5week old constipated! What do I do??

Feah - posted on 12/20/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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He was breastfed until two weeks ago now constipated. What can I do?

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Nikki - posted on 12/21/2012

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5 weeks!! Oh my gosh, I read it wrong and was thinking 5 months.. Dont listen to me lol.. Dont give him juice! Way to catch that "September Wilson!"

Feah - posted on 12/21/2012

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Thanks! Did the exercised and tummy time he had a huge poop yesterday! Thanks for the help!
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September - posted on 12/20/2012

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I would defiantly try the leg exercises and do them regularly. You can also do tummy time several times throughout the day as this will help things move along. You can also gently massage his belly several times a day as well. You may need to eventually switch his formula if the constipation continues. Also keep in mind that babies of that age can go several days in between bowel movements which is completely normal. Does he seem like he's uncomfortable?

Feah - posted on 12/20/2012

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Yes he is straight formula now. Milk supply dried up. Pedi was no help. Anything else i can do?

September - posted on 12/20/2012

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Please don't give your 5 week old juice. Are you giving him formula now? It may be the type of formula. Pushing his legs up into his tummy gently is a great idea. I would suggest taking to your pediatrician since it's likely the change from breast milk to formula that's causing the constipation. Good luck!

Nikki - posted on 12/20/2012

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Is he screaming because he cant get anything out?

I had this problem with my little one and I freaked out!! Lay him on down on his changing table of whatever you like to change him on. Put a diaper under him and grab his knees and push them to his chest and it will come right out if he is willing to push. You may also try giving him an oz of juice (apple or grape) mixed with an oz or 2 of water. Hope it gets better. I know exactly how you feel!

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