What can you do for a 3 week old baby with constipation??

Melissa - posted on 10/20/2010 ( 107 moms have responded )

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My 3 week old daughter is having such a hard time "going" and she is in such pain. Is there anything other than the thermometer up the butt??

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Nikki - posted on 10/22/2010

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NO WATER, NO SYRUP OR SUGAR!!!! You are breastfeeding, unless your daughter has an intolerance breast fed babies don't get constipated, they may strain and pull faces which is normal.
For the first few weeks they seem to have a lot of bowel motions, then it slows right down, for a BF baby it is normal to go up to 8 days without a bowel motion, because there is so little waste in breast milk.

Water can be VERY harmful to newborn babies, it can cause water intoxication. If you are worried about your babies health, go to the doctor or speak to your health nurse before you listen to old wives tales, some of them are very dangerous.

Erin - posted on 11/02/2010

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when my daughter was young and had problems with that we use to give her a bottle of warm water with a couple of tablespoons of dissolved soft brown suger in it...it worked wonders

Ashley - posted on 11/03/2010

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I had the same problem with my son when he was little and our doctor told us to get glycerin suppositories and use just a very tiny bit of it like the size of an M&M. Also start putting dark Karo syrup (corn syrup) in her bottle about a tablespoon and that will make it alot easier to go.

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Breastfed babies will suddenly stop pooing, and then not poo for a few days. My son did the same thing at that age. It's just their system maturing, and my doctor said that as long as they are still passing gas and are not running a fever to not call them unless he hasn't pooped for at least 5 days, since it's pretty much impossible for breastfed babies to get constipated. It's most likely that his body is now getting used to digesting more, so there is less waste.

If you are really worried about it, what usually works for my son for constipation (now that he's much older) is that I take I take him in the tub with me, run warm water until it is over his belly and massage his belly with a warm rag. It gets him relaxed and usually he will go overnight.

Rebecca - posted on 10/26/2010

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Talk to your pediatrician, not us. S/he might not approve of a remedy you might find in these replies. Some well meaning response could suggest something potentially dangerous!

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Danielle - posted on 11/03/2010

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Mix a little bit of prune juice with some water and I'm talking just a LITTLE bit. It will help and it's healthy for her. My daughter had the same problem. If she won't drink the juice, then just get a little pea sized spoonful of pureed prunes and give her a taste a couple times a day for 2 days. It tastes like candy, I know that she's very young, but that is what my doctor and the health link recommended, and it worked.
Good luck.
You have to be very careful because if it gets to hard for them to go and they push to hard then they can get little spurrs or baby hemeroids and that is no fun at all for you or them.
Take care

Lindsey - posted on 11/02/2010

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Is she on formula? My daughter had the same issue and it was due to the lactose in milk based formula... we switched to a soy based formula and problem solved.... hope this helps ;)

Tabitha - posted on 11/02/2010

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you can try putting a teaspoon of corn syrup in her bottle I had to do that with my son until he started teething he's 8 months now and has 3 teeth

Danielle - posted on 11/02/2010

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I had alot of issues with my son for the first few months until he went on solids, when she does go is it hard or like a runny soft? If its hard you need to see a doctor if not dont stress its ok but something I used early on was apple you cut the apple open and scrape the inside with a spoon and feed it to her I found my son went not long after I did that, my mother in-law used to use to do it with her babies on advice from her doctor as she used to have big issues with her kids! Give it a go, u dont need alot no more than a teaspoon!

Samantha - posted on 11/02/2010

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my girl had that problem and i took her off lactos so put her on to a lactoes free milk and she went from ever 7 to 9 days and screeming to ever 2 days happlie hope that helps biolab sells babe milk at cost 0800 688747 they only sell the specalised ones hope that help

Elicia - posted on 11/02/2010

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prune juice!! my son was the same way and at first he wouldn't drink it so i bought prunes and blended them up and mixed them with one of his favorite foods and it helped him out alot. there also has been times though nothing would work. GOOD LUCK!!

Jessica - posted on 11/02/2010

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u put a teaspoon of brown sugar into boiled water and try and get her to drink some. this will help her to become regular again.

Danielle - posted on 11/02/2010

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my little boy who is now 17 months was very badly constipated when he was a baby.when he was 7 weeks old he was hospitalized due to it, although the doctors were telling me it was colic. When he was trying to go he was going red nearly purple. We were given suppositories and he was also put on latulose to soften the stool. We also squatted him over a potty which helped alot.Hope this helps you its horrible seeing your child in so much pain n stress.

Amy - posted on 11/02/2010

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try half prune juice half water 1ounce of each in a bottle thats what my sons dr had us do at 9days old and it helped. or a warm wash cloth rub on her rectum that also helped.

