How can I ease my one month old baby's constipation pains?

Kailey - posted on 10/23/2009 ( 80 moms have responded )

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My daughter is being breastfed and seems to be suffering from constipation, any ideas on how to ease her pain?

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Tonya - posted on 10/30/2009

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I have a 17 month old that has a big problem with constipation and has had this problem since birth. The doctors told me to give him prune juice at 2 weeks old which I did and it did help but he also had a bad problem with gas. I took him to a stomach specialist and she told me that the prune juice has so much sugar that it was making his gas problem 100 times worse. She told me to give him Milk of Magnesia. It is the safest thing to give. It does not cause stomach cramping like Karo and other things can. She assured me that MOM was safe -she said that he could drink the whole bottle and it would not hurt him. She said that MOM was a stool softener rather than a laxative. You might want to try 1/2 tsp. daily and see how it works. My sister has a 2 month old and she has to give her 1/2 tsp. about every other day. It really helped (and still helps) my son. Hope this helps with your constipated one month old baby!!

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the docs told me that babys can go up to 2 weeks without pooing so dont know if it would be constipation. im looking for answers for my 11mth old at the moment hence me looking at this.

Jaime - posted on 10/27/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

Exclusively breastfed infants are not constipated. If she was constipated she would be making hard round pellets- which I doubt she is.

It is normal for a breastfed infant to not have a bowel movement for many days.

Do not give juice or water to your baby. This is dangerous advice and any one who is suggesting this is not knowledgeable about breastfeeding or the biology of infant digestion and development.



Why do you feel the need to mark the rest our suggestions as funny?  What works for some babies may not work for others, but that doesn't give you the right to discredit it.  I am guessing by your 1700+ comments that you are one of those know-it-all moms that has nothing better to do than sit around and critisize everyones advice but your own.  These forums are created for moms to get advice from each other and thats all it is...advice.  I would expect that each mom would take all the advice with a grain of salt and consult her doctor before making any rash decisions.  My doctor has suggested brown sugar as well as juice for constipation.  What makes you so superior over them?  The only thing that matters in this whole thing is that the baby is healthy and happy and that this mom gets the advice she was looking for and the help she needs from her doctor. 

Mel - posted on 10/27/2009

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Try adding a small amount of prune juice in boiled water and giving your one month old constipated baby that. Helped my girl alot :)

Crista - posted on 10/27/2009

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There is this stuff it is called Karo syrup, it is a light corn syrup you can find it in the baking isle at the grocery store. I thought it worked great.

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Donna - posted on 10/27/2009

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If she is breastfed then she probably isn't constipated! Breastfed babies can go upto 2 weeks without poo'ing. But if you are still worried give her a warm bath and massage her tummy she needs to be relaxed when you do this. If you see her pushing then make the bicycle motions with her legs. When she does finally go if the stool is soft u dont need to worry!!

Julie - posted on 10/27/2009

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Kailey my son had the same problem. I used Kyro syrup and if you pump just add it into the bottle, about 1 teaspoon. You can also massage the abdomen also which will move the stool down. You can also stimulate the bum hole which also helps them poop, had to do all this with my son. You use a Q-tip and some A&D ointment and just move it around the bum hole a bit and that tends to help. Don't shove it in there but just rub it around a bit. Everytime that I've done that the would have a bowel movement within 30 minutes....good luck with your constipated one month old baby.

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work her legs up to her stomack and back down seem like a lot of work but it will help

Terri - posted on 10/26/2009

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Every1 will tell you different things about your constipated one month old baby, i got told loads of things, i went to my doctor and they put my son on Lactugal, my son was between 1-2 months when he went on is, hes not almost 5 months and has not had it for a good couple of weeks, your daughter pay get more constipated when you take her of breastfeed milk.

