what do i do, my 2mnth old has been constipated since 1week old?

Bec - posted on 12/13/2009 ( 220 moms have responded )

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i have tryed prune juice, coloxyl drops, water, prescriptions from the doctor and they all helped but only for a few days ...

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Jodie - posted on 12/13/2009

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Hi, I don't know if you've tried this or not, but I used to just add a teaspoon of brown sugar to my babys' bottle each feed, it didn't work straight away, but it kept him regular once it did start to work. The midwife at the hospital told me to try it as it's natural and the baby just burns the sugar off as energy and they don't get dependant on it.

Christina - posted on 12/13/2009

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are your son's poops hard little balls? Or is he just screaming for a while before he poops?

If his poops are not hard little balls, he is probably pooping fine, and you feeding him juice and other foods is making the problem worse. Many many many babies do NOT like the feeling of pooping. They scream because they are trying to hold it in, which hurts, and makes them mad, and it's a vicious cycle. And it's usually babies that are under 3 months of age. Give him some mylicon gas drops (off brand is fine) and stop giving him anything but formula. The mylicon drops will help move his bowel along so he won't be able to fight as hard.

Most moms misinterprit these young screams and assume they can't poop, and it does make sense to think that since when he finally does let it go, he is at peace. Calm down mommy, you're doing fine, and so is he.

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Vicki - posted on 12/16/2009

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give 1 tablespoon of dark karo syrup in 4oz bottle of warm water. daily unti baby has a Bowel movement..Vicki

Vicki - posted on 12/16/2009

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give 1 tablespoon of dark karo syrup in 4oz bottle of warm water. daily unti baby has a Bowel movement..Vicki

Melanie - posted on 12/16/2009

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hi my son was the same i know you said you changed his formula but have you tried cow and gate comfort 1 its really good and helped my son within a week he was pooing normal hope this helps

Alberta - posted on 12/16/2009

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is ur baby nursing? if baby is on formula it could be an allergy .... been there all 4 of my babies couldnt tolorate milk...

Kizzy - posted on 12/16/2009

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An old remedy that work is castrol oil! Use it in the mole of your baby head and bottom of theh baby feet. My grandmother used it on all her grands, and great grands. I have personally used it on my kids and will 4 ever continue if the need arise! Yes, it is safe!

Another is kayrol syrup mixed with the formula.

Inga - posted on 12/16/2009

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If your formula has iron in it...get rid of it...Iron can cause bad gastoric problems in some babies.

Misty - posted on 12/16/2009

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Kyero Syrup - light or dark. Spelling of the brand of syrup is as close as I can get. Add a little to each bottle if you are bottle feeding. Never had this problem with breastfeeding.

Charly - posted on 12/16/2009

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Both my daughters had problems with severe constipation. My 7 year old was in the emergency twice as an infant because the constipation was so bad that it was causing bloating and pain and tearing when she had a bowel movement. We ended up taking her to a Pediatric Gastroenterologist who prescribed Miralax and when her younger sister was born and had the same problem we went directly to the Pediatric Gastroenterolgist and he told us that we could use Miralax with her as well and it is now over the counter. We still use the Miralax with my 21 month old when her stools tend to become too hard and she fights the urge to pass it. The doctor told us that we might have to use the Miralax consistently for several months, even up to two years, as their digestive tract just isn't very mature and if they have been constipated for a while, they tend to fight the urge because of the pain.

Sandra - posted on 12/16/2009

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I had the same problem from day one, I was breast feeding and formula feeding, my Dr told me to stick with one or the other. She said that it was to hard on the babys tummy. I stuck with formula and we had to change up the formula until we found one that worked, We also had to give her water in between feedings and that did help with the consitipation. The fourmula that worked for us was Carnation Good Start.

Jessica - posted on 12/16/2009

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Are you breast feeding? If so, take a look at your diet...add more fiber and take a probiotic PB8......if your doing bottle feeding with formula....you may want to switch to soy and add the PB8 to the mile. it comes in a capsule and you can put a half capsule into the bottle.

Judith - posted on 12/16/2009

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My daughter had the same problem.. Scream everytime she had to go. Dr told me all the tricks and still did not work. When she was about 6 months old i could not take it anymore and was sent to a specialist, they finally put her on myralax which seams to help and she was diagnosed with chronic constipation. She is now 4 years old and still on meds and we have to track her diet...

Leanna - posted on 12/16/2009

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my daugter is now 16mths old and has the same problem, and she has pretty much since birth! We just started medication this past summer to help losen it up, but its like i keep having to up the dosage a little because she builds a tolerance! so far its safe, but im sure we are going to reach the point that the medication is just not effective (i check with my daughters doctor before uping it). Before she was on any kind of meds i would have to physical hold her legs up for her to help the poop out...and her cries...i even went as far as to tape record them for the doctor! im still scared that there is something is wrong with her intestins...but every appointment they dont seemed worried at all! maybe everybody is right and she will grow into her poops but when? everyone also says good luck potty training while she is like this....so what do i do when she is close to the age of starting potty training?

