help too. some great posts on here :)

Christine - posted on 05/11/2009

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i would definitly ask my doctor before giving my 3 weeks old any water, juices or even brown sugar!!! if your doctor is like all the others and cant be reached, ask the pharmacist. my son had some constipation problem, one of my friend is a nurse and she told me to insert a thermometer his anal, like you would normaly do to take the temperature.... it worked everytime!!!! good luck

Robin - posted on 05/11/2009

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You can try a little bit of Karo syrup in the bottle. I would start with 1 teaspoon at a time in each bottle til she's flowing then stop. It worked with my 2 and they don't notice a difference in the formula. Good luck!

Kelly - posted on 05/11/2009

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My doctor said to add Caro syrup to the milk. It doesn't take much, the sugar helps speed things up. It worked great for my daughter.

Melissa - posted on 05/11/2009

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prunes. they make it in baby food or juice. my oldest had the same problem & we would give her a little bit of baby food prunes in her bottle & it worked almost instantly. good luck.

Cynthia - posted on 05/11/2009

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Quoting Kara:

3 week old with constipation issues, natural ideas??

My 3 we old is breast and bottle feed, probably half and half. Constipation has set in. Dr recommended Enema for discomfort but to wait it out. She is really uncomfortable. Ideas?



This is recommended from MayoClinic.com:



Treatment of infant constipation varies by age. For infants 2 months or younger, call your baby's doctor for advice on treatment. For infants older than 2 months, give them 2 to 4 ounces of water twice a day in addition to their usual fluid intake. If constipation doesn't improve, give them 2 to 4 ounces of fruit juice twice a day. For infants older than 4 months who are already eating solid foods, give them baby food that's high in fiber — such as peas, beans, apricots, prunes, peaches or pears — twice a day until constipation improves. You may also apply a small amount of water-based lubricant to your baby's anus to ease stool passage.



If constipation persists despite trying these measures, consult your baby's doctor.



 



Hope it helps!

Carol - posted on 05/11/2009

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I would avoid any sugar remedies as sugar does cause more bloating even for adults. Keep a diary of poops and pee. It may jst be your child has gas. Babies can take several days to poop 5-7 days dependingon a # of feedings. Does babies colon feel hard constantlyon lower left side. If gas it comes after feedings the belly feels hard. I would avoid enemas at this early age use glycerin suppositories and start adding probiotis to formula they have ones for children called curelle. Mylicon drops very safe to use. One of my twins would get gas so bad she would turn red cough and arch her head back to her feet. Do bicycle motions with legs , massage, warm wash cloth or bath. Hope this is helpful.

Carol

Carol - posted on 05/11/2009

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I would avoid any sugar remedies as sugar does cause more bloating even for adults. Keep a diary of poops and pee. It may jst be your child has gas. Babies can take several days to poop 5-7 days dependingon a # of feedings. Does babies colon feel hard constantlyon lower left side. If gas it comes after feedings the belly feels hard. I would avoid enemas at this early age use glycerin suppositories and start adding probiotis to formula they have ones for children called curelle. Mylicon drops very safe to use. One of my twins would get gas so bad she would turn red cough and arch her head back to her feet. Do bicycle motions with legs , massage, warm wash cloth or bath. Hope this is helpful.

Carol

Cassandra - posted on 05/11/2009

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Try a little warm water in the bottle say 10ml at a time. Try a nice deep bath for the baby and just let baby have a float some times they just have a stressful day and need to relax it is hard work being a baby.

Tracey - posted on 05/11/2009

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the things i tried where water and massage the tummy which did help a bit or try a different milk which i did with my daughter and with in a couple of days she was fine. hope it helps

Tracey - posted on 05/11/2009

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When I was breast and bottle feeding my daughter she got constipated as well, try some water or massaging the tummy it may help, but what i found was to change the milk, i was using sma at first then moved to aptamil and she was fine with in a couple of days

Leanne - posted on 05/11/2009

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My nurse told me to try a little freash orange diluted with boiled water, this does work as we have used it loads when our LO is backed up. hope your LO feels better soon

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I used to drink a teaspoon of olive oil with a glass of freshly squeezed carrot juice a few hours before breast feeding. It helped, but when it didn't I put a little a&d ointment on a tip of q-tip and gently inserted it in her bum. The dr. showed me how, but just the tip of the q-tip and that lubricated the rectum. My daughter had a difficult time going and when she did she really cried. Ultimately the dr. switched formulas and she is now on Similac Alimentum - its wonderful!!

