My son has been constipated since about 2 months. Nothing the Dr. tells us to do works, any ideas?

Jaime - posted on 12/10/2009 ( 112 moms have responded )

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My son is now 6 months and three weeks old. He has been in pain and has a really hard time going to the bathroom. He wont go for a few days and when he does it's terrible. He is in so much pain he screams and the stool is so large that it has torn his poor little bum. I have tried brown sugar water, prune puree, prune juice, lot's of fruit during the day, he gets three 240ml bottles of water a day and nothing is helping. These are all suggestions from the doctor. I saw the doctor a few days ago and he told me to keep trying these things. I am so frustrated and I have to watch my little guy in pain almost every day. If anyone has suggestions I am willing to give them a try.

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Ashley - posted on 12/10/2009

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i know that this sounds a bit horrid but you could try putting vaseline around his bottom at the rim it seems to stimulate the area and helps with the pain i have had to do this with my daughter as a last resort and it has worked wonders

Kristi - posted on 12/14/2009

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try to just take his diaper off and hold his legs back when he grunting or pushing really hard. Never fails when my daughter is having a hard time.



my oldest had this problem but she was pushing 9 months, we put just a little bit of Karo syrup in her bottle. Or if that didn't work then we would have to use enema's. She would scream but it would work. You have to help him though if you do that. Like one hold his arms and bend down to his face and comfort him while the other holds his legs. My first daughter hated it but she would hold it for days!

Latoya - posted on 12/14/2009

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I haven't went through that, but I feel for you and your son. To me it sounds like a serious problem with his intestines. He maybe having and absorbtion issue, not taking in the nutrients and fiber. I suggest that you go to a specialist, because blood in the stool is a real bad thing. And the doctor you have seems like an idiot. Take him to see a specialist.. I will keep u in my prayers...

Loreal - posted on 12/13/2009

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The things that you are trying are great! However, keep some things in mind (if you havent already): 1. Make sure whatever you give him to drink is warm; warm prune juice works wonders. 2. Keep giving him fruit during the day; apples are good and high in fiber (pureed is good since he is still little). 3: Try massaging his left foot a few inches under his toes where his foot starts to curve (this is a pressure point that stimulates his bowel). 4:You can also try massaging his lower belly to kinda loosen things up! I hope that all of this helps. I would have suggested more, but I am keeping in mind that he is only 6 months old!

Megan - posted on 12/13/2009

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My daughter used to get constipated too. We haven't had the problem since she was about your sons age (she is now almost 1). Our Dr. gave our daughter supositories ( at 6mo of age) called Glycerin. We would only give her a half of one at a time as they are huge and strong. We got a Rx for ours so they would be covered by the insurance but they are available over the counter, just ask the pharmacist about the proper dosage for your baby.They worked like a charm.
If your baby is on formula you might want to double ck how much you are giving him. It is supposed to be level scoops NOT heaping. Too much formula with not enough water can make your baby really constipated too.
Other than that keep trying more fruit or fruit juices. 1/2 prune juice and 1/2 breast milk or formula helped us too. Or try Pedalyte, it's like baby gatorade. Most of the time when babies are constipated it's because they are dehydrated. 4oz of pedalyte might help too.
By they way....babies are only supposed to have 6 oz of water a day or they run the risk of not getting enough nutrition as they are not drinking enough formula or breast milk.
Hope this helps. Good luck.

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Traci - posted on 12/14/2009

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Beans, peas, apricots, prunes, peaches, pears, plums, spinach...2x a day.

There is a baby yoga move that helps too: push leg gently into sides push and roll upwards...both sides. Also, make sure to only rub tummy in circles going right. If you alternate or make motions going the wrong way, you can back up anyones system, including your baby.

suppositories should only be given on the 3rd day of no BM unless a doctor has a different written order.

I hope this helps.

Shannon - posted on 12/14/2009

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do you nurse or bottle feed? sometimes it's just because the poor thing just isnt getting enough fluid through formula or breast milk and needs to be nursed more often or given bigger oz of formula

Dara - posted on 12/14/2009

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My daughter has acid reflux, and has to have rice cereal in her bottle. It used to make her so constipated! So our Pediatrician told us to put about an oz of baby Pear juice w/the bottle to help. Within 2 days, she was no longer constipated. After 2/3 wks of doing that I haven't had to use the pear juice. You can find it in the baby aisle w/the other juice.

