my 6m old is constipated what can i give her to make her poos soft?

Jo - posted on 08/01/2009 ( 292 moms have responded )

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she has 4-5 formua bottles and 3 solids each day.i've started giving her water but its not helping. i give her vegies and weet bix and banannas she eats a wide variety. what will make it soft?

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Deanna - posted on 07/26/2011

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From a holistic stand point...look at what is causing the constipation...It may be the formula...Many children do not tolerate soy formula and or milk formula...Go to Mercola.com and search baby formula--you will get alot of great information there. If it's you are not nursing totally, Goat milk formula is the most tolerated...You may also ask when the last vaccination has been. When a child has been vaccinated, it causes inflammation in the intestinal region and in the brain. This inflammation shows up as symptoms such as you are describing. There are supplements out there to help balance out the digestive tract, but I hesitate here because you can be "taken" by cheap ingredients and manufacturing--usually hence the cheap price. Here are the three that heal the digestive tract...A good probiotic, a good digestive enzyme and a unique product called Galt Fortifier. Only professional practitioners have this line. I would be glad to discuss futher if you desire. Remember this babies heal really quickly...a symptom of constipation can lead to a life of digestive/chronic issues....Many blessings on your beautiful little girl.

Maiko - posted on 08/13/2009

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Definately prunes! Prunes work wonders and immediatley. I still use it on my almost 2yr. old son. My son had a huge constipation problem when he was 6mths old because he started solids. I asked my aunt, who is a nurse, she said to give lots of water or prunes. I asked the doctor and he said prunes. So, I gave my son baby food prunes and let me tell you! In matter of 20-30 min. that poo came right out.

Lots of great advice out there!

Krista - posted on 07/26/2011

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Seeing as this was posted in 2009, I'm assuming that the child's bowel issues have cleared up by this point.

Thanks for contributing, ladies!

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Tonya - posted on 07/26/2011

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Put dark carol syrup in her formula about 1-2 tsp per an 8 ounce bottle. Make sure you heat up the bottle so it will mix well. Banannas will make the poop hard as this is what you use in a BRAT diet when they are sick. My son when he got constipated after going on formula from breast feeding I gave him sweet potatoes and it was like a laxative. Try oatmeal with apples or pears or even prunes (in the small jars) Hope this helps.

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Jennifer - posted on 07/26/2011

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You might want to avoid bananas they always constipated my kids. Prunes are good and pears always worked even better for us. Good luck!

Karen - posted on 08/18/2009

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Give her more fruit. Mona Vie is a great source of raw fruits in a convenient liquid. 4 ounces will give your child 13 servings of fruit a day. It's natural, and a great way to get the nutrition she needs.

Erika - posted on 08/17/2009

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Our doctor recommended Children's Miralax and it seemed to work. Also, Grape juice dilluted with water seemed to work. GOOD LUCK!

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my doc advised me to feed lower iron formula... however, pls consult your doc b4 feeding anything to the little one

Joellen - posted on 08/16/2009

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give her some prune juice diluted with water or give her some prune baby food. prunes will clear up her backed-up problems in no time! If she still has this problem once she is eating table foods, then corn can help significantly, too :)

Claudia - posted on 08/13/2009

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Apple juice works great! When my daughter started solids she had the same problem. Even now I only give her breast milk and water daily for her fluids but when she is constipated a bottle with 4-5 ounces of unsweetened apple juice does the trick. It usually has her going before she's even finished her bottle.

Nikia - posted on 08/13/2009

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Try warm Sugar water, also rub the belly and move the legs back and forth like they are doing to bicycle, it helps move things around.. It worked wonders for my daughter

Jaime - posted on 08/13/2009

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I had the same problem with my daughter. Her poor little face used to turn as red as a tomato trying to poo. I discussed this with her doctor several times. This is the advice he gave me:

Put 1/2 and ounce to 1 ounce of apple-prune juice in her bottle once a day with her milk. Giving her too much will make her gassy.

I went with the 1/2 ounce to start with. It worked wonders. When she got bigger (8-9 mo.) I started giving her 1 ounce.

I asked the doctor about Kayro Syrup and he said it is pretty much just straight sugar and that it can make their blood-sugar level skyrocket besides the fact that it can mess with their sleeping.

Too much water in a baby's diet is NOT GOOD! They can get water poisoning causing your blood to thin out. There was a national story about this where a woman, needing to save money, gave child too much water in the formula and the baby died. A little is fine but don't go over board.

Eventually my daughter's bowels leveled out (around 11 months) and now she is fine!