Some of my friends are giving a teaspoon of pear juice on 4oz of boiled cooled down water and they say it works.

Adrienne - posted on 05/10/2009

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the chiropractor worked wonders for my oldest little boy for his constipation so we are still regulars 3 years later and from day 1 with the new baby

Judy - posted on 05/10/2009

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Thid baby in this pic is my grand daughter and I ...:) I have three granchildren 7, 17 mos and 16 mos

Judy - posted on 05/10/2009

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I and my mother before me used a combination of Karo Syrup and water......boil the water and add while still arm a teaspoon of the syrup....let it cool completely down and feed.....usually a 4 oz bottle works if not give another 4 oz ....works everytime....

Patty - posted on 05/10/2009

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It's amazing, all these ideas are pretty much similar! My son was born face up and he had inhaled so much amniotic fluid that he was sufficating. Luckily the doctors were able to get him breathing again! But the effects of that was that he didn't know how to suck or swallow so we had to teach him. He wouldn't take breastmilk, it wouldn't stay down, Enfamil wouldn't stay down, so we had to go with Soy milk which caused constipation. I have tried all of these methods. Starting with the Karo in the bottle and the message method, it loosened his bowels only a little bit but not enough to relieve him. My son's grandma made a homemade enima by taking a bar of soap, wetting it down and carving a small tip on one end...only long enough to go just past the anal cavity, about a half an inch or so...and she held it there for a good while but it loosened it up enough for him to go. However, the down side to that is it kept coming back every time he ate. So I tried baby prune juice, which wasn't strong enough, so I had to go to the adult strength prune juice. I only gave him about 3 oz, I couldn't water it down because when I did it was just as weak as the baby prune juice, but 3 oz. straight prune juice and it worked. After I fed him his evening bottle, I would give him his 3 oz. of prune juice about 30 min. to an hour later and that way he'd sleep through the night without discomfort. I only had to do this for about 3 or 4 months until his digestive system was strong enough to rid itself of waste without any help. It is a little frustrating sometimes but it will help the baby get straightened out.

Amanda - posted on 05/10/2009

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My daughter had problems with that when she was a baby...she was breastfed and occasionally supplemented with soy formula....her doctor said to put a little pear juice (like a teaspoon or two to a bottle) in her formula...seemed to help her.

Christine - posted on 05/10/2009

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My daughter went through the same thing. I switched her to soy and put a little brown sugar in her bottle. She still has issues and I give her juice and Miralax. It is very mild.

Christine - posted on 05/10/2009

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My daughter went through the same thing. I switched her to soy and put a little brown sugar in her bottle. She still has issues and I give her juice and Miralax. It is very mild.

Christine - posted on 05/10/2009

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My daughter went through the same thing. I switched her to soy and put a little brown sugar in her bottle. She still has issues and I give her juice and Miralax. It is very mild.

Christine - posted on 05/10/2009

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My daughter went through the same thing. I switched her to soy and put a little brown sugar in her bottle. She still has issues and I give her juice and Miralax. It is very mild.

Charlene - posted on 05/10/2009

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try a little prunes it worked on my son. just blend it v fine a n give i to him in the morning wit a warm feed

Brenda - posted on 05/10/2009

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You could try a little bit (about a full tsp) of clear karo syrup in her bottle (8 ounce) I did that for my daughter and it worked.

Kimberly - posted on 05/10/2009

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My baby had the same problem around three weeks. I was told by a nurse at Georgetown University to start by making a bicycle motion with her legs. If that doesn't help, then stick a rectal thermometer inside her anus (not a long ways in, though). If that still doesn't help, then as a last resort you can use a mixture of 1 ounce prune juice, 1 1/2 ounce water to feed her with. That will always produce a movement. Honestly, that's what Kailyn needed, but she never needed another treatment after that.