Lisa - posted on 10/31/2010

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Are you breast feeding only? If you are giving baby formula.....are you following the mixing instructions to the 'T? If you are giving baby formula you should spoon feed her a little water two - three time a day.....lets say about 3-4tsp every time. If you are breast feeding see your Dr. My son didn't go often when I breast feed only.The Dr said his body is absorbing all the milk nutrients and strictly breast feed babies don't have much waste. But see your Dr especially if you are feeding formula. May be there's a greater problem. Good luck.

Charity - posted on 10/31/2010

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Try just a little bit of Karo Syrup. Don't give too much though because it will cause runny diarrhea.

Tannia - posted on 10/30/2010

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SHE PROBABLY ISNT CONSTIPATED MOST FORMULA FED BABIES POO LESS THAN BREASTFED BABIES BUT IF U ARE BREASTFEEDING N SHE HASNT BEEN POOING OFTEN THEN U SHUD ASK UR DOC. BUT W.E. THE CASE ASK UR DOC. N E WAY

Samantha - posted on 10/30/2010

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My doctor told me to put a teaspoon of dark corn syrup into 1-2 bottles a day. She said that the corn syrup was a natural laxative. But make sure you get the DARK corn syrup. I have to do this with my 3 month old and it helps tremendously!

Chansa - posted on 10/30/2010

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give her a teaspoon of brown sugar and water solution as in boil some water and add brown sugar in there to taste. when it cools to a drinkable temperature, give her a teaspoon or two. she should be able to go within the hour from drinking the solution.

Brittany - posted on 10/29/2010

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if she is in pain please go to the doctor especially if she is breast fed because breast milk is more easily digested in babies and she should not be that constipated to the point she is in pain i would suggest and teaspoon of prune juis or and ounce with a lil water but she is too young, or it might be a problem with her bowel she might have and obstructed bowel where her body is jus not pushing it out he correct someones baby i kno had this problem you should take her to the doctor to get an x-ray and get checked out! good luck hun

Laurie - posted on 10/29/2010

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i was told to put a little brown sugar with warm water in the bottle that seemed to help my daughter

Tina - posted on 10/29/2010

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they do have a laxitive to give babies that is safe ask ur local pharm. and doctor

Jessica - posted on 10/29/2010

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give her an ounce of water in between bottles. you could also try a q tip with some vasoline in her rectum it may help stimulate the reflex for her to go. Always as your doctor though.

Alysha - posted on 10/29/2010

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there is like this juice in for babys you can give her and that helps, plus you can give her a warm bath and let her butt sit in the tub for a while that will make her relax and loosen up....could also be your formula so you might have to switch but if you do gradually do it cuz it might make it worse

Annie - posted on 10/29/2010

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My daughter had pain and cramping that we eventually found out was not constipation at all but reflux. She cried so often, and drew her knees up and would sometimes wake up crying in pain and I thought it was gas or constipation but it was acid reflux from an immature esophagus. You should definitely talk to her doctor. Reflux is spitting up a lot, but it can also just be like a "wet burp" type thing. It is stomach acid coming back up the throat, and is very painful. I don't want to scare you, but it took 3 months for her doctor to listen to me that I was getting NO sleep and she was not a happy, healthy baby and something was wrong. So he put her on baby zantac and dissolved-tums water and she started putting on a lot more weight and we were sleeping again and she was SOOOO much happier. It's just a thought. She also wouldn't poop but maybe 3 times per week, and then it would fill her diaper, clothes, hair, carseat, etc... LOL. BTW, I wound up breastfeeding exclusively for 9 months because of her reflux, since her little tummy just wouldn't handle anything else. Not even water. Please be careful giving water. Remember that if you're not sleeping enough, your milk production can be affected, too. Hope any of this helps.

Lisa - posted on 10/28/2010

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Oh, wow. I didn't know that. Karo syrup worked fine for my daughter but if it is dangerous, I'm glad you brought it to my attention. (Thanks Meghann.) I would just ask your doctor and don't be afraid to ask for a second opinion. Also, any of my advice is just that...advice. You should ALWAYS ask your doctor before you try anything. Be safe not sorry. Good luck again.

Sarah - posted on 10/28/2010

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Have you tried gripe water?? It is a natural supplement-- pretty much fennel and I think some ginger, but it really helps soothe upset tummies and aides in digestion... It can be used for even the little ones... Little Remedies makes it.

