What can I do to help my 4 month old with her constipation, without using juice?

Kelsey - posted on 11/18/2009 ( 219 moms have responded )

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Juice gives her horrible gas and she is in much more pain than she is with her constipation. What else can I try to make her go more often or at least soften it?

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Eva - posted on 11/24/2009

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Grab a Q- tip and generously apply some petrolem jelly on it, and then stick it in her rectum not to far just the head of the q-tip. This should help relieve her bowel movement within an hour to a couple of hours. It will also help her not to strain. My son had this problem at two months, due to the formula.

Amy - posted on 11/24/2009

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Quoting Nikka:

My doctor was really against using any syrups or the like for baby's constipation. She suggested laying the baby on her back and pumping her legs up to her tummy at least 7-10 times. Usually you could hear her passing gas with in the first 2 pumps and she pooped with in an hour. The movement helped her squeeze her tummy muscles so the gas and poop would come out. Also try rubbing her tummy in a clockwise circle. Or on her back counter clock wise, this will work if you or another adult is constipated. Again it helps loosen up the poop and works the tummy muscles to get it out. And I read that you don't want to switch your formula, but my baby didn't do well on the Similac formula either. I'd suggest going to the websites for Nestle, Heinz, and Enfamil and giving them your information and they'll send you samples (rather large samples too! Heinz sent me a large can of powder formula, and Nestle and Enfamil sent me the smaller cans you get in the stores.) This way you can test the other formulas out to see if they're easier on your child's tummy without spending all kinds of money on them. If they work, then you can decide if you want to switch formulas.


You can also do this with Walmart brand formula. Go to the Parent's Choice website and they will send you a sample of any of their formulas. My oldest daughter had issues with constipation and she ended up doing best on the Lactose free Parent's Choice formula (which is the old Similac formula). Our doctor also had me give her Miralax which worked great (but you have to ask your doctor for the amount to give her). My youngest daughter is now having these problems but she does best on Similac Sensitive (she gets REALLY constipated on both Target and Walmart formulas). Every baby is different.



The MOST IMPORTANT advice I can give you is:



#1: Find a new doctor. It really doesn't sound like your doctor is listening to you and helping you...which causes you to turn to message boards on the internet. Which can be EXTREMELY dangerous for reasons listed below.



#2: Ask your NEW doctor BEFORE you try ANYTHING listed on here. Though everything we have listed have worked for our babies, (HOPEFULLY) most of us checked with our doctors before we tried anything. And since our doctors new our babies (what allergies, health conditions, etc they had), they could recommend treatments for our specific case. Something that may have worked for one of us, could potentially SERIOUSLY harm your baby. We are not doctors...and even if we were, we do not know your baby and her specific needs. So PLEASE check with your doctor before you try anything.



Good luck!

Rebecca - posted on 11/19/2009

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I too don't like using juices or medications so...The Love massage, I swear by it! Have done it with both my kids and i also do childcare and if an infant seems to be in pain i do it with them also. You can do it while you are changing a diaper or while you are just relaxing with her. I do not recommend doing it while in the bath...it sometimes works quickly lol. You can find it online if you aren't sure what it is or you can message me and i can tell you how. She will feel better within 24hours i swear! My son was so bad he would be walking adn then stop and scream and shake, i would rub and he would poop a few hard poops and then be fine after a few hours.
Good luck:)

Elisha - posted on 11/24/2009

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offer extra water in between feedings, i did that with my daughter and it helped alot!

Melissa - posted on 11/24/2009

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Well if you're feeding formula go with the low iron. Gripe water and Ovol drops work well for constipation. You shouldn't be giving a 4 month old juice since it makes their stomach even more upset. If you're breastfeeding cut down on the foods that cause gas (ie garlic, onions, peppers, cabbage, turnip)

Infant massage and warm baths (just water) can help too.

I know it's frustrating when they're crying and you've done everything you possibly can to help them.

Best of luck

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Jennifer - posted on 11/24/2009

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well 1st of all ask your baby's doctor, but when my 2 month old was constipated i was advised my a nurse to try water with a little bit of karo syrup (not sure if thats the right spelling)

Rachel - posted on 11/24/2009

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Quoting Katie:

Ask your doctor but I mixed Karo syrup with my kids formula when they had constipation problems....



I agree w/ Katie. My daughter had terrible constipation when she was just a few weeks old.  When we spoke w/ the pediatrician he told us to put 1 teaspoon of Karo syrup per bottle. It helped tremendously. We had to end up switching her formula because the main problem was the formula had too much iron in it for her.

Samantha - posted on 11/24/2009

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My daughter Aydrienne seemed to have that problem quite frequently when she was that age. Baby prune food also did the trick for me.