Terrie - posted on 05/10/2009

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When my little one was born i breast and bottle fed formula..She had constipation issues..I switched her soy formula and that worked for me! Good luck!

Autumn - posted on 05/09/2009

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I would try prune juice..about 2-3 tblespoons prune juice and about 1 oz water, in a 4 oz bottle. try it, it is natural and wont hurt baby's tummy

Lori - posted on 05/09/2009

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I didn't take the time to read all the others posts, so sorry if I am repeating anyone else's advice. We always did a teaspoon of Light Caro Syrup in each bottle (so that would be with each time you feed her formula) and put a warm wet washcloth on her belly and did the bicycle movements with her legs (just be gently and don't try to force her legs to move). I have never had to do a enema on any of my children, this should work for you. Hope daugher and you make out alright.

Shawntelle - posted on 05/09/2009

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i've heard that a little baking soda (and i mean little...like fingernail length) w/ a feeding helps with gas discomfort. maybe it will help with the discomfort. not sure about the constipation itself but give it a whirl

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i used to use KARO syrup for my son when he would get constipated. i would just mix it in his bottle. I also breast and bottle fed. You can try it and see if it works for you

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My girl has the same problem and the doctor said it was o.k. to give a laxative 3x a week until she goes on her own. I was a little uncomfortable at first but, she is so much more comfortable once she goes. So, I give her liquid pedia-lax three times a week and it works great. It was a little hard to do at first, and the liquid is the best way to go because she can push the suppository out. She is starting to go on her own at least once a day. Hope that helped, I thought I was the only one with that problem.

Michelle - posted on 05/09/2009

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I would suggest trying to cut out some of the formula if it is iron-enriched or trying baby apple juice and water (half and half, full strength will cause diahrea) apple juice tends to act like a natural laxative, the other suggestions i've read are pretty good too, like the bicycle movement and warm bath.

Michelle - posted on 05/09/2009

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lil bit of pure orange juice with 4 ozs cooled boiled water or brown sugar worked for all mine

Michelle - posted on 05/09/2009

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lil bit of pure orange juice with 4 ozs cooled boiled water or brown sugar worked for all mine

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When my son was tiny he had some constipation issues and I also heard about the Karo syrup remedy. I tried one ounce of prune juice in 4 ounces of water first and that worked for us. But this question got me thinking. I've read some of the posts on here that say "NO KARO" because there is a risk of botulism (like with honey). I've also read how so many of you have used Karo with great success and no problems. So here's what I found when I looked it up:

ANTI-KARO SYRUP LINK

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/karo-sy...



PRO-KARO SYRUP LINK

http://life.familyeducation.com/baby/hea...



Confusing huh? LOL I just wanted to put this out there because the internet is NOT where you need to be getting your information on some things. Your doctor is always your best bet....that and your instincts.

Jemma - posted on 05/09/2009

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hi, my daughter is now 7 months and has been like that since about 1 month, i have tried everything, she now has a medicine called lacoluse which is a sugary liquid, it doesn't make them go but it softens the stool. it is available from you health visitor, docs of chemist and they can have it from birth.

Suzanne - posted on 05/09/2009

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My daughter now 8 had constipation at about the same age I must have had a great Dr cause she recomended brown sugar in warm water but dont give them anymore than about 50ml's per day you should see a bowel movement in about 2-3 hr's poor little darling

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perhaps a very small sip of orange juice. my friend used that for her daughter and it worked really well

perhaps also some water to drink

Tenniel - posted on 05/08/2009

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Ok, this isn't for everyone, but it works like a charm for my little guy. I thought he was constipated, but it turns out he just really hates pooping in his pants (pretty reasonable). He's two months old and when he starts pushing and groaning, I take him to the potty and hold him over. Think of trying to poo when you're lying down or standing up...the position really helps and he goes each time. It's part of a method of elimination called Elimination Communication. We just started and I love it. I suggest going to DiaperFreeBaby.com

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