constipation.

Nicole - posted on 02/22/2010 ( 115 moms have responded )

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my daughter, who is four months old is constipated. she will poop every 2-3 days and its really hard poop. she eats cereal and pureed food. and any suggestions how to relieve her. i tried the thermometer trick, didn't work. anything else? i know shes so young and there isn't much. just wondering :)

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Krystal - posted on 02/25/2010

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I worked at a daycare, so I saw this problem all the time. In my experience the best way to relieve this is like alternating with prune juice, apple juice and pear juice.. U might also try diluting her formula a little, if she is on formula. Another big thing, the cereal, can be giving her constipation too, to much of it does that. (in my experience) make it runny, or maybe mix in the juices, or just skip it and just give fruit. Good luck!!

Kesha - posted on 02/22/2010

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Somebody had mentioned a little Caro Syrup. This is a safe way of relieving constipation. Mix some with her formula. After you give her the caro syrup, burp her like normal so she doesn't throw up and then lay her on her back and move her legs as though she is bicycling. This also will help with any gas.
If this doesn't help, I would contact her pediatrician.
Good Luck!

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Hanah - posted on 02/26/2010

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try glycerine suppositories... they work almost immediately and are very safe for babies

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try coloxyl drops you can get them over the counter at the chemist,they worked for my three week old son, good luck, its horrible seeing them like this and not being able to help

Tina - posted on 02/25/2010

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A good home remedy is Karo syrup. ONLY a few drops though!!! It works really well and is also adds a sweet taste to the formula. My son was about 1 month and hadn't pooped for a couple days. Gave him the Karo cocktail and a couple hours later his little butt just exploded! I kinda felt bad but he seemed to be a lot happier even if it did give him a bit of diarreah.

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Ive dealt with the same problems with my son since he was born. He wouldnt go for 3 or 4 days and it would be a hard ball when it came out. He would turn purple because he was pushing so hard to get it out. So when he was 4 months, his doctor recommended us to see a GI specialist and he switched him to nutramigen and put him on lactalose. Neither of these worked for my son. So they switched him to a special formula called elecare(an amino-acid based formula) and put him on mirilax. Its done wonders for him! I was always told to stay away from the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, apples, and toast). Those are all really constipating. Also since you started solids already, squash and sweet potatoes are really good for their bowel. Stay away from too much fruit and green vegis until they are regular again and slowly introduce then again. I hope some of this helps. good luck!

Olivia - posted on 02/25/2010

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my son had the same problem. He's pedi told us to put him on prune juice. so, we did so, and he pooped everyday:) He was 2 months when we started him on juice. i hope this helps:)

Jessica - posted on 02/25/2010

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my son caleb was like that well sometimes he still is i asked the dr and he said apple juice or pear juice like the gerber ones at walmart just about 2 oz and no water. the apple juice just made my son pee alot the the pear juice is great

Jessie - posted on 02/25/2010

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bottle of warm water and a warm bath just SLIGHTLY warmer then normal and make sure the water covers her tummy works for my little butt all the time

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we tried juice,karo,and liquid laxatives. try mineral oil. its really cheap. under 2.00 at kroger. but that should help or a suppository for kids cut in half will work

Jennifer - posted on 02/25/2010

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Try not to give her cercal every day, warm bath and apple juice should help my lil girl was the same way when she was that age good luck

Valencia - posted on 02/25/2010

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When my son had constipation around the same age, we gave him lots of water and ripe bananas. This really helps soften his stool and the nurse also suggest rubbing his anus with soap so assist with the process. I know it's gross but that ur kid, I'd do anything. And if you are giving formula instead of breastfeeding, u should always give lots of water. Formula hardens stool. good luck with it.

Colleen - posted on 02/25/2010

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My pediatrition suggested liquid glycerin suppositories laxative. She and the pharmacist suggested to use half the bulb and it always worked instantly. My babe was constantly constipated. They told me it was safe and we never had a problem.

DeShannon - posted on 02/25/2010

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PRUNES, prunes and more prunes. Since she is four months, I would feed her a little filter water which will help with digestion. Good luck!

Amy - posted on 02/25/2010

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pure natural not from concentrate organic apple juice. The stuff that you have to shake up before you drink it cause there is so much settlement at the bottom... Give her a bottle full, and expect alot of pooping. its the most natural effective method I have found.

Ally - posted on 02/25/2010

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When our son got backed up recently we gave him a bit of apple juice every morning with his breakfast, a warm bath and a gentle leg massage. It seemed to worked well. Good luck:)

Holly - posted on 02/25/2010

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well if u givce ur daughter light kynola oil it will work wonders i dont know how to spell it but u can find it in the grocery store anywhere and it is a natural loosener.... it can also be used on rashes put it on there private at night thick but not to soak them use a cotton ball and the rash will be gone by the next day

Chelsea - posted on 02/25/2010

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I give my daughter some pear juice. That is what my pediatrician said. He also said to Never do the Karo Syrup thing, they use to do that in the old days but..it has been linked to an causing bowel diseases. He said it is not a good idea at all. People around my town told me the same thing to try it but I didnt want to risk giving it to my daughter. My sister is a peds. nurse and she said not to do syrup either. Hope that helps.

Lana - posted on 02/25/2010

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Add a tablespoon of prune juice into her bottle every bottle untill she gets back on track

Jennifer - posted on 02/25/2010

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My doctor told me to use apple, pear or prune juice as well as letting her sit in a warm bath. You can also move her legs around like she is riding a bicycle. Eventually, I had to have them give my daughter a suppository.

Maddison - posted on 02/25/2010

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I have the same problem with my 3 month old the doctor suggested I change her formula to a lower iron formula and use apple prune juice diluted. So far soo good. I did have to give her a suppository to get everything out first though.

Kimberley - posted on 02/25/2010

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try coloxyl drops my daughter had constipation when she was born and i brought this stuff at the super market it worked for her

Sabrina - posted on 02/25/2010

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idk about the syrup...it might be too harsh. ur baby needs more fiber....it happened 2 me when I was pregnant with my son and I ate Raisin Bran. The baby needs something that will be gentle but does the job & all I did was put prunes in his formula...within 2 days I saw results!

Tiffany - posted on 02/25/2010

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thermometer trick... OMG. If it's rice cereal thats probably your problem I dont know why they recommend it for lil babies it constipates them everytime. My ped even agreed you really dont need to give rice cereal to babies if you dont want to. It made my son constipated poor guy would push for so long and you could tell he was in so much pain so I tried a few ounces of the baby juices. Pear worked GREAT on my son kicked in in just a few hours if that! apple works too. Just about 2 ounces works wonders!

Laura - posted on 02/25/2010

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my doctor said its natural for a breastfeeding baby to go up to 4 days without pooping, then we try the thermometer and the baby prune juice... i also lay her on her back and bring her legs to her chest (at the same time or alternating) and that helps her pass the gas and loosens her up, or ill put her bouncer on vibrate or pat her lower back for a while

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My Dr had me give my son Prunes and he is only 11 weeks old, because he was having a alot of trouble. Since i started with the prunes he has been going once a day. He didnt want me to do the prune juice because it can make babies gassy, thats why he said actually baby prunes.

Tereasa - posted on 02/25/2010

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give her banana's or even a little bit of apple juice' If those don't work give her some prune juice

Michelle - posted on 02/25/2010

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My daughter had a similar problem. I gave her prune juice. I'm not sure if she will like it but they make those little individual bottles that you can put a nipple on the top. Maybe try a different cereal? I would ask your ped. though to make sure.

Sabrina - posted on 02/25/2010

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when my son was constipated, I gave him prunes in his formula....if it helps old people, it'll help your baby...it helped mine!!!

Nicole - posted on 02/25/2010

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i always used a little bit a karo syrup but dont use it all the time haha cause they spoil easy to the sweet stuff : )

Candice - posted on 02/25/2010

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I had the same problem with my daughter! From the time she was born till she was about 5 months old. There are so many options.

1. The thermometer (usually always work cause your causing there muscles to contract)

2. Kyro syrup ( I think it is too much for there stomach though, my daughter screamed in pain and still didnt go)

3. Brown sugar (1 tbsp for every 2 ounces of formula. That worked wonders for my daughter!)

4. Apple-Prune juice (It isnt to hard on their stomach, doesnt taste to bad and usually helps things along no problem!)

5. Just prunes (if she is already eating jar food it almost always works.

6. If none of that works then she really needs to go see the doctor cause they will have to prescribe her some stool softener or something.

Ashley - posted on 02/25/2010

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...also, just make sure you put the Karo in the water first...shake to dissolve, then add in your formula... I can't remember why the Dr. said do it this way, but she did...

Ashley - posted on 02/25/2010

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We had to put karo syrup in my son's bottles. You just add like 2 tablespoons to like 4 oz (I think that's how much- it's been a while). If you try a certain amount and no change, you can always add more. It won't hurt her at all. Also, PRUNES! I actually found this out the hard way! I fed my son a whole jar of prunes (with no cereal) when he first started eating solids and WOW! ---He pooped EVERYWHERE! lol so, this definitely will work! :)

Traci - posted on 02/25/2010

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My daughter was like that from the time we brought her home. For the first 3 months I had to use a Q-tip with Vaseline and stimulate the muscle by gently inserting the Q-Tip over and over again. I also starting adding juice to her formula bottles. I would put 1 oz of juice to every 4 oz bottle (so 1 oz of juice and 3 ozs of water). Make sure NOT to give her bananas. They will stop her up even more. Add fruit and veggies to her cereal. Basically, just add any type of fruit to whatever your baby eats and drinks. Now, my 6 month old daughter poops 1-2 times a day and the movements are soft and easy for her. Good luck!

Janae - posted on 02/25/2010

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you should try the bay prunes. My son was the same way, I tried apple sause, water with caro syrup but it didnt work so i tried prunes,i gave hime the whole jar but i did half througout he day and within in 2days he was poopin well. i was so happy to clean up real poop!

Adrianne - posted on 02/25/2010

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Tried everything with my 4yr old as well...When she gets really constipated we give her carrot juice, she loves it...and then if that doesnt work we use Miralax prescribed by her dr as a last resort. But the carrot juice usually works. as a baby we used the caro syrup and it usually helped

Jenn - posted on 02/25/2010

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give her 1/2 ounce prune juice mixed with 1/2 ounce water she should have a bowel movement with in 24 hrs hope this helps

Megan - posted on 02/25/2010

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My daughter is about to be 5 months and is having the same problem. Day before yesterday I called her ped and the nurse told me to put one tablespoon of DARK Caro syrup to every four ounces of formula but no more than 3 times.. It takes her a lot longer to finish the bottle BC it is thicker and sticky, but it has seemed to help. Also, they told me no lite syrup, and no juice.. but that's just what the nurse said, I see a lot of ppl recommend juice.. but I was told not to.

Virginie - posted on 02/25/2010

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try caro syrup the white one its safe to put it in her formula every time you feed her.

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If she is continues to have problems I would definitely take her to the doctor. I have had a similar situation since I was little. Now, at 20 years old and 4 months pregnant they are having to do some EXTREME measures to get my colon to release correctly.

Destiny - posted on 02/24/2010

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my daughter has always had poop problems... increase the fruit there is a lot of fiber in fruit and that should regulate it. apple juice is the best for such a young baby

Katrina - posted on 02/24/2010

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Maybe try apple sauce..it still does it to my daughter and she is 2 years old

Emili - posted on 02/24/2010

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the doctor gave two outta four of my babies miralax when they were about that age. it used to only be available by prescription but now you can buy it at walmart. just give her about a tsp in her bottle.

Cat - posted on 02/24/2010

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give her a small piece of a child suppository....my daughter used to have that issue.if she is formula fed its more than likely from the iron.its not gross but it will give them relief in an hour or so and she may go more than once...all you need to do is break off the end of it. thats what my pediatrician told me to do and it worked.....good luck

Annette - posted on 02/24/2010

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Try some juices the geber kind, or even some sugar water ( not alot of sugar just a pinch to give it flavor) Gas drops help with helping babies pass gas and working their legs in a circle and puching their legs up to their chests helps them push it out. I know my daughter started to get constpated soon after she got home, I would say about when she was a month old. I started giving her juice at least once a day and working her legs in circles and pushing them up to her chest it helped her alot and she was much happier.

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i think she might be constipated because of the iron on the cereal (and in the formula, if she's a formula baby). if you usually mix her cereal with formula, maybe try using purified water instead. also, maybe if it's more liquidy it will make it easier to make its way out.

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i have the same prob wit my son, n have dun since birth, weve tried everfing from fresh fruit, fibrered foods n massages n mre but none of it seems 2 wrk, but the docs put him on laxatives on n off since he was 2wks old its called lactulose n dat seems 2 ave helped, but nw docs r worried he mite get lazy bowels :S but gd luck n please if u do find any fing effective plz let me no, its relly frustrating not bein able 2 help xxxx

Shae - posted on 02/24/2010

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When I switched from breast milk to formula my daughter got extremely constipated. The doctor told me that any bit of change in a babie's diet can constipate them and to give it time. She still got constipated though so I started giving glycerin suppositories (1/2 doses as recommended by the doc) and they would instantly work but I became dependent on them and I knew it had to be rough on her to be giving them every other day. I started putting a small amount of pear juice in her bottles. Start with a little and if it's still not enough increase it little by little. You'll know if you're giving too much because she'll have loose stools or upset stomach etc. but if it's not bothering her and still not helping like I said increase it. I also use corn syrup occasionally. Just be consistent in what you give once you find what works. Prevention is key...not treating it once she's already constipated and miserable and won't even take a bottle cause she's so blocked up! Good Luck!

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