Kathlyn - posted on 12/16/2009

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I agree with Christina below - if his poop isn't hard little balls, then he's NOT constipated, as this is the definition of constipation. Going every day or many times a day isn't normal for everyone. Many other things could be causing his distress. try massaging his tummy in a circular motion from his lower right side around to lower left. most importantly, Relax and don't worry!

Kerrie - posted on 12/16/2009

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There are very few formulas that have low iron in them but it should work like magic - just read the back and find the one with the lowest. It will be a very small difference. I think Similac makes a version, but I am not sure. They are hard to find. You will notice a huge difference. Good luck!

Missy Cozell - posted on 12/16/2009

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Im sorry my 4 mth old just finally got over it last week when I started feeding her cereal and applesauce. Have you tried some water I know water helps some babys soften there stool.

Wendy - posted on 12/16/2009

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try alittle syrup (beehive) I know it sounds weird but it works and it is natural

Jennifer - posted on 12/16/2009

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what i ended up using with my son that the dr advised was benefiber. i used 1 tsp n 4 bottles a day and it really helped.

Sara - posted on 12/16/2009

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Hi Bec,



My daughter was the same way. Someone told me to try water. I boiled a pot of water for 10 minutes and cooled it in the fridge. When it was cool I would let her drink it. She loved it and it really helped her with the terrible constipation she had.

April - posted on 12/16/2009

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My daughter suffered from about the same age. It went on for years, and was horrible, she ended up with fissures, which made it worse. They wanted to do a colonoscopy, I was horrified, we tried everything, and saw Dr's and dieticians. We moved to the country, and the Dr there told me to use PARACHOC, it isn't a laxative, just a softener. I was told she could take it her whole life if necessary. IT WORKED. She dosen't need it anymore, but took it for years. No more tears for any of us.

Trisha - posted on 12/16/2009

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My daughter had the problem, we spiked her bottle with apple and pear juice on our docors advise.

Kelly - posted on 12/16/2009

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my son was the same way get lite karo syrup its in the isle with like maple syrup and stuff make sure u get the light one and add a teaspoon to 1 bottle a day it works WONDERS!

Tami - posted on 12/16/2009

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I know you would probualy hate to do it but I had to do Enemas for my daughter when she wouldn't go and when I knew she was straining I would sit there and rub her belly in a circular motion with a little bit of force pushing downwards to try and release the pain. My daughter was lactose intolerant though. If your son doesn't have reaction besides bowel problems to his formula then don't switch that will mess with his system more. Do you warm his milk or serve it room temp warming does help. A warm bath, a warm bottle of water with a red and white hard mint in the bottle to sooth his stomach, or even just pushing his legs up to his chest and down can all help with moving the bowels. Good luck and hope the little man feels better.

Nichole - posted on 12/16/2009

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My daughter had problems too and I promise if you listen to me this will work. Take you baby to the chiropractor. He or she needs to be adjusted. It is night and day I promise. within hours my daughter was on a regular bowel movement. It is not expensive and well worth it. Let me know what happens? Just so you know my daughter was 7 weeks old the first time I took her so your baby is not to young...Call and I promise your life will change...

Melissa - posted on 12/16/2009

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You can try putting in 1 tablespoon of dark corn syrup (Karo) for every 2 ounces of formula. Also, changing formulas frequently can upset their system.

Angie - posted on 12/16/2009

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Both of my children had problems with this when they were babies and my grandmother and my husbands grandmother showed me a trick that kept my children free from constipation. This may sound crazy but I promise it works. If you asked the doctors, they will probably tell you not to do it, but it is an old way of curing constipation. You add one teaspoon of dark karo syrup to every bottle that you make.Make sure you shake it really well before giving to you child. I promise this works. It works as a stool softner and it will keep the baby from being constipated. Both of my child were lactose interlorant and had to have the soy milk and both had problems with iron, too much of it. This is what causes the constipation most of the time. This is what helped it for me. Hope it helps for you.

Sophie - posted on 12/16/2009

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Tummy massage.

If you know a general massage routine, then start with that to get them a bit relaxed and prepared. Use a nice food grade oil, we were always told that organic, pressed grapeseed oil was a safe one, then use a clockwise circular stroke on the tummy to help encourage the digestive system to move the right way along. Once the stomach feels less tight, bend both legs, bring the knees up to the chest and give a very gentle bit of pressure, just enough to flatten their back over the floor. I found that it could have quite an immediate result!

Good luck

Sophie

It's definitely worth trying to find a baby massage group if you can, otherwise there are many descriptions of massage routines for babies on the internet.

User - posted on 12/16/2009

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Dont worry! Are you breast feeding? When my daughter was that age she went nearly 3 weeks with nothing!! Put it down to the fact that her body was using all the goodness from the milk and there wasn't any waste to produce!

