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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Meredith - posted on 08/09/2011

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Our dr told us to give my daughter 1 Tbsp of apple juice daily. We found a medicine dispenser that looks like a shot glass on a pacifier and it worked great for giving her the daily dose.

Angelica - posted on 08/09/2011

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You may need to switch formulas to one that is either soy based like Isomil. I have an 8 week old and he was constipated so we switched him to Gentlease (its a purple can) but it is not soy based and we did this before taking him to the doctor. Also try giving your baby just straight water it will not hurt. We had to give my little LJ 2 bottles of water before he cleared his system out. Unless he is allergic or on a special diet you do not HAVE to stay on a certain formula especially if it is not agreeing with your son's stomach.

Amanda - posted on 08/09/2011

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my baby is 6 weeks old and is constipated too. I have given him Karo Dark syrup, Baby Lax glycerin suppositories. It worked at first and now he hasnt gone poop all day...We did change his formula to Similac Sensitive for gasiness and spit up but im wondering if I should just go back to the Similac Complete (blue can) that I was originally using.

Glenda - posted on 08/09/2011

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Hello. Sounds like the formula needs to be changed. It is common for babies to get constipated its all due to the iron in the milk. What worked for my girls was to dilute baby apple juice in equal parts warm it up just like u would with the milk and in just a few minutes your baby will relieve its self. Your baby is a lil young for juice that is why diluting the apple juice comes into place.

Rachel - posted on 08/09/2011

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Usually they stay on formula for a year....My son had constipation at this age from all the iron they put in the formula. A teaspoon of Karo syrup may work better, but if you want to avoid putting anything more in the bottle, you may want to look up the tummy massages for infant massage. My kids were both demonstration babies that were used to teach infant massage, and they both went through four diapers in a 45 minute session!!

Hermit - posted on 08/09/2011

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There is a product on the market that you can get over the counter called Little Tummies. It is a chocolate flavored laxative. I used this for my daughter when she was about 2 weeks old, I checked with my Dr. first though and I would recommend that you do the same. If you think that your Dr. is doing something wrong with keeping him on his formula talk to them about it, if they don't listen find another Dr. Good Luck.

Tania - posted on 08/09/2011

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What you can give baby at 5 weeks old is chamomile tea... Make a cup of tea using a chamomile tea bag (make sure there are no other ingredients in the tea). When it has cooled, add 20ml of the tea and top up to 100ml of cooled boiled water. Chamomile will gently help the bowel to relax, as well as soothe any discomfort your baby is experiencing. I'm a natural therapist and worked with paediatrics for 12 years before moving into allergies and gut disorders.

If baby stays constipated, consider a different formula - soy or goats milk for a week and see if that helps. I went down this path because my son was allergic to dairy like myself, and we are allergic to wheat as well.

Angela - posted on 08/09/2011

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when both my sons were newborns and they got constipated i used to give them cooled boiled water on its own i have only heard about the sugar and water as a cure for colic (my boys are now 12yrs and 19 months)

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Rubbish! (to what the doctor said sbout staying on his formula) If you think it's his formula then change it (introducing the knew one slowly). Some formulas agree differently with each baby. My son has suffered from constipation since new born. He got a little better when he changed to a soy formula. He got much better once he was older and I was told to give him a special oil to put in his food but it was very stressful to watch him go through so much pain. I don't remember the age minimum but you could try some gripe water. I also mixed a little prune juice with some water, but just a little. Most of all, definitely start with a different formula. If it's really bad just demand your doctor prescribe you something. Or get a second opinion. I feel for you. Good luck.

Fawn - posted on 08/09/2011

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Oh yea and before that my daughter was strictly breastfed..those who say breastfed babies don't get contipated are completly wrong..it all depends on the baby.

Fawn - posted on 08/09/2011

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My daughter was 5 week preemie and my grandma told me about the teaspoon of dark karo syrup and water when she was about a month old to cure constipation. It worked pretty good but there were a couple times I had to give her an infant sapository to get the first poop out then the karo syrup did the rest. It worked for me. Good luck

Debi - posted on 08/09/2011

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The best thing you can do is breastfeed-breastfed babies don't get constipated because they are ingesting a protein that is made for their body.. At 5 weeks it would still be possible to "relactate" with some pumping and help of a lactation consultant.

Judy - posted on 08/09/2011

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I know doctors are smart..well I have two kids and they both did the same thing when they were a month old..my doctor told me to use a tsp of apple juice and 3 ozs of water..and if that amount don't work and another tsp it totally worked on my babies..just one bottle a day..hope it helps.

Barb - posted on 08/09/2011

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Stay away from sugar, sugar can cause constipation. Are you mixing the formula correctly? Read the directions with each new container, the directions could change. Consult a different doctor.

