any tips to help a constipated baby?

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Cathi - posted on 09/11/2009

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I wouldn't worry if it's not longer than three days. Diluted Juice can be a big help, depending on age, try pear as apple is acidic. When all else fails, soap. Shave a tiny sliver off the bar of soap and put it in the bum, then LOOK OUT!!! You may want to do it in the tub. I know it doesn't sound pleasant, but it really works.

Jennifer - posted on 09/16/2009

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Call your pediatrician. Mine told me that breastfed babies can go up to a week without pooping and they're not typically constipated. Sometimes their bowel muscles "forget" to work so they temporarily slow down.

Celeste - posted on 09/18/2009

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if my baby seems constipated i give her 30ml cooled boiled water..hasn't failed once :)

Linda - posted on 09/15/2009

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If the baby is breast fed its rarer for the baby to get constipated. Plus breast feed babies don't have a stool like a formula fed one. Breast milk leaves very little residual behind because it is so digestible. It could be some food that you ate that is constipating. Cheese, dairy are constpating. If baby is on formula they can be constipating. You should change the formula to soy. If that works then you know its r/t the formula. Plus some moms put baby pablum especially rice in the bottles especially at night so the baby will have a full tummy longer so the mom can sleep. New born babies are unable to digest this because they don't have the enzymes. It is harsh on there digestive gut. A baby up to 6 weeks is a newborn. Give baby a bottle of boiled water daily not just tap water. Tepid not hot nor cold. Test it on your inner wrist ,if you feel it its to hot. Babies really don't like water but it is good to keep baby hydrated. A dehydrated baby with have a sunken fontanelle. Thats the soft spot. Also put prune juice anything but orange juice for allergy reasons, in a bottle every day. If baby is older give more fruit and water. You can use pediatric glycerin suppositories for immediate problems. Just pull the diaper down. Don't remove it away. You need a few close just incase the baby goes and goes. Insert the suppository gently and just hold it there. You don't have to insert it all the way. It will melt and be effective immediately or within 10 to 30 mins. It won't hurt the baby. Being constipated even for yourself is painful and very uncomfortable. The stool is hard and dehydrated. Adults again get it from lack of fiber and water and meds. Or they hold the stool and wait to go later. That makes the large colon reabsorb the water and makes you feel like you have to pass a brick. Some babies can have a really tiny sphincter and not be able to pass the constipated stool. This would need to be checked out with a pediatrician.

Kate - posted on 09/17/2009

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stay away from bananas, rice cereal. try plumb juice with some water. or pear. and lots o fluids.

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Ishvisahaani - posted on 02/26/2016

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A change in mom's diet or formula will help for both breastfed and formula fed babies.

If your baby is 6 months old then prune juice works better for constipated babies. Dilute 1-2 tbsp of prune juice in water and feed to your baby.

Kaija - posted on 02/23/2016

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Babies magic tea is a wonderful home remedy for constipated and refluxed babies.

Krista - posted on 08/17/2013

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My 5 month daughter is extremely constipated and cannot past her stool please help me figure out what I can do for her what does boiled water do. The only thing I gave her is formula and I've been given her prune juice and water to help her go

Anna - posted on 10/04/2011

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We give our 2yr old "lactulose" and have done since she ws about 1 cause nothing else seemed to work - prunes were ok but seemed to hit her too hard cause the opposite problem - lactulose is a natural sugar so is ok to use for long periods of time and won't do any harm, so if we see her poohs are getting on the hard side we just give her it once a day until they are better. Good luck! I know its hard

Sara - posted on 10/03/2011

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my son started eating solids at just over 3 months... and I found what works GREAT is FLAX SEED the whole seed mix it up with apple sauce give 1 tsp .. give daily and in 1-2 days you should see results.... this gives the little one the "lube" it needs to push the poop out.

Brandi - posted on 04/04/2011

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Have you tried the chiropractor? Also, if your baby is 100% breastfed it is completely normal for them to only have one bowel movement a week. My first daughter pooped constantly, but my second only does about once a week and my doc said that was normal since they digest almost all of the breastmilk.

Kim - posted on 09/22/2009

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My oldest daughter was really constipated one time....she was about 1 year old. We gave her apple juice and had her walk a lot. The combination of the juice and the movement got things moving again. If your child is old enough...I would strongly suggest having them walk.....if not, try having the baby lay on your lap while you gently move his/her legs in a walking motion.