Sara - posted on 11/24/2009

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Im with everyone who said Karo i used for my son and yes it is wonderful!!!

Jennifer - posted on 11/24/2009

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gripe water you can buy it at walmart. if you are breastfeeding you can drink prune juice and pass it on to her via breast milk

Coni - posted on 11/24/2009

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karo syrup, call the dr for the formula of how to make it mixed with water, i cant remember

Chasitty - posted on 11/24/2009

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not pancake syrup corn syrup in there milk dont matter breast milk or formula

Jessica - posted on 11/24/2009

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My daughter had/has the same problem and her doctor told me to use Miralax and it works you can put it in water, juice, milk, or even her cereal and it helps. It really really works. giver her a full dose at once and wait an hour or so and it should help soften it and make it easier for her to go. Hope it helps you!1 But try it my daughter had the problem early and after she turned 1 and we used the Miralax, she has regular bowel movements.

Neha - posted on 11/23/2009

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Around an oz of luke warm water helped my baby when she had constipation... The doc recommended to give water after she was well fed so that it didnt affect her feeding... U can give as much water as you think necessary, except that it should not interfere with baby's feed time

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HEY MY BABY WAS LIKE THAT AND MY MOM HAD ME USE PANCAKE SYRUP IN THERE MIKE IT WORKS AND IS TASTE GOOD

Carol - posted on 11/23/2009

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oatmeal baby cereal hepls because rice tends to constipate or 1-2 tsp of Karo syrup n her bottle there's a clear and brown 1 get the brown

Alison - posted on 11/23/2009

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Warm water and brown sugar. It's sweet so she will drink it, but helps!!



I think it's 60mls water to a teaspoon of sugar.

Janessa - posted on 11/23/2009

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My little pumpkin has the same problem. He is 4 months old and has had this problem for a few months now. I have tried the Karo syrup thing but he broke out in a rash on his face so I stopped that. I have tried baby prunes and diluted prune juice but it gave him horrible gas. He is also on solid foods I am going to try a whole grain rice cereal and see if that helps. He is on baby oatmeal and pears right now. It is nice to know that there are other mom's out there struggling with the same problem. I feel bad for our little ones...

Sumner - posted on 11/23/2009

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i asked my doc when my son was 2 months old and she said it was ok to do 1/2 and 1/2 juice and water or mix apple sauce in their cereal not baby apple sauce regular apple sauce it as always worked with my kids the atage one prunes work too hope things go well with her i know how much my lil one cried good luck to you

Hannah - posted on 11/23/2009

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See if your supermarket or chemist can get a product called INFANTS FRIEND it is all natural and is good for colic, wind, teething and constipation. Can be given straight onto tongue or in water or milk.

Jamie - posted on 11/23/2009

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also take your pointer finger and middle finger about an inch above the belly button right below the wind pipe and rub down from there all the way to belly button for about 5 min. also take your thumbs and place them right below the belly button and rub outward, make sure you use some pressure on it dont be to gental, the gas sits in the large intestin and small intestin and those two movements will help her pass gas. watch out it might get stinky! =) and if you feel your fingers touching her ribs, move down a bit. =) works great for my sons gas. =)

Jenn - posted on 11/23/2009

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if it is true constipation then when she does poop it will be little hard pebble like pieces of poop. is that what is happening? if so i would talk to your dr about it my bebe wnet 2 weeks with out pooping and dr said it was becasue she was absorbing everything she could while nursing.

Katie - posted on 11/23/2009

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increase the amount of water you give to her.1/2 tsp. Corn Syrup with her breast milk, water, or formula sometimes seems to help. Ask your doctor about adding 1/2 tsp of mineral oil to her bottles or brerast milk too. Sometimes that works. May I tell you this is not a good reccomendation. It WILL lead to the runs, and that too is not fun. Ask your doctor how you can give her fiber at that age. That does help too!! Good luck!

Becky - posted on 11/23/2009

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my daughter had the same problem and her doctor put her on Miralax,it works wonders I put a half a teaspoon in her bottle twice a day. It's a stool softener... I would as your doctor.

Amanda - posted on 11/23/2009

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My baby is 1 month old and her doctor told me to use warm water for constipation. She also told me to use 1 ounce of prune juice mixed with 1 ounce of warm water. For the last week, I have just been giving her warm water and that has done it for her.

Hope it helps your little one!

Amanda

Stephanie - posted on 11/23/2009

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Give her stage 1 prunes. I had to do when my daughter was 4 months old as well and it completely relieved her.

