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 )

3

2

0

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?

This conversation has been closed to further comments

292 Comments

View replies by

Niamh - posted on 08/09/2009

8

17

0

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

8

4

0

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

3

22

0

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

3

7

0

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

2

15

0

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.

Felita - posted on 08/09/2009

1

2

0

bananas will constipate her , limit them to once a week. give her more applesauce, and pears. juice of all flavors should help also, you can even get gerber prune juice, i would dilute it with some water and give her some like avery other day. i hope this helps you.

Josephine - posted on 08/08/2009

3

6

0

You can reduce the amount of formula so its more water my daughter suffers the same problem as she is high in iron has mean't she has to stay on formula for awhile

She doesn't drink water on its own so I found this is a great way of increasing fluids

colloxyl drops didn't work for us, nor did apple juice, prune juice and other things

[deleted account]

My son's pediatrician would tell me to add a teaspoon of Karo syrup to his bottle and the lay him on his back and move his little legs as if he was riding a bike. It helped!

[deleted account]

ROOIBUS tincture (best strength) or tea - Natural and really works! Massage of the tummy (gently in a clockwise motion after a warm bath and rotating the legs with the child on the back (any age) helps too. My daughter was constipated for over two years (0- 2 yrs of age) we tried everthing from suppositories to coloxyl but over time they can lead to lazy bowels and the opposite affect. Bananas actually bind and make it harder. ROOIBUS can be found at your local health food store comes from South Africa. Good Luck to both of you.

[deleted account]

thats quite alot of solids for a 6th month old. Bananas can be really constipating. I have been hearing alot that things like sweet potatoes and avocado are often good in the beginning.

Kirsty - posted on 08/08/2009

8

20

0

we found this too before our little one started on solid. Pear works for my 7mth old. Also you can get 'coloxical' drops from chemist, they work too

Kim - posted on 08/08/2009

1

1

0

Our doctor told us to do two ozs prune juice and 2 ozs of water to get our little man through it. He pooped an hour after that bottle.

Melissa - posted on 08/08/2009

1

10

0

My son had the same problem have you thought about changing his formula to Isomeal he may be lactose intolerent.

Deanna - posted on 08/08/2009

6

17

0

I am not an expert on baby digestion but I believe babies are not able to digest foods until a bit later than 6 months...go on line and do some research. One definite thing that will help is a good probiotic...good bacteria. A lot of the times when a child has vaccinations their whole systems become inflamed, throwing things off. So a probiotic will help heal. Feel free to contact me for specifics. Also check her blood type...there is a blood type diet, that I wish I knew when I was raising my kids. Google it!!! Eat right for your Blood type. Blessings.

Queter - posted on 08/08/2009

3

14

0

Try giving her a bottle with apple juice in it but cut it with a little water or try the gerber prune juice or they also have baby food with apples and prunes together. But my two kids both did well with the prune juice, its a very small plastic bottle that comes in a pack of 4. It really kept them regular for a long time.

Shirley - posted on 08/08/2009

1

13

0

Prune or apple juice. If you haven't introduced juices yet you can dilute it.

Michelle - posted on 08/08/2009

7

46

0

My son also had an awful time with constipation an an infant. My pediatrician told me I could give him 1/4tsp of miralax in his bottle each day. This worked, but I got tired of medicating him daily. I did some research and came up with my own concotion I called "poopin' food". It consists of baby oatmeal, a jar of pureed apricots, and prune juice. Mix the oatmeal and apricots together, then add prune juice until it's a good consistancy for your daughter. I started giving it to my little one everyday for breakfast, and no longer had constipation problems. Good luck!!!

Ng - posted on 08/08/2009

1

4

0

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?



HI,



I don't know if you can find this, but my paed recommended Duphalax, which is fibre sugar (natural) and excess is passed off in her urine.  Do also confirm with your own paed. 

[deleted account]

Bananas will definitely not help. Unfortunately they will bind her up more. I would suggest a little more water in her diet. More prune juice and perhaps a little watered down grape juice.

Wei - posted on 08/08/2009

1

6

0

baby prune juice, make sure she has lots of water too. DO talk to your pd , you make like to switch to other milk

Tonya - posted on 08/08/2009

1

11

0

Apple juise also works. Give it a try. I wouldn't use a suppository without consulting a dr.

Tess - posted on 08/08/2009

1

31

0

Have you tried using diluted gerber prune juice? That's what i used for my son. He had the same issue. Only about 1 oz. should work. Should take an hour or two.

[deleted account]

Our doctor has recommended Gerber pear juice. You would need to find out how much based on your child's weight. You don't mix it with water or anything but it has to be the Gerber brand so it doesn't have any added extra sugar. Worked really well for our twin boys.

Amy - posted on 08/08/2009

1

0

0

Prunes always did the trick for mine, bananas had the opposite effect and hardened them up, so avoid bananas and get on the prunes.

Sarayu - posted on 08/08/2009

1

6

0

hi

give her black dried grape water.soak the black dried grapes in warm water overnight and make the baby drink this water.very good. for constipation.

