any suggestions on how to help a constipated 2 week old?

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Gelaine - posted on 01/18/2010

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Breastfeed or change babies formula.. whatever u are giving the baby is affecting its digestion... Babies should not be constipated.. if you are breastfeeding, then something in your diet is affecting the babies digestion..

Shari - posted on 01/18/2010

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if you need you can get baby laxatives over the counter at the chemist. my daughter had it at 2 weeks due to changing from breast to formula. i tried all the others i found this was the only way. hope it sorts it self out.

Kayla - posted on 01/18/2010

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my son was constipated at 2 weeks and he would scream for hours on end. after trying rubbing his tummy and finding out that didnt happen i gave him 2 ozs. of 100% prune juice watered down. then i started giving him baby prune juice once a day every day. now hes all better and it helps him stay regular.

Leanne - posted on 01/18/2010

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It's quite common for formula fed babies to get constipated, try to avoid anything with a high sugar content such as prune juice and brown sugar and water as you may find you may have to use it often as it usually takes a lil while for bubs to become regular. I found the best alternative is Pear Juice you only need a small amount 10ml added into your babys milk or if your baby will take water you can add it to that. Another great tip for when your bub starts eating solids and ever gets constipated you can give them a lil Tofu it's healthy and works wonders. Formula fed babies should go no more than 5 days without bowel movement as for breastfed they can go up to 10 days, some babies are not bothered about it but my lil one would get bad cramps and the pear juice almost worked instantly. If your bub is cramped up just give a lil tummy massage, always work clockwise with 2 fingers and gently massage in lil circles around the belly. Good luck. :)

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Brittany - posted on 01/18/2010

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My daughter was like that her dr put her on a stool softner called lactulose it has been great. It goes in her bottle once a day. We have had no problems since then!

Elizabth - posted on 01/18/2010

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My pediatrician suggested 1/2 tsp. of Karo syrup the dark kind in two bottles a day, and it worked wonders.

Carrie - posted on 01/18/2010

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I would speak with your doctor before you do anything, But my daughter is 7 weeks and I give her kero syrup in a few bottles here and there. It really lossens things up and makes it easier to go.

Marlene - posted on 01/18/2010

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You can try boiled beech nut baby water with flouride and add a little sugar when it cools down give the baby 2oz of the water to drink that should help my daughter was a week old when she was constipated I did and by that night she had a bowel movement. If you should try I hope it works for you not all babies are the same.

Tania - posted on 01/18/2010

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i used for my daughter carraway seed tea... i would put some in a bottle with boiling water let it sit and when the water darkend ( like tea ) would strain it and let it cool down.... it was a trial by error as to how much would work so depending on the size of the baby will determind how much you should give!!



It ALWAYS worked for me!!!

Amanda - posted on 01/18/2010

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My doctor told us as long as the child goes at least once a week for the first 2 months they are fine but if its hard i suggest laxatives im sure u have already heard that though

Cassondra - posted on 01/18/2010

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You can get the Gerber Prunes and put a bit in the formula. Shake it up good and it mixes in. Sometimes juice can cause a diaper rash but prunes stage 1 is perfectly safe. Also baby applesauce works.

Amber - posted on 01/18/2010

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Ive never heard of giving a 2 week old juice before, Have you tried baby crunches? or pumping his legs? That use to work for my little ones all the time. Also my niece use to get "constipated" all the time it seemed like, but in reality that was just her schedule, it was just different from my daughter's. He is still young, still figuring out his digestive system and track. I think the rule of thumb (if i recall correctly) is if he doesn't have a bowl movement in two weeks to call the dr. at which point they might suggest a suppository. But the leg pumps worked wonders on my little ones!

Rebecca - posted on 01/18/2010

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prune juice!! probably about a quarter dropper full with every bottle until she poops, then it wont stop for a day or two..then it'll get back to normal (bout two or three times a day..whatever your baby's used to). if breast feeding, i don't know..pump it out and then put it in it. I formula feed. good luck, girl. constipated babies are NOT fun

Tara - posted on 01/18/2010

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my daughter had the same problem. She has always been bottle feed because I'm not able to breast feed. Try changing the formula if that is what your baby is using. If not try using pear juice that is half diluted with water. You may also want to try boiling the water for any formula before you make a bottle.

Lindsey - posted on 01/18/2010

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my lil girl suffers with constipation i give her pure orange juice diluted with hot warter cooled it really helps

Ericka - posted on 01/18/2010

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I've given my daughter 2 Oz of warm Chamomile tea since she was two weeks old right before bed. It really helps.

Leslie - posted on 01/18/2010

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I was concerned about all my kids, and a lot of research has taught me that babies (especially breastfed ones) may only have a bowel movement every two weeks or so. Breastmilk is so easily absorbed, that there is little by product. Most of it is eliminated in urine, not "poop". If it lasts longer than two weeks, or if the "poop" is hard, then I'd visit my doctor. Otherwise, keep feeding and checking that diapers are wet enough.

Leslie - posted on 01/18/2010

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I was concerned about all my kids, and a lot of research has taught me that babies (especially breastfed ones) may only have a bowel movement every two weeks or so. Breastmilk is so easily absorbed, that there is little by product. Most of it is eliminated in urine, not "poop". If it lasts longer than two weeks, or if the "poop" is hard, then I'd visit my doctor. Otherwise, keep feeding and checking that diapers are wet enough.

Tara - posted on 01/18/2010

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half an oz. to maybe 1 oz. of water in between feedings. Baby doesn't need much because he/she is so young.

Ashley - posted on 01/18/2010

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My daughter starting having trouble with her bowels when she was three weeks old. We suffered through 2 weeks of her screaming and crying for four hours every night because she was in such discomfort. We then tried a natural health product called BioGaia. It contains probiotics (the healthy bacteria we should have in our intestines to help break down foods and keep things moving). After two days of giving her these drops she was a completely different baby. The crying stopped and she now has several bowel movements a day. The great thing is you don't need a prescription. We like it because it's all natural. Just go to a pharmacy and ask them for this product. It is a small bottle that is kept in the fridge in the pharmacy. You can check out the website as well www.biogaiahealth.com

Shanon - posted on 01/18/2010

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I used a little karo syrup and warm water. I did 2 oz. It worked in 10 minutes with all 3 of my kids. And as young as 2 wks.

Sammie - posted on 01/18/2010

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my little boy was like that all the time I used 1ounce fresh orange juce 2ounce water used to work within the hour x

Tilisha - posted on 01/18/2010

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I went through this with all three of my children. The Karo Syrup and juices did not work for my children. Switching from powder formula to pre-made liquid formula helped a little bit. But the best thing that worked for my children were the Fleet infant suppositories (recommended by my doctor). You only use a half of one. They are very small, so that they dont hurt the baby. And they work extremely fast. It is only recommended that you use them as a last resort, but they are completely safe. I would first try giving the baby lots more water, then if that doesnt work, try the suppository. You dont want to give your baby anything sweet right now because it could cause them to only want sweet things, and then you would be stuck giving your child sweetened formula, which is not healthy at all. Hope this helps.

KRYSTAL - posted on 01/18/2010

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it could also be your formula, i finally had to switch to sensitive (lactose free)

Chryssie - posted on 01/18/2010

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i know this may sound nasty but my mother heard it from a doctor and it works i did it to my son. massage under his anus it is a pressure point and helps stimulates them to go to the bathroom with out giving him anything to clog him up more trust me it worked for me.

KRYSTAL - posted on 01/18/2010

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DO NOT DO THE BROWN SUGAR I HAVE BEEN ADVISED NOT TO DO THAT BY MY DR....i went to fred meyer or the health food store and got acidophalis (the good bacteria that is in yogurt) with FOS and gave it to my son at every feeding for like 3-4 days then cut it down to every other, then so on and so on, i bought Nature's Way, good luck

Sarah - posted on 01/18/2010

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My son had reall bad constipatin for about 5 weeks when he was first born and I started baby massage...and it worked a treat! You rub 2 fingers in small circles, clockwise, over the belly button so from 9 - 3. It worked for Daniel with in 45 mins and he was somuch more relaxed. Good luck xx

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Karo syrup, pear juice, prune juice, prue apple juice. I would ask your doctor if nothing seems to work.

Swapna - posted on 01/18/2010

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If you are breast feeding your child, try drinking lots of water, prune juice, fiber food, that helps your 2 yr old help with constipation.

Morgan - posted on 01/18/2010

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I don't know it's different for all babies but when my daughter was that age and she was constipated I didn't give her anything I just used to give her about and oz or two of water when she kept fussin and rubbed her belly and when u rub your babies belly u do it clockwise and it helps.

Miranda - posted on 01/18/2010

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kayro or pear juice is what i was told and used at that age. Pear juice woeks pretty fast if the baby needs it like right now.

