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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Kristin - posted on 04/05/2009

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Karo Syrup the dark one. put a couple drops in the bottle and they will poop and it wont upset their stomache.

Kristin - posted on 04/05/2009

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Karo Syrup the dark one. put a couple drops in the bottle and they will poop and it wont upset their stomache.

Jennifer - posted on 04/05/2009

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Hi, I don't know if you are breastfeeding or not. I know that my son was the same way he would cry all the time everyday until he was 3months I thought I was going to go crazy. When he would spent up it was like a grown up throwing up it scared me to death. I took all the doc's advise and did everyhting they said water with sugar,  meds they would give me, the gas  drops (which my sister-in-law swore by) nothing worked.  My husband and both did research on soy milk and tried it. Thank God for soy milk. Dylan which is seven now was like a differend baby. With my sec. child that is what i started her off on and I never had a problem with her. Good luck and use all the help you can get!!!

Starla - posted on 04/05/2009

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My daughter was like that to for 8 months and them I put a little bit of white sugar in a couple oz water gave it to her and placed her over my arm and bounced with all of her body weight balancing on my forearm. Another thing you could try is placing her far up on your shoulder and hold her legs up when she tried to straighten hold her bent. I also placed her on her stomach all the time I started tummy time from day one. Good luck and beautiful baby by the way!!!

Fiona - posted on 04/05/2009

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when my son had problems settling with his wind i gave him gripe water only 1.5 mls when they are 1-4 weeks old and it did the trick he brought up all his wind and settled well

Michelle - posted on 04/05/2009

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My doc recommended Senokat. It's a natural vegetable laxative, but he was 1 year old. Not sure if that is ok for such a young baby. Doesn't hurt to ask the doc. Hope she feels better soon.

Mel - posted on 04/05/2009

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i saw someone that said u dont need to give water between bottles! this is not true water helps get things moving. my daughter is 1 this week and has had this problem since 2 weeks old. the thermometer works but at that age id suggest only warm baths and rubbing her lower tummy. wait til about 2-3 weeks to use prune juice and dilute it with water but prune juice works the best

Ingrid - posted on 04/05/2009

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he got wind when i changed from breast to formula. you only need 3 drops of this stuff and it worked better than anything u can get from the chemist. my daughter had wind even when on the breast and i used it on her and it works.

Trisha - posted on 04/05/2009

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I used gripe water too.  With my twins I used Karo syrup mixed in their bottles, but that was my LAST resort.  If you are breastfeeding, it can take a few days for your daughter to have a bowel movement.



 

Amy - posted on 04/05/2009

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Since she is so very young, I would contact your pediatrician. Some things are a little too harsh on a newborn's system. You have to be careful with suppositories and Miralax especially when they are that young. I think you should ask your doctor or nurse about the best possibilities that will cause the least amount of worry.

Ingrid - posted on 04/05/2009

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my son had the same issues. I went 2 the natropath and got wind drops - annaseed oil, peppermint oil & another ingredient i can't remember. You can get it from any natropath

Danielle - posted on 04/05/2009

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my doctor said to put some dark karo syrup in her formula/breastmilk bottle... i would say only if the little one has hard poo...



also i would say to get the advice of your doctor.. that is my first defense and if that doesnt work then i will try other methods with in reason ...

Janda - posted on 04/05/2009

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Brauers homeopathic colic relief works wonders...if your baby is breast fed it may not actually be constipated. Breast fed babies can go up to 10 days without a poo...because breast milk is natural what the baby doesn't digest often gets absorbed back into the body...you might find that bub is just over tired or stimulated...if not Novalac make a constipation formula that worked a treat on my reflux daughter...good luck

Leticia - posted on 04/05/2009

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If she is a breast fed baby then it is completely NATURAL for them to not go as often as formula fed!! my purely breastfed daughter is now 4mths/3wks and only does a poo every few weeks as they absorb every bit of nutrition from the milk (the doc and lactation lady have said this too:) she is only a week old so give her some time to adjust to being outside the womb..newborns cry for many reasons and sometimes were so busy and stressed looking for the reason that it might be as simple as needing lots of cuddles with her mummy (this was definately my case as a first time mum!). It would be interesting to know if she is bf or formula-there is a big difference in the number of bowel movements they pass.

