my 5 month old is extremly constipated :(

Sherry - posted on 01/18/2011 ( 31 moms have responded )

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My 5 month old girl is really constipated.... She keeps pushing and there is nothing there... Any advice??? I am gonna try prunes but I can't get to a store until later tonight so she wont be getting them until tomorrow morning and it's really starting to affect her.

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Alicia - posted on 04/05/2012

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wondering if your feeding her to much baby cereal?? if u give to much iron it'll cause it a plm my kids were in the same boat for a while i tried many different things to help them and this was one of them..

Elisa - posted on 01/24/2011

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My daughter had this problem to the point of going to the specialist!!!!!!!!! take some soap and take a little of the edge about 1cm wide and 1cm long and then make sure all the sharp edges are gone and put it up her bum it doesn't hurt as it is soap, I did this and within 3 minutes she did a poo it comes out INSTANTLY it's the fat at the end of the bowel that isn't breaking down and the soap does this. I was unsure but it was her being in pain or that.

Tara - posted on 01/28/2011

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My daughter was born with an issue that causes her to have bad gas and constapation , put her legs up to the chest then pull them straight again , like exercise , and when you go to the store try gripe water =).

Meshelle - posted on 01/25/2011

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I use Karo syrup to help keep my 5 month old from getting constipated. I also make sure she gets lots of water.

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Jane - posted on 04/19/2012

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prunes, rasins, any fruit juice or fruits, lie her on her back and move her legs up and down it gets the system moving can take a while thou also try sit her up( with bum and legs on bed not sitting on you)and rock her back and forth side to side gently

Olivia - posted on 04/14/2012

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My daughter had the same issue. We tried prune juice, prunes,karo syrup. Nothing worked. This went on for months. Doctors all said different things, but finally a doctor told us to add some water in her diet. I wasn't too for sure about it because I heard people say no water and yada yada. I did though add some water in her diet. I gave her between 1 and 2 oz of water everyday. This worked wonders!
The doctor explained that perhaps she had a slower "poop schedule" & by the time she was ready to poop there was hardly any water left in her stool to pass through smoothly. Whatever it was the water helped.
Good Luck to you! I remember how miserable my poor baby was! I hope this suggestion or any of the ladies suggestions work for you!!

-Olivia

Lisa - posted on 04/12/2012

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also get a candy cane (peppermint) and have yr little one suck on for a min or two that will help with tummy ache

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Prunes and prune juice it is very important that you help her the longer the problem goes on the more it will stretch her colon allowing room for it to happen again. It also can cause her serious pain

Noemy - posted on 04/10/2012

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hi.. try to alternate her food.. milk then water.. or give her water after she finished her milk..

Lisa - posted on 04/10/2012

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get dark karo syrup has to be the dark kind put in her bottle squeeze twice and wait if she hasnt pooped yet do again and she will b pooping in no time. my son was constipated when he was about 2 months old i used dark karo syrup to help him poop and it worked

Lea - posted on 04/08/2012

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I was suggested baby coloxyl for that just three drops in her milk (australia) if that don't work take her to the doctors and see what they say

Condra - posted on 04/05/2012

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Lay her on her back n bring her feet 2 stomach when she's pushing n shell let out guranteed

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next time she gets constipated put a couple teaspoons of mineral oil in her bottle its great cuz its clear and tasteless and works quickly can get it at just about any drugstore

Sophia - posted on 03/28/2012

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I tried the soap in the bum and boy did it work! it was instant and now my little guy is comfortably sleeping. way better then going thru food after food which really only makes it worse. thank you for posting this info.

Aimee - posted on 02/07/2011

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My son had issues with constipation and I had to give him infant suppositories. These worked great. Also because of past issues, when we started rice cereal, I mixed pear juice instead of milk. This has helped keep things moving!

Rhea - posted on 02/02/2011

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My daughter became badly constipated when i changed her milk the doctor an my sister suggested a tiny squeeze of orange or drop of fresh orange in her water which did work also went back to her old milk.
He did give me some medicine to make her go lacto loose i think was calledbut never ended up using it x

Melissa - posted on 01/31/2011

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In regards to this comment: "try massaging her belly and putting her feet to her chest up and down i used to do that to my baby to help him with the constipation and my baby used to cry non stop because of that . "
make sure you do it in the right direction, clockwise because you go in the direction the way the digestive track works, I learned if you don't it can cause belly problems too- according to the infant massage therapist i had

Melissa - posted on 01/31/2011

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take mineral oil in one of those dropers, only a little bit and insert into her bottom only a little bit and it should help in as quick as 15 min. My doctor also said: Brat diet constipates so helps counteract diarhhea- banna's rice apples and toast, obviously you won't give toast and rice to a young baby, but you can do applesauce and bananas. Also to losen their stool use peas, beans, prunes, peaches, apricots and all of those can be turned into a texture a baby can eat! Juice can sometimes losen their poop and milk can usually constipate

Nadia - posted on 01/29/2011

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my oldest had this problem... we had to give her suppositories :( i've also heard that rice cereal will cause constipation, so try switching to oatmeal. and the massaging the tummy and moving the legs is great for easing the pain/discomfort.

Lora - posted on 01/28/2011

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@Tara Hamiton, what is Gripe Water? Was this told to you by your doctor? Does this work? How long do you have to use this,before it becomes effective?

Mercedes - posted on 01/25/2011

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try massaging her belly and putting her feet to her chest up and down i used to do that to my baby to help him with the constipation and my baby used to cry non stop because of that .

Jen - posted on 01/24/2011

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Elisa made me remember this: They also make infant suppositories. They're glycerin, you can buy them in most stores or pharmacies :)

Jen - posted on 01/24/2011

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pear or prune juice, or the probiotics stuff is good, like everyone else suggested. However, should you get stuck w/o anything to give, to facilitate a bm, or if nothing is working, I have used a thermometer to stimulate my daughter to push. Just do like you would to take her rectal temp. but hold it in place til she starts going. Just remember to use lots of vasoline & don't put it in very far. hope that helps :) I had to do it a couple times when we started veggies, now we've tried enough that i can give fruits and veggies in the same day so they kinda even out. along with 2oz of pear or prune juice a day. I also just bought the Gerber oatmeal cereal w/DHA & probiotics and hopefully that'll make things even better for her. Hope that helps :)

Lora - posted on 01/23/2011

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I had the same problem with my 5month old. Her doc told me to use a tsp of Karo syrup. I didn't want to use that because I felt that was to sweet. However, it works! I also just give my baby lots of water. I only used the Karo syrup once, I learned once my baby started to drink water it was easier for her to go.

Jessica - posted on 01/23/2011

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Have you tried probiotics? If you're breastfeeding, you can take them and baby will get them from your milk. Or if you're formula feeding, you can buy probiotics for babies at the health food store (ask for assistance and they'll guide you in the right direction!) and add some directly to the formula. You can also add them to your breast milk via bottle. If she's started eating solids you can also just introduce organic baby yogurt which contain live cultures of probiotic bacteria. My son got a little backed-up after we started introducing cereal so we just added some yogurt to his diet (because I was already taking probiotics) and it moved things right along :) We also have the infant probiotics that we occasionally add to his bottled breast milk....help this helps!

Bridget - posted on 01/21/2011

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is she getting enough water in her diet? i give my 5 month old daughter a 6 oz. bottle of half water and half apple juice a day and not only does she LOVE it but it helps soften her stool.

Jessica - posted on 01/19/2011

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My son had the same issue. His dr said 1 tsp of Karo syrup (you can find it in the baking aisle) per 8 oz of formula or breast milk, twice a day.

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