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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Maranda - posted on 04/06/2009

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hi there my name is maranda i had the same problem with my little girl and i found just nornal wind drops work a treat just 3 drops in there bottle and if there brest feeding then 2-5 drops in there mouth and they will have no trouble at all it helps with there constipation as well

Brooke - posted on 04/06/2009

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PS sugar for infants is a no no.their bodies do not react well with non "natural" sugars, so if you do try sugar, try fructose or maple syrup!

Brooke - posted on 04/06/2009

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ok this may sound strange, but try sticking your pinky in (wear gloves or use a plastic bag) just a centimeter or so, it's amazing how it works. Also if it is chronic, try a chiropractor who specializes in infants and children. You want to be careful about who you go to so research them thoroughly and make sure you feel comfortable with them, but a couple of adjustments can work out the kinks permenantly!

Amber - posted on 04/06/2009

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Try giving her straight water. He might not take it, but it helped my son when he was constipated. Otherwise, if you a giving her formula, try soy based.

Natalia - posted on 04/06/2009

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My son was like that and my doctor told me to drink prune juice since I was breastfeeding him and helped him. I also boiled water with celery, "the leaves" drink some of that and my baby will get that from my breast and it was great because it will help him with his digestion instead of giving him chemical directly to him. hope works out for you, and is completely natural.

Natalia - posted on 04/06/2009

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My son was like that and my doctor told me to drink prune juice since I was breastfeeding him and helped him. I also boiled water with celery, "the leaves" drink some of that and my baby will get that from my breast and it was great because it will help him with his digestion instead of giving him chemical directly to him. hope works out for you, and is completely natural.

Natalia - posted on 04/06/2009

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My son was like that and my doctor told me to drink prune juice since I was breastfeeding him and helped him. I also boiled water with celery, "the leaves" drink some of that and my baby will get that from my breast and it was great because it will help him with his digestion instead of giving him chemical directly to him. hope works out for you, and is completely natural.

Alison - posted on 04/06/2009

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My doctor had me give my son a teaspoon of dark karo syrup mixed in water in a bottle....it worked like a charm. BUT you really should ask your pediatrician prior to following anyone's advice.

Jennifer - posted on 04/06/2009

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We used a wee amount of dark corn syrup in the bottle; a more natural stimulator; and non-evasive; all four of my kids used this with success

Ninette - posted on 04/06/2009

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Quoting Pippa:

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




I would say the formula could be the problem.  I would try the drops that the other suggested, and maybe try another formula with less iron.  I would ask your pediatrician first.  My strong suggestion is to learn some baby massage techniques.  This will help her relax with all digestion issues including the wind and it will help you relax and bond with your daughter.  The babies can always pick up on you tension which makes things worse.



 



If you research local recreation dept. or health clubs they sometimes offer baby massage classes.  When you do this at home, make sure the room is warm and no drafts.  Hope this helps.



 

Nicole - posted on 04/06/2009

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hi i found hartleys natural gripe water to be great to help bring up wind, also a good bath followed by massage

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Hi, My daughter had the same problem and her child health nurse suggested cooled boiled water (100mls) with a teaspoon of brown sugar in it.. It Worked wonders. A bit more natural and easier on their little tummys than most stuff on the market.

Charmaine - posted on 04/06/2009

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Hello, Check with yr health visitor but boilt water and squeeze fresh orange in the bottle only a little bit, U can put a tiny bit of sugar In to sweeten It for her, Hope It helps x

Tia - posted on 04/06/2009

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glycerine on the dummy helps with constipated babys and thrush its great ive used it with all my kids and i stand by it .its also great to use to keep them quite whilst doing the grocery shopping..

Jane - posted on 04/06/2009

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Quoting Pippa:

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



hi hun, when my 4th child was born he had the same problems the midwife told me 2 use 2oz of cooled boiled water after the feed and colic drops and it worked 4 him or u could try a diffarent type of teat 2 try and help that is if ur bottle feeding. hope this helps u let me no how u get on.