Vicky - posted on 04/05/2009

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heres somthing u can do maybe u didnt try yet put him on ur belly and pat his bum not too hard

or turn on ur dryer and put a warm blanket on top and lay him face down on the dryer while its running

or buy a baby carrier and wlk around with him in it or bring him for a ride or put him in the strowler and go for a walk try any of those maybe they will help well i hope it dose

i know how stressing it can be when my daughter went threw the same thing

good luck anyways

Carolyn - posted on 04/05/2009

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As several people have said, it's not uncommon for babies to have a bm somewhat irregularly.  Exclusively breastfed babies seldom get constipated, so try not to worry too much.  Unless you think she is in distress in which case I will share with you what we did with our daughter.



My little one had a hard time with gas when she was little and we tried to avoid giving her medicine unless it was absolutely necessary.  Medicine is fine, but since the colic drops upset your little one I thought I'd share.  A gentle belly massage in a clockwise motion and slowly "bicycling" her legs always did the trick.



Hope that helps.



 

User - posted on 04/05/2009

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I have always done what my mom told me..I have 3 children & each of them had their time with this. Give her about 2 oz of water with about 1/2 ts of sugar ...warm!!each day & it will def help to regulate her.

Kristina - posted on 04/05/2009

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the easiest way to relieve constipation is 20-30 ml of warm water with brown sugar in it it always does the trick!!!

Krystina - posted on 04/05/2009

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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




My son use to have a hard time having a bowel movement, my Dr told me to try a little apple juice to get things moving it worked well for him I hope this helps I know its sad watching your little baby in pain good luck

Cynthia - posted on 04/05/2009

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I agree gripe water does wonders, for constipation at that age i will just give a long warm bath after a few minutes in water she will poop,always worked for me.

Jill - posted on 04/05/2009

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My daughter had the same issue and we used the glycerin inserts and it worked very well.  There is also something that the doctor can prescribe to you that you put in their formula that worked as well.  

Jill - posted on 04/05/2009

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My daughter had the same issue and we used the glycerin inserts and it worked very well.  There is also something that the doctor can prescribe to you that you put in their formula that worked as well.  

Alison - posted on 04/05/2009

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i found with my daughter that pure orange juice mixed with hot warter then cooled down worked. the first nappie was messy bur then soon got better as she wasnt trying to go so hard.

Alison - posted on 04/05/2009

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i found with my daughter that pure orange juice mixed with hot warter then cooled down worked. the first nappie was messy bur then soon got better as she wasnt trying to go so hard.

Chantel - posted on 04/05/2009

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Quoting Beth:

First of all, If you are concerned take your child to the doctor, if the doctor feels that something needs to be done then they will recommend a safe way to aid the baby in having a bowel movement. In a newborn you should never give them anything but breastmilk or formula unless directed by your infants doctor. Newborns digestive and excretory system are very delicate and are not equipped to to process any of the above ingredients suggested. The remedies that suggest movement of the legs or using warmth and massage do increase the evacuation of the bowels.



I agree with you.  A lot of the suggestions mentioned are not only unsafe for an infant, they could cause very serious consequences.  Karo has been linked to botulism.  Brown sugar and water supplementation should never be given to a baby under 1. 



However probiotics are safe for babies and have been shown to be effective.  Here is the link...



http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNew...

Beth - posted on 04/05/2009

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First of all, If you are concerned take your child to the doctor, if the doctor feels that something needs to be done then they will recommend a safe way to aid the baby in having a bowel movement. In a newborn you should never give them anything but breastmilk or formula unless directed by your infants doctor. Newborns digestive and excretory system are very delicate and are not equipped to to process any of the above ingredients suggested. The remedies that suggest movement of the legs or using warmth and massage do increase the evacuation of the bowels.

Jennifer - posted on 04/05/2009

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you could use massage techniques to help "move the poo". circular massage on the abdomen, always clockwise...long smooth strokes...that should help too.

Chantel - posted on 04/05/2009

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I'm sure you have gotten some great responses!  A couple of things.  Newborns do not always have a bowel movement every day.  Most breastfed infants will have several small movements a day, but formula fed infants can go 2-3 days without a movement.  When older, formula infants will become more regular and breastfed infants may go as long as 5 days between movements.  This is normal and natural.