Iris - posted on 10/26/2009

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Maybe U can change your diet and what you eat plays a very important role in what your baby eats...more fruits, vegetables and more healthy choices as long as you continue to breastfeed..and mylicon drops are safe for the smallest infants and helps very well

Jaime - posted on 10/26/2009

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Quoting Jana:

Our daughter had a problem at 3 weeks and I was told to give her 2 ounces of water with 1 of ounce apple juice. If it is really bad just give her straight juice.



Sorry, didn't mean to check the funny box. I wanted to see if it would show me why someone thought this was funny and instead it marked that I thought it was funny and this is not so.  :)

Melissa - posted on 10/26/2009

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My daughter did the same thing and our Dr. told me to give her Miralax. It worked wonders and we've never had anymore problems.

Kate - posted on 10/26/2009

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karo syrup would be good for your constipated one month old baby

Candice - posted on 10/26/2009

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One thing that worked for us was feeding him a bottle of low iron formula. they also have glycerin supositories that worked too.

Alexandra - posted on 10/26/2009

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Quoting Kailey:

How can I ease my one month old baby's constipation pains?

My daughter is being breastfed and seems to be suffering from constipation, any ideas on how to ease her pain?


Dear friend check what are you eaten try to take a  prune juice is execente try to change you diet ok

Kris - posted on 10/26/2009

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Okay, can I ask, is the baby having problems or are you concerned that he/she isn't going all the time? Breastfed babies sometimes go DAYS before pooping and it is okay. My new little one goes about once every 3 days and usually by the second day she is uncomfortable so I give her a castor oil massage on her belly in clockwise motion...she always poops the next day and seems more content. With my third child I gave her a drop of flax oil every day to keep her regular.

Tina - posted on 10/25/2009

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Hi kailey, my daughter was like this to she without a word of a lie used to poop like a adult they bwere big ones, when it got bad i would lay her on her back and with every push she gave i would push her bent legs back towards her and gradually we would succeed horrible horrible thing to have to do otherwise when a little older the mcdonalds pure orange juice used to go rite through my kids(nothing was left ) hope this helps with your constipated one month old baby

Jaime - posted on 10/25/2009

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We use brown sugar in our 5 week old son's bottles. If you can pump and put it into a bottle you could add the sugar in. The molasses is a natural laxative and 1 tablespoon a day should do the trick.

Kelly - posted on 10/25/2009

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you can go to the chemist and get some drops that go in her milk or water they are called coloxal drops dont think i spelt it rite but the chemist should know what they are i used them for my son worked wonders :O)

Leslie - posted on 10/25/2009

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Quoting vanessa:

WHEN MY DAUGHTER WAS LIKE THAT I CHANGE HER MILK, I SEE UR BREASTFEEDING. ADD A LITTLE WATER TO THE MILK. IF YOU SEE SHE IS PUSHIN RUB ON HER TUMMY GENTLY. IF THAT DOESN'T WORK. MAYBE TO MUCH GAS HAD BILLED UP IN HER TUMMY. TRY GAS DROPS. OR MAYBE U CAN WARM TO MILK UP A BIT. NEWBORNS R VERY SENSATIVE WIT MILK. OR IF NOT ONE DROP OF CORN SYRUP IN MILK.



This is what I do...works like a charm!

Hiba - posted on 10/25/2009

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we use olive oil to rub our daughter's tummy, and massage a drop of the oil on her lower back too.( it helps moiturizing the muscles) then wrap a wrectangular cloth around the tummy to keep it warm. laying her tummy down on yor knees will help her pass gas and poop faster. good luck with your constipated one month old baby.

Emma - posted on 10/25/2009

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hi there i have a nine week old daugter wh was also breastfeedng and had the same prolem my midwife suggested i try cooled boiled water with just 2 small drops of frsh orange juice and it worked a treat.

Sarah - posted on 10/25/2009

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At this age your baby does not need any liquid other than breastmilk. Introducing anything else may affect your milk supply.

Lisa - posted on 10/25/2009

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I've never heard of anyone, infant or adult, suffering from constipation from a liquid diet. However, what are YOU eating such that your breastmilk is giving the baby constipation? Talk to your pediatrician about your constipated one month old baby.