Amanda - posted on 11/23/2009

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Pediatricians now recommend to NOT put cereal or juice in with bottle, or water down the formula. you can give extra water in bottle by itself, but not too much - you want to make sure baby is still getting necessary nutrients. I never heard of Karo syrup - but if it has honey then not recommended - babies are not supposed to have honey until after age 2 years old...

Kimberly - posted on 11/23/2009

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there are o many things people do. i say ask your dr to be on the safe side. don't want to do something that may hurt her.

Tori - posted on 11/23/2009

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try giving her warm water- also, sometimes inserting a lubricated rectal thermometer can help catalyze the bowel movement

Natasha - posted on 11/23/2009

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dark karo syrup works !!!!!



 



Quoting Katie:

Ask your doctor but I mixed Karo syrup with my kids formula when they had constipation problems....





 

Tamara - posted on 11/23/2009

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My doc had me give my babies karo syrup as well i just put a tablespoon in about four onces and it helped after a couple bottles

Rachael - posted on 11/23/2009

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My mom has a generations old solution. At the grocery store go and get anise seed (it's in the seasoning section). Boil the seeds with some water, no exact measurement, it'll smell like black licorice. Strain the tea so no seeds are in the liquid and put half in a bottle, then mix 1/4 water to dillute and cool. Even if your baby gets only one ounce, it will loosen it all up! just be prepared for bath time. my mom used this with 4 kids, i used with my daughter and a good friend of mine, apprehensively, just tried this and now we ALL swear by it. Even my husband learned how to do it and immediately went and got it b/c it worked so well.

Kate - posted on 11/23/2009

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i use gripe water and a bottle of cooled boiled water with sugar in it, hope this helps x

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my daughter was very constipated as a baby, sometimes she still has problems and shes 2 and a half. But we used supositories, laculose syrup, prune juice, orange juice(diluted with water)and there was one other thing we tried but I can't remember what it was. But that all failed, so we just gave her more water and that seemed to help soften it at least.

Beth - posted on 11/23/2009

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Always consult with your doctor before you try anything but i would give her an ounce of water between one of her feedings. only give her one ounce a day though. That should help her constipation. And for gas give her mylicon drops.

Kirsty Laura - posted on 11/23/2009

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when megan had it they just adviced to rub a little bit of baby oil on her bum and around her hole and massarge jently

it work well for me and i also used a cotton bud and gentley pushed the tip in and out (my mum used her little finger on me when i was a baby)

Natasha - posted on 11/23/2009

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try a teaspoon of brown suger in the bottle with warm water shake till it dissoves ur baby does not need to drink the whole bottle just needs to really have a mouth full but it will keep in the fridge just like water



i hope this helps u i had the same problem with my son

thanks tash

Janet - posted on 11/23/2009

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I always massaged my kids belly's a couple times a day. Usually within half hour or so there was some sort of bowel movement.

Desiree - posted on 11/23/2009

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When my daughter is constipated, I use good ol baby suppositories...they sell them at the drug store and I lay her down like I'm changing her and stick on e in...within SECONDS she poops!

Natalie - posted on 11/23/2009

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I would dip Camerons pacifier in Karo syrup, just a LITTLE bit of it, and let him suck on it for a bit. Then a few hours later he would usually have a bowel movement. What type of formula is she on? Cameron was on regular formula made with MILK and it was tearing his tummy up. I switched him to Similac Isomil Advance (ALL SOY FORMULA IN A PINK CAN) and he started having bowel movements 3 times a day and they were very soft. Maybe you should consider switching formulas..?

Katie - posted on 11/23/2009

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My lo wouldn't have anything other than her milk so I watered down her bottles, so if she was on 7oz's I'd do 5scoops powder then 7 water... Seemed to work well? x

Janet - posted on 11/23/2009

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kayo syrup. Fill the bottom of her bottle with about 1/8th of an inch of kayo syrup(in the baking department) then fill the bottle as normal. It will have her going b4 the end of the day

Jamie - posted on 11/23/2009

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I was told by the doctors that they are no longer telling people to use karo syrup because there is honey in it. My doctor, gave me tons of ideas. Try taking a thermometor and check her temperture rectally, just insert the medal tip thats it no further than the medal tip., turn the thermometor on and leave it in untill it gives you a temperature reading. that should help her have a bowel movement do it everytime you change her diaper. she might not go for the first few temperature checks but she will eventually go. another thing is a warm bath. milacon drops will only constipate her more so watch using that if you do. sometimes switching formulas might help, I switched my son to similac isomil soy for fusiness and gas relief and spit up, because of these reasons. he still has a hard time with his bowel movements but its not as bad as it used to be. Also holding her legs up while shes trying to use the bathroom also helps.

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