My baby is constipated, anyone have any suggestions that aren't prescription?

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Anna - posted on 03/13/2009

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you should call your doctor and ask them what they think... your baby is too young for anything but formula and breastmilk. Their tiny systems will have a hard time digesting anything else. And its recommended not to give them water because certain bacteria can cause your baby harm.. I think you should call your dr.

Rachel - posted on 03/13/2009

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Quoting Jasmine:

Get prune juice. My 1st daughter was always constipated since she was born because of the formula so I kept prune juice on had and gave her a little in one of her bottles each day. Start of with a little mixed in with the formula and you can decrease it or increase it once you see how it starts working. P.S. My daughter didn't get out of the constipation until she got off the formula.


I too used prune juice and it worked wonders, however i used to dilute it with some boiled water for my kids and it always worked. I did'nt realise that you could actually put it in the milk so thank u for posting this bit of advice(even though none of my kids need it anymore) i have a niece that gets constipated all the time so i'll pass this on to my sister in-law as the prune juice and water has'nt worked for her so i'll tell her to put it in the formula and see if it helps. Thanks for the great advice.

Britt - posted on 03/13/2009

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My baby was constipated from an early age and I was recommended Coloxyl Drops. You can get them from the chemist and they work a treat.

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Shaz - posted on 08/14/2011

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at around 5 weeks a baby's digestion changes and they get tummy upsets and some constipation its normal. everytime you change their milk or diet the same will happen. now a breastfed baby can take 8 days to poop and thats normal and fine. a bottle fed baby can take up to 5 days. if they still havent gone after that amount of time then they are definatley constipated. Dont ever dilute milk they need it. now i swear by gripe water for helping tummy upsets. its premade and you can get it just about anywhere. id suggest giving it by a baby medicine giver that has a teat so they can suck on it. the key with gripe water is that you need to give it to them before EVERY feed. gripe water helps to bring up gas and help them fart. now what you can to is several things....
1.give him a warm bath...it helps to relax their muscles so they can let go of the gas.
2. rub his tummy in a clockwise direction be firm but not too firm this helps to soothe his tummy and helpos to pass the gas
3. stand up and hold thim under the arms but ensure his head isnt flopping then allow him to stretch out you can slowly move him up and down
4. sitting down put him across your knees tummy pressed into your leg with his legs comming away from yours now pat and rub his back. you can move your leg around slightly to help push the gas out. (any position which will allow you to put a bit of pressure on his tummy will work though its his own weight and the best positions need to be front down)
5. lay him on his back (present its a game) bring both legs up at the same time gently (but firm) push his legs in up to his tummy (knees bent) then one leg at a time then both... (this has ALWAYS worked for me)
Note you will often have to rotate between 2,3,4, and 5 because they will get annoyed at you after a while so keep chaning it until you get a fart.
please try it. and go see a child health nure they know more than most quacks for drs and they will take the time to explain milestones give tips and explain baby health ALOT better. i hope this helps...it seems to me that you are a new mother and this is your first. when i had my first a stupid dr told me my DD had a tempory lactose intollerancy...what a load of crap....Id been giving her diluted apple juice and it had been giving her the runs..i had stoped giving it to her and she hadnt gone in days. but it turned out that she just needed a little time. also my boy was very gassy as a baby actually he is even now and hes 3 lol..

at around 5 weeks a baby's digestion changes and they get tummy upsets and some constipation its normal. everytime you change their milk or diet the same will happen. now a breastfed baby can take 8 days to poop and thats normal and fine. a bottle fed baby can take up to 5 days. if they still havent gone after that amount of time then they are definatley constipated. Dont ever dilute milk they need it. now i swear by gripe water for helping tummy upsets. its premade and you can get it just about anywhere. id suggest giving it by a baby medicine giver that has a teat so they can suck on it. the key with gripe water is that you need to give it to them before EVERY feed. gripe water helps to bring up gas and help them fart. now what you can to is several things....
1.give him a warm bath...it helps to relax their muscles so they can let go of the gas.
2. rub his tummy in a clockwise direction be firm but not too firm this helps to soothe his tummy and helpos to pass the gas
3. stand up and hold thim under the arms but ensure his head isnt flopping then allow him to stretch out you can slowly move him up and down
4. sitting down put him across your knees tummy pressed into your leg with his legs comming away from yours now pat and rub his back. you can move your leg around slightly to help push the gas out. (any position which will allow you to put a bit of pressure on his tummy will work though its his own weight and the best positions need to be front down)
5. lay him on his back (present its a game) bring both legs up at the same time gently (but firm) push his legs in up to his tummy (knees bent) then one leg at a time then both... (this has ALWAYS worked for me)
Note you will often have to rotate between 2,3,4, and 5 because they will get annoyed at you after a while so keep chaning it until you get a fart.
please try it. and go see a child health nure they know more than most quacks for drs and they will take the time to explain milestones give tips and explain baby health ALOT better. i hope this helps...it seems to me that you are a new mother and this is your first. when i had my first a stupid dr told me my DD had a tempory lactose intollerancy...what a load of crap....Id been giving her diluted apple juice and it had been giving her the runs..i had stoped giving it to her and she hadnt gone in days. but it turned out that she just needed a little time. also my boy was very gassy as a baby actually he is even now and hes 3 lol..

