Suggestions for constipation problems??

Tamara - posted on 04/08/2009 ( 106 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 9mos. old and she had constipation problems since she was born.I have tried everything from supository's to prunes, pears, everything!!! Does anyone have any suggestions??

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I always gave my son Gerber's pear juice and that did the trick. You can add a little mineral oil to it if you want. A friend's child got botulism from karo syrup so I never wanted to try that. I did try prunes once and that created the biggest mess. It worked too well. It sounds like your daughter's constipation is pretty severe so I would talk to her doctor. Is she breast feeding or drinking formula? Maybe a different kind of formula would help.

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Bertha - posted on 04/13/2009

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my mom has old remedies that i have tried before and have worked like water with some brown sugar, or rubbing her tummy with vapor rub and maybe even both.

Krystal - posted on 04/13/2009

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My daughter had this until age 2 when a doctor suggested i do a diet journal and found that bananas, cheese,green beans were the culprit. I gave her white grape juice, water, and apple juice. Be careful with mineral oils or oils of any kind, they coat your intestines and you dont get the vitamin absorbtion. I learned this the hard way on myself to the point it gave my gallstones and kidney stones as well. If your breastfeeding remember your intake needs to be logged and monitored as well. Also if you are giving any meds or taking meds for pain that will slow down the bowels too. Put a warm towel on the stomach, put the baby on your lap with the babies back to you. Leave a little room as they sit on your lap so there is no pressure on the butt. Lean back as if your in a recliner and rock side to side gently and slowly. Massage the sides to the mid stomach area. When the baby passes gas encourage them by saying thats good etc. The goal is to use the gas movement to push out the stool. Good luck.

Rhian - posted on 04/13/2009

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my son is very constipated as well and all i have use is water 5 mls of water before every feed dose the job for me...

Kimi - posted on 04/13/2009

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Popcorn works great for my daughter when miralax is'nt enuf. Just bite the cernels off for her. Try rubing her back right after she eats and then put her in a standing position for a while. Gravity is often taken for granted.

Amy Hale - posted on 04/13/2009

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My youngest son has had constipation problems almost all his life. I would definitely talk to your pediatrician. My son's problem is that the constipation has cause he colon to be enlarged and then he can't feel when he needs to go, so he gets backed up and then it would leak around the impaction. Our pediatrician sent us to a pediatric gastrointestinal doctor who did a barium enema (that's how we found out about the enlarged colon), he put him on Miralax (sp?) and as long as he takes his medication once per day every day he goes to the bathroom fine. But if misses a couple of days, he gets impacted and it's a total nightmare. Hope you & the baby find some relief soon...all the best....Amy

Christine - posted on 04/13/2009

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My little boy of 8 months has the same problem. I make sure that he gets plenty of fresh fruit juice, liquids and veg, but I still have to find a solution. I am going to look into Karo syrup and miralax further.

Erin - posted on 04/13/2009

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My ped recommended 1 tbs of Dark Karo syrup twice a day in baby's bottle...worked like a charm for my little constipated boy!

Crystal - posted on 04/13/2009

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Try a little bit of Benefiber. Maybe a 1/2 teaspoon mixed in milk or juice 1 time a day. My daughter had the same problem, she's 2 now, and i still do this for her. Only do the supositories as a last resort, not good for their little systems. Doctor suggested foods in high fiber and a little benefiber or baby peidalax.

Nikki - posted on 04/13/2009

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My youngest son had this problem, and his pediatrician told me to use Baby Lax.

Debbie - posted on 04/13/2009

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What works for my grandson and my daughter was peaches. Every time we were worried, break out the Gerber peaches and within the hour there was not a problem anymore. You can also try some tyenol - sometime they are trying too hard to pass something and that would relax them

Laurie - posted on 04/13/2009

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cut dairy completely out of her diet. I had to cut it out of mine when my daughter was 2 weeks old. She over a year now, but if she gets even the tiniest hint of dairy, she gets constipated.

Korine - posted on 04/13/2009

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My daughter has had problems since she was small and is 2 now. Her doctor told us to use Miralax. It is a powder you put in juice. Completely tasteless and works like a charm. It softens stools and depending on how much you use will depend on how runny or frequent they are. I give her half a cap full every morning and her stools are soft, when we gave her a full cap we had to throw away several pairs of pants. lol. I would try it just like 1/4 a cap to start and because whe is a little younger. good luck,

Elizabeth - posted on 04/13/2009

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My daughter's pediatrician told us to use dark Karo syrup.  Add it to any liquid she drinks.  It seemed to help and it's safe.  Ask her Dr. for any extra ideas.  Pedia Lax has also just come out with gummy fiber chews :)  although your daughter is still a little young for these.

Karyn - posted on 04/13/2009

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my son has the same problem to the point of bleeding when having a bowel movement, he is 8 mos old. I did prune juice oatmeal(not rice its binding) pears no carrots, which worked sometimes but I now found that Gerber makes a cereal for babies that has yogurt in it ever since (the past 2 weeks) his stool is softer and he no longer cries when having a bowel movement, this is the first time ever he hasn't cried during, it's wonderful! Hope this helps.

Nancy - posted on 04/13/2009

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Buy Carnation brand formula.  I tried everything with my baby..karo syrup...you name it.  A friend told me about Carnation...it works like a dream!  Look into soymilk...maybe he has an intollerance to dairy.  Good luck.

Lacee - posted on 04/13/2009

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My son has that problems as well and our pediatrician said the most natural way was to put dark karo syrup in his bottles and that has seemed to keep him more regular.

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cooled boiled water usual works i give it 2 my baby n it usually comes out with a blast in cuple hours lol x

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cooled boiled water usual works i give it 2 my baby n it usually comes out with a blast in cuple hours lol x

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cooled boiled water usual works i give it 2 my baby n it usually comes out with a blast in cuple hours lol x

Kelly - posted on 04/13/2009

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My son had the same problem when he was little. I use to put a teaspoon of Karo Syrup(corn syrup) in his drink. After a few hours he was fine. I had to do that probably two times a week. I hope that helps!

Ingrid - posted on 04/13/2009

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If she is on formula I would start checking there. We had to go to milk and even there was an experiment until we settled on 2% Bottles of water with just the tinest bit of sugar in it to get her to drink it also helped to stablize her.

Tosha - posted on 04/12/2009

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My middle son has the same problem. Our ped. told us to give him 1 tsp. milk of magnesia, and 1 tsp. mineral oil everyday. It helps sooo much. He is able to go and it doesn't even hurt him. I would check with your doctor though to make sure it's ok, since your little one is not a year old yet!

Kerry - posted on 04/12/2009

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Hi, my daughter went through the same problems. The dr. suggested witch hazel (I think). and then milk of magnesia. The milk of Mag worked great sometimes too well depending how much I gave her. Warm baths too and keep fluids going like popsciles, or jello and water.Just ask the dr about how much milk of mag to give her incase you try it. Good Luck, I know what you are going through.

Crystal - posted on 04/12/2009

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Hi.   My son had a it of the same problem when he was younger.   I took a half to full teaspoon of white sugar and put it in some warm water.  It helped.  What about freash fruit?  Like Mango, peaches, manderine oranges (canned) (they work for my daughter).  Good luck.

Vicki - posted on 04/12/2009

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prune juice diluted with warm kettle boiled water did the trick for my son and daughter.

Tammy - posted on 04/12/2009

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Lots of water through the day also lay her on her back with nappy off and do a kind of cycling motion with her legs, also let her kick around on her back, also you could try rubbing her botttom (hole) with a wipe, I personally wouldnt stick anything up my babies bottom but i have known the wiping thing does work.



Really hope you get it sorted soon as i know how horrible it is for you to see your baby in distress. Let us know how you get on. x

Dolores - posted on 04/12/2009

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take a baby bottle and put warm water in it then take a peppermint candy in it teh red and white ones you get for christmas then you shake it up and let it desolve and let  your baby drink some of it this will help with gas the peppermint acts like an anti-acid and could help  him/her go potty as well.... worked for both my girls they are 6 and 8 now

Lindy - posted on 04/12/2009

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My daugter has had the same problem. Someone suggested to me to put prune juice in her milk. I was worried she wouldnt like it. She loved it. I started out with a small amount and slowly increased it. Now I just give it to her in her bottle w/o milk. She still loves it. I have also found different brands work better that others. I have found that Albertsons brand works best. My doctor was ok with it. Ask yours. Good Luck!

Jennifer - posted on 04/12/2009

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has the doctor gave you movicol my 3 yr old is on it she has been suffering since 7 months old it realy helps her



 

Stefanie - posted on 04/12/2009

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My son spent the night of his first birthday in the hospital getting an enema with meat tenderizer in it.  When he finally passed it was the size of a softball - Not an exaggeration!.  This was the most heartbreaking thing I have ever seen.  



Turns out that milk was making him constipated.  Try switching to soy.  I wish I knew then what I now know about cow's milk.  It's to fatten up baby cows, not baby humans.  My son's system could not process it appropriately.  

Dyan - posted on 04/12/2009

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Apple juice always worked well for my kids as infants, but I recently found Pedialax. It works wonders for my 7 year old,but they have some for younger ages, also.

Elmarie - posted on 04/12/2009

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Take a pinch of salt and pinch of sugar.  Add to 25 ml boiled water and feed to baby before early morning feed.  Should help.  Got my baby througu cholic and its cheap.

Julie - posted on 04/12/2009

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My daughter suffered from constipation from a few months old right up until she was 3 years old and the only thing i found that helped was lactose, on prescription abd you put it in their bottle, after a few weeks we were back to normal after she got over the fear of going to the toilet because of the pain, good luck

Tammy - posted on 04/11/2009

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Our newest little one had a constipation problem from the get go... I would buy 100% pure prune juice and put 2 ounces in one of his formula bottles every day.. he now only loved it, but it kept his poops from being hard. I hope one of the tricks people are listing works.. every baby is different. =)

Erin - posted on 04/11/2009

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My daughter went through a fit on constipation as well and the first thing we did was change her formula to an senstive, lactose free one because they have a lower iron content which can HIGHLY constipate your child as well as give her 6 oz of apple juice mixed with 2 oz water which did the trick!
Hope this helps!

Annette - posted on 04/11/2009

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my oldest used to have that problem. my doc had us us a malt poder called malt suppex. She's 17 now so you should ask your doc it may have fallen out of favor

Gaynor - posted on 04/11/2009

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ask doc about lactulose ..its a medicine that helps .also fresh orange juice a few t. spoons

Susan - posted on 04/11/2009

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my daughter u to suffer from this wen she was a baby my nan gave her boild water with abit of suger in it that really helpd her

Melissa - posted on 04/11/2009

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Hi, My son has constipation to, now he is 3,5 years old. I give him something like fibres with the name 'colon clean' and parafine oil, I think you can give your child a little spoon of parafine oil. It works really well but dont give a long time because its not so healty, You do the parafine oil at first and than the colon clean fibres

Mary - posted on 04/11/2009

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I'm the mother of four I used dark Karo syrup. add about a tablespoon to the bottle, water or formula. its very oldschool but if worked for me. good luck..

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