little girl (3 mnths) does not like water but is getting constipated because of the formula ... HELP

Kirsty - posted on 07/01/2009 ( 38 moms have responded )

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little girl (3 months) does not like water but is getting constipated because of the formula ... HELP ... What do I do???

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A 3 month old baby should NEVER have extra water. At that age, it can still be deadly. At that age, it is not uncommon for them to go a couple of days without pooping. I highly doubt her stools are rock hard and she is bleeding due to pushing so hard to get it out. - When they haven't gone for a couple days and you get worried, the most effective way that I have found after doctor recommended it is to dip a Q-tip in vaseline, and insert it into the butt just enough, and wiggle gently. Most likely within 3 tries, you will probably get an instant reaction and have poop coming out right away. - I would never ever use water, and juice for a 3 month old just isn't a good thing. Try calling your pediatrician! They should have a solution for you!

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Karo syrup can cause botulism (just like honey). I would talk to my pediatrician and see what advice they have. Maybe you need to try a different formula. 2 oz. of Gerber pear juice worked wonders for my son at that age.

Rebecca - posted on 07/01/2009

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Persistence also helps. As well as trying other things just persist. It took a while but my daughter now loves water.

Laura - posted on 07/01/2009

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change formulas to a sensitive for similac or gentle ease for enfamil or some thing like that, that what I had to do for my kids

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Cynthia - posted on 08/11/2011

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make a cup of peppermint tea just dip the tea bag a couple of times until you get a very weak tea, cool and put in you childs bottle, I like the suggestion on one of the other threads about going with a no iron formula or at least using an iron formula on a one feeding basis so they get some but not so much they get constipated. I breast fed and I would think my second was constipated because I was using an iron supplement in my postnatal supplement. we supplemented with cooled boiled water

And no one here is talking about giving an eight month old baby LOTS of extra water, a four once bottle that can be sipped between formula. If the lady who is saying NOT to give water was right ALL 5 would have been i serious trouble! all survived and are doing well out in the big wide world.
The thing with water is if you force an person with heat exhaustion to drink lots of water it will cause problems, but a child who is constipated or has diarehha supplementing with water is important in maintaining hydration, this is why its important to talk a er nurse, or health nurse, or doctor. and let them guide you.

TAMMY - posted on 07/29/2011

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at 3 months they do not need water yet, but if your pediatrician says it's ok to do baby food a little bit of prunes should do the trick or apples are good too. just not bananas.l

Tonya - posted on 07/26/2011

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To much iron can go either way loose stools or constipation. Try some dark carol syrup 1-2 tsp in an 8 ounce bottle but make sure you warm it up a bit so it will mix well. good luck

Crystal - posted on 05/25/2011

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also wwhat kind of formula is she on when my daugter had this issue i switched her to ennfamil gental ease which has the protiens broken down makeing it easier for baby to digest

Crystal - posted on 05/25/2011

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you should not give her water bay's that young should not drink water it can make them seriously i'll if you talk to her dr i'm sure he willtell you the same thing infants get plenty of wwater from formula and ading more can dillute the iron in their blood and make them very sick a small amount is ok maybe 2oz or so is what my dr told me my oldest also got constipated for a bit a this age her dr also said to give her a half of aninfant suppository i know this isn't fun but it does help also bicycling her legs and rubbing her tummy can sometimes help

Pamela - posted on 07/03/2009

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Just change her formula !! why use medicine ... And dont add extra water to the babys formula it can harm her! Just talk to your doctor about changing formulas he may have a solution for you !

Mel - posted on 07/03/2009

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try prune juice and water, switching formula, coloxyl drops, apple juice, or put vaseline on a cottn tip when you change her nappy. or add 5-10 mills extra when u make up the formula

Melissa - posted on 07/02/2009

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maybe its because the formula has too much iron in it. Try putting alittle bit of brown sugar in the water it might help.

Heather - posted on 07/02/2009

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My doctor told me a child's system can't process pure water until 9 months. Try watered down juice.

Robin - posted on 07/01/2009

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I would definately talk to your pediatrician because there may be a lactose problem like people are talking about a child I knew had a bowel problem (the record was 21 days!!!!) she was breastfeed so it wasn't a formula thing, but she was also put on the prne juice solution I saw listed already....

Loanmi - posted on 07/01/2009

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Karo syrup works sometimes if not try telling your pediatrician see if he can prescribe her Lactulose you can put it in her formula

Casey - posted on 07/01/2009

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i had the same problem with my son at the same age try adding 20ml extra water to the bottle or my doctor suggested a 1/4 of a tea spoon of raw sugar to the bottle of formula

Peta - posted on 07/01/2009

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I was old by the midwife that 1-2tsps of brown sugar in 20 ml water. And it worked perfectly with my children. If you've changed formula recently it can take up to 2 weeks for them to get used to it.

Krisanne - posted on 07/01/2009

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Hi Kirsty I had the same problem with my boy I used to deep the tip of a cotton bud in vaselin and would give a little wiggle do that for a couple of times and she will go much easier once she is doing you bend her legs and do a rocking motion you can help her in that way .
Also she is very young juices are a no no in my book ha ha. You can give water to your baby once it 3 month as long its boiled and you let it cool. I used to mix it up with 1table spoon of glucose or sugar. If she does not want that you can give her baby camonmile you give it as a drink and its also good for constipation

Dlyte1913 - posted on 07/01/2009

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Many doctors say that water is not necessary at that age. After nine months of breastfeeding my oldest child, I supplemented with formula and had no problems with constipation or gas. I recommend Nestle's Good Start formula, some say it's the next best thing to breastmilk.