Redwing - posted on 10/25/2009

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it may sound nasty but vasaline on a q-tip.nad coat the inside of his/her butt.it is the safest way if u dont like to use medications.its an old school thing my mom tought me with my son and it worked

Jennifer Ann - posted on 10/25/2009

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TLC and patience... i hope it goes away soon... soft calm voice swaying. rubbing in circular motion at the smal of the back and up side of the back...

Khalilah - posted on 10/25/2009

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Well My son was pretty big...I to breastfed and had the same problem. We called the doc's office, they told us 1 tablespoon of apple juice. It worked right away. They say your not supposed to give juice but that was the first and last time we needed it for that. so good luck

Nicole - posted on 10/24/2009

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Dark corn syrup helps a lot. I used to mix about a tsp in my daughter's bottles twice a day until she had a good BM, then I would drop the dosage down to a few drops in 1 bottle a day. If you can, pump your milk & bottle feed her so you can mix it, or just mix it with a couple ounces of luke warm water (it's VERY thick) and give it to her however you prefer. This helped for my daughter, so hopefully it helps your little one. (I was told to do this by the doctor)

Kay - posted on 10/24/2009

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Quoting Kailey:

How Do I Ease Constipation In A One Month Old Baby

My daughter is being breastfed and seems to be suffering from constipation, any ideas on how to ease her pain?



Try to ensure baby is getting a little plain cooled, boiled water 2 or 3 times a day. even just a teaspoon full is great. It is lack of fluids that is the cause

Leslie - posted on 10/24/2009

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My son was breastfed also and he went about every 11 days! I lived in a constant state of worry about his BM. Ease your worries. He is now 17 months and once we started him on solid foods the days between went from 11 to 6 to 3 to 1 time a day. Now he has a BM about 1 time a day. He is a healthy boy. I tried everything to get him to go, when he was an infant; bicycle his legs, add a little juice in his diet, massage vaseline on his bottom.
Hope this helps!

Dannielle - posted on 10/24/2009

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Hi i was told by a chemist to put some prunes in boiled water and let them soak then strain and give it to them it help with my daughter

Sara - posted on 10/23/2009

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my son is almost 3 months old and i breast feed him, he just started getting constipated so i pump about 4 ounces out and put 1/2 a teaspoon of Dark Karo Corn Syrup mixed in with that milk, then finish feeding him from me. thats what my doctor told me to do.

Sara - posted on 10/23/2009

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My son was experiencing the same problem and since he was breastfed, everyone kept telling me he was not constipated, that that's almost completely impossible, blah blah, blah. You know what? They were wrong. I ended up doing a LOT of research on the subject and i would like to share with you what I've learned.



Breastfed babies may actually only have a BM every few days, or even every week - this is normal. However, if your daughter is in pain, abnormally fussy, and/or her stools are hard and dry (some people will tell you that any consistency thicker than peanut butter qualifies), she is certainly constipated. It took me over a month just to get the pediatrician to admit that!



The most common cause is actually what you ate. HOWEVER, it is not normally what people think of IE "gassy" foods like broccolli, or spicy things - it is impossible for those things to affect your breast milk. Look at it logically. Breast milk is produced from glands, the nutrients supplied to them from your bloostream. Things like spices or extra fiberful vegetables simply do not get into your blood. What does is the proteins from the foods you are eating.



The most common culprits are dairy, soy, shellfish, additional nuts, eggs (your most common allergens in adults, as well). In fact, up to 60% of "colicky" babies actually have a dairy intolerance. The most common of those is dairy - so if you cut dairy out I can almost bet that that will solve the problem. Around half the babies that have the dairy intolerance have the soy intolerance as well, so you may have to cut that out as well. The other allergens are less common, but technically still possible.



