what can i do for my baby ?

Louise - posted on 02/17/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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my baby is 16 weeks old and is really struggling with going for a poo! he gets very upset and struggles to get one out its like hes trying to poo through the eye of a needle some days and suggestions would be very appreciated.

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I just found this board. Many good ideas are posted on here. I decided to post a few comments to the q-tip, thermometer, enema comments.

Always, check with your doctor first.
I am not a fan of giving miralax, fleet enemas and such things.

The Q-tip, thermometer, or small bulb enema may help.

If other remedies did not work, I used the q-tip, or the rectal thermometer, remedy as mentioned by other moms on here. Yes, it sounds strange but it works.

I always put a good amount of Vaseline on the tip and up and down the q-tip or thermometer.
Have everything ready and within your reach before you put him across your lap. Some moms prefer to have them on their back in the diaper changing position.

As mentioned by other moms, make sure you have him on a towel or diaper. He may expel. Make sure you have a good hold on him. If he will fight it, then best to have another mom to assist you.

In my opinion, the best way to hold child for the thermometer, q-tip or small bulb enema is to have them across your lap on their tummy. Their legs hanging down sandwiched between your legs. Bend them at the waist across one of your legs. That way with your legs squeezing their legs, they cannot move and kick. With them in this position, you can then use your free hand to hold them down by placing your free hand on their back.

Now that he is four, I give him an enema if needed. I give him an occasional a very mild warm soapy water enema, or plain warm water enema, with a small 4 ounce rubber enema bulb syringe. The enema solution can be in a small pan. Of course a pan, or bowl, that you will only use for enemas.

Make sure the enema bulb is cleaned with warm soapy water and rinsed with clear water before and after each use. After cleaning the bulb, let it sit out to air dry for a few days.

Again, check with your doctor before giving an enema. I was always told NOT to give an enema to a child under two years of age.

If they are old enough to understand, it is best to explain to the one getting the enema what it is, why it is needed and it will make them feel better.

Bless you. Hope this helped some.

Alandra - posted on 02/21/2010

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try putting vaseline on a q tip and putting it about a inch up his bum and wiggle it , it worked wonders for my little guy . I have had to do i a few times . Pre warning haha the first time he pooped right away and COMPLETELY filled his diaper haha and the other times within 5 minutes he had a poop . ...good luck

Krista - posted on 02/19/2010

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try peppermint water. my little man always has been getting constipated every since hes been born. We give him peppermint water everytime, and it works. it also works for upset tummys. I have been told to use kayro syrup but not til hes a little older. the peppermint water has a great taste to. Just take half a peppermint, and about 3 oz of warm water, shake til disolved then give it to him try an oz every hour or so. the first time I tried this I didn't think it was gonna work, but about an hour and a half later he went.......alot.

Nikki - posted on 02/19/2010

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i had his problem with my lil girl, i just held her legs up to her tummy and took her nappy off when she tried pushing, she started pushin everytime i held her in this position after a while. try giving him a little drink of water before each feed, just a couple of sips will help

Nancy - posted on 02/19/2010

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try kayo syrup, you can add to formula, and if they are really struggling, you can fill a large medicine syringe with warm soapy water and give him a small enema. Trust me this works

Heather - posted on 02/18/2010

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If your baby wont take prune juice you can also do pear juice. It has a higher fiber content then apple but lower then prune, it has a much better taste then prune though!

Danyelle - posted on 02/18/2010

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Give your child apple juice or prune juice they have it for gerber juices and use that until you can get your child to the doctor cause he might need some sort of laxtive.

Cassie - posted on 02/17/2010

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My little one used to have the same problems when she was little. Hope some of these help. =]

A natural remedy would be to mix some Karo Syrup in with water it helps soften up his stool. Also try a warm bath while exercising his legs and rubbing his tummy (16 months old might be too old for that, but it’s worth a try). Yogurt that promote a healthy digestive track will help keep him regular. Also giving him prune juice with his meals.

Medical remedies such as laxatives (for toddlers) that come in the form and taste like chocolate.

Renee - posted on 02/17/2010

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I also used the Kayro Syrup, but it has to be the "dark" syrup. Add a tablespoon to each 4oz of formula/water. My son also had a lot of issues with constipation when he was little. I would also massage his belly and do leg "exercises" with him to help out. The Kayro Syrup you can pick up in the baking aisle of any grocery store. Just make sure you have extra diapers on hand and A LOT of wipes. You can also try prune juice as well...but here again, a little goes a long way. My son just didn't like the taste of it and wouldn't drink it.

Sylvia - posted on 02/17/2010

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My daughter went through this when she was little. From what our pediatrician told us then and this may sound gross but if his poo is hard you can give him a double dose of Mylacon Gas Drops. It acts kinda like a stool softener & relives the gas at the same time that can cause bloating and abdominal pains. If what he is able to poo is normal baby squishy poo then he may have lost control of the mussel that helps push it out. (which is actually more common than you'd think) When you notice him trying to do his business he maybe need you to help him out with with a baby suppository or a thermometer coated in Vaseline to help train the mussel back to into action.

Joanne - posted on 02/17/2010

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Try massage his tummy, it helped my son's constipation. Learnt this in the baby massage session we've attended since he was very young. Pretend his tummy is a clock, lay him down, use first 2 fingers and work in small circles, starting from your left hand side just below his rib cage.. (about the 8 o'clock position and work until 4 o'clock), you can press fairly hard, just repeat it a few times, supposed to break up the pieces in his bowel, make it easier for him. oh, remember always work clockwise, anticlockwise can have the opposite effect.. you don't want that. ;)



I also held my son between my legs (when i was sat on a chair) as though he was sat on the toilet, face him away from you, hold both his legs and leave his bum not sitting on anything, also hold his legs in an upward angle so they are slighly squashing his tummy. Hope these work, i know how frustrating it can be. x

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Is your baby on solids? If so, avoid the B.R.A.T (bananas, rice, apples, toast) foods for a few days. Try a little bit of pear or prunes. Go with the whole fruit as opposed to the juice because the whole fruit contains more fiber. Try a warm bath and massage gently around your baby's anus. Also try tummy massage. Lay your baby on his back and massage from your left to right in a rainbow motion in the area between the bottom of his ribs and his belly button. If none of the helps, ask a pharmacist about suppositories for your baby.

Terra - posted on 02/17/2010

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you can usually by it at walmart it isn't even a pharmacy thing

try a teaspoon instead of tablespoon first... but it will loosen it up for sure lol

Terra - posted on 02/17/2010

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kayro syrup works great! I used it about once every couple of weeks to help him out, mix it with water... I don't know exactly how much I think that it was a tablespoon for every bottle and I mixed it with 4 oz of water

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