6 month old suffering with constipation

Tammy - posted on 04/22/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




I have a 6 month old that is on cereal and veggies, she is suffering from constipation and we have slowly in the last two months been weening her from the breast to a bottle. I have changed her cereal from rice cereal to oatmeal and from cereal twice a day to cereal once a day and veggies twice a day. I hate that she is straining and unhappy. PLEASE HELP


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Carmen - posted on 04/23/2009




My son had the same problem. A litle bit of apple & pear juice will help out a whole lot. You can also take a warm wash rag and wipe around her bottom for a couple mins. and than take her legs and push them up like in a squatting position to help it to come out.

Jessica - posted on 04/23/2009




I use good start too, my son only gets constipated if i give him to much cereal, so i only give it to him, at night and sometimes in the morning....he is three months old tomorrow..

Emily - posted on 04/23/2009




I'd stop cereal until you find a formula that works too. At six months you can replace a cereal feeding with a prune feeding or try prune juice in a bottle- you should water it down if it isn't already that way. I have heard Goodstart is one formula that is specially broken down to be gentle. You might want to try that formula.

Patricia - posted on 04/23/2009




Hi Tammy. I had the same problem with my girl at 5 months. Took her to the docter who told me that her digestive system is still very new to all the foods were introducing her to. I breastfed Danecia up until 4 months when I had to go back to work. She easily went over to formula, but I found that a certain formula (NAN) constipated her. I switched to Lactogen and the docter sugested herbal drops (Iberogast) that I was to put in with her formula. That really helped.

Also try not to mix the food up too much. If you gave her carrots for luch, try to give it to her for supper as well, until her digestive system gets used to it. keep it up for a day or two before introducing a new veggie of fruit.

You can also try probiotics also available at the chemist and aslo suggested by my dockter. As well as yogurt (preferably prune yogurt) or prune juice for babies. I found that a few drops of honey or brown sugar in the formula also helped.

To get immediate relief, insert a pure glyserine suppository (also available at the chemist). They are not expencive and works like a bomb. Literally!

Worst case cenario, if you don't have anything else you can use a suringe (without the needle of course), put one drop of dishwashing liquid in luke warm water and insert it into her bum hole. It is guaranteed to work, it wont hurt her it it is not toxic. It will soften the poop and lubricate the intestine. It should work within 5 minutes.

Hope this can help you, it sure helped me and my friends.

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I just took my son to the doctor for that same thing. he prescrimed me Lactulose. It helps to make the "poo" not so hard and mushes it abit. I swear to god this works as when me son gets severe constipation, its really hard and he gets a little bit of blood (hence y doctor). He pooped twice this afternoon within a hour of me giving him lactulose (he had 2.5mls). first was solid,second was mushy.

Sorry to be blunt with my descriptions of his poo lol

Celestial - posted on 04/23/2009




My kids did the same thing when I switched them to formula. I would feed her less cereal until she adjusts to the formula. Also, the Gerber Apple Prune juice straight (not watered down) helps get things moving. If that doesn't help than the Fleet suppositories for babies work within 15 minutes to an hour.

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