It is possible that your daughter is not constipated.  However, if you feel she is, there are a couple of things you can do.  Lay her on her tummy on your lap.  This will offer warmth, a bit of pressure and assist in peristalsis (movement of the bowels).  Peddle her legs each time you change her diaper, like she is riding a bicycle.  When you change her, take a warm wet cloth and gently wipe her anus.  Just a little bit and never enter the rectum with anything!  This can stimulate the urge to have a movement.



There was a research article I just read about introducing probiotics into a newborns diet and it reducing colic symptoms by 50%.  You can get powdered acidophilus and swab her cheeks with it at every feeding.  The majority of the time, colic symptoms are caused by yeast overgrowth in the gut.  This is especially true if you or the baby had antibiotics prior to or during birth, and can be aggravated by formula feeding.



Hope that helps! 

Jill - posted on 04/05/2009

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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

Jill - posted on 04/05/2009

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Quoting ERICA:



Is she breastfed or formula fed?  If she is being formula fed, she needs to drink lots of water in between feedings to keep her bowels moving. 






At your next well baby visit to the doctor, ask the doc also.  Not sure what's safe for you to use with such a young baby.






You DO NOT need to give her water in between feedings. She gets enough water from the water you mix her formula in. Giving her too much water could be dangerous and it will ruin her appetite for her next feeding.  She is only a week old, you should give it some time. If she doesn't seem uncomfortable, then she is probably fine. If not then call her doctor.

Tara - posted on 04/05/2009

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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

Catherine - posted on 04/05/2009

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If you want to try something natural, try probiotics. They sell in natures market at wegmans in fridge section. Its meant for newborns and infants. It's a powder. I use it and my family has on their babies. It helps restore good benefical bacteria in the gut that they are finding many newborns don't have and thus lead to severe digestive problems. IT WILL WORK trust me! :) May have to consider other formula options as well. but try it, it's natural and works great.

Jennifer - posted on 04/05/2009

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Try making fennel seed tea...this is the tea found in some italian sausages.  Place 1tsp in a cup of biling water.  LEt it steep for 10 minutes.  It will smell like licorice.  Cool and strain.  Give ti to her in her bottle.  about 20 minutes leter she should start to pass gas.  I used this with my son.  It was a god send.

Amy - posted on 04/05/2009

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Any time my daughter had any problems with constipation I just put some dark kayro syrup in her formula bottle, it worked every time. I also tried to make sure she got at least one bottle a day with the kayro syrup because it seemed to help keep her regular. Also if your baby is gassy you might try to lay her on your knees with her head facing away from your abdomen and massage her lower back alternate between patting her on the back like you are burbing her and massaging her back. A baby massage can help sooth her for many different reasons, plus massage the lower back tends to help with the discomfort she may have with the constipation. Hope this reply helps!! :)

Noelle - posted on 04/05/2009

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My daughter massaged baby's tummy every time she fed and that helped quite a bet. Also, once the umbilical cord site is healed you could try a warm bath to relax her little tummy-that may help the gas issue too.

Cari - posted on 04/05/2009

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A good remedy for colic is peppermint. Put a tiny amount on the end of a toothpick or cotton swab and run on their tongue. It soothes the tummy enough to get at least a couple hours of quit and maybe she'll sleep too. I used to lay my kids on my leg (kids stomach on the leg) and rub down on their back and sides. If that doesn't seem to work your last resort is a rectal thermometer. Only use this if nothing else works. It works right away but it can get uncomfortable for the child.

Kirsty - posted on 04/05/2009

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I used infant friendly and also rescue remedy.... I had a reflux baby with really bad constipation and it just helps to relax everthing.....

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forgot to mention...we are also giving him kids probiotics to help improve his stomach and we also found that when he was in a lot of pain we would hold him out over the toilet kinda all scrunched up and it seemed to help...we now have a bub who is almost 12 mths old and will happily sit on the potty whenever we put him on it and a lot of the time he will do a wee or a poo on it!!  we had a LOT of trouble with our daughter when it came to bowel training so we figured we would get an early start with our son!