Amanda - posted on 09/18/2009

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Prune juice, prune juice, PRUNE JUICE! My DD got constapaition all the time because we had issues with her formula. I would mix about 1/2 and ounce with her formula and gradually increase it until she has a bowel movement. Be careful not to give her too much, or you will have one explosive diaper! (speaking from experience!)

Julie - posted on 09/18/2009

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I lived by Kyro syrup. My son had the hardest time when he was little due to the formula he was on. The other thing you can do it stimulate the bum hole I would use a q-tip and lube it up in A&D ointment and just stimulate it and within 30 minutes he always went. It could be the formula you're on also if it has too much iron

Marissa - posted on 09/17/2009

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My doc advised to put some Karo syrup in her bottle about twice a day a tablespoon. Worked like a charm, either with water or with formula.

Lila - posted on 09/17/2009

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1 tablespoon of KARO syrup per bottle. (my baby had that problem at 2wks old, and his pedi recommended Karo syrup) it works

Vondale - posted on 09/17/2009

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try rubbing his/her belly clockwise for 1 min it is suppost to losen up the system and is not harmful it is a home remedy but worked wonders for me

Jessica - posted on 09/17/2009

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i found doing exercises helps.just lay them on the back and move their legs as if they are riding a bike,helps gets the bowels moving.I found to if your still breastfeeding the foods you are eating can contribute to bubbas constipation. Good luck

Louise - posted on 09/17/2009

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breastfeeding could be because he isnt getting enought milk im having this trouble atm, but a bottel fed baby as well can take Colloxil drops u buy them from the chemist from 1mnth+ they work and help and is cheep, ask your pharmisists if that dont work their are baby laxitaves witch you'r docter can prescribe him... but you'r pharmisits can help the most..

Amber - posted on 09/16/2009

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Kayro syrup helped my son. I put a teaspoon in each bottle for 1 month when he was first born because he had trouble. Gas drops also seemed to help too.

Emily - posted on 09/16/2009

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When my son was about 7 months old, he began suffering from constipation. He was getting breastmilk at this point, although at about month 8 I began the transition to formula. I had read on our pediatrician's web-site that it was okay to give the baby pear or apple juice: 1 oz for every month of age. I began giving him pear juice, but this didn't seem to help much. At his 9 month visit I asked the doctor if there was anything else I could do, because the juice wasn't helping. He told me I could add up to 1 teaspoon of Miralax in 4oz of pear juice a day. I have been giving him 2oz of juice diluted 50% with water to 4 oz. up to 2 times a day with 1/2 tsp of Miralax in each bottle (so not more than the 1 tsp suggested by the doctor). He has gradually become less constipated, but I still have to have at least one bottle a day with Miralax in it or he gets constipated. You would want to consult with your pediatrician, though, before giving your child Miralax. Remember, I had already tried the juice for several weeks with no success. His pediatrician does not recommend giving sugar to children less than 1 year of age, so we never tried the Karo syrup. He hasn't had rice cereal since he finished the first box of cereal; only oatmeal or mixed grain, although I mostly lean towards oatmeal. I saw that someone had recommended water or additional fluids. My son seemed to be getting enough milk, but possibly not enough fluids, so I am sure that the addition of the juice was helpful, but just not enough. I cannot give him bananas without making the constipation worse, so I would definitely avoid these. My son is now one year old, and seems to be doing well with the Miralax. I try not to overdo it, but if I don't give him any for a day or so, he starts to get constipated again. Hope you can find a solution for your little one.

Melissa - posted on 09/16/2009

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depends on how old.....our pediatrician told us to use two tablespoons of karo syrup in his bottle when our son was about 6 months old. You can also try the same thing but with water and olive oil.....

Miranda - posted on 09/16/2009

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Our baby started getting constipated around 1 month and we tried water and soy formula but it only helped a little then my doctor told me to get baby suppository's and cut it in half in the middle and half length wise and that worked great. She's three months now and hasn't had to have one in about 3 weeks

Jennifer - posted on 09/16/2009

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Our pediatrician got our little boy on Lactulose. Trust me it works. You can also try a little prune juice or apple sauce, but make sure to dilute it.

Kimberley - posted on 09/16/2009

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Boil milk, and then let it cool down and give it to them.....worked for me...!!!!