Toni - posted on 08/13/2009

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Our 2 1/2 year old still gets constipated, but we give him Cranberry-raspberry plus fiber applesauce. That really helps him. Hope it helps you

Alexiss - posted on 08/13/2009

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My mother in law gave my daughter formula when I was exclusively breast feeding her which resulted in making her constipated. What I gave her and seemed to work great was a mix of prune juice and water half and half. In not time she went! Just make sure you have something old on her because prune juice is not fun getting out of clothes. Hope this helps.



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I've got the answer to immediate relief for your baby FLEET brand BABY LAX. This is a liquid suppository in a bulb that you insert in rectum it is a god send and the results are immediate! I used this on my daughter until she was almost 4 yrs old. Also talk to your pediatrician about PHILIPS Milk of Magnesia to mix with formula I also did this the keep her regular so that it would not harden & back up in her little system causing her to hold it in longer b/c of the pain involved in pushing it out.

Sandra - posted on 08/12/2009

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My daughter & son both had this problem. About a teaspoon or so of Karo (corn) syrup in each to every other bottle cured the problem. Good luck

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Try apple juice there is a sugar found in apple juice and corn syrup only that aids in constipation...I never had that problem with my daughter but it worked wonders for my cousins little girl...good luck

Tina - posted on 08/12/2009

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Dr. Sears recommends the 4 peas to aid with costipation...

pears, peaches, prunes and peas. Keep in mind that at 6 mos old she's VERY young to be eating such a wide variety of foods- you may want to consider that the constipation might be a food allergy developing- two of my three had issues with that.

Dairy allergies can cause diarrhea or constipation, as can wheat etc.

What is in the weet bix?

Bananas are very binding, so you could also try a balance with that- give prunes or peaches before and after bananas...that might help.

Audrey - posted on 08/12/2009

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prunes- prunes - prunes!!! My 3yr. old has had issues with constipation for a while. The Dr. told me as long as it is not unconfortable and not completly soild it could just be a change in her bowel movements. She and my youngest see a GI specialst because it was so bad. Rachael gets 1/2 a cap of MiraLax in her drink in the morning. Talk to your doc to make sure it not a holding issue if it hurts. I was also told apple juice NOT apple sauce there is something in it that causes constipation. I have had to use enemas and all that so I completly understand what your going thru. I have a constipated child and a reflux child so good luck.

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I can't believe what I'm reading!!! My daughter went through hell with constipation. Prunes, prune juice, etc gave her diarrhea and stomach cramps. She was born premature and even at an earlier gestational stage. She was fine until she was about 4 yrs old. Besides bananas, apples, rice, and bisquits, she couldn't have much flavored milk such as chocolate or strawberry milk boxes. Soy milk helped a lot since she loves to drink milk. She also drinks (water) like a fish. It started back up and it would get so bad that she not only screamed but would bleed too. Her doc gave us Dupholac which worked but she became dependent on it. So much so that sometimes it wouldn't even work and we were back to the screaming and pain. Suppositories worked along with a radical diet change but I couldn't control everything she ate at school or with family members even though I gave everyone a report on her. She went back to pull ups for awhile since having a bowel movement now frightened her. She would hold it in or let it out little by little in her panties. How she could control it so well I have no idea.

To hear that sugar, brown sugar, and karo syrup could have saved her from all that stress and pain just kills me. So simple, why didn't anyone tell me or suggest it? I'm in shock. She has a regular pediatrician, an ICU pediatrician, and a ped card. Not once was this suggested. I will definitely try it next time. I just pray it works for her as it has for all of you.

Lauren - posted on 08/11/2009

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Ok, we tried everything with my son and nothing worked (prunes, karo syrup, mineral oil, glycerin supposotories, enemas). We eventually after way too long of HELL took him to a pediatric G.I. doctor, and he told us to use miralax. It worked wonders. It's over the counter. You can just start with 1/3-1/2 cap full that you put in his bottle. Do it once a day. You may have to do this for a while, you can back off after a while and see how he does. We had to use this until my son was at least 18 months, and he is now 2.5 yrs, and after going a while without it, he for some reason is backing up again, so we are back on the miralax. Do not fear that he is on a "medication" for so long. It is only a molecule that goes through his G.I. tract... it goes right in the body, absorbs fluid, and is expelled with the rest. There are no side effects.

IF SHE HAS BEEN CONSTIPATED SINCE SHE WAS BORN, THEN YOU SHOULD SEE A G.I. DOC, but if it started when you started solids, or formula, than you know it's not a physical problem.

Gretchen - posted on 08/11/2009

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Teaspoon of light Karo syrup in her bottle with some water. I had 2 babies fight constipation this way and it works like a charm!

