Hi, my daughter is 5 months old and constipated. Anybody have any tips on how to relieve the constipation?
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Lisa - posted on 02/17/2009
My little one struggles with constipation a lot. A doctor prescribed her Coloxil (molasses) drops twice a day mixed with her normal milk. Warm baths are sometimes helpful with relaxing the bowels. Rubbing bubs tummy gently in a clockwise direction and putting them in a crouching position can help, too. Apple juice and water or just water can help. Lactulose is something else we tried. It absorbs water into the bowels and softens the faeces.
Michaela - posted on 02/17/2009
Pear juice is good, I peeled and cooked pears int he microwave as its not as upsetting on a delicate tummy as apples. Or you could change the milk - I put my youngest on one for easier digestion (cow & gate comfort) - this really works in the long term. Good luck, would like to hear how you geton.
Rabeeya - posted on 02/17/2009
PRUNES are the answer... whether u use prunes as fruit (dry) or juice...but they work wonders. and make it a general rule to include lots of fluids especially water in ur daughter's diet.
I have heard that all fruits with the letter "P" in them are a good remedy for constipation: Peaches, pears, pomegranates (tried and trusted one...its juice works wonders), apples, etc.
If ur gonna give bananas make sure u give 2. Odd numbers of bananas for a loose tummy, and even numbrs of bananas for constipation! :)
Abbie - posted on 02/17/2009
Hi my son was constipated at 5 months and I tried everything, from diet changes, to lots of fluids and juices, then he saw a specialist who told me about Magnesium Citrate, it is a mild solution that you can buy over the counter at any drug store for a cheap price and it relieves constipation. I started with a capful mixed in with his juice, it worked within the first day. It was great! Abbie
Lisa - posted on 02/16/2009
When my children who are now 12 and 10 had this problem as babies my grandmonther told me to feed them jellowater and that seemed to help. We had to change formula a couple of times before it was over but the jellowater would help initially.
Jeanette - posted on 02/16/2009
We had troubles with my daughter in this area from newborn... the doctors were not concerned unless it was over a week or so. But the concern to me was that she tried every day to go, would turn bright red trying to push and would cry, not so normal... We finally tired an old remedy and gave our daughter BLACK STRAP MOLASSES, you can give her some right off a spoon if she will take it, my daughter wouldnt so we added about a table spoon to a 4 oz bottle of warm (previously boiled) water and it worked wonders, gave her one bottle a day and it kept her regular and slowly weaned her down till she didnt need the help at all.... Later when we told our doctor he was surprised but glad we use that rather then prune juice which has a lot of sugar that could cause babies problems.... my son had this issue, but not near as bad just some days, but he would take the mollasses right off the spoon, a tsp and he would poop finally before the day was over..... Hope this help, good luck, I know its not fun to see your little one struggle to go....
Paula - posted on 02/16/2009
My daughter would only have a BM about every 7 days. The doctor said it is not a major concern unless they do not have a bowel movement for more than 10 days (seems like a long time to me). She eventually out grew it. Her doctor suggested giving her a few ounces of warm water with a teaspoon of sugar a couple of times a day. She also suggested weak chamomile tea. As I was breast feeding I also had to be careful what I ate. The watered down apple or prune juice is a good suggestion. Gerber also sells a baby food of prunes mixed with apples. You may want to try that.
Andrea - posted on 02/16/2009
I would use prune juice, it always worksm, even with my 2 yr. old son... and since she is only 5 months old, mix with water... and also while u have the diaper off, i kno it sounds painful but take a rectum thermometer, put vasaline on it and stick it up there while she is trying to poop, it really helps promise my son went through the same when i swtiched from brest milk to formula, another remedy is to take her legs push them to her head then bring back and make her legs run... lol if u get what i saying, hope it works!
Erin - posted on 02/16/2009
You could use prune juice but use a very little bit diluted in water. I was nursing when this happened with my son so I drank prune juice everyday, that way it wasn't so harsh for his tummy. It wasn't pleasant for me but it helped him.
Jennifer - posted on 02/16/2009
I got the best results (mom of 3) with apple juice. At that age, you will need to mix it half and half with water. Give about four ounces.
FYI: for diarhea, give apple SAUCE--for some reason, they have opposite effects
Nature is best--juices, diet, etc.
Molly - posted on 02/16/2009
I would try an infant suppository. We had issues with my youngest being constipated and that did the trick. I cut them in half though. If it doesn't work within 5 hours use the other half. I tried prunes once too, it gave her really bad gas and made her writh in pain. Now I keep them in her diet to keep her regular so she doesn't get backed up. Good luck!
User - posted on 02/16/2009
It would depend on the severity and how long she's been constipated. If it's been a couple of days and she's really uncomfy, you could use an infant supository (be warned though . . . . sometimes there may be some projectiles hidding behind the blockage that WILL come flying out at you) But if it's not been too long and you would rather use something less intrusive . . . . prunes work well too (if she's started solids) and if not prune juice sometimes work. Also you could try banana's. They used to work wonders for my boys . . . however they work opposite for my neice . . . . I hope this helps :)
Nicole - posted on 02/16/2009
My little girl had a bit of constipation early on...I reduced the amount of milk she was having and that worked well for her. There is also a type of bowel losening medication for kids...it's a chocolate flavoured medicine i can't remeber the name of it though.
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