Sharon - posted on 04/06/2009

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When my daughter was constipated the M.W. told me to put a little brown sugar in with her milk.  It certainly did the trick!!  I can't remember how old she was, probably a little older than one week but may be worth asking your M.W. whether she would have any concerns about brown sugar. 

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Our pediatrician said to use Miralax. It is an all natural pure fiber that is mixed with formula, breast milk, water or food. It is sold in the pharmacy section of the grocery store. Ask you pediatrician or pharmacist regarding how much to start out with. We had to start out small and adjust to our baby's needs. The pediatrician also said that one thing we absolutely did not want to do is to use a thermometer to stimulate a bowel movement because it may cause the baby's muscle to become dependent on that stimulation to have future bowel movements.

Vicky - posted on 04/06/2009

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My daughter had the same problem and we used to get fresh prunes from a health food shop and boil in a pan with water to soften.  Get rid of all the lumps and leave to cool.  She never always liked it but only needed a couple of spoons and it worked a treat!  Good luck!

Annette - posted on 04/06/2009

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Try to avoid Infacol (contains saccharin!) or other drugs. They don't work anyways. A crying baby, as upsetting as it may be, is part of your homes' new decoration.

If you are breast feeding, drink Fennel Tea and nurse more often to get her more fluid (more fluids in = softer poo). If formula feeding, try giving her a few sips of Fennel tea (NO sugar)

Annette - posted on 04/06/2009

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Try to avoid Infacol (contains saccharin!) or other drugs. They don't work anyways. A crying baby, as upsetting as it may be, is part of your homes' new decoration.

If you are breast feeding, drink Fennel Tea and nurse more often to get her more fluid (more fluids in = softer poo). If formula feeding, try giving her a few sips of Fennel tea (NO sugar)

Amber-Jess - posted on 04/06/2009

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i have two suggestion i have a 8 month old baby who was constipated on and off for months finally my mom told me corn sirup and it really does work in the bottle if the baby is bottle feeding or just a little bit in your funger if it is rbeastfeeding  also if the baby is on formula try switching to either goodstart or the walmart brand with less iron because the baby could be getting to much iron from the formula it is on now hope that helps

Kristine - posted on 04/06/2009

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my daughter had the same problem. They had me mix in a few drops of mineral oil into each of her feedings, I was breastfeeding so I just did it with a dropper at the same time. Hope she gets a going soon! I know how traumatic it can be for both of you! Good luck

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Hi Mix brown sugar with luke warm water this is a safe way you can give your baby this daily hope it helpsPost a reply!

Erica - posted on 04/06/2009

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I would talk to my Doctor and see what they say first of course. But if you are formula feeding your baby it definetely could be the iron in the formula and maybe see what the Doctor would recommend. Your baby is young and you want to be sure of everything first before administering anything.

Tara - posted on 04/06/2009

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Quoting Jill:



Quoting Tara:




dont panic until a week ...a weak for a baby is not a long time ....... you can help her if she seems like she is having problems by laying her on your lap and rotating her legs like a bycycle motionand then pushing them to her chestand repeat....also a warm cloth or anything that yo can put on her abdomen will loosen the stool as well as her cramps if she is having any...no water it can cause babies to have water on the brain and the brains swels and a perfectly healthy baby can be put into a coma ...if you are breastfdeeding make sur3e you are hydrated...because the largest cause of constipation is dehydration.....if you are formula feeding babies have less bowel movements on formula....and they dont react well to the iron....so make sure your formula is not iron fortified...Nestle Good start seems to agree with more babies...i would give it  a try if that is what u are feeding your baby....as for the burping....have your doctor check her for acid reflux.....does she spit up alot???  cronic constipation and acid reflux with gassy children go hand in hand...so if that is the case she will be extremely sensitive to what she is eating......gripe water is wonderful for bringing up gas...it is carbonated ...works the same way as gingerale when your stomach is upset. ..... for babies that are hard to burp ....put one hand under her chin and one beehindd her back and head ...sit her on your lap and slowly lay her back and do sit up motions with her back and forth slowly  about three times and then tap her back as you would normally and repeat up to five times....if her upper lip looks purple ...she still has gas that needs to come up....  works wonders for childre that have problems burping  ....u might have to hol her arms or swadle her a bit to do this ...beccause they have not gained control of their limbs yet and will get a flying feeling if you go too fast ........good luck !!!!...hope all works out for you ...and hope i could help out a bit









You shouldn't stop giving her iron fortified formula. Iron is an important nutrient that babies need for proper development. Call the Doctor if you are worried





k i guess i worded that poorly......i didnt mean to stop giving her formula with iron ....just to avoid formula that advertised that it was iron fortified.....just some formula has too much iron in it for some children to digest...properly and that it can cause reflux problems and constipation etc...,,,,the nestle i suggested is still has iron just not extra doses of iron.....but it is easyer on the tummy for some babies that have problems with digestion ...here are a few links to recent studies done on iron fortified formula.......I just offer this as a suggesstion and no one HAS to listen she will decide what she thinks is best!!!



 



http://www.naturalchildmagazine.com/0812...



http://www.naturalchildmagazine.com/0812...



 

Linda - posted on 04/06/2009

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My son also had similar issues...and at his one week checkup his pediatrician told me about a little trick. If you dip a qtip into petroleum jelly and gently insert the tip into the babies anus he will expel gas or move his bowels if needed. The nerves in the area are stimulated to expel. Sounds gross, but it really does work...just have a diaper under the baby when you do it! And, don't do it too often...only when baby is really having a hard time...

Stephanie - posted on 04/06/2009

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My son was like that and it ended up being an allergy to milk products. I use a special formula called alimentum and he is way better!

Nikki - posted on 04/06/2009

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Had same issue with my son when he was a newborn.  Try dark Karo syrup.  You add 1 tsp per 2 ounces of formula twice a day.



Something else to try instead of colic drops is Gripe Water!  Works wonders!

Deb - posted on 04/06/2009

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Tiny babies don't need anyting artificial. Try infant massage on the belly, you can find instructions online, or in a book. It really helped my babies ( I have had 4). It is still helping one who has gas frequently (11years old). Helps the system get going.

Nicole - posted on 04/06/2009

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My daughter was exactly the same it does happen quite alot.



My doctor told me to try a small amount of brown sugar in some water, that didn't seem to work, so he told me to try some juice from an orange only a very small amount, just pop some juice on a spoon a pop it in her mouth worked a treat for me!

Michelle - posted on 04/06/2009

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My little one was constipated a few weeks after we brought her home and our doctor told us to put a little bit of corn syrup in her bottles!  Worked like a charm!  As for the "wind" my daughter is going on 4 months and she still doesn't always burp and the toots can come out of when you least expect them!

Kimberly - posted on 04/06/2009

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both my kids had/have that issue is she formula fed b/c that does it alot but the drs always had me use light corn syrup and water about 1-2 tbs mixed w/ bottle of water or applejuice too but only 2oz  dont try those colic drops that can cause more problems the you want.  If the constipation gets real bad she might need an impaction done by ped dr. we had to go and do that and sometimes a rectal thermometer works just to get them started but if you go that route be very careful

Jayme - posted on 04/06/2009

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grease it first with vaseline/or K-Y...also we used to put a small amount of fruit juice in the formula, which helped. Only about a 1/4 of the total amount.

Jayme - posted on 04/06/2009

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Are u breasfeeding? They say they can go for a long time without pooping if they are...I have 3 kids, am an RN and I did give my last son a few glycerin suppositories..infant size/or if child sized: cut into 1/4 the size and u also have to sorta hold it in for awhile as they tend to push it right out. I used the end of a digital thermometer/don't push very far with the thermometer just enough to hold the supp. in.

Christine - posted on 04/06/2009

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Did anyone suggest she may be Lactose intolerant? My daughter is 14 now and also has acid reflux but in 2nd grade the Dr. did a breath test for lactose intolerance . It's the lack of the enzymes  it takes to break down the protien so I can see where ladies are saying probiotics cause maybe they have the enzymes to break down the protien . When I had switched formula    to one that was a predigested where the protien is broken down already that helped. It's not so bad now but the Hydrogen builds up in the stomach and they get gassy and my daughter was in pain till she was in gradeschool . I give her papaya enzyme now and that helps and watch the acidic foods for the acid reflux         

Fabiola - posted on 04/06/2009

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hi Pippa,

For the constipation I would try warming up some sweet almond oil if you can't find it at the shops try olive oil Warm up the oil by placing it in a bainmare (a cup placed into a bowl full of hot water) the oil should be of a nice comfortable temperature when placed on your daughters' tummy. With the oil make circular clockwise motions her bowels should be on the left hand side a gently press on that side alittle harder whilst you are massaging her. When you see that she has the urge to do a poo raise her legs up and make circular movements as though she is pedalling a bike that should help elliviate some of the pain.



As for her wind problem I used to boil a teaspoon of aniseed in a 1/2 cup of water and once it had cooled down I would give it to my daughter to drink in between her feed. I hated Gripe Water it never work for me with my two daughters. I found that the homemade remedy of Anissed worked best.

Best of luck I know what it's like to have a little one crying and not knowing what to do.

My second one is 5 months old.

Melissa - posted on 04/06/2009

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chiropractor  is all i can say worked wonders for my little one at the same age got rid of the colic completly helped the bowel motions and also i found helped with sleep

Christy - posted on 04/05/2009

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Quoting Shannon:

don't give a newborn water till they are around 6months of age, they need all the nutrients they can get....i asked my dr that when i went in when my son was constipated and not keepin his formula down...we were told to use suppositories glceryn ones, they have worked....he was barley a month when that started and now he is goin like a champ....and keepin his formula down and it did help that we had to put him on soy formula.....


We occasionally have to give our daughter the glycerin suppositories because she is on special formula that so broken down (basically pre-digested) so she has trouble going. She is three months now and it is getting better where we have to give her the suppository less and less. We also use gas drops (Mylicon) sparingly when she has gas problems. She is still very hard to burp...but we don't worry if she doesn't burp right away...sometimes it is 30 minutes or more before she burps. It gets better. :0)

Candace - posted on 04/05/2009

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What have you tried? BEing that she is only a week and 2 days old, what are you eating? If bottel feeding, she could be having problems with the formula, talk immediately to your maternitydoctor and public nurse for suggestions on different formulas to try. Have you got her tested for being lactose intolerent. Check i out with the doctor. If breastfeed, stop eating eggs, brocilli, cabbage, cheese( eat only goat and drink goat milk), drink eight glasses of water a day with breast feeding, no organge juice to acidic, eatc lots of nuts and seeds and fruit and veg's. I would talk to your mat doctor. Good luck

Nikki - posted on 04/05/2009

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i was told by my doctor once for my son to use kero syrup and water. i never tried it tho. i never had it. so i dont know how much to mix together.

Lori - posted on 04/05/2009

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The massage and bicycling the legs are also very effective , when it comes to bowel, if you don't move you don't move, I have five children and breastfed all of them that bit about it being normal for breastfed babies to not have a bm is not true they will produce less volume usually softer stools but your liver and spleen and other organs all dump their waste products into the gut, it is not just a conduit for undigested food. >3 days without a stool is a problem. call your Dr some babies are born without a connection in their gut

Michele - posted on 04/05/2009

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This was ok'd to do by a doctor, when my son had colic, but was about 21 1/2 years ago.  Mix 1/8 of a teaspoon of Benedryl liquid in with formula.  It is suppose to open up the gastro-intestinal tract.  You may want to ask your doctor, and 1/8 tsp. may be too much depending on how much formula your baby is taking.  I think I mixed it with 4 oz's.  Warning from the same doctor within the last 2 years,  A dose of Benedryl can delay reaction time (driving etc.).  It can impair judgement and have the same effects as two hard liquor mixed drinks.

Lori - posted on 04/05/2009

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Plain 100 % fruit juice , not more than 6 oz  either apple or white grape works very well. i do not like miralax it polyethylene glycole which if you go to the hardware store and look is antifreeeze, if its not safe for pets, I have no idea why the Dr are so in love with prescibing it to people. fruit juice is not toxic and has some bonus nutritional value.



 

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