Lucy - posted on 09/16/2009

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I had a problem with my breast fed baby when she was a small baby probably about 4 months and the District Nurse said not to worry until about 2 weeks had passed with no BM. It was five days when I rang her and I was really worried. Anyway she said just keep breast feeding and not to give water extra because its not needed and just to do baby massage (did a short course) on her tummy (as taught) every day and within a couple of days she was having a good clear out. I am lucky that it didn't happy again. Baby massage is very useful for all sorts of things. Regards. xx

Beverly - posted on 09/16/2009

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i had the same problem with my son not to long ago and him doc told me 1 tsp of corn syrup to a 4 oz bottel of warm water and he went within two hours

Nicole - posted on 09/16/2009

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Depends on the age. My daughter sometimes had this problem and according to the pediatrician it is pretty normal. At 4 months I was told that if she doesn't go for more than 3 or 4 days, try a little prune juice diluted in water. Now at 9 months, apple juice or pear nectar work well. As a last resort, try a baby laxative enema cut in half lengthwise but do not do this unless it's an absolute emergency.

Erica - posted on 09/16/2009

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if the baby is really small, our dr's advised us to give 1 ounce of baby prune juice. it cleared my daughter out without any problems. she was only 3 months old, i think. if they can eat, my daughter always loved the taste of the baby prunes and they ALWAYS worked. Hope this helped.

Annie - posted on 09/16/2009

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how old is your baby? try prune juice.its worked wonderfully for my son!
but when he was about a month old his dr told to add Karo Syrup in his bottles to help with tummy issues and i found that to work as well! but it causes excess weight gain! also alot of doctors dont approve of that

Jennifer - posted on 09/16/2009

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My pediatrician recommended giving the baby 1tbls of corn syrup to 4oz sterilized water. This will help.

Larissa - posted on 09/15/2009

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My daughter was having that problem at 2 and 1/2 months so I gave her karo syrup, it worked instantly, I also found out that it was the iron supplement I was giving her from the doctor. Luckily he told me I could start her on cereal at 3 months so I stopped giving her the iron. You can also try prunes, appl or prune juice i've done them all with her and they work well.

Jamy - posted on 09/15/2009

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I just had the same problem with my little one when she was a month old and my pediatrician said to give her 1 ounce of pear juice. I had done cayro syrup in my others bottles but my pediatrician didn't like it as much as the pear juice. I gave her 1 ounce and it worked like magic. The natural sugars in it make them go. Hope it helps:)

Beth - posted on 09/15/2009

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I always use a little bit of sugar water. That normally flushes him out. My sister swears by water and light kayro syrup. If your baby is very young, he or she may just not need to poop. At that age they are growing so fast they're little bodies are using up everything they eat so they have nothing to get rid of! Hope this helped!

Jessica - posted on 09/15/2009

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depending on the babies age, i gave my daughter 2oz of gerber apple juice and diluted it with 2oz of water...i did that once and it helped her right away! i think she was 3 months at the time!

Jordan - posted on 09/15/2009

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try 2 tablespoons of Karo syrup the brown one and 2 oz of water and warm it....worked everytime for my baby girl!!

Nikilah - posted on 09/15/2009

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my first daughter was a constipated baby and i would gice her a boiled bottle of camamile tea, only dunk it in a couple of times, to about 200 ml of water. then let her drink that, not all, about 10 to 20 mls, at least. then would take her nappy off and get vassaline and cotton bud, then get a really good amount of vas on the end of it and put it around her bum and in her bum, only as much as the tip though, she was pooing in less than 30 secs. good luck.

Linda - posted on 09/15/2009

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I am 54 and when I had my first Child was in 1974. They didn't have all the fancy things they do today. So my mother gave my daughter Weak tea and it also took care of gas.

Candis - posted on 09/15/2009

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my son had the same problem. first try some pear juice, if that doesn't work you can try some prunes (smashed up of course) then your last bet would be miralax, if you have to use the miralax make sure you talk to your family doctor or a pharmacist to get the right dose for your child. all of these methods work within a day. Hope your baby feels better soon!

