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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April - posted on 11/20/2009

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Karo syrup worked for me. They gave medicine and everything for my daughter nothing worked, i tried Karo syrup once and it helper her...

Tilainnia - posted on 11/20/2009

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you can also try babylax, they are baby enamas you can get them at wal-mart. but i would see a doctor, cause my daughter was having that problem and i took her in and they figured out that she has IBS with constapation. but the babylax really works thats what her doctor told me to use

Crystal - posted on 11/20/2009

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ok i know this will sound gross but put petroleum jelly on the end of a thermometer & stick it in her butt, its supposed to help use the bathroom. or you can rub clockwise on her lower stomach it helps to move the bowels.

Patricia - posted on 11/20/2009

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Any hospital or childrens health center has an advice nurse on staff. If you call a hospital as k for pediatrics and any nurse on staff will be able to assist you with just about any question you have!

Chauntel - posted on 11/20/2009

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try a little bit of light Karol syrup with water and then also try some honey( no more then 1 TSP) in some water with rice cereal.

Rebecca - posted on 11/20/2009

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Try to stay away from anything sweet. A child this young can't eat things besides cereals adn should only be on rice at this age. If you give banana's or apple sauce or strawberries at this age she will never like veggies when she is ready for them. I highly suggest doing what i suggested up there before you give up all hope. I went to a mother class when my son was 3 weeks old and this is something that they taught you how to do there. Give it a shot. It's free and you can also do it backwards if the gets runny poop as well, which i have also had to do. Oatmeal cereal is for babies 8 months or older and can cause an allergic reaction to glutein...it happedn to my son when he was 9 months old so we decided if he was going to eat any cereal at that age it would be rice cereal because he loved it.

Just keep believing it will get better and as long as she's not in pain just try to see past it. If she is in pain a bit of vasiline on a q-tip works good to help ease it out also. A trick a Dr in the ER told me when i rushed my son there becasue he didn't poop...oh the joys of being a mother for the first time lol.

Good lucjk:)

Kelsey - posted on 11/20/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

I am having the same problem with my daughter who is also 4 months. Is your baby on solids yet? If so I gave my daughter some oatmeal and that is helping some. She still doesn't go every day but at least her stool is softer now. You should defiantly consult your doctor.



Yes, shes been eating baby food for a few weeks now. I have been giving her oatmeal instead of rice because I thought it would be better for her constipation, then the nurse on the nurses line told me to use rice instead. ugh, noone seems to know the answer. Then half the people tell me to use karo, and half say not to etc. Im torn, no clue what to do. The nurse wasnt much help and neither is my doc. I think I need a new doc.

Christine - posted on 11/20/2009

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muralex is the best used it on babies of all ages and its great not gas no cramps its so easy good luck

Sarah - posted on 11/20/2009

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her dr said to put karo syrup with her formula. you can put it with every bottle. it works very well. it took a couple days to work but now after every feeding she uses it right away.

Amber - posted on 11/20/2009

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i just called the dr yesterday! my son is 3 months...and has trouble going...its hard for him to push it out...they said 1 teaspoon or dark karo syrup in every bottle of formula until it loosens...the when it is runny...only put it in every other bottle then every 3rd....and so far this has really worked for him! i would not mix it in with water because you dont want him to not like water and like something sweet...but in the bottle with his formula is perfect :)

Meghan - posted on 11/20/2009

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If she is on formula, have you tried switching formula? My daughter had HORRIBLE constipation for almost 2 months before we found the right formula. Soy milk made her throw up and really fussy, and regular milk made her constipated. Turns out she was lactose sensitive. So we switched to Similac Sensitive and never had another problem.

When she is constipated, this sounds horrible, but get some petroleum jelly on her finger, and massage her anus in a circular motion. It will make the poop come right out. I suggest putting on some gloves to, cuz I dont think you want poop on your fingers. Also, use your pinky finger since it is the smallest so you dont cause any tearing. It sounds horrible, but I promise it works!

Valencia - posted on 11/20/2009

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I have used Karo syrup and Suppositories. Suppositories are harmless and seem to work faster than the Karo.

Jazmyn - posted on 11/20/2009

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My 7 yr old had terrible constipation from about 3 months until she was 5, turns out she's allergic to milk, I would if the constipation is bad i would suggest having her tested for dairy allergies. The Dr. gave us a RX for Mira-lax, it worked WONDERS!!! until she got on a dairy free diet, since then she's had NO problem...if it's an ocasional thing Prunes work :)

Miranda - posted on 11/20/2009

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My daughter had the same problem and my mother-in-law suggested 1/2 a teaspoon of brown sugar in her milk. Works a charm!

Maria - posted on 11/20/2009

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Quoting Kelsey:

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

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?



When my son was 3 months he started having the constipation problem a friend of mine told me to do 2 oz of warm water and get 1 tsp of banana mashed it up really godd so its mushy without the string that comes on banana and mix with the water your baby should be ok my son was I did it for maybe a week and he went back to regular.