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We had the same problem with our son.  Everyone kept saying it was normal for them to go for anywhere up to 10 days without using their bowel, but he was in such discomfort that we ended up in the emergency department.  They referred us to a specialist to rule out Hirschsprungs disease (no nerves in part of the bowel so therefore it cant function) thankfully the tests were negative however it did show a high possibility of a milk allergy.  He was on reg formula as I didnt produce anywhere near enough breastmilk.  We switched to soy formula and had 2 days of peace before it started all over again.  We went to a paediatrician who felt he had a soy protein allergy as well so he put him on special hypoallergenic formula...again 2 days of relatively happy baby then it started again.  Back to doc...new 'stronger' hypoallergenic formula...this time success!!!!  bubs was also on losec tablets for reflux....although he didnt projectile vomit he would get really unsettled after each feed..screaming in pain with wind....



We have seen an allergist who will do full allergy testing when bubs is 12 mths (next month...must get onto them about an appointment!!)  but in the mean time....no dairly, soy, nuts, eggs, or wheat products!!!  It may infact prove he has NO allergies and just had a really sensative stomach!



 



hope you find some answers!



chrys



 



 

Pamela - posted on 04/05/2009

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Well my son is now 4 weeks old and he had that problem also at the beginning. A nurse told me to make clockwise, circuler movements around his bellybottom for a couple of minutes. SHe also told me to try taking his legs and make bike riding movements with them every time I would change his diaper. And of course you could try a rectal thermometer. It works.

Shelly - posted on 04/05/2009

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My youngest had all the problems as a newborn, a ped doctor I went to told me about Bio Gaia it is a probiotic and it is for anything dealing with the tummy.  Gas, constipation, diarrehea etc.  It seems to work for my little guy. 

Tina - posted on 04/05/2009

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My 3 all had issues with pooping and needed a little encouragement! Take her temp rectally, use some petroleum jelly to lubricate the thermometer. The foreign body in her butt will make her flex the muscles to push it out and the jelly will help smooth it out! You may need to take it a couple of times. good luck. BTW how often is she going? If she is going at least once per day that is fine. Some bottle babies even go for 2 days between bowel movements.

Charmaine - posted on 04/05/2009

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Gee wiz, alot of help for you from lots of moms. The best is to try what you think would be best and as for me I always went with my own instincts.



You get glycerine that you dip the dummy in and this will solve your problems instantly with constipation. It will always let the little one take the dummy, because it tastes so good. Very natural product.



I would say your baby is uncomfortable because he is constipated, as for the winds you are just going to have to be patient, winding him is a long and tedious process, you should try every kind of angle when winding him, sometimes I even put my baby over the knee with her head downwards patting on the back and it worked.



Rubbing the back in a circular manner, warms the wind up and then just by pushing upwards you actually push the wind out.



Good luck and hope all goes well.

Taryn - posted on 04/05/2009

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if you are breast feeding drink date juice so it will flow through your milk supply.

Claire - posted on 04/05/2009

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when i had my last daughter she was the same i spoke to my health visitor and she said that the powder milk she was having wasnt right for her she was on cow and gate 1 so i gave her cow and gate 2 and she was fine no more problems speak to your health visitor or doctor see what they say

Dani - posted on 04/05/2009

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hey ya pippa, I used gripe water with joshua though Caitlyin will be tooickle for that now. what milk you got her on? I had to change milk with Joshua and Natalie.

Natalie was always stubborn at bringing up wind, but jiggling her on my knee worked a treat. x x

Rhys - posted on 04/04/2009

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Hi! I have 4 kids - 3 yr old twins, 20m and 8m old - and all had some form of colic with the twins the worst. I used my osteopath - the twins had 3 treatments and never had it after that. My 20m had a treatment on the way home from hospital and never really had a problem. Colic drops don't really do anything. With constipation try some brown sugar a quarter of a teaspoon with some boiled water (to start off 250ml). This was advised by one of the nurses and it worked wonders. If your baby is on formula the gold brands tend to have extra oils which will cause this. We were recommended the cheapest brand - and never looked back - Hope this helps Rhys McInnes

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Hi Pippa, My name is Katrina and I just read your quote about your daughter.  I have a        3 1/2 year old son and when he was an infant he had some stomach and gas problems , so one of my good friends told me to try this stuff called gripe water. I believe it is all natural and safe for infants and also adults. So I tried this on my son and it almost worked instantly every time I used it. I hope it can help your daughter as well as it helped my son.



 





 

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