Mandy - posted on 01/18/2010

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try switching the formula. my son had the same problem and it was because the formula had to much iron in it. He was on the gold can good start and i switched him to the purple can and he was fine after that.

Emma - posted on 01/18/2010

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brown sugar in water, and drop of fresh orange in aired water. good luck, always worked for my 2 xx

Danielle - posted on 01/18/2010

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my little one was constipated to when he was a baby, my health vistor told me to at least give him 4oz of water during the day and it will help. after about 2 days he was back to normally, they say that babies get more constipated on bottle feeds. hope your little one aint in too much pain

Alex - posted on 01/18/2010

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boiled, cooled water with a little brown sugar or couple of drops of pure orange into boiled, cooled water.

Anita - posted on 01/18/2010

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hi shannon you probably have lots of response but a little brown sugar in milk but only a very little or the chemist had specail drops that are fantastic.

Trudy - posted on 01/18/2010

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yes I also too used coloxyl, brillant stuff. Also I found a warm bath helped aswell, nine times out of ten if I gave him a little massage and then put him in the warm bath, the water would change colour real quick ! LOL

Shannon - posted on 01/18/2010

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hey thankyou all so much for your advice i have just been to the chemist and brought some coloxyl so i will see how that goes!! it is so hard having such a beautiful bundle of joy and seeing him in pain and not being able to do much to help him :(

Trudy - posted on 01/18/2010

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my son was very constipated as a baby and the brown sugar and water helped immensley ! Although you have to get the right brown sugar. I tried just the normal brown sugar but that didn't help, I can't think of the exact name for it at the moment but it basically looks like castor sugar only brown. Just dissolve a little in warm water. You could also try rubbing (with a little cream or baby oil) in a downwards motion from his/her belly button to just above their "you know what" it worked a charm, it just helps everything move along. Good luck

Delinda - posted on 01/18/2010

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light karo syrupand water, i have an 8wk old with the same problem, gave him this and he went in a half hour...

Amanda - posted on 01/17/2010

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my daughter was the same way, and by accident my mom being a new grandma gave her a 4 ounce bottle with 6 ounces of water so it was watery but she went number 2

JUDY - posted on 01/17/2010

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i had the same problem with my baby. i used 2ml of olive oil in a siringe. you just put the syringe in her bum and push the olive oil gently into her bum within 2 mins she'll poop and not be constipated again

Leah - posted on 01/17/2010

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every baby is different...do NOT give your baby prune juice...i would either call your pedi..or when my daughter was constipated for a few days...my pedi recommended that we take the end of our rectal thermometer and put a little vaseline on the tip of it (about a 1/4 of an inch) and put it in our daughters bum...turn it back and forth a few times and that should loosen her muscles or whatever is making her so constipated...it actually worked for our daughter and within an hour not even it worked..good luck ;)

Jessica - posted on 01/17/2010

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call your doctor and get some suppositories. it can be a little messy, but they work!

Laura - posted on 01/17/2010

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I used a medicine dropper to administer water mixed with brown sugar whenever my kids got constipated as babies. Just a little everyday till things get back on track.

Jaclyn - posted on 01/17/2010

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I always put a teaspoon of dark Karo syrup in every one of my girls' bottles that always helped them.

Jaclyn - posted on 01/17/2010

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I always put a teaspoon of dark Karo syrup in every one of my girls' bottles that always helped them.

Ashley - posted on 01/17/2010

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We used gerber apple juice really dilluted. Like 1 oz juice 3 oz water! it worked like a charm. He had a BM in less then an hour!! :] good luck!

Kelly - posted on 01/17/2010

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My child health nurse said 1/2 tablespoon of BROWN sugar in 40 or 60mL of boiled water is perfect medicine for constipated newborns. It worked for us

Amber - posted on 01/17/2010

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Just went to the doctors for this with my 2 week old. 10 cc of dark karo syrup in the bottle. Also you can get infant suppositories over the counter. Insert just the tip into the babies rectum, hold it there and hold the babies knees up to their stomach. Worked like a charm for mine. Hope this helps!

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Everyone had great suggestions, and if you have tried one and it worked that is great! I tried breastfeeding and it didn't work for me either, sometimes its not the best option for everyone, but what i would suggest is switching formula like gentlease, or something soy, or less iron. i would do 2 oz water with one tsp. of karo light syrup. then, if that doesn't work, go to the baby section and get baby apple/prune juice and put 1 oz. juice, and 1 oz warm water. Hope that works and good luck!

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