Crystal - posted on 12/14/2009

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we have also been using Miralax. I does work. you might want to see a pedi G.I doctor though. Our daughter was finally sent to the G.I. doc and we were told she was impacted. They had us give her more miralax and 2 weeks later they had to admit her to the hospital because she it wasn't working well enough after 3 days there she was fine. She lived in the same pain for almost 2 years and they fixed it in 3 days. Crazy huh. She has been fine for the past year with no problems.

Amber - posted on 12/14/2009

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my pediatrician told me to use mineral oil with my 7 month old daughter. i give her 1/2 a tsp twice a day and it really seems to help.

Marlucia - posted on 12/14/2009

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don't no if any one said this.. but go natural!!! Look into infant massage... there are tummy messages that u can perform that will help with digestive issues and cleaning out his system... dont expect it to work instantly sometimes it does... it helps assist with pushing a bowel out sometimes u will be in the middle of it and a bowel will come out. anyways not only does it help this area but it promotes bonding.

Trisha - posted on 12/14/2009

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My son had the same problem. After trying all of the things you have mentioned the doctor prescribed him a stool softener. He took it for a couple months. Now he isn't on it anymore. And if he gets stopped up we just give him some extra juice. Hope this helps. Ask the dr. about a stool softener.

Angeline - posted on 12/14/2009

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I have to give both of my children pedialax strips becuuse they both have the same prob and have since they were born. Sometime apple or grape juice will so it but mostly i have to give strips

Amanda - posted on 12/14/2009

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Ok, all three of my boys have suffered from this and this going to sound weird but it works. Get ivory soap (mild, white soap anytype will work) Cut a small sliver off, use it as a sopository....its natural and will desolve...plus his body will naturally try to push it out...therefore making the pooping action. Then a nice warm bottle of corn syrup and water should do it!

Mandy - posted on 12/14/2009

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Quoting Erin:

Go to your local pharmacy, there is a suppository that you can give him, I'm not sure what it's called. They can help you. I feel bad for you and your son, I hope you both find relief very soon.



They are infant glycerin suppositories. Cut one in half after wetting it down. I use this on my 2 mo old daughter and it works wonders. Make sure they are the infant supposotories

Brittany - posted on 12/14/2009

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My son has some problems going to bathroom too, I give his karo syrup and it works. The doc told me to give it to him, and it works..

Elin - posted on 12/14/2009

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My son had this same problem!!! We saw a specialist to make sure there wasn't a bowel obstruction of any kind. When they found out there was no obstruction, they prescribed my son to Lactulose. I hated giving him medicine but he only had to be on it for a month and now his poop is perfect!! No more pain and no more large hard stool. The other option was a medicine called Milk of Magnesia. I'd talk to your Dr. about these options so your boy can get some relief. Hope this helps!

Bridget - posted on 12/14/2009

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I heard a similar story the other night from a girl whose baby had a milk allergy....I have no idea if it is the same thing, but just an idea

Maria - posted on 12/14/2009

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my daughter was the same way tried everything,everyone has suggested..but eventually i found out she lactouse had to change her milk and and in about two after i had changed to lactose milk she had nice soft stool

Kendall - posted on 12/14/2009

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i had this problem with my daughter. i was told by our pediatrician "give lots of the P foods ie: peaches, pears, prunes, and peas" also pear juice works well along with prune juice. you also may need to switch his formula. my daughter could take all the name brands fine but when i tried store brands, she got really constipated, we then stuck with good start, they have great deals with the rewards card from babies r us. also hold off on carrots and applesauce, my pediatrician says those can constipate also. next if you try a suppository Fleets Liquid suppositories are the best a little pricey but they work a ton better and faster then the traditional suppositories. my daughter now is 16 months old and weve been battling this for awhile but now i have elliminated the hopeful causes and ever 3-5 days she takes a dose of miralax in some juice and she is good.

Connie - posted on 12/14/2009

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i had that problem when my son was about 3-4 months old and the doctor told me to try pear jucie and that the child can have 1 oz of jucie for every month they are old. and to try this before u try say a subposatory or they do sell a laxative for babies. but if u do choose to use a subposatory be prepared because the waste will come out fast and messy, but if u cant stand to see ur lil man in pain and nothing natural is working, i would consider a trying the baby laxative or a subposatory. Good luck and i hope ur lil man feels better soon.

Rae - posted on 12/14/2009

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Gripe WAter.....it's a natural supplement....my daughter was always constipated it seemed as a little one. I used to have to wake up 30 times a night to get gas out of her just so she could sleep!



Gripe water was the only thing that i felt REALLY worked! that and you can keep giving it to them with out worrying about givin em too much bc it's all natural!