My suggestion to you: Cut out dairy and soy, as much as you can (i was a devout label reader for a good long while); it actually can take 2-3 weeks to notice a difference. I won't lie - to relieve his discomfort in the interim i used karo syrup and prune juice every few days. Tummy rubbing, gentle compression, and a nice warm bath all help calm baby. It was still a miserable time.



After that two to three weeks, stop using karo/prune juice, see how she does. If she's doing much better, i'd say after a week or two reintroduce soy. Just trying it won't take as long for it to filter out - just a few days - if you find she is soy sensitive as well. PErsonally, if Riley had been both dairy and soy sensitive, i'd've weaned him really early to a hypoallergenic formula - two or threee weeks to test it was one thing, actually living it for months would've been another.



If she's just dairy sensitive - rejoice! Many babies grow out of it by 6 months, so you could try dairy again then. Most grow out of it by 18 months.

Stephenie - posted on 10/23/2009

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I breast fed my three babies and I discovered usually they were constipapted from what I ate. I found that eating too much fiber foods would cause a lot of gas or constipation. I had to stay away from too much broccoli or spinach. Try giving a little aloe which is all natural in water and that should do the trick. Best wishes and great job feeding your baby the best nutrition in the world.

Jessica - posted on 10/23/2009

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1/2 oz prune juice and 1/2 oz water- warm it up if you can. Worked wonders for our daughter!

Sarah - posted on 10/23/2009

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As a pediatric nurse, I also urge people to NOT, I repeat, NOT do a rectal temperature on their baby. It is not accepted medical practice to do rectal temperatures any more. If you are not trained to insert anything into the anus (as most people are not), you can perforate the anus, causing tearing from the anus into the abdominal cavity. This can result in serious, serious complications.



Also, juice is not recommended for babies, especially for neonates. Keep up your fluid intake, don't worry as it is normal for breastfed babies to go 5-10 days without a poop. If your babe goes longer than 10 days, take her to the doctor where a trained medical professional can help you ease her tummy problems. She may need a glycerin suppository (please don't insert yourself). You can also help by doing baby massage, you can go online for tips on how to do this. What works well is the I Love You stroke. Go up the right side of the abdomen from the groin for the I. Go again over the right side and across in an L motion for Love, and over up the right, over the middle, and down the left side to the groin in an upside down U. This mimics the flow of poop through the intestines.



Good luck!

Briony - posted on 10/23/2009

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and little brown sugar in water works well i was told that from a doc once

Lisa - posted on 10/23/2009

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boil concentrate prune juice and give her 1 tbl spoon to her bottle my doctor recommended it to me & it worked

Jana - posted on 10/23/2009

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Our daughter had a problem at 3 weeks and I was told to give her 2 ounces of water with 1 of ounce apple juice. If it is really bad just give her straight juice.

Marien - posted on 10/23/2009

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My son was extremely constipated since birth, nothing worked karo syrup, some prescription powder the doctor prescribed the only thing that worked for me was deluting a tsp of prune baby food in water and as he grew up prune/pear - his poo was so hard i constantly have to use the glycerine suppositories - the only thing that work was the prune fruit - poor baby had it so much now he's 18 and everytime he see a bottle of prune juice he say i hate that stuff - but it work!!

Destinee - posted on 10/23/2009

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When my boys were little and only had breast milk the didn't poop very often, once a week at times. I took him to the dr. and he told me not to worry about it. Breast milk is so pure and designed just for your baby that their bodies use all of it so there isn't any "waste" to make poop.

My boys never acted uncomfortable so after seeing the pediatrician I didn't worry about it

Gina - posted on 10/23/2009

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my son was breastfed..and he got constipated sometimes too..my mom and grandma both used this when i was a baby..and its always worked..dip his passy or your finger in some Karo Syrup..don't need a lot..but its sweet so she will like it..and it works qickly and safely..my doctor even baked me up when my son was that little..
good luck..i always kept it around the house..still do even though he is two..but it doesn't work much now..it works better for babies..

Sherry - posted on 10/23/2009

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take a 4oz. bottle of water add 1tsp. karo syrup. that should do it. its what the doctors told me back when i was raising my children.