Melanie - posted on 12/15/2009

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also, try cutting out dairy and spicy foods from your diet, also cut caffeine if you consume it

Melanie - posted on 12/15/2009

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never use prune juice or coloxyl drops or water or prescriptions for such a young infant! try glycerin suppositories if your baby goes five or more days without pooping, unless it is something serious, the constipation will eventually work itself out

Karen - posted on 12/15/2009

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EPSOM SALTS - put 1/4 teaspoon in each bottle (up to 4oz. double if you make up 8oz.) until the stools are soft, then reduce to just a pinch in every bottle. This will keep the bowel moving regularly. I tried all the above mentioned remedies & none of them worked til I tried this. Sadly this is not a real 'quick fix' as it will take 3-7 days before you see an effect, but just keep it up. Also helps on the stronger mix to add an extra oz of water to dilute the formula. I have 7 kids, 3 who suffered constipation that badly that their little bums bled as they poo'd. At least I knew what to do with #2 & 3, unlike trial & error with the first! Good luck.

Nicole - posted on 12/15/2009

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I had the same prob with my son when he was little the best natural way to help out is by stimulation with a thermometer. I know not the funnest but it works. Just put the tip of the thermometer in the anus and gently twist. U might have to do this for awhile until baby becomes regular. Good luck!!

Jo - posted on 12/15/2009

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oh also try a teaspoon of brown sugar, if bottle feed put it in the bottle once u add the boiled water so it dissolves otherwise just give ya bub about 20ml to a teaspoon but gotta add to boiled water so dissolves so even if ya make like 60ml in a bottle n give 20ml 3 times a day so it cold when ya give it to ya bub, saves tryin 2 get it ready n cooled before a feed.

Jo - posted on 12/15/2009

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try something from the chemist called infant friend, i found it fantasic, also helps with colic. but apparently boys suffer from consipation more then girls if feed on S26 but my like fella was fine on it after 3mths. i got told not to change formula cause their bodies get use to it after 3-4mths. my little fella use to scream with it but once i started using that (infant friend) n starting giving him his medication for reflux he was great. hope it works for u.

Trisina - posted on 12/15/2009

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Well have you tried white grape juice? They dont often recommend juice at that age but it wont hurt them and after all the other things you've tried I would think it is worth a shot. I have five and that might be my choice. Good luck

Crystal - posted on 12/15/2009

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What worked for my boys is putting just a little bit of prune juice in every bottle. I did this until 7/8 months old when I was able to start giving pears. Things with a "p" will help...plum, prune, pear. Note, only give one ounce of juice to every month of age. I would measure out my limit in another small bottle so that I wouldn't give to much juice. Don't give the full amount at once, you will have an explosive mess. Gradual amounts and baby will have soft and regular bowel movements. I hope that this helps.

Donna - posted on 12/15/2009

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I wonder if you broke up a capsule of "juice plus" and put in in the bottle water. Juice plus is all natural...I used to use a little bit of herblax in his water from shacklee product when my baby boy had that problem...Nothing else helped and I couldn't let him remain constipated..

Rebecca - posted on 12/15/2009

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you should call your doctor if you already haven'... it deends on if you are breastfeeding or formula as well as stress level

Bethany - posted on 12/15/2009

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How is he/she eating? are they hungry when you feed them, or do you do it out of knowing they need nourishment? also, are they spitting it up a lot? Constipation happens in everyone, babies to old people and everyone between....it shouldn't last as long as it has with your infant. by constipation, do you mean not pooping at all, or every few days with difficulty? I'm not trying to start a hysteria, however I have heard of cases where there are "blockages" or twists of intestines that back up the plumbing if you will....sooo, if the belly messages, prune juices, and water suppositories don't work stand up for your baby, and DEMAND that their pediatrician do further testing. ...and come prepared with a "poop" schedule so you can explain to them the seriousness of the matter. Hope that helps.

Melissa - posted on 12/15/2009

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try massaging the babies lower abdomen and also pumping the legs several times up into the abdomen. It always helped with my girls

Janine - posted on 12/15/2009

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iv always used sugar water inbetween feeds.just half a small soon an cooled boiled water should work.none of mine have had constipation or colic.

Alison - posted on 12/15/2009

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I was having the same problem with my 2 month old. A nurse at the hospital I work at suggested that I use milk of magnesia up to twice a day....just 1/2 teaspoon. I just brought my son to the doctor today for his check up and the doctor said milk of magnesia is fine to use, even long term use. It definitely helped my son with the constipation, now he's pooping at least twice a day. I've also heard that switching formulas can make them constipated.

Sandy - posted on 12/15/2009

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My youngest daughter had that problem. She took malt soupx mixed with her milk until she was about 4.

My sisters ped said kayro in the bottle.

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aftter a wise old health nurses' advice, i gave my daughter a small amount of warmed pear juice (you can buy it in a tin at supermarket), It is completely natural and u can use it longterm if needed. Worked for us. I suggested this to a heavily pregnant friend of mine,who also swears by it now.

Megan - posted on 12/15/2009

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when my son was born he was very constipated. my doctor advised that a teaspoon of karo syrup ( the dark not the light) in a 4oz bottle would help. i used it and it always works within 24 hours. i do it every time he gets constipated. just dont do it more than once in 24 hours or it will work a lot better than you want it too.

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