what do i do, my 2mnth old has been constipated since 1week old?
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Hope - posted on 12/13/2009
My son had the same problem for the 1st year of his life he was off and on. I had to buy him acidophilus and add it to his bottles. The doctor was the one who let me know about it. It is supposed to help the child's digestive system. He wasn't constipated when he was on it.
Carol - posted on 12/13/2009
I'm amazed that only one comment mentioned probiotics. For anyone of any
age, whether constipated or diarrhea, acidophilus or any of the other probiotics
will do the trick. It's the same live culture that's in good yogurt, only more
concentrated. You can buy capsules at the health food store and open them
to add to the baby's food or formula. Breast-fed babies get the good culture
from their mothers naturally, so they don't have as much constipation. It's a
little more work to have healthy digestion when you use formula, but probiotics
will improve bowel function.
Amanda - posted on 12/13/2009
I had some of this problem with my daughter when she was younger. I asked the dr what I could do and he suggested suppositories. They are safe and they tell you exactly how much to give to a child of a particular age. It worked well on my daughter so I hope this may bring both of you some relief.
Meredith - posted on 12/13/2009
My baby tends to get constipated from time to time as well. My doctor told us that we could put a teaspoon of Karo Syrup (in grocery store with regular syrups...get light) in the bottle 2 to 3 times a day. It's worked for us! Good luck!
Bec - posted on 12/13/2009
ive tried prune and apple juice even tried blackcurrent, have tried every formula and have tried the sugar and water , ive tried the cater oil and ive tried olive oil n all the rest ive been to the paeditriction im worried he may have a block in hes bowel but he wnt write me a referal for a ultrasound on hes bowels he wnt give me lactose free formula and he wnt refer me to chiropracter
Charmaine - posted on 12/13/2009
Most of the natural solutions suggested by the other moms are valid. I would think twice about the sugar as it sets him off for rejecting foods that are not sweet later and if he is prone to constipation, you're going to want him to love his veggies. I would also look into whether or not his "plumbing" is too small and avoid formulas containing iron. Also, remember, if all else fails you can help the baby go by pulling his legs towards his tummy and pressing gently on the sphincter muscle,just outside of the anus until the stool comes out (not pleasant but effective and non-invasive). There's no reason you both have to suffer for hours. Don't be afraid to switch to another paediatrician if you feel you're not being heard, some of them can be unbearably condescending and you don't need someone who sloughs off your concerns. This can cause you doubt yourself and even if this is your first child, your instincts can save your child should something critical come up,
Petra - posted on 12/13/2009
since I stopped breastfeeding my daughter went constipated. It's all milk-products. We took it all away (I breastfed her till she was 8 months so I guess 2 months is very young to be constipated). Here (in Sweden) we don't give anything but breast milk or substitute until 4 months. Never heard of prune juice for so small children. Their stomachs aren't ready for this. We use oatmeal milk for our daughter and oatmeal substitute insead of any milkproducts. Now she is 3,5 years and can eat yoghurt but still drink oatmeal milk every day and at bedtime. Good luck
Krystal - posted on 12/13/2009
my baby has constipation problems...and would go DAYS..finally one dr i went to put him on 4 oz of pear juice a day...and he doesn't have problems anymore. I would put 1 ounce in every bottle, so the water would also dilute the pear juice. Also, he gets solids now and when he eats pears...it always works. hope this helps!
Cyndi - posted on 12/13/2009
Is your baby on a formula that has added iron? that can constipate babies really fast. Please do not add Karo syrup to your baby's formula. i am a nurse and this is not healthy for your child. Talk to your pediatrician about possible stool softners that may be safe.
Teri - posted on 12/13/2009
Try switching to a soy formula for a while. My son had the same problems. We switched him to soy formula (Emphamil premium soy- red can). We also had to put Karo syrup in one bottle a day. (white not dark). Good luck... I know how frustrating it can be. Hang in there it gets better.
Molly - posted on 12/13/2009
sugar water..my younger son was the same way..
what do i do, my 2mnth old has been constipated since 1week old?
i have tryed prune juice, coloxyl drops, water, prescriptions from the doctor and they all helped but only for a few days ...
Denise - posted on 12/13/2009
My son, now 2, had problems with irregularity. My pediatrician said to use suppositories. I used only about 1/3 of the suppository, and he would usually have a BM. If no BM within a few hours, I would use another 1/3. The doc said to use whole suppository, but I thought that was just too big!
Maggie - posted on 12/13/2009
I would deff call your doctor.. and put a small tsp of prune juice in his formual has worked wonders for my baby..rectile stimulation..deff as your peds..cuz that isnt good.. is your baby breastfeed or bottle? I would think about changing peds..cuz that is not right.. and it's hard on you and your baby.. good luck
Beth - posted on 12/13/2009
It could be due to not having a thriving colony of healthy bacteria (pro-biotics). Before adding anything odd to the baby's diet (like Karo syrup or sugar), try supplementing with a powdered probiotic supplement. It can be added to formula. Look for this product or similar one. http://tinyurl.com/y9tlbay You might be able to find it at a health food store. My other suggestion would be to add a digestive enzyme, but I think you mentioned reflux, so enzymes are out.
Hope the baby gets relief soon!
Judi - posted on 12/13/2009
When my kids were babies, we added a spoon of sugar to their water or some light karo syrup. It seemed to work well. At least they didn't have any problem with constipation. When my sister was a baby she developed a fissure in her colon and had lots of constipation problems. Might have your doctor check for any abnormality there.
Gemma - posted on 12/13/2009
Hi I used to give my little one water with a teaspoon of brown sugar. When he used to be in discomfort and screaming found a bath relaxed him and moved his legs up and down so he could go easier. I also changed my milk formula to aptimil which helped. It's really hard watching them go through this and you feel helpless but it does pass eventually.