Jo - posted on 08/08/2009

3

2

0

thanks for all help she doesn't like prunes or prune juice but sucking on an orange is helping

Liz - posted on 08/08/2009

4

4

0

i remember taking my little girl to the kids hospital for the same exact thing... they told my to try 1 teaspoon of brown sugar in her bottle of water...... will say, that it did do wonders! good luck

Rebecca - posted on 08/08/2009

4

2

0

avoid too much carbs and meat for a few days and add more green veg and a few pureed grapes. this worked a treat for all 5 of mine, but go easy on the grapes or it will work too well!

Crystal - posted on 08/07/2009

7

9

1

there is a product that has aloe, it is great for all kinds of intestional issues and is awesome for the immune system too. for babies you dilute it 50/50 with water and give it in a dropper. it comes in 4 flavors. my 4mo old likes the pomegranate but there is strawberry kiwi that my friend gives her kids you can email me for more info...LGN1230@yahoo.com please let me tell you about it!

Tracey - posted on 08/07/2009

1

4

0

I used mineral oil for my son as a baby. Keep giving her water regularly and you can give mineral oil as well and she should be going regularly. For instant results definitely do the prune juice.

Cheryl - posted on 08/07/2009

32

0

2

My daughter has had a terrible time with constipation from birth. The doctor had us start adding Mirilax (over the counter) to her bottle and that worked. We would use the q-tip with vasoline, baby enemas, suppositories and watched what she ate but she was very small and would get "impacted" which was horrible for all of us. Miralax was the best solution. Oh, because of her being small, we were told "no water" because she needed the calories so you might keep this in mind if that is your case as well. A good thing is, now that my daughter is 2, there are Fibersure gummies that are new (and she loves but they are hard to find) and Fiber Choice tablets that she will take if I can't find the others. These help her stay comfortable. Good luck!

Connie - posted on 08/07/2009

21

12

1

I mix into the bottles a little bit of Similac Alimentum (the expensive stuff). My 7 month old boy is prone to constipation but when he gets a little bit of the Alimentum mixed in, he's clean as a whistle. I usually do one scoop of Alimentum for every 3 scoops of whatever-your-other-formula is.

Lori - posted on 08/07/2009

2

3

0

Apple Prune juice (mix half and half) has always worked on my little ones (Ages 7,6 & 1). Bananas cause great constipation in my oldest. When she was under 4 years old we would limit her to 1/2 a banana every other day. it helped. You can also try cooking apples in prune juice and then puree it.

Melanie - posted on 08/07/2009

13

24

0

Apples and banannas made my baby constipated, so did her rice cereal. Every child is different. Good thing is that when you figure out what gets them constipated you can give it to them when they have the runs! Pears worked to loosen stuff up for mine, I also gave her prunes. You can getthe dried ones, take the pit out, cover them with water and put them in the microwave for 30-45seconds, then puree them....you'll get more good stuff this way then with juice...

good luck

Kristin - posted on 08/07/2009

1

14

0

I noticed a post suggesting honey I think mixed with formula, you have an abundance of advice here, but our pediatrician would not allow any honey until 12 months of age due to no resistance to botulism which is found in honey, just more FYI.

Ilse - posted on 08/07/2009

46

15

0

Its the banana! it happened with my lil bub and its horrible! Only alil bit of banana and stop the banana til its cleared up. u can give her coloxal drops found at cemist. But please stop the banana straight away! u will see it will pass then she will be fine. its really hard when theres only so much to give them and bananas a quick easy one. saltans help if u can stew them with apple and mash them in:) hope that ive helped but please take the advice i wish someone told me:)

Christy - posted on 08/07/2009

2

17

1

PRUNES! feed your baby prunes. they make them for babies, pureed and soft. Gerber has a mix of apples and prunes as well. Lay off the bananas for a day while the prunes do their thing. bananas are constipating... and keep up with the water.

Christie - posted on 08/07/2009

72

41

6

Our doctor recommended 1 table spoon of karo syrup in a 2oz of water or mix 1oz prune juice to 1oz water. Our son is 15 months now and has always had this issue. Now we give him a bottle of regular soy milk everyday and a couple oz of diluted apple juice each day and it keeps his poop just right.

Heather - posted on 08/07/2009

3

20

0

You could try using milk of magnesia. My docotor hadme try that with my son when he was that lil. Sine we tried everything else and nothing else worked and that stuff worked. you would just have tocall your doctor for the correct dose.

Christine - posted on 08/07/2009

9

22

0

My pediatrician taught me these tricks.

Works like a charm every time, even now with my 3 yr old son.

Remember: B.R.A.T. = Bananas/Rice/Applesause/Toast is for loose bowels.

P's= Peas/Pears/Peaches/Prunes, etc. is for constipation.

Apple juice/Prune juice also help with constipation but water it down because full strenght or to much can cause diarrhea.

Hope this helps.

Heather - posted on 08/07/2009

3

20

0

You could try using milk of magnesia. My docotor hadme try that with my son when he was that lil. Sine we tried everything else and nothing else worked and that stuff worked. you would just have tocall your doctor for the correct dose.

C.J. - posted on 08/07/2009

4

9

0

Apple juice, karo syrup ( 1/2 tsp - 1 tsp), prune juice - These things always work.

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms