my daughter is 1 week and 2 days old and is very constipated she's also very stubborn with her wind i tried colic drops that just made her sick anything else i can do for either of these problems

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Janine - posted on 04/10/2009

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I had the same problem from the day we came home from the hospital... I would make her bottles and I would water one or two bottles down a little bit during the day and it seemed to work.  Also, when she is struggling to pooh, lay her on her back and push her legs into her stomach a little bit or exercise them as if she is riding a bike... good luck, I hope these help.

Lynn - posted on 04/10/2009

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I never used anyhing for my 2 girls apart from cool boiled water in a bottle and it worked everytime inbetween bottles.

Lauren - posted on 04/10/2009

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Water,karo syrup 1/2 teasp. per every 4 oz. or a rectal thermometer but I wouldn't do that cuz of hurting my daughter she was like that to and still gets like that!I would try water first and If that dosen't help go to karo syrup do it in the morning or they will be up all night!!

Lauren - posted on 04/10/2009

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Water,karo syrup 1/2 teasp. per every 4 oz. or a rectal thermometer but I wouldn't do that cuz of hurting my daughter she was like that to and still gets like that!I would try water first and If that dosen't help go to karo syrup do it in the morning or they will be up all night!!

Tanya - posted on 04/10/2009

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Hi there, two teaspoons of pure orange juice into her water (4 floz or less) will help her constipation and trapped wind...worked for my two!

Eileen - posted on 04/10/2009

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When my oldest was a baby she had horrible colic.  The only thing that worked really well was to take an 8 oz bottle and put a drop of peppermint schnaps (note I said a drop) in the bottle of warm water.  Let her drink it which she gobbled it down.  Then put her tummy across a knee and push down to help her get rid of the gas.... If you are against the use of alcohol - then you can use peppermint extract ... You ONLY need a drop ...

Lisa - posted on 04/09/2009

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Quoting Sasha:



  an older woman told me... if i am bottle feeding and the can says to ad one part water with one part powder/liquid that i should add 2 parts water to one part powder/liquid.  the reason is there is extra iron in the formula and their little bodies are not used to handling this.  also, giving them food in their bottle is not a good idea.  just wait till they can eat the food.  the child will not starve if he or she is just fed bottles. i thought that but hey, mine is 13 yrs old now.






i hope this helps.






This is not good advice, and I mean no disrespect... You should NEVER dilute your baby formula unless suggested by your pediatrician but I don't thinkt hat would happen.  There was just a baby that was very ill because the mother was diluting the formula to save money, her baby almost died or maybe he did. I didn't follow the story, but I know you wouldn't want to chance making your baby sick either.  Really, it would be best to call your pediatrician and talk to his medical assistant.;  She can either reassure you everything is okay or make an appointment to bring your baby in so she can be evaluated. 

Lisa - posted on 04/09/2009

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If you are breast feeding it's probably normal for your baby. Breast fed babies can have a bowel movement during or after every feeding OR they can go a whole week without a bowel movement. Breast milk is a natural laxitive too, if you feel your baby is truly constipated and you are breast feeding you need to contact your pediatrician and have her seen. If you are giving her formula you should probably call and get advice from your pediatrician on switching her formula or adding a supplement to help her go. I learned that sometimes with very young babies if you think they are constipated they really are not - their body is trying to keep it "in" as a naturaI reaction but it will learn the right way--it's all a process I guess. If I were you I would avoid giving my baby anything to help her poop without checking with her ped first! Good luck and congrats on your sweet baby! :)

Lisa - posted on 04/09/2009

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If you are breast feeding it's probably normal for your baby. Breast fed babies can have a bowel movement during or after every feeding OR they can go a whole week without a bowel movement. Breast milk is a natural laxitive too, if you feel your baby is truly constipated and you are breast feeding you need to contact your pediatrician and have her seen. If you are giving her formula you should probably call and get advice from your pediatrician on switching her formula or adding a supplement to help her go. I learned that sometimes with very young babies if you think they are constipated they really are not - their body is trying to keep it "in" as a naturaI reaction but it will learn the right way--it's all a process I guess. If I were you I would avoid giving my baby anything to help her poop without checking with her ped first! Good luck and congrats on your sweet baby! :)

Lisa - posted on 04/09/2009

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If you are breast feeding it's probably normal for your baby. Breast fed babies can have a bowel movement during or after every feeding OR they can go a whole week without a bowel movement. Breast milk is a natural laxitive too, if you feel your baby is truly constipated and you are breast feeding you need to contact your pediatrician and have her seen. If you are giving her formula you should probably call and get advice from your pediatrician on switching her formula or adding a supplement to help her go. I learned that sometimes with very young babies if you think they are constipated they really are not - their body is trying to keep it "in" as a naturaI reaction but it will learn the right way--it's all a process I guess. If I were you I would avoid giving my baby anything to help her poop without checking with her ped first! Good luck and congrats on your sweet baby! :)

Marlene - posted on 04/09/2009

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One of my girls had the same problem. Lie the baby on her back. Pick up her little legs and move them like they are riding a bicycle. This exercise will help push her gas out so that she does not suffer with colic. Also my daughter got colicky from using a pacifier too much as she did not lock her mouth fully around it. In regards to nursing, try to not eat too much gassy foods. Good luck.

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My son started getting very constipated when he was about a week old. I talked to his pediatrician and he said to give him a couple of ounces of juice a day and to mix it with his milk so it's easier to digest. I give him one ounce of juice mixed with one ounce of milk in the morning and at night. It's all natural, works great, and it won't cause cramping like laxatives do.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/09/2009

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hi my son was like that its horrable we got baby laxtives from the chemist sorted it out in a cuple days

Norma - posted on 04/09/2009

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My oldest had colic and my father told me to use a couple drops of peppermint extract in a 40z bottle of warm water and not even a sixteenth of a spoon of sugar. It works to settle the stomach and gets the air bubble to come up. Just be prepared for everything on top of the bubble to come up too! It works. Used it on all three of my boys.



 

Trish - posted on 04/09/2009

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Miralax........You can get it over the counter, it's perfectly safe according to every pediatrician I've talked to. My daughter was on it for the first year and a half of her life when she was using formula and bottles still. It will make life SOOOOOOOO much more peaceful.

Katrina - posted on 04/09/2009

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Try a little warm prune juice. Give her a hot bath and massage her back. Get the towels out because thats going to do the trick!

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Karo syrup and water work well but if your using formula with iron, it may be that the baby can't process the iron. Ask your doctor about changing formula. My daughter had terrible problems and we finally changed the formula and the problem went away.

Angela - posted on 04/09/2009

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Had the same prob when my son was 9 days old as well...pead said to boil water and add 2-3 drops orange juice for flavout and give to baby....worked the very next day





Bobbi Jo - posted on 04/09/2009

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Both our sons had problems for 6 months with constipation, we started with the thermometer then went to miralax. Both our boys come to find out were allergic to milk and milk products. So check to make sure there are no allergies or that she is getting to much iron. Our Boys are now 2 and 3. Good luck

Latrice - posted on 04/09/2009

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Hey

Great advice for the mom with the baby that will not poop. I posted something similar to what you said right before you did. Prune juice does the trick!

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you really should check with your doctor on that...it really all depends on how long she has been like that...my son went through the same thing when he was 1 month old...turns old he couldn't handle the regular formula...so we switched him to soy formula...and the problem was gone.

Kaysie - posted on 04/09/2009

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HI! I had the same problem with my daughter when she was only 2 weeks old and when I called to tell my mother-in-law I brought her over there to visit and while I was gone she had given her warm tea w sugar in it I was so freaked out whenever she told me she gave her that but she stopped fussing and she pooped And when I say pooped I mean exploded.... it was really running but I didn't mind as long as she was feeling better and her belly didn't hurt anymore that is what I still do everytime she is constipated and she's 4 months old.

User - posted on 04/09/2009

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if she still has wind after trying colic drops ect. my daughter had really bad colic wind to the point i used to cry everyday the docs tryed her with everything nothing worked untill i changed her bottles to doctor browns. she was a different baby there brilliant. would really recomend them

Haley - posted on 04/09/2009

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My daughter had the same problem. Is she on formula instead of breastfed? You might have to change her to a lactose intolerant formula if so. There is also some type of a syrup you can put a drop into her bottle for constipation. ( I cant think of it right now but ask your daughters doctor) The rectal stimulation also helps.

Caren - posted on 04/09/2009

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My baby was also constipated about three weeks. What helped with her was 1 ounce prune juice and 1 ounce water. They say to do it twice a day but I only let her drink as much as she would and it would help everytime. I still use that technique today, I am surprised nobody else has mentioned it. Not so bad on your budget as well :)

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i noticed that there is a difference between bottle feeding and breast feeding.  when i ate certain things that were gassy and breast fed, my son had gas but it passed fast with a few pats.  when i started bottle feeding, he had gas all the time and was colic.  an older woman told me... if i am bottle feeding and the can says to ad one part water with one part powder/liquid that i should add 2 parts water to one part powder/liquid.  the reason is there is extra iron in the formula and their little bodies are not used to handling this.  also, giving them food in their bottle is not a good idea.  just wait till they can eat the food.  the child will not starve if he or she is just fed bottles. i thought that but hey, mine is 13 yrs old now.



i hope this helps.

Latrice - posted on 04/09/2009

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I know you posted this a few days ago but I wanted to post something just in case you still need help. You can use one of the little droppers,like the kind that comes with baby tylenol ( although you shoud get one tha is sold seperate), and get some prune juice. Just a little should do the trick. Prune juice is natural so you don't have to worry about anything extra, no chemicals or drugs. Fill the dropper to .06 put it in your babys mouth at the corner so she does not spit it out and then squeeze it. Even if she does not poop right away this should loosen things up so she can poop shortly after. My son has had this issue since he was a couple of weeks old. He is now 16 months and still has to drink prune juice. It just helps to make his stool softer. It won't be too runny unless you give her too much. Try it and see if it works for you.

Paula - posted on 04/09/2009

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My son has suffered from constipation since he was a baby, he is 3 now, I have tried everything. Lactalose, is wonderful. I was a bit hestitate at first, i dont like giving medicine, but it works miracles. You can pick it up at the pharamacy, sometimes you have to ask for it, just give a teaspoon full in with  yougrt or formula once a week, and it takes away the suffering. Its hard having a child who suffers constipation cause there is nothing you can do to help, but I swear by Lactalose, its like an  oil, and works within an hour. Just ask your pharamcist about it.

Jessica - posted on 04/09/2009

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My personal experience is that babies as young as yours have a lot of wind and it will take some time for a baby to get rid of this, that is why the first few weeks of the babies life are hard.



If you are breastfeeding it is quiet natural for the baby not to pooh for some amount of days and as for the wind personally I would never use anything unnatural for a baby so young.



I used a small amount of water in a dropper after each feed about 1 - 2 mls to start of with which will get rid of the wind in the milk, warm baths and a stomach massage or lay the baby on the tummy for short bursts throughout the day.



This worked for both my children and all will work out with time but this should relieve some discomfort.

Jessica - posted on 04/09/2009

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My personal experience is that babies as young as yours have a lot of wind and it will take some time for a baby to get rid of this, that is why the first few weeks of the babies life are hard.



If you are breastfeeding it is quiet natural for the baby not to pooh for some amount of days and as for the wind personally I would never use anything unnatural for a baby so young.



I used a small amount of water in a dropper after each feed about 1 - 2 mls to start of with which will get rid of the wind in the milk, warm baths and a stomach massage or lay the baby on the tummy for short bursts throughout the day.



This worked for both my children and all will work out with time but this should relieve some discomfort.

Sally - posted on 04/09/2009

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Hi Pippa, your baby is adorable and this photo shows the beautiful emotional connection you have.

My GP said that it's normal for a newborn 'to go' once every seven days or seven times a day and everything inbetween. That being said my firstborn(breastfed) had nasty wind and I was advised to give him a teaspoon of cooled-boiled water-he was able to 'lap' it off the spoon- This seemed to 'thin' the milk on his tummy so trapped air could escape. Worked a treat and more importantly can do no harm.

Luck

Belinda - posted on 04/09/2009

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Being that your baby is only 1 week and 2 days old, there is probley not much you can give her except give her 5 - 10 mls of cooled boiled water between feeds (though some advise on here says put sugar in the water, but I don't think it's a great idea as the baby might get use to the sweet taste - but it's totally up to you) . Every country is different and I have noticed people say give your daughter Infacol or Gripe water, but I am from Australia and reading directions on the back of my bottles of Infacol & Gripe water you cannot start giving this to a newborn until they are a month old. The best thing for you to do is make an appointment to see your Maternal Health Nurse or go and see a Doctor. My 2nd son was not good at passing wind and he would poo every second day(and still does at 13 months old), but if he didn't burp after a few minutes I would just put him down for a nap and if he was in pain then I would pick him up and burp him (it would come up real easy then) and I found that easier suppose to sitting there for half hour waiting for the wind to come up. I did find that 70% of the time he did not burp and he hardly ever woke up in pain. So good luck and I hope everything is okay.

Belinda - posted on 04/09/2009

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Being that your baby is only 1 week and 2 days old, there is probley not much you can give her except give her 5 - 10 mls of cooled boiled water between feeds (though some advise on here says put sugar in the water, but I don't think it's a great idea as the baby might get use to the sweet taste - but it's totally up to you) . Every country is different and I have noticed people say give your daughter Infacol or Gripe water, but I am from Australia and reading directions on the back of my bottles of Infacol & Gripe water you cannot start giving this to a newborn until they are a month old. The best thing for you to do is make an appointment to see your Maternal Health Nurse or go and see a Doctor. My 2nd son was not good at passing wind and he would poo every second day(and still does at 13 months old), but if he didn't burp after a few minutes I would just put him down for a nap and if he was in pain then I would pick him up and burp him (it would come up real easy then) and I found that easier suppose to sitting there for half hour waiting for the wind to come up. I did find that 70% of the time he did not burp and he hardly ever woke up in pain. So good luck and I hope everything is okay.

Nicky - posted on 04/09/2009

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hi there, a quarter teaspoon of the soft brown sugar in their bottle always helped my kids when they were babies as they were forever constipated! just add it to their water or formula! Also warm water helps!    good luck. nicky

Kelsey - posted on 04/09/2009

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Try just 100% fruit juice in her bottle-no more than a few ounces.  It works!

Melissa - posted on 04/09/2009

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i had the same problem when my son was just a couple weeks old.  i was breastfeeding at the time.  he went from going 4-5 times a day to nothing in over a week.  i tried everything i possibly could, and only got frustrated when the doctor told me it was normal.  it was NOT normal for my child to scream all night because of the pain, and it was not normal for him to push so hard that his whole head turned purple...all for nothing.  so i went around the doc and found a solution on my own.  i went to the pharmacy and explained my problem.  i got a container of glycerine suppositories for infants.  because he was so young i only used half of one.  it worked within 10 minutes.  when he was finally able to go, it was like chalk.  so yes, this was actual constipation...you need to go with your instincts.  i don't know what would have happened if i had waited any longer than i already had.  he was so much happier!  after that, i gave him an ounce of plum juice every day.  it helped a lot!

Catharine - posted on 04/09/2009

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when i had my first son he was also constipated and the doctor recomended 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and 4oz's of water dont worry if she only drinks a little of it as long as she has some it will help her as it worked wonders for my little man and he was fine after that i'm now a mom of 4 children and my youngest only being 2days old i hope this helps releave her

Shawna - posted on 04/09/2009

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My oldest who is now almost 18.was also constipated frequently! Karo syrup(the light only due to pasturizaton) in every bottle really did work! Colic.GGGR! The youngest was colliy for 3 months.then i switched to playtex nursers so i could get more of the air out! He stopped being a constant cryer.dont know if thats what helped, but it sure cant hurt!!!

Shawna - posted on 04/09/2009

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My oldest who is now almost 18.was also constipated frequently! Karo syrup(the light only due to pasturizaton) in every bottle really did work! Colic.GGGR! The youngest was colliy for 3 months.then i switched to playtex nursers so i could get more of the air out! He stopped being a constant cryer.dont know if thats what helped, but it sure cant hurt!!!

Rose - posted on 04/08/2009

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my oldest now 14 months was very constipatedis she formula fed or breast fed? If formula fed look at the amount of iron in the formula too high a dose of iron causes that, if breast fed try looking at your diet and altering it appropratly. I found a warm bath and rubbing her tummy clock wise worked instantly only down fall is cleaning the bath afterward. good luck 

Joce - posted on 04/08/2009

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Our boy had a 10-day stretch with no poos when he was younger. I was boiling a few prunes in a cup of water and giving him the juice for days(with no results)!! Eventually, it came about that he wasn't getting enough breastmilk! So it wasn't that he was constipated at all, just that his body was using EVERYTHING that went in and there  wasn't any waste to come out! If you're baby is breastfed, try feeding more often and for longer to stimulate milk production!



As for the burping issue, some of the babies in our coffee group required ALOT of stimulation to get their wind up whereas others would produce hearty burps just by being slowly sat up! One technique that worked for me was to lie bubs over one knee with the other behind his knees and one arm supporting under his arms, then using my free hand, I would alternate rubbing and patting his back! Does that make sense? We also slept our boy on his side with the aid of a safety sleep wedge! I think the wedge was a lifesaver and can't help but wonder if he would have been a reflux-ey baby otherwise...



Hope this has been of some help at least..... If not, good luck with easing your daughter's discomfort!!

Mary - posted on 04/08/2009

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With her being so young I would be hesitant to introduce her to something that's not really appropriate for infants... I always hed my children lay on their backs and move their legs/feet as if they are on a bicycle, pushing their legs into their chest... this assists the stomach in pushing through any barriers.

Rebecca - posted on 04/08/2009

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My little guys had a terrible time, we used 1/4 green tea and 3/4 nursery water.  It helped with the constipation and helped them sleep.

Mary - posted on 04/08/2009

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With her being so young I would be hesitant to introduce her to something that's not really appropriate for infants... I always hed my children lay on their backs and move their legs/feet as if they are on a bicycle, pushing their legs into their chest... this assists the stomach in pushing through any barriers.

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