Christine - posted on 10/23/2009

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In a 4 ounce bottle put 3 ounces of water and 1 ounce of Karo Dark Sryup. It's an old family cure that has worked for over 50 years in my family.

Jennifer - posted on 10/23/2009

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try massage take a lil bit of baby lotion and massage there belly in circles and work from the chest down below her belly button and keep in circular motions u have to massage in a deep way not ruff just kind of mashing a lil bit with a small amount of pressure not much do that for a few min and even turn her on her belly and massage her back and then do the belly again and it will take a few min to relive her and she may be gassy at first but trust me it works i do this on my 2 yr old and it really helps

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My pediatrician told me to do half pear juice and half water...or hlaf a glycerin suppository. Good luck...If its more than 4 days call the dr

Krista - posted on 10/23/2009

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Use a suppository. Children that young should not ingest anything but BM or formula.

Brenda - posted on 10/23/2009

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Add one ounce of prune Juice to a bottle...Only once tho! or you will get showered in poo!

Katie - posted on 10/23/2009

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Quoting Katrina:

my told me to put small mount of pure orange juice wih boiled water it worked 4 us . gd luck



My mom works in a hospital...and i know you were donig what the midwife said BUT my mom says babies that young end up with stomach biopsy's and GI probelms for giving jjuice too early..

Katie - posted on 10/23/2009

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I was breastfeeding mine til my milk dried up...but her doc told me that breastfed babies sometimes dont poop for up to a week at a time...i used a half of glycerin suppository on her for kids...it worked just fine :)

Tracy - posted on 10/23/2009

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thats what I would do or you half apple half prune. You can add water to weaken the juice. IT really worse.

Julie - posted on 10/27/2009

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Kailey my son had the same problem. I used Kyro syrup and if you pump just add it into the bottle, about 1 teaspoon. You can also massage the abdomen also which will move the stool down. You can also stimulate the bum hole which also helps them poop, had to do all this with my son. You use a Q-tip and some A&D ointment and just move it around the bum hole a bit and that tends to help. Don't shove it in there but just rub it around a bit. Everytime that I've done that the would have a bowel movement within 30 minutes....good luck with your constipated one month old baby.

Terri - posted on 10/26/2009

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Every1 will tell you different things about your constipated one month old baby, i got told loads of things, i went to my doctor and they put my son on Lactugal, my son was between 1-2 months when he went on is, hes not almost 5 months and has not had it for a good couple of weeks, your daughter pay get more constipated when you take her of breastfeed milk.

Kate - posted on 10/26/2009

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karo syrup would be good for your constipated one month old baby

Alexandra - posted on 10/26/2009

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Quoting Kailey:

How can I ease my one month old baby's constipation pains?

My daughter is being breastfed and seems to be suffering from constipation, any ideas on how to ease her pain?


Dear friend check what are you eaten try to take a  prune juice is execente try to change you diet ok

Tina - posted on 10/25/2009

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Hi kailey, my daughter was like this to she without a word of a lie used to poop like a adult they bwere big ones, when it got bad i would lay her on her back and with every push she gave i would push her bent legs back towards her and gradually we would succeed horrible horrible thing to have to do otherwise when a little older the mcdonalds pure orange juice used to go rite through my kids(nothing was left ) hope this helps with your constipated one month old baby

Hiba - posted on 10/25/2009

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we use olive oil to rub our daughter's tummy, and massage a drop of the oil on her lower back too.( it helps moiturizing the muscles) then wrap a wrectangular cloth around the tummy to keep it warm. laying her tummy down on yor knees will help her pass gas and poop faster. good luck with your constipated one month old baby.

Lisa - posted on 10/25/2009

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I've never heard of anyone, infant or adult, suffering from constipation from a liquid diet. However, what are YOU eating such that your breastmilk is giving the baby constipation? Talk to your pediatrician about your constipated one month old baby.

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