Meghann - posted on 10/28/2010

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They absolutely do not recommend the karo syrup for babies anymore, and babies can choke on water so I wouldnt give your baby water either. Im sure you know this..I would just call the dr or lactation consultant(the ones at the hospital you delivered at should help you)!! good luck mama

Beth - posted on 10/28/2010

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my breastfed baby had this problem too- tight bum. wipe on finger with gentle massage to sphincter stimulates it; pinkie finger stretch a lil bit solved the problem.

Chelsi - posted on 10/28/2010

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My son had this issue as well. He would go 4-5 days with out a bowl movement. Some people may tell you not to give a child under 1 water, but it CAN NOT hurt them. I use to give my son a few sips of water out of a bottle after each feed. It ended up being about and 1/2 oz of water a day. Within 2 days he was pooping twice a day. He is now 15 months old and healthy as can be.

Michelle - posted on 10/28/2010

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cooled boiled water with a tip of the teaspoon of suger will help constipation, the sugar content is a laxitive, keep giving bub sips until a poo comes, usually takes around 4-6hrs.

Lisa - posted on 10/28/2010

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I had the same problem with my daughter. About week 3 she became very constipated. I would have to give her enimas often. She would go so long without eating. I took her to the docs and they gave her a barium enima. (they put a tube down her nose into her stomach and took some pictures) It turned out she was born with her intestines the same size. (They are the same size in diameter anyway) I mean, her large intestines weren't breaking down food right. For the first 3 years of her life, I had to give her enima's, supository's (spell check on that), laxatives, and put castor oil or clear karo syrup in her bottles. Every week, the doc would have to literally pull the poop out with his finger cuz she would get backed up to her stomach. They told me the only thing I could do was wait it out. By the age of 3 she should be all better.
By 3 she was 99% better. She is almost 10 now and still has problems from time to time but for the most part she is fine. It was a very serious issue and was so hard on both of us with her in so much pain all the time.
I would suggest taking her to the doctor asap for tests (They don't hurt) just to be on the safe side. I hope that isn't the problem your daughter is having, but if it is, just know there is light at the end of the tunnel and she will get better. Just be strong. Good luck.

Erin - posted on 10/28/2010

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We made something for my son that worked great. We called it "poopy tea" Take two tablespoons of brown sugar and mix it in 2 ounces of water in a 6 or 8 ounce bottle. Microwave it for one minute. That dissolves the brown sugar, but its VERY hot. Add cold water until the bottle is full. Now you have poopy tea and it should help painlessly within the hour. Watch out though - it will usually be pretty messy.

English - posted on 10/28/2010

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oh and also, you dont want to just treat the symptoms...find the cause.....the syrup and fruit just treats the symptoms and while they outgrow something like protein intollererence, you still want them to be comfortable and healthy. Like I said, it leads to blood in the stool when they are intollerant and inflamed.

English - posted on 10/28/2010

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My daughter currently has and my son had a milk protein allergy. ( not the lactose) and it comes from the diet that I ate. It caused an inflamed digestive system which made them upset when they had a bowel movement. That causes blood in the stool, some visible, some not. I am avoiding milk and soy in my diet and it has made a huge difference. It's hard at first but after a while it's easy and you learn to check labels. It's worth keeping them on the breast milk. I have a blog of meals and foods that you can eat if you need help.

Heather - posted on 10/27/2010

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I am actually a lactation specialist and I want to just say that there is no prof that what the mother eats actually affects the babys digestive system. Not to say its cant happen but there is no prof. Dairy in the mothers diet shouldnt affect the baby, but I am also an herbaligest and i wouldnt suggest dairy anyways. So its up to you if you are thinking of stopping it. My suggestion is that if she is acting like she is in pain its probably gas. and she is very young and the digestive system she has can just be having a hard time with anything breast milk or not. If your just worried about her going then dont be because yes she used everything you give her from breast milk right now. You can give her a little bit of honey (natures natrual lacative) if you feel like she really needs to go but I wouldnt I would just let her be. Cranky is Normal for the first few weeks. I know as a mother of 4 you never want your child to be upset or cranky. Gravity is a BIG helper too. You have have your child lay on your legs have her head down by your knees and lower them so her bottom is a little higher then her head. rub her tummy from chest to diaper and it will help push out whatever air bubbles she has. Also make sure after eating that she is burping. Stop the air before it can get to far into her belly. If you need any more ideas I am all ears.

Tiffany - posted on 10/27/2010

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Also, my nurse had told me to use karo syrup, just a teaspoon does the trick she said but I know not everyone likes to use that.

Tiffany - posted on 10/27/2010

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Juice will help her to go the bathroom easier. I would talk to your pediatrician. We actually had to give my daughter a few enemas when she was 3 months old. As long as it doesn't go beyond 3 days, you really shouldn't worry yet. It may seem painful but she is probably just uncomfortable. Definitely call your doc though, but juice will help.