Melissa - posted on 08/09/2011

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we had this issue on our Rx formula too and what I discovered is a "scoop" full is larger than the wt measurement it's supposed to be so either get yourself a kitchen scale and weigh the powder instead of scooping it OR dilute it even more than you think you should be diluting it. When necessary, I'd also give dd a very diluted amount of prune juice (about 10ml of prune juice to about 40 ml of water) and if you want, just pour that into a bottle with formula which will dilute it even further - apple juice will work the same way.

Michelle - posted on 08/09/2011

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Find another pediatrician immediately. You can try using Karo syrup in the formula. That is my pediatrician had me use when my son had the same problem that young. Get another pediatrician immediately.

Gwyn - posted on 08/09/2011

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try adding a little bit of vanilla extract to the formula. its a natural way to help them go. =)

Ericka - posted on 08/09/2011

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My son had the same problem as an infant. His pediatrician recommeded Karo syrup in his formula. Start w/about 1/4 teaspoon per 4 oz bottle. I put this in about 2 bottles a day (depending on how bad it is). Dont give too much at a time because it can cause stools to become too loose. Hope this helps!

Miranda - posted on 08/09/2011

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My doctor told me to use apple juice in the formula. You should get another opinion.

Stacy - posted on 08/09/2011

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My baby was constipated from his formula so I switched him to gentle formula. Then my doctor told me to put a teaspoon of dark karo syrup in his bottle. I would call and make sure its ok with your doctor. But that really seemed to help.

Michelle - posted on 08/09/2011

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I switched to a low iron formula with my baby and it worked right away. This was thanks to my MIL.

Heather - posted on 08/09/2011

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Don't give a 5 week old water!!! Don't EVER dilute his formula. Try a little, about 1/4 of a teaspoon of Phillips Milk of Magnesia. That's what our ped. told us to give our son. Deluting formula should NEVER be done. You can also give him some baby food prunes, try about 1/4 to 1/3 of a stage 1 container mixed with infant cereal. Or look for a stage 2 baby food with prunes and another fruit mixed in. Any brand will do. Also, how long has he been constipated? What kind of formula is he on?

Jennifer - posted on 08/09/2011

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I have 5 kids. I gave all of my kids a few ounces of fennel seed tea as a supplement to bottles from the very beginning. This helped with gassiness too. Boil fennel seeds until it is a yellowish color - not too long b/c it will be too strong. Add a bit of sugar to taste and serve warm. This is approved by my MIL (a former NICU nurse) and my pediatrician. It is a supplement and only one bottle a day. Good luck!

Helen - posted on 08/09/2011

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Do not dilute the formula it's dangerous. Try gentle tummy massage and if anything give fresh orange juice mixed with cooled boiled water. It's quite common for babies of that age to go for up to a week without having a poo as long as they are not showing any signs of discomfort

Melissa - posted on 08/09/2011

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I agree with taking him to the chiropractor. That's about the most natural thing you can do for him. :) I also have never heard of brown sugar. I've heard of juice, though. Most pedis are careful about putting anything into a baby's tummy that is not breastmilk or formula at that age. But I can guarantee a trip to the chiro would probably clear him right up :)
Also, you can put a little vaseline on a thermometer and put it right inside his bottom. Sometimes that helps move things along :)

Erica - posted on 08/09/2011

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Diluting formula, and giving water/brown sugar to an infant that young is incredibly dangerous. I would recommend getting a new doctor. In the meantime, you can gently insert a rectal thermometer to stimulate a bowel movement, or try bathing your son in warm water. Please do not give him anything other than breastmilk or formula. Suppositories should only be used as a last resort.

Janet - posted on 08/09/2011

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Is your baby breastfed or formula fed? Why do you think baby is constipated? It is very normal for a breastfed baby to go many days without pooping around the 6 week mark

Kristie - posted on 08/09/2011

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I think they are referring to water rather than formula (in large quantities). Babies can have their electrolytes get unbalanced by too much water in their diet. A sippy here and there is fine.

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May I ask where you heard babies should not be drinking water? My pediatrician had told me that between feedings it was fine for my boys to have water.

Petra - posted on 08/09/2011

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here in Belgium we use a oil for baby, 1drop olive oil can help, and also babymassage on his belly, good luck

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I have a healthy 22 and 24 year old. I attribute a lot of it to using my mommy instinct. Do NOT be afraid to question the doctor, find another one or listen to a grandma's advice. We have been there done that! Try a bit of Karo syrup, a little bit one time is not going to hurt! Also, I know our hospital had a nurse that would take calls from first time moms. Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 08/09/2011

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i've never hears of brown sugar and water helping constipation... what i was told by my doctor when my dughter was very small still and had VERY bad constipation was to change formulas to one that did not have as much iron. Worked like charm.