April - posted on 12/14/2009

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When my son was younger his doctor told us to give him 1 tablespoon of Milk of Magnesia and it worked wonders for him, he wouldn't be able to go for a week at times but the Milk of Magnesia helped him go within 6 hours and did it without giving him diarea.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/14/2009

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My son was having issues and we tried the fruit, extra water, prune juice, apple juice...all those things the dr recommends. With my son bananas help...not baby food real ones. But my son is 15 months old so not sure you want to give your 6 month old bananas yet. When I told the dr that bananas were the only way I could get him to have looser bowels he said gave my son Myralax...I don't like to have to use medicine for everything. But with miralax...I used it for about a week and now he doesn't have anymore problems. Not sure if he out grew it or the Miralax did the job....Hope this helps you some!

Ashley - posted on 12/14/2009

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Don't know if you still need help, but our gastroenterologist says to mix one cap of miralax, over the counter, in a bottle of 50% diluted applejuice (my daughter is y months). If this is a chronic problem, he says that sometimes children need the miralax for a longer basis. Like 1 tbs a day in juice as long as they are eating solids til they learm to digest better.

Laura - posted on 12/14/2009

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My son had a problem because of all the iron in his formula too. He had a lot of gas pains as a newborn too so we started using gripe water in his formula and that didn't work, mylicon didn't work either. So we started putting an ounce of apple prune juice in his formula. It helped a little bit but we ended up putting him on a different enfamil formula (lactofree, which they don't make anymore) then he started having regular bowel movements. He isn't lactose intolerant either. It's just the way the formula is made, it's supposed to be easier to digest. Now he's 18 months old and has regular bowel movements.

Colleen - posted on 12/14/2009

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My daughter has been that way too since she was about 3 or 4 months. She's now 2 and we're still trying to figure something out. My doctor actually gave me the okay for MIRALAX. You just mix it in with water...we made a few ounces at a time. Then we would just add an ounce of the lax water with the rest of the ingredients to her formula and it definately worked. But he didn't want us to use it for a long time. We used it until she was on a pretty consistent pooping schedule, then we made sure to try all the "healthy food" choices, it worked for a while, but she still has her episodes. Prunes and prune juice worked really good...for about 3 months. Now we just put some "Benefiber" in her SOME of her meals out of the week, and it just helps with the passing. It doesn't MAKE her poop, it just eases it I guess? Ask your doctor about the MIRALAX, you might have the okay?

I hope I was somewhat of a help, if not, then know that we're out here too dealing with the same problem...2 years later :( I hope your little guy gets it together soon...it's so hard to watch them pass a painful stool.

Brittani - posted on 12/14/2009

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Gripe Water. Its an old English remidy, and you can find it at most Walmarts. Worked wonders for my little boy. Plus, doing bicycle motions with his little legs helps too.

Amanda - posted on 12/14/2009

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My doc told us to simply change his formula and we went from enfamil to similac and it worked like a charm.

ShaTandria - posted on 12/14/2009

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Hi,
I have always tried just a little Karo syrup in his bottle with his milk. It still works for my son and he is now three years old. Good luck to you and I will keep your angel in my prayers.

Cynthia - posted on 12/14/2009

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you could try pedialyte mixed with water, if you do half and half it should help him, that's what I did with my youngest when she had the same problem

Adele - posted on 12/14/2009

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Lactulose and Docolsol was what the hospital put my son on. It was the only thing that helped. .Lactulose softens the poo and the docolsol helps stimulate the bowels.

Adele - posted on 12/14/2009

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My son had this. Go back to the doctors and demand to be refered to the hospital. My son was given some medicine by the hospital and had regular check ups. The medicine really helped he only came off the stuff about 6 months ago when he was 2. Without he was in agony. Don't give in with the doctors. I found that when he was potty trained and on our food (no shop bought stuff) he got better and was able to come off the medicine. Good luck

Rikki - posted on 12/14/2009

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oh yer make sure its the HA as the other sorts in that brand are no diff from any other formula on the market :))

Rikki - posted on 12/14/2009

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is he bottle fed because if he is try switching him to NAN ha gold it worked wonders for my lill man and you dont have the hastle of trying to work out if he is constipated and what to give him all the time as the formula is easy to digest and works wonders give it 24 hours and you will neva have to give him anything for his constipation eva again :)) good luck

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sorry to hear that your baby is going through the constipation, everyone has made a great point, but personally i would choose to give your baby a bottle with 2 oz water and one tablespoon of karo syrup (light syrup), and in the baby section they have some apple/prune juice 4oz bottle, i would try one to two bottles of that, and if that doesn't work change formula that has less iron in it. hope it helps.