Delia - posted on 10/27/2010

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Pear Juice.. Not the necture but the juice.. Depending on where you live it can be found in the baby section of stores.. It works wonderfully... I gave it to both my sons when they were infants.

Nicole - posted on 10/27/2010

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A little bit of milk of magnesia, like 1/2 a tsp (reg dose is usually 2-4 tbsp and phillips brand is what I use) in her bottle.Do this one feeding a day for a couple days. If nothing happens call your pediatrician, he will most likely recommend mirilax. I have had the same problems with both my kids and my doctor recommended this. Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 10/27/2010

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Talk to your doc. My little girl is 2 now. We would tell the doc at every appt that she was having problems. Finally a few weeks ago she started vomiting. The doc decided it was from being constipated!! But she has always had a hard time. And sometimes she will cry. How does a mother help that?!! I feel so bad. Now she has to take a laxitive 3 times a day. If she misses even 1 dose, it's back to the pushing for 3 hours. Talk to your doc and make sure she/he listens. We tried Caro syrup, Apples, and they all worked for a few days then back to the same thing.

Bethany - posted on 10/27/2010

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also....never do anything un natural unless thats the last straw. There is always a reason for most things that are happening!

Bethany - posted on 10/27/2010

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if you breast feed she may have trouble digesting the milk proteins if you eat dairy or drink milk...my daughter had the same problem..she out grew it around 2 1/2 months. hope this helps.

Alexis - posted on 10/27/2010

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She needs an infant probiotic to help digestion. It's natural and much less harsh than a laxative on such a you child. I've used a probiotic for both my kids and they have never had problems with bowel movements.

Sammi - posted on 10/27/2010

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I would seek medical advice as breast fed babies shouldnt be constipated, i have breast fed all my babies.....have u tryed givin her a bit of warm water .....or put a bit of vasline on her bum and hold her cheecks apart and put her knees up to her belly that helps open there passage . I hope it helps good luck x

Stacy - posted on 10/27/2010

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have you tired warm water in between feeds ..... i did try something with my little man at 3weeks but should really try...... try talk 2 a doctor

Bridget - posted on 10/27/2010

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My daughter had the same problem and I kept taking her to the Dr's and they would tell me to give her prune juice which didnt help at all...Nothing I tried helped... So I found a dr that wanted to help her... Took me til she was 2 months old to get her help...But the Dr put her on Lactoluse..Dont know if thats spelled right or not...But I gave it to her in her bottle its a liquid med that helps keeps her stools soft...she was up to taking 9 ML's 2 times a day when she was 2 years old ...shes almost 3 now and I still give her alittle bit to help her where shes potty trained now and the feelings are different to her on the potty when having a BM... But the med really works and its not a laxative and they can not get dependent on it at all is what her Dr told me...I sure hope this helps...Ask her Ped about it

Aurora H. - posted on 10/27/2010

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Gripe Water for babies. It works wonders especially when she's just straight up fussy. My neighbour gave me a bottle and told me that it would help with the "going" part and if she's ever fussy for no reason, i gave her some and it works. not quite sure where you can find it but probably at wal-mart of some other store with baby stuff.

Ashlee - posted on 10/26/2010

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My little one at about 3 weeks was having the same problem he was formula fed first we just constantly pushed his legs up then we switched his formula to the gentle with iron brand and he hasnt had a problem since. His doctor told us it takes about 6 weeks for everything to get "regular" so try not to panic yet hope this helps

Hope - posted on 10/26/2010

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When my son was about the same age if warm baths didn't help I'd take him for walks in his stroller up and down our gravel driveway and it always seemed to help. And the bumpiness was great because it was soothing and normally soothed him to sleep too.

Hope you find something that helps. But as I've seen a couple moms say previously-I'd definitly stay away from any of the water mixtures.

Dawn - posted on 10/26/2010

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Is she on anything? My BF son was constipated a lot when he was really little but it turned out to be, in part, from the iron he was on. I was told to drink more water. Lots and lots and lots of water, to eat lots and lots of roughage and fiber rich foods, and to lay off the bananas. ( I love bananas and was eating one a day. They never bothered me and I didn't realize they can cause constipation, He is almost 2 and to this day cannot eat more then a half of banana every other day) Contact a breastfeeding consultant in your area. La Leche League is a big one. But, babies DO NOT develop an intolerance to breastmilk like some on here have said. They can and will react to something you are eating though. Giving babies water is something doctors can't agree on. But, breastmilk is mostly water so I don't see how giving her a bit would hurt. I wouldn't put anything in it though. Sugar is not something babies can digest, and it is not ggod for them at all.

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