what can I give my 2 month old for constapation?

Liane - posted on 05/23/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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I have a nearly 2 month old son who seems to be getting constapated ALOT. We transitioned from breastfeeding to formula and he will not poo without help. He will cry and cry till he get assistance from me. I do not give him stimulants, I tried the Pedia-lax once and I don't know who was more traumatized...me or him. I just work his legs and he pushes back on me and he poos. The cycle is about ever 2 days or so that he begins to act uncomfortable and I have to help him...otherwise he does not go on his own. The poo that comes out resembles and has the consistency of play-do or Silly-putty...real thick and it has form to it.I'm sorry if this is a gross subject but I need help. Any suggestions will help!!

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Mel - posted on 05/26/2009

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prune juice, apple juice, orange juice, plenty of extra water between feeds and add extra 10 mills to the formula if hes at a sufficient weight. mine had constipation for 11 and a half months she used to bleed and everything and would go 5-6 days at times but eventually i learnt that after 3 days id give her something to help. i never used suppositories they are usually not necessary if you keep up everything else. parachoc can be used from about 7-8 months just a smaller dosage, in australia you can get a special constipation formula and you can buy stool softeners from the pharmacy that can be used form birth. more natural things are warm baths and lower tummy massage. vaseline on a cotton tip works sounds grose but it helps them go so they dont tear or anything. i used this about every 2-3 days with mine because i knew by then she needed to go. if you see him straining do something then to help dont wait til he gets further constipated i learned that the hard way

Jay - posted on 05/23/2009

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Try water with a very little prune juice in it. Thats what my health visitor told me to do with my daughter.

Hayley - posted on 05/27/2009

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I used to use either cooled water with a few grains of sugar or with a couple of drops of pure orange juice.

Also I was told to make sure the boiled water was cooled to room temp before adding the formula. x

Simone - posted on 05/23/2009

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hello my daughter has the same problem with her formula but the health nurse told me to put an extra 10mls of water in every bottle that way they are getting extra water and it helps loosen there poo so much they just may need to be fed about half an hour earlier it works like magic with my daughter. good luck

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Signe - posted on 05/27/2009

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sounds familiar. try adding a tsp prune j. to a couple bottles and try adding 1tsp. mineral oil to 1 bottle/day. we had these same issues for my 4mo old w/formula and he'd go 3days sometimes. we didn't get a good consitency until i started doing the mineral oil w/the prune j. good luck.

Koral - posted on 05/27/2009

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i used pure orange juice, just a tiny amount in with his bottle and it will clear him straight threw. My daughter had bad constapation and needed help pooing i tried different juices and medicines and using pure orange worked straight away. I hope itgets easier for him. x

Shannon - posted on 05/27/2009

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I Have a 5 mth old and he's never been constipated, I went from breast milk to Good Start, and if i noticed even a poo that was a little firm I would feed him water and that loosened it up real quick. Look into infant massage I do a series of massages on his tummy and he has a great big poo afterward consistently. Remember to rub his tummy clockwise as that pushes the poo the right way in his intestines, and I learned a technique called I Love You on his left beside his belly button draw an "I" do it over an over then from his right to left over his belly button draw a straight line and come down to draw a "L" do that over and over again, then from his right to left over his bellybutton (moreso covering his tummy) draw a "U" you have to push pretty firmly for it to work use baby oil or something to lube his skin. Then with the tips of your fingers tap them across his tummy from his right to left to get out the air bubbles. hope this helps Also Biogaia is all natural and can request it at any drugstore, it helps fight of bad bacteria and replaces it with godd probiotics it helped me thru colic with his tummy. But Number one WATER

Nicole - posted on 05/26/2009

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1tsp of brown sugar in 100ml water works pretty fast and they dont usually need to drink the whole lot. increase water intake aswell. otherwise coloxel drops are good too, get them from the chemist

Megan - posted on 05/26/2009

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My little guy is pretty consistent, but if there is a day or two that he doesn't go, I give him a dose of those gas drops. Helps him go that day.

Amanda - posted on 05/26/2009

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Put a little bit of kayro syrup in his bottle that helped my son at that age.

Diane - posted on 05/26/2009

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Try giving him some prune juice, or prune juice mixed with water (half and half) it worked wonders when my daughter was constipated.