Tiffeny - posted on 12/13/2009

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My daughter gets constipated every now and then applejuice and water helped her if that dosent using a glycerin suppositorie gets her going in min.let me know if that helps good luck and hope he feels better!

Amy - posted on 12/13/2009

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we gave our daughter two 4 oz bottles of water and one 4 oz bottle of apple juice and water mix and and with in 45mins to an hour she was passing gas and a couple hours after doing that she finally pooped

Megan - posted on 12/13/2009

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Why in the world would you add fiber to your babies bottles???? That is ridiculous. Babies are supposed to have nothing but milk and veggies at your sons age. Adding extra stuff to their diet is probably only going to make things worse. Try simplifying things, basic sweet potatoes (no salt no suger) or steamed apples(again no salt no suger), going back to basics may help to regulate your babies system. Too many new things can cause confusion in your babies sytem.

Milk (formula or breast) and PLAIN veggies or fruit are all your baby needs....Nothing else. Adding all this extra stuff only upsets their system. Babies don'tknow how to deal with Adult food or enhancement items. Please take that into consideration before giving your baby any more suplements.

Megan - posted on 12/13/2009

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Also the Dr told me try taking their temp (thermo in the butt) sometimes that helps get things going. Wierd I know but sometimes a little stimulation is all that's needed

Gina - posted on 12/13/2009

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ive used a tablespoon of milk of magnesia, and had a very BIG present the next day lol

Jacki - posted on 12/13/2009

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Miralax is the best thing that ever worked for my daughter. she is 3 now and still has to take is cause she gets constipated

Lynda - posted on 12/13/2009

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take away the formula and replace with pear juice, water, and apple prune juice for 1 week. I had to do it with all of my kids and that's all that works. After his system is cleaned out and 'mushy' again limit the formula intake to 1 scoop in the mornings mixed with cereal and a 4 oz. bottle at night.

Desire - posted on 12/13/2009

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apple juice. straight apple juice gives my son the runs. hopefully something works for you :)

Anna - posted on 12/13/2009

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well prune juice worked for me it took a few days to start though karo syrup i hear is good or u can try finding a lower iron formula sounds like the iron is what is causing your problem

Sheryl - posted on 12/13/2009

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when my son got like that when he was younger. what we would do is give him apple juice and no other juice. i found when i gave him grape it more constpated. i also would when seem like his was in pain, would take his legs and bend them up chest. hold it for a coulp a min. at a time. hope that halps some. hope things get better!

Angela - posted on 12/13/2009

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that happen to my son when he was little his dr told my to give him karo syrup and not to hard put a thermometer n they bottom i know ti sound painful but it work for me

Alina - posted on 12/13/2009

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mineral oil in juice. that and a suppository cut in half from the drug store is what finally worked for my little boy. we had the exact same problem. i dont know how many times i took him to the er for it either before a midwife finally told me about the other stuff. i loved her everyday when he had a normal poopy diaper. when he is older if he still has the problem there is a honey thing you can do. i think its 1 tablespoon of RAW honey every day. my friend finally found that for her daughter after bunches of doctors, her daughter was 4 by this time and had been prescribed everything under the sun to help. good luck and i hope this helps.

Jessica - posted on 12/13/2009

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your local pharmacy will have COLOXYL oral drops will relieve constipation...also if you put a teaspoon of brown sugar in your childs bottle this will also help....almost instant.

Sally - posted on 12/13/2009

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try baby sized glycerine supositories. they don't make your babies intestines lazy if you only use it for a coulpe of weeks. they are perfect to get him back on tract. i used them on my baby and they were great. you stick it in his butt half way and then take it out. if that doesn't work you could try giving him cascara sagrada mixed in water or baby food. it usually takes a day or two to take affect. i would try the suppositories first because they are meant for babies as the cascara sagrada isn't. good luck

Anna - posted on 12/13/2009

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Ok I has this same problem with my son, only he was about and a half, he was so constipated he would strain and cry! I felt so terribly, and the doc told me to give him enimas, which were totally traumatizing experiences for both of us, and yet he plugged right back up after a week We even had oral laxitives and the same thing happened. My son ate too many carbs, he was a picky eater. Milk plugged hm up good too....I started giving him V8 juice. Not the tomato juice kind, but the V Fusion stuff. Regular fruit juice has so much sugar in it, that it dehydrates your child instead hyrating them, which plugs them up. i am serious just replacing his juice for V8, he pooped regularily after about 2-3 days. You just have to be consistant and keep doing what works.

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