Melissa - posted on 12/13/2009
karo syrup in his bottle...not a lot but it helps...also sometimes helping him along...i have had to help my daughter before...it was just so hard in there that she couldnt push it out cuz it hurt so i got a qtip and some vasaline and put it in there and kinda lubricated the inside of her butt....it worked for me....also i know he isnt necessarily old enough for it according to the doctors but if you give him some solid baby food...some green veggies that will also help...gives them the fiber and stuff they need.
Stephany - posted on 12/13/2009
My son had the same trouble with constipation. He is now three and still struggles sometimes. His stools would be hard like gravel, not rounded. Our pediatrician had me use Fleet suppositories for babies. They are very small you can use a little vas. or olive oil when putting in (it is very simple, you can do it at the changing table prior to changing him). It stimulates the rectum immediately and within five minutes my son would have a bowel movement. The suppositories didn't have to be used all the time (only about once a week), usually he could go on his own. This solved the problem when going for him. Constipation can be dangerous since the lining of their rectum or the outside of their anus can tear and cause an infection. This is called a fistula, the tear allows bacteria to migrate out of the rectum and into the tissue.
Christina - posted on 12/13/2009
They say that the baby is Not constipated unless it's dry, hard little balls... however, mine screamed bloody murder every time he pooped, and only went a time or two a week. Even though he wasn't the doctor's definition of "constipated," all problems cleared up when we switched formulas.
Edith - posted on 12/13/2009
You have been given a variety of advice and I know they all work because I raised six of my own and each had a different problem when it came to bowel movements. My favorite is the karo syrup remedy because it softens the stool and you don't have to give it to them for too long. As soon as they stop crying before pooping, try watering down the formula and give them juices more often. I have a school age grandchild who wouldn't go because he didn't want to leave the games or his buddies when playing. His stool would compact and dry out so it was painful for him. His doctor recommended a dose of Milk of Magnesia every morning before he goes to school and he poops when he comes home in the evening. He isn't so miserable anymore.
Ashlie - posted on 12/13/2009
my daughter had constipation until she started on solid foods. My doctor gave us a few ideas that sometimes helped. Mix an ounce of pear juice in with the formula, every bottle! Also once a night my husband and I would Take a themomether with some vaseline on it unti it covers the metal portion and hold it in her rectum until she eventually pooped. It might have been uncomfortable, but she was happy afterwards.
Kristin - posted on 12/13/2009
please please please take your baby to see a pediatric gi specialist. If you feel like your baby isn't having proper bowel movements please see a specialist. My son was constipated for two months and by the time the doctor's office sent us to a specialist he now has a prolapsed rectum and may have to have surgery to repair it later on. He currently has to have miralax added to every bottle feeding to move his bowels and keep them soft. There is a reason why your baby is constipated and a pediatric gi specialist will find it. Good luck!
Vicki - posted on 12/13/2009
My son had problems with constipation when he was younger and we took him to a chiropractor who taught us how to press on a certain part of his foot for about 2 minutes. This helped tremendously. Every time he got constipated we did this and within the hour, he would go. The spot is right under the ball of the foot. I hope it works for your child.
Kelly - posted on 12/13/2009
my doctor told me that it would be ok for my 6 month old just a little bit a day since everything else did not work. but always check with your doctor first since everyone has different point of views in the medical field now a days
Amber - posted on 12/13/2009
my daughter had to be put on Nutramigen formula. It didn't work right away but it did work. It is expensive though. She is now 3 and still has to have help. Now the doctor has us giving her Miralax every day. Obviously that would not be for a 2 month old but the Nutramigen worked.
Tamara - posted on 12/13/2009
my baby was like that too, then his poops turned into hard balls and some days he wouldnt even poop. So i started giving him corn syrup in his water everyday it took about a month but now his poops are normal
Stacey - posted on 12/13/2009
take the baby to a chiropractor to have his or her nervous system checked to make sure the nervous system is functioning at optimum. The nervous system controls everything in the body. The body heals from the inside out not the outside in. if you need a referral in your area, let me know.
Carla - posted on 12/13/2009
KARO syrup!!! it works like a charm and doesnt take but like a tabespoon!! i have two girls, and each time i quit breastfeeeding and switched to formula they would get constipated so i would use the karo!!! best advice i ever got
Giudenisse - posted on 12/13/2009
I understand what are you going thru, my daugther has the same problem, and the better solution we found was adding 1.0 ml of Karo oil to her milk once a day. You can find it in any supermarket in the syrubs ile. Also you have to ask you pediatrician about a candida infection test for your baby. Candida is a natural bacteria we have in our body, but if it grows in colonies may cause the inflamation of the intestine, rach around the urinary track an problems with the absortion of nutrients. This bacteria favorite food is the sugar, until your baby get tested reduce the sugar, you may use nevella or stevia brands (no splenda, same or zero), use a sugar free milk, soy milk if posible. I hope your baby gets better. My daughter is six years now and this tips are still working. Lots of water always help. Good luck
Chanchal-Aanchal - posted on 12/13/2009
this may sound weird but it has helped my daughter whn she was constipated.Dab one side of ear bud in coconut oil or olive oil and put it inside his anal 2 or 3 times slowly in motion.
this will help to take out some air n he will pooh .
hope this works.
Diandra - posted on 12/13/2009
My son had the same problem and I hate to say the only thing that worked was a puppy pad, lube and a Q-tip. It stimulates them. Exercise his legs up and down. This will help him push. We only had to do it for the 1st few months and now he is just fine.