Kelly - posted on 08/09/2011

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I have been down that road to with the miralax. My 2 older kids had constipation problems one started when she was a baby and my son started after I stopped breastfeeding. So I have tried every thing. I have found likeI said the white karo syrup and miralax works best. I have had lists of foods that help it and hurt it. I was so glad that my last child never had that problem. I really hope you find what works best for your baby .

Kathy - posted on 08/09/2011

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Prune juice helped a little for my little one, but your baby maybe too young for it. Miralax has worked miracles for my toddler - obviously get a doctor's opinion, but it is a great way to go.

Neva - posted on 08/09/2011

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First of all, is your baby really constipated? If his stool is hard little round marbles, then, yes, he might be constipated, but just because he is not having a stool everyday, and strains, turns red in the face and even cries when he goes doesn't mean he's constipated. Babies don't have very much muscle tone and are usually lying down when they poop, so gravity is working against them, too. So, they will strain when they go, even very soft stools. Babies don't have to go every day either. They may go 2-3 days without having a stool and then go 3-4 times/day for a while. This is perfectly normal. You don't need to be giving watered down formula or brown sugar to make him go. Remember, its the consistency of the stool that determines constipation, not lack of going daily or straining to go.

Sanober - posted on 08/09/2011

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TtI agree with Karo syrup, it did work for my daughter too

& also 1/2 tsp olive oil by mouth or mix it with formula, I think I gave tht to my daughter when she was 3 months old, so do check with ur doctor b4 giving it to ur baby. And try to change ur diet cause sometimes when u r nursing & constipated ur baby get constipated too.

Angie - posted on 08/09/2011

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Ok Kerry, I had the same problem, I was a new mom and had no clue what to do I was scared and didn't want to give my baby anything that I wasn't supposed to! My doctor is the best in my area and she is a mother of three, She says ALOT of doctors go by the book, even when kids are differant! She also says Mothers know best! If you think there is something wrong with their babies so its best for doctors to take their time with patients and listen to the mother. So that being said, she suggested laying baby on changing table take the nose srynge thing and get two table spoons of warm water in a cup then suck it into the srynge and put vasiline on the end of the tip holdbabus legs up and insert the tip in butt don't shoot the water in do it slow and make sure you have a diper underneath! When done put legs down for a min to let it loosen up the stool, then hold legs up into stomach and he will go if he is stopped up! Sometimes you need to do a little water water! Hope this helps! It did wonders for me, also do not do it more then once a day!

Tamara - posted on 08/09/2011

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My son had this problem alot I would lay him on his tummy across my knees and rub his tailbone in a clockwise circle it helped get things moving. Also once in a while used the baby prune juice. I would only give him a a tablespoon with two tablesoons of water.

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.

Bernadine - posted on 08/09/2011

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Also, you do not want to switch formula's unless you have to - so I agree with your Dr. on that too. Special formula's should only be used when needed for serious problems such as allergies etc. If you baby has not had a bowel movement it is OK, he will and people commonly think it is from the iron in the formula - but there is not too much iron - it is needed. This should not constipate your baby. Stay the course the special formula's are expensive and nasty unless you need them!

Amanda - posted on 08/09/2011

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Diluted apple juice typically works for my kids also, but I think switching doctors might be a good idea. I also have never heard of brown sugar and water. That sounds completely absurd to me! I have heard of Karo syrup working wonders also. I wish you lots of luck in this. I would also consider looking into a different formula as well.

Lori - posted on 08/09/2011

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I agree with Amanda. You may want to try going to the chiropractor. It worked amazingly well for my niece. They just took her a couple of times and cured. The other is possibly a dairy intolerance. A friend of mine could not have any dairy while she was breast feeding because it would tie him up in knots. Come to find out her little guy is intolerant himself and not her. Personally I was told apples are a diuretic but for me they have just the opposite effect. I would take her out to a chiropractor that works with infants first. Then if that doesn't help look at your food/ milk intake. Your baby is only 5 weeks. I personally can only see it being a physical disruption or dietary. And if it's a physical disruption then it won't matter what other food you give her, that may only aggravate her problem.

Kim - posted on 08/09/2011

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The kayro syrup really does work. I use to put it in distilled water, abt 4 oz and it worked. Plus the water is good too.

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!

Aundria - posted on 08/09/2011

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The Karo Syrup works great. However, if you want something to work super fast, try Baby Lax. It's a liquid suppository and works within minutes. You can find it any pharmacy. Just ask the pharmacist.

Stephanie - posted on 08/09/2011

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My son was about 3 months before I started this as recommended by my doctor. I would give him about 2 ounces of apple juice with about a teaspoon of dark karo syrup... Worked like a charm!

Amanda - posted on 08/09/2011

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Try taking the baby to chiropractor! Sometimes things are twisted and not working correctly after birth! My daughter had the same problem and I swear within 10 minutes was all better! Call around and find a Family practice! It is an amazing and natural cure! My kids are 3 and 6 and enjoy going once a month!

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.

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