Stacey - posted on 11/20/2009

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hi hunni i know how u feel my eldest daughter sophie is 6 next week and she has suffered with constipation her whole life she has it so severely that her bum has bled really badly and she screams in pain it is a horrible thing to see your child in that much pain. so please dont feel like u r alone my daughter is on movicol for her bowels as she was given lacilose but to no avail. i think you really need to see a doctor about it. but too help ease the pain try warm baths and massage her belly. also try to get as much fresh fruit and veg down her maybe try some blended up fruit juices?. if she is at a suitable age maybe try a little bit of prune juice its not nice but it works. we used to have to give it to sophie off of a medicine spoon. good luck hunni. keep in informed xxxx

Tiffany - posted on 11/19/2009

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Karo is not good because it is so close to Honey which they shouldn't have until their a year. Check with your dr about the formula, you might need to use one that has less iron...they also have baby enema's or do the bicycle legs and pushing her legs over her head with light tention to help move the bowels down. You can also lay her down for her naps on her left side after feedings(don't know what it is about the left side but it works)

Stephanie - posted on 11/19/2009

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You can try giving her some water or try giving her a few spoon-fulls of prunes (jarred baby food) We tried that with our daughter the first & only time she was constipated and it really helped her out.

Jennifer - posted on 11/19/2009

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Dark molasses it works great. My girl was constipated from day one it seamed, and that's what we used, per doctors order. One ounce molasses to four ounces formula or milk.

Ahyze - posted on 11/19/2009

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encourage her to drink water...or if u are formula feeding, lessen the amount of milk that u are giving Ur baby, in that way stools are some what soften....

Leticia - posted on 11/19/2009

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my little one has had a problem going to the bathroom since he was born. he has been to a gastro dr and I was told to give him 1tsp of miralax with just the 1st bottle in the morning until it has done the job. which only takes about 1 dose. If you dont want to do the medicine you can put 1-2tsb of stage 1 pear baby food in her bottle with her formula. it has always worked for me.
Just some advice....please dont dilute your childs formula with more water than the instructions. It can actually cause water posioning b/c it flushes out the electrolites
from your baby which can causes seizures. and karo syrup can cause cramping. just some advice from his gasto specialist.
Hope this will help.

CJ - posted on 11/19/2009

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I used to just give my daughter water in a bottle through out the day, it helped alot.

Jessica - posted on 11/19/2009

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I use prune juice for my babies. If you wanted to skip juice. Try banana or papaya.

Jennifer - posted on 11/19/2009

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I am having the same problem with my daughter who is also 4 months. Is your baby on solids yet? If so I gave my daughter some oatmeal and that is helping some. She still doesn't go every day but at least her stool is softer now. You should defiantly consult your doctor.

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:)

Donna - posted on 11/19/2009

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Diluting the formula isn't a good idea, as the formula is too weak and your baby won't get enough nutrients from the formula. This can make your baby malnutritioned, as for the first year they still need the recommended daily amounts as is stated on the pack. My daughter had severe constipation until about 6 months. What was recommended by the Dr and midwife was cooled, boiled water. I gave her once or twice a day 1 oz of water inbetween feeds, so's she was still hungry for her milk. This worked brilliantly without the need for medication or fruit juice which can be damaging to your baby's kidneys. But I do know that watering down formula can be bad for your baby. massaging their tummy gently with your fingertips is also a good trick, as is the 'bicycle' when your baby is straining, lie her on her back and holding her legs guide them gently in a cycling motion. this works her tummy muscles gently

BRANDI - posted on 11/19/2009

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I was told to rub baby oil in their belly button and just rub n rub n rub massage it in My mother in law had 7 kids and used that theory..try that

Melissa - posted on 11/19/2009

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There are infant stool softeners that might help, but make sure to consult your doctor in case there is any need for concern. Also, try giving your child a bottle of water during the day. Make sure to use the infant water.

Nichole - posted on 11/19/2009

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The first time we gave my son the baby cereal he was constipated and it actually tore him. Ever since then we have stopped feeding him the cereal for now and when evr he ets baby food we add 1/4-1/2 container of prunes as his meal. He does so much better and we have not had any more problems.

Nikki - posted on 11/19/2009

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There's this great stuff called acidopholis. It comes in a powdered form and can get it at your local health food store. It cost about $20 a bottle and my son is now 18 months and still has the same bottle...you only need 1/16th of a scoop.

Keri - posted on 11/19/2009

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Our pediatrician told us to put 1 tbsp of dark karo syrup in her bottle. (She was at 4oz at the time, so a bit more for a bigger bottle.) It softens the poop up and makes it easier for them to go. It works really well!

Lori - posted on 11/19/2009

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Oatmeal will constipate some babies... I can not give my daughter anything with oatmeal in it because it will stop her up for days. My oldest is the same way. Her pediatrician told us that oatmeal constipates babies and that when feeding her stuff like that to use only the rice cereal or wheat mixes.