Mel - posted on 03/13/2009

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prune juice is the best answer at 5 weeks. make up 50 mills water to 20 mills prune juice and give her up to 30 mills of this solution per day. or change formula, coloxil drops, a warm bath, rubbing her lower tummy in a circular motion gets things going and plenty of water between bottles. my daughter has had constipation problems since 2 weeks old and is now turning 1 in 3 weeks.

Shauna - posted on 03/13/2009

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Call your dr...your baby is appears too too young to "try" anything without dr guidance. If you are breastfeeding, that is the best. True story: When my second child was 1 month old she became sick and within one day she was in the hospital. Her condition was NOT consipation, however, the reality is things can happen quickly with babies. Always a good idea to have doc rule out other issues and make suggestions based on his knowledge.

Amy - posted on 03/13/2009

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Talk to your doctor. When our baby was 2mos old the doctor told us to give her 1tsp of kero syrup in 2oz bottle ( 2 times a day). Or you could try to use a rectal thermometer to help stimulate your babies rectum. I hope this helps

Tabitha - posted on 03/13/2009

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Half a spoon of brown sugar in some cooled boiled water usually works well. Only use up to three times a day.

Sandee - posted on 03/13/2009

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i heard that i couldnt remember what it was though my girlfriend just told me about that she said it was great

Karen - posted on 03/13/2009

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Sorry I meant to type cooled fennell tea (would want you searching for the fake product ;-)

Karen - posted on 03/13/2009

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My sister in law suggested to me a couple tea spoons of colled fennel tea. It aid digestion and also helps with colic. I would double check its safe to use for baby so young. Its natural so it should be fine, but I would for peace of mind. Good luck.

Myriam - posted on 03/13/2009

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Hello!



If you go to boots or superdrug you can  get a laxative (prunes) syrup from over the counter!



hope he feels better :)

Stacey - posted on 03/13/2009

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hi

massaging the belly is a good way it always worked with mine ask ya health visitor which way to rub the belly tho coz i cant remember which way ya meant 2 rub sorry

Sandee - posted on 03/13/2009

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i wouldnt try water either water is not recommended for newborn infants. it dilutes their nutrients. confused yet?

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If you are formula feeding you might want to try some water. At 5 weeks I wouldn't try anything else without advise from your Health Visitor or GP. Have you looked at the NHS choices site? Or NetMums have some excellent forums.

My little Man struggled with his bowels early on, Massage definately helped - but I can't remember whether it clockwise or anti.. sorry!

Victoria - posted on 03/13/2009

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here is one link that i found, and trust me it doesnt hurt the baby at all. my daughter fussed when my guy rubbed the spot that hurt and that is how he knew where to adjust, and then she was quite. . it can help with a lot more than just the constaption. like fussyness, colic, spit ups, ear infection. i take both of my girls to the chiroprater. and my oldest loves it





http://www.demosschiropractic.com/defaul...

Victoria - posted on 03/13/2009

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i took my daughter to see a chiroprator. with in two visit she has never had a prob with poopin.be for that i tried switching formulas, (which they are discontineing low iron) i tried the Karol syurp and prune jucie, water, apple juice. and nothing worked rite.

Donna - posted on 03/13/2009

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good idea the prune juice ,when my daughter was a little older I gave her prune and apple puree everyday to keep her regular.It is a problem with formula milk change it see if another brand is better.

Julie - posted on 03/13/2009

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try boiled cooled water, rub her tummy in a clockwise direction. I was told to top up with formula, this caused constipation, l took him off the formula like they told me to and gave him boiled water and this helped heaps. Sometimes it happens with formula and sometimes with breastfeed babies too, watch what you eat if breast feeding too.
hope this helps.

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Get prune juice. My 1st daughter was always constipated since she was born because of the formula so I kept prune juice on had and gave her a little in one of her bottles each day. Start of with a little mixed in with the formula and you can decrease it or increase it once you see how it starts working. P.S. My daughter didn't get out of the constipation until she got off the formula.

Donna - posted on 03/13/2009

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my daughter often got constipation ,so we gave her warm water that often helped,hope thats helpful to you.

Ginger - posted on 03/13/2009

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more breastmilk,

or if you are formula feeding it may be the formula and you could switch brands.... often the iron in the formula makes them constipated...

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