Rachel - posted on 08/11/2009

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I would mix my sons cereal with a little prune juice and water instead of formula, that helped....also dont feed her too many bananas they are binding

Kate - posted on 08/11/2009

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My advice is to stop giving her bananas, because they are best for diahrrea. When my son eats bananas, his poop becomes much harder. If you can find it, give her fresh papaya, either in small chunks (it's very soft) if she's starting to chew/gum things, or smashed with a fork if she's still mostly on baby food. Papayas are great for anyone suffering from constipation, and they're perfectly safe for babies. My son loves it, and it always helps him have easier bowel movements.

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According to Dr.Sears, a lot of babies around 6 months experience constipation because "starter" foods that are recommended are constipating foods. How much rice cereal and banana are you giving her? Cut back on that first, then try the complicated stuff. :)

Tiffany - posted on 08/11/2009

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my daughter had the same prob around the same time. 1-2 tsps of prune puree in her cereal did it... and I kept giving it to her every few days for a few weeks until she could digest the new food better.

good luck

Kathryn - posted on 08/11/2009

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My son has had problems with constipation since he stopped nursing at 6 months. My pediatrician suggested giving him juice, it seems more natural than pure sugar or karo syrup. As long as we give him a sippy cup of juice (apple or pear) then he stays regular (he is now 2). Also, when he was eating baby food he really like the prunes, so we used them as long as we could. Water is also good, make sure you keep giving her water. Be careful how much juice you give her at first, it could cause diarrhea.

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I've hearding putting them in a warm bath where there belly is submerged-helps things relax along with the other things you might be trying like the kayro syrup. We use Miralax with my little one but I'm not sure what the age limit is for that one. It's over the counter now & it draws in moisture so they do not get dehydrated.

Malynda - posted on 08/11/2009

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Hi Jo how are you? My name is Malynda I've been stewing on ur problem most of the day and I'd like to say first of all Laura Cooke has a great Idea. Prunes are great and work well for every age. I would also recomend useing some herbs as well as prunes.

The herbs you can get are in tea bag form and here is the recipie:

1 teabag senna

1 tbag Peppermint

1 tbag cammomile

1 tbag fennel.

Place in 2cups of water and let sit for 10min. Put about 10mls into her bottle morning and night.

I hope this helps if it does please let me know.

Malynda :-)

User - posted on 08/11/2009

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Talk to your doctor they have laxatives for babies that you use only for a little while. Have you tried Prune juice, just mix it with her cereal in the mornings. Also make sure she gets plenty of water and put some fruit in her cereal if the prune juice doesn't work. Good Luck. Also so add a little Karo syrup to her milk.

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Dr. Sears recommends flax oil. I don't remember the amount, so it's best to check on his website or parenting guide.

Angela - posted on 08/11/2009

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a few drops of olive oil in her bottle should do the trick. I used this method on both my children who suffered from constipation. alternatively ask your doctor about liquid paraffin - my daughter is still on it works like a bomb and is not harmful to them

Shakira - posted on 08/10/2009

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Quoting jo:

my 6m old is constipated what can i give her to make her poos soft?

she has 4-5 formua bottles and 3 solids each day.i've started giving her water but its not helping. i give her vegies and weet bix and banannas she eats a wide variety. what will make it soft?



My doc said that it's ok up till 5 days.What worked very well with my daughter is glycerine suppositories.they don't really get absorbed into the system so it's safe,Good luck

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Quoting Alison:

The nurse at the pediatrican's office and a friend told me to give my son kayro syrup but the white(or light) karo syrup.


Our doctor suggested lactulose syrup, which is called "dupholac" in India. (I don't know what it might be called, assuming it's available where you are.) It's basically a sugar syrup, which is probably similar to karo syrup you metioned. It works little by little, not so dramatically as a laxative.



Lifestyle-wise, i would make sure she's getting a balanced diet.

Daphne - posted on 08/10/2009

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My son had the same problem at 5 months and I did a few things that were very safe and effective.

1) I used children suppositories for him when needed. I cut the suppositories in half and inserted them in his rectum. It worked like a charm (I only needed to do this twice). You can get them at any pharmacy.

2) You may have to plan your daughters menu a little differently. I fed my son a variety as you did and also gave him water, but did it this way.



His first bottle had cereal, then he had a fruit like a pear or peaches

Bottle (no cereal)

Snack (sip of water)

Lunch (a veggie, fruit & 2-3 ounces of diluted juice)

Bottle (no cereal)

Snack (sip of water or some diluted juice 2-3 ounces)

Bottle

Dinner meal and any fruit

Bottle w/cereal



I made sure he had at least 2 fruits and veggies that would encourage him to poop softly daily. You're baby just needs more fiber to counter the effects of the iron in the formulas and cereals. Bananas are great, but can add to poop getting hard too.

Good luck and I hope your baby feels better very soon!!!

Alicia - posted on 08/10/2009

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My son struggles with constipation. He is three now and his doctor put him on Mirolax in his juice. When he was about 2-3 months we took him to a specialist and he told us to use a half of the baby apple/prune juice. We mixed it in his formula and it really helped.

Gwen - posted on 08/10/2009

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apricots, pears are also good. bananas can actually be constipating. you could also try a little bit of corn syrup in the bottle (botulism used to be an issue w/ corn syrup, but modern processing has eliminated that threat.)

after trying all of these things with my daughter, i ended up switching her to rice milk eventually.

Kirrily - posted on 08/10/2009

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Wow, it seems like lots of bubs have this issue, poor little things! My girl had problems with constipation, and brown sugar with water (about 1 teaspoon sugar to 60ml water) really helped initially to start things moving. Also, rubbing her tummy in a circular motion soothed her ... BUT, make sure you do it clockwise, because directing the rubbing to the left can make it worse. Bananas can have a binding effect, but dont cut them out of the diet entirely because they are so nutritious, maybe just half a banana 2 -3 times a week. Good luck, hope you find what works for your little darling :o)

Michelle - posted on 08/10/2009

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Squeese orange juicy directly from an orange or two and let her drink it. Grapes also loosen stools on bubs. Good luck dont over do the juice though as you might find her having the runs

KAREN - posted on 08/09/2009

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Quoting jo:

my 6m old is constipated what can i give her to make her poos soft?

she has 4-5 formua bottles and 3 solids each day.i've started giving her water but its not helping. i give her vegies and weet bix and banannas she eats a wide variety. what will make it soft?



You can get baby prune juice and if the problem persists when she is older try raisins.  If she hasn't gone in a day you can use an infant glycerine suppository.  Pedi Nurse Karen

Renee - posted on 08/09/2009

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I had this problem with my daughter and tried drops, prune juice, water, brown sugar etc etc. In the end I took her to a paediatrician who recommended changing her formula to Nan as it is one of the few that doesn't cause constipation in kids. Not sure if you have this where you live but you could try using a different formulae, especially as your baby is 6m old now.

Jennifer - posted on 08/09/2009

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Prunes worked for my little guy. Once he was constipated for a few days and my pedi told me I could give him a sepository, it was not a pleasant experience but it definately cleaned him out and he was a much happier little guy. Talk to your pedi first tho before offering this tho... PS: I wouldnt reccommend honey, it's a known source of bacterial spores in infants: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/infant-...

Krisy - posted on 08/09/2009

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Check the Iron level in the formula (some Dr say this doesn't matter but I disagree.) A lower iron level might help. Don't give mylacon or other gas drops more than one or two times, these really contriute to constipation...gripe water works well (at walgreens, cvs etc...) But other than that I would keep up with the prune juice and water mixed. Have you tried feeding her bread? lots of fiber and fun to gum up, mine loves bread.

Darlene - posted on 08/09/2009

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baby prune food...good for constapation....it usually takes a day for it to work on my granddaughter

Niamh - posted on 08/09/2009

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my daughter suffered with the same prob and still does (shes 5half) she on medication at the mo, but you could try fruit mixed with yogurt for lunch also give porridge with added bran if you can get it, with fruit in the morning( just puree a load and freeze it in little portions). also the bananas and weetabix are bulking her up. Prune juice is great, its not like years ago it tastes ok you can get it with cranberrie juice etc. My doctor told me to try cooled camomile tea and that seemed to work or fennel tea drink. you need to try and get this sorted while shes young. good luck with your daughter and her little problem

Lisa - posted on 08/09/2009

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prunes in cerral or prune juice mixed with water, also cod liver oil but thats just nasty and babies dont like it either

Jenny - posted on 08/09/2009

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That is the same problem my little girl had from the time she was two weeks old and the Dr told me to give her 1 or 2 oz of straight 100% apple juice. It worked like a charm!! Sometimes almost too good.

Sara - posted on 08/09/2009

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My daughter was so constipated that she would scream and I would have to lay her down and push her legs to her chest. When it would come out it was like pea gravel. I found that giving her a bottle a day of apple-prune juice worked. If I forgot to give it to her I could tell the next day. Gerber makes the small bottle of apple prune. She is 5 now and no longer has this problem. It stopped when she was 4. I have a son and he has never experienced this problem. But he is also a breast feed baby. Good luck to you. Dont feed her banannas either. They will constipat her.

Pamela - posted on 08/09/2009

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Careful with the bananas. That is a binding food and will make her more constipated. Prune juice has helped for me as I am currently having this problem. Also try to give her more carrots and if you can try to boil and blend your own carrots. That seems to help. My friend said, and I have't tried it, that one of her children had a constipation problem and when she switched to liquid formula instead of powder it seemed to make a world of difference.

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