Kelsey - posted on 11/19/2009

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Thank you everyone for all the great advise! I have a few ideas to try now! :) I made a 6 oz bottle with just 2 scoops formula this morning and she pooped right away! I just need to be careful not to give her too much water. There are a couple other things Im going to try if this doesnt last. :) :)

Melissa - posted on 11/19/2009

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My daughter got ridiculously constipated from Similac.. she was fine for the first month and a half or so, and then nothing. She tried Nestle Goodstart, same problem. She is now very happy on Heinz (for about three months). Juice and water of course you've tried, and I never got into the whole syrup thing.. but.. truthfully, the best way to help my little one poop was to rub her belly from her right to left across her abdomen. If you rub both ways, you are doing nothing. You need to rub from her right to left, again and again to help push the stool down (go with the flow of the colon.) If you rub left to right, you will bung her up worse.

Elisabeth - posted on 11/19/2009

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i was having the same problem w/ my daughter, we had her on Similac Sensitive, but switched to Good Start because I thought when I made the formula it bubbled up too much. If it did that in the bottle I could also imagine it bubbling in her tummy! We haven't really had her on Good Start long enough to notice a difference. We've been also giving her 1 bottle w/ diluted apple/prune juice once a day because they say switching formulas can cause constipation.... reading these responses though I might have to just give her normal apple juice, because she has been fussy the last 2 days.

Wow, babies, it's so sad to realize that it really is trial/error!

Nicole - posted on 11/19/2009

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ok, this may sound crazy but I know a guy who's daughter was really constipated. The doc told them to do crazy stuff like stick a qtip and take it out, juice, nothing helped. Someone suggested a chiropractor. So they took her to a chiropractor, she was adjusted, a baby, i know, but she was, and as soon as they bundled her back up and strapped her in the car seat, his wife was about to say, that was a waste of money, when they heard her just begin to poop. It was everywhere! He said they were so excited. He is actually now a chiropractor, and my boss.

Katie - posted on 11/19/2009

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We used something called califig.. its a herbal syrup that is made from figs and its completely natural laxative if you like.. but can be used in much smaller doses to soften. this helped my son alot when he had constipation.. its all about re training their little bodies to go every day wothout being scared. .. attempting to blow up a large balloon gives a similar feeling to straining without them realising it as most often a small child doe not have the ability to actually inflate the balloon. hope this is ok..... and good luck

Colleen - posted on 11/19/2009

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just give her water instead of juice, karo is also good.. but i think water is much better..

Mandy - posted on 11/19/2009

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either karo or baby food like prunes or pears not the whole thing since ur baby is so young just a couple spoon fulls of food. should do the trick if the belly is hurting you can always lay the baby belly down on a hot water bottle and pat the baby's back. that always helped my kids

Eileen - posted on 11/19/2009

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Black Rooibos tea, works wonders for constipation. just put a little honey in it instead of sugar. we give my son half a bottle, luke warm and he only needs to drink about half of that. works wonders and is totally natural. This is definately a sign that your baby doesnt take in enough roughage and liquid. Formula milk tends to cause constipation so you need to sometimes just let them have a bottle of water in between.

Christine - posted on 11/19/2009

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My paeditrician told me prune can make some babies very gassy. Try high fibre diet and lots of water.. I give my baby brocolli... but you have to make sure she gets enough water with high fibre diet as too much fibre can cause constipation as well if she doesn't get enough fluid.

Kelsey - posted on 11/18/2009

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Well, so everyone knows the details... She has had constipation since she started on formula at 1 mo old. I have tried Similac Advance, Soy, and the special purple Similac, and for a very long time now, shes been on Similac Sensitive. I wanted to keep using Similac because WIC wont cover any other brands. Its not at all a temp problem, so I definatly dont want to use any temp cures, I want to finally fix it. She has been eating baby food for a few weeks now (baby oatmeal, fruit, and veggies) and I have tried putting a couple tbsp of juice (apple, prune and pear) in her bottle once a day, but that gave her way too much gas and was worse than before. I have talked to her doc several times before, but never get anywhere with that. So its been a really long frustrating problem that I cant wait to fix! Ahh, that would be so nice if my baby could just poop! lol

Vanessa - posted on 11/18/2009

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I either do the suppository or (sounds gross and painful but it isn't!) take a Q-tip dipped in vaseline and rub around her anus which helps them think they are needing to poop- it may take a lil while and you want to make sure you have a diaper under them. You may also want to try a warm bath which helps them relax- they may poop in the tub though! This usually helps and with no harmful side effects. If your baby is formula fed you may need to switch formulas, if breastfed it may be something your eating as well. Good luck!

Chrissi - posted on 11/18/2009

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i use the dark karo syrup, i put 1 1/2 tspn, in a 4 oz. bottle,or my doc said try 2 0z. of warm apple juice not diluted, that really helps!

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