Morgan - posted on 05/26/2009

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With my daughter what I did was take a little Vaseline put it on a q-tip and you put it in a little just like you would a suppository spin it and push down. And it worked immediately and by that I mean make sure if you try this that you have a diaper under him cause it will come and if he is constipated it will be a lot. Also here's a link to a site that has some tip on it that's where I got the idea from and it does work.http://www.myhomeremedies.com/topic.cgi?... There are also remedies for other ailments infant to adult

Karen - posted on 05/24/2009

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my niece was like that try some Apple juice wiht water. her parents did it and she went that night. but always you might want to check with the drs to see if you can try a different formula,

Nesada - posted on 05/24/2009

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HIii awww i had the same exact problem when i switched at 2 months to bottled milk.... well what i did was grandmas receipe lol from back then :) but it helped my son and apparently it helped me just as much when i was a lil baby :) what u do is u take some lil dish in which u can heat up some oil ...regular oil that u use for cooking... and then u wait till it cools of a bit so that u wouldn burn urself when u pput it in ur mouth... ok so when it cools down u take a lil spoon of it in the morning before u feed him u give him the oil and then in the evening before u feed him :) and if u do that for lets say a week u will see that he can poop on his own and it will regulate it :) good luck try it let me know if it worked for u too

Theresa - posted on 05/23/2009

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have you tried coloxle drops ask chemist not to sure on spelling
prune juice is good to

Valerie - posted on 05/23/2009

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karo and corn syrup are TERRIBLE choices for infant constipation. use tummy massages, helping him flex his legs, extra water, re-evaluate your formula, use prune juice if neccessary, and definately talk to your pediatrician.

Holly - posted on 05/23/2009

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call your dr cause his formula might have to much iron in it and that might be making him constapated ..when my baby was oh about the same age ,my dr told me to get regular prune juice only like 1 oz or 2 (might get diareah )you can all so use a warm wash clogh that might work ..good luck

Jami - posted on 05/23/2009

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my son was the same way.. my doctor told me to use children laxadives break them in 1/2 but i found the liquid children stuff that you pit in there bottoms to work the best only use 1/2 of the medican and he will go in a few minutes and it will not give him a belly ach.. good luck this really worked great

User - posted on 05/23/2009

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Hello, i've got a 9 week old and we have this same problem. We were told to give him 1-2oz's of prune juice warmed up. Or to give him 1 tsp of dark karo syrup in a 4 oz bottle of formula. You can give him the karo up to 3 times a day. These both have worked wonderful for us. The prune just is more fast acting for us but karo works just as well just takes a little longer. We also dont water down our prune juice they said it's a little amount and it wont hurt them but we were told it might help him to warm it up that was it doesnt give him a belly ache. Hope this helps i know it has helped us!!

Cheryl - posted on 05/23/2009

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use about a tea spoon of light kayro sryup in every bottle until he is regular.

T_cjones108 - posted on 05/23/2009

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Quoting Jay:

Try water with a very little prune juice in it. Thats what my health visitor told me to do with my daughter.



give 1oz of 50/50 prun juice!! thats what the doc told my friend! plus i had to add a little extra water to my boys formula when i started him on it! hope this helps :D

Lauren - posted on 05/23/2009

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I vote apple juice instead of prune. Nothing makes me son go number 2 like apple juice! In fact, I have to be careful about it or he'll end up with loose poos!!

Veronica - posted on 05/23/2009

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I think you definatly need to check his formula -- what are you using?? Some stuff is harsher than other stuff - and all babies are different with their needs/consumption. Someone on here mentioned about too much iron -- I think that is a huge problem period, i dont like that they have it in formula either -- my kids had the worst belly aches on that crap! So, definatly reevaluate your formula and consult the doc. Take care!

Sarah - posted on 05/23/2009

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hey my son had the same problem. we tried the prune juice but it dosent offer instant relief, and my doctor said you have to watch as it can be hard on the stomach i guess...

he said to never let him go longer than 2 days before a poop, to use a glycerin suppository (availble at pharmacies OTC) we started with 1/2 when he was little. they are not absorbed into the body, they just melt and help soften the poop. it worked for my son, and they work usually in like 20 min or so. *it just really was not pleasant to have to do this, but it was too hard to watch him cry while trying to poop.

also my doctor said he may have too much iron, so we switched him to a lower iron formula for 1 month.

Gracie - posted on 05/23/2009

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although he is very young, you can buy some already watered down pear juice that has the same effect as prune juice. It is probably more readily available and has a better taste. Heinz actually make a bottle of juice especially for this reason in the baby food isle at the supermarket. just like the long life juices.

it worked for my little girl.... she was also lactose intolerant, might be worth finding out too as already suggested.

we switched to goat formula, which is actually the closest to human milk anyway.

if you can, try and make sure that the bottles are being made exactly to the instructions as a tiny bit more powder can cause constipation badly.

you could also try offering him 1 bottle of water between actual feeds to try and get his fluids up abit more.

good luck and good job with helping him poo with massage and legs movements, although he can't say it yet, i'm sure he's grateful! its not easy but you've been doing a good job :)

Jay - posted on 05/23/2009

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Quoting Liane:

what can I give my 2 month old for constapation?

I have a nearly 2 month old son who seems to be getting constapated ALOT. We transitioned from breastfeeding to formula and he will not poo without help. He will cry and cry till he get assistance from me. I do not give him stimulants, I tried the Pedia-lax once and I don't know who was more traumatized...me or him. I just work his legs and he pushes back on me and he poos. The cycle is about ever 2 days or so that he begins to act uncomfortable and I have to help him...otherwise he does not go on his own. The