Olanrewaju - posted on 07/01/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

A 3 month old baby should NEVER have extra water. At that age, it can still be deadly. At that age, it is not uncommon for them to go a couple of days without pooping. I highly doubt her stools are rock hard and she is bleeding due to pushing so hard to get it out. - When they haven't gone for a couple days and you get worried, the most effective way that I have found after doctor recommended it is to dip a Q-tip in vaseline, and insert it into the butt just enough, and wiggle gently. Most likely within 3 tries, you will probably get an instant reaction and have poop coming out right away. - I would never ever use water, and juice for a 3 month old just isn't a good thing. Try calling your pediatrician! They should have a solution for you!



She is so right. Here in Nigeria. They teach us in the baby classes not to give nothing but breastmilk till the baby's six months old. The baby is usually healthier. Of course this is difficult if you work. The baby's body is very efficient on baby milk and may go days without pooping. Water contains a lot of tiny micorbe-thingy's that a baby may not be ready for. Breastmilk helps the baby's immune system and helps prevent future allergies. Either way, if you're worried, see your doc.

Alicia - posted on 07/01/2009

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Karo and switching to a soy based formula are the things that worked for my kids and I have four. I would wait on the watered down juice until six to eight months as that is a lil too hard for the babies tummy. My doc always told me no water for the babies until the six to eighth month mark. Hope this helps. Oh yeah only while she is awake try to massage her tummy and do motor boat with her legs.

Leslie - posted on 07/01/2009

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Yeah the Karo syrup does work, you could dilute any type of fruit juice also and it will help. She is old enough, try the water at different temps also.

Deborah - posted on 07/01/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

A 3 month old baby should NEVER have extra water. At that age, it can still be deadly. At that age, it is not uncommon for them to go a couple of days without pooping. I highly doubt her stools are rock hard and she is bleeding due to pushing so hard to get it out. - When they haven't gone for a couple days and you get worried, the most effective way that I have found after doctor recommended it is to dip a Q-tip in vaseline, and insert it into the butt just enough, and wiggle gently. Most likely within 3 tries, you will probably get an instant reaction and have poop coming out right away. - I would never ever use water, and juice for a 3 month old just isn't a good thing. Try calling your pediatrician! They should have a solution for you!



sticking a q-tip in her butt is a little uncomfortable. i gave both my kids water with a little bit of juice and they are both extremely healthy children. my daughter is 3 months old now and loves it. call your pediatrician if it doesnt get better or there is blood in her poop. karo syrup works too.

Deborah - posted on 07/01/2009

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try putting a little pear juice in with the water. helps with the constipation and gives the water a little flavor.

Jennifer - posted on 07/01/2009

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I have to say that when we switched to a soy based formula it not only helped with her spitting up but it helped with her constipation, we also had to add Kayro and Mineral Oil to her formula as well. We switched to Soy formula but it was Carnation Good Start. It is so much easier for them to digest :-)

Stacey - posted on 07/01/2009

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Hello,

My son had the same problem. Just add a little of regular apple juice to the formula. It will help.

Jennifer - posted on 07/01/2009

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Both of my children had this problem, we were told by the doctor to add 1 oz. of Kayro Syrup for every 4 ozs. of formula (light corn syrup). When this did not work it was 1 oz of Mineral Oil for every 4 ozs. of formula.

Joanna - posted on 07/01/2009

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my 9mo old has been dealing with constipation since 4mo old and dr put her on 1/4 tsp MiraLax in 4oz of formula once in the morning. works like a charm. Now that she's getting older I'm in the process or weaning her from it and now just a pinch works. changing formula may work but usually the change helps for spitting up/throwing up. Before you try to Miralax I would call your ped.

You can also try just adding water to the formula... like everyother bottle add an extra ounce of water (up to 4oz extra water a day until she's 4mo)

Kelly - posted on 07/01/2009

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My baby girl was the same. She is lactose intolerent, we put her on soy and later a lactose free formula (like enfamil lactose free) and it solved all her problems.

Justine - posted on 07/01/2009

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my son was like that and i was told by my doc to add more water to his formula to dilute it a bit

Alexis - posted on 07/01/2009

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That happens to my 5 month old son also. His doctor told me to give him baby prune juice or apple juice in a bottle. Make sure it's baby juice, if not dilute it with water. My son doesn't like it cold so i heat it up a little! Give her how many ounces of how old she is! So give her only 3 ounces a day. Good luck!

Donna - posted on 07/01/2009

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Miralax like a 4th of a teaspoon in the morning and if need in the evening...straight from the pediatrician himself.

Natalie - posted on 07/01/2009

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Try to put a teaspoon of brown sugar in the water it really does help my lil girl was the same a few months back and it worked a treat.

Michelle - posted on 07/01/2009

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Hey I was told to put about one oz of karo syrup for every four oz of formula in my babies bottle. It is a natural way to solve the constipation problem. I have done it before and it worked!

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