Jodi - posted on 09/15/2009

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My daughter was (and still is) a constipated baby! It is completely normal for her to go 3, even four days without a BM. To help her along we were taught the I Love You tummy rub by a post natal nurse. Starting at the inside of her RIGHT hip, gently massage straight up in the shape of the letter "I". 3 to 5 of these is good. Then, again, starting from the right hip go straight up like before but at the top (just below the rib cage but above the belly button) massage across to the left in the shape of an upside down "L". Another 3 to 5 of these then make the L again but this time when at the left ribcage, massage down in the shape of an upside down "U". ALWAYS go from right to left, it's the way the digestive tract runs, going backwards will constipate them worse! You can do this for as long as your baby will let you. If they start to fuss, stop, even if you didn't finish completely. My daughter was so bad there were times we could feel the waste we were pushing and a few times there actual lumps we could SEE moving through. Be wary, this can work ASAP sometimes. I hope it helps!!!

Kerren - posted on 09/15/2009

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try water with half a tea spoon of orange juice used to do it with my little boy and thats what the midwife told me to do.

Julia Kat - posted on 09/15/2009

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If your baby is very young, infancy, do not give them solid foods... it can cause allergies. If you are breastfeeding your baby can go up to a week without pooping. It is because they absorb most of the nutrients in the breast milk. Even some bottle fed babies will go a few days without pooping. It is extremely normal and no need to worry unless they are going potty with solid/firm poops. If you're changing as many diapers (wet) as you are giving feedings (or more) then your baby is just fine! If a baby is truly constipated you will know as they will cry and fuss even more because of abdominal pain and discomfort. If you have any really major concerns you should see your pediatrician as their advice is better for you and your baby than anyone elses "home remedies"! Most doctors do not recommend solid foods or juices until a baby is at least 10 months old, others 12 and some will give you an okay at 8 months. It is seriously best that you talk to his/her doctor first!!!

Zeenath - posted on 09/15/2009

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if u mix brown treacle sugar in warm water and let baby drink it-that often helps. also,u can give baby a few mls of a lactulose based syrup such as lacson-is safe and sugar based with no harmful side effetcs. avoid suppositories and anything that is not natural as this can make babies stomach lazy.

Leah - posted on 09/15/2009

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we use water and gave our daughter a long stomach massage, it seems to do the trick!

also, it's normal for some babies to only go every few days. one of my girlfriends babies hadn't been in 5 days and she took him to PMH and the dr there said they won't do much medically until 10 days

Jannette - posted on 09/14/2009

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My doctor recommended Karo Syrup, like a tablespoon and my baby boy was better. He was 4-6 months when this happened, and everything worked out greatly. Hope this helps!

Tiffaney - posted on 09/14/2009

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Doctor told me to add about a teaspoon of Karo Syrup to a formula or breast milk bottle for a day or two and should help. I swear by it

Ana - posted on 09/14/2009

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prune or pear juice, if that doesn't help you can try to stimulate with a rectal termometer with some vaseline

Heather - posted on 09/14/2009

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I had a friend tell me to use just a little drop of Karo Syrup (clear) in their bottle. Worked like a charm for me but my doctor doesn't recommend it. He recommended about 3-4 oz of water.

Jaime - posted on 09/14/2009

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my boy got the same prob at the mo...my midwife (who helped deliver and is with me for 6 weeks after) told me to put a teaspoon of prune juice in 20mls of water. he doesnt like it much but im jus patient with him and he gets there. it seems to have worked too. hope this helps

Lois - posted on 09/14/2009

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iv have the same problem i use 1/2 water 1/2 apple prune juice, i only give 1 oz of juice to 1 oz of water, it really works

Ann - posted on 09/14/2009

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I nursed so I wasn't giving him any sort of food, I did warm baths and always worked almost instantly, but pineapple and apples work now. like within the hour of eating them hes cleaned out! haha good luck!

Belle - posted on 09/14/2009

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If you are breast feeding this is common...so dont worry! being a first time mom i was freaking out when my lil boy didnt have a BM for 4 days! but i was told by his doc not to worry...but if he looked like he was having trouble to use a q-tip with vasaline or his thermometer! if you are too scared to try that cause i kno i was...but its ok just stick the tip not to far and ur baby will be ok! also i was told a teaspoon of dark Karo syrup mixed in water you can put it in your babys bottle a teaspoon per 2oz of water! good luck and dont worry im sure your baby will be ok and remember mommy you are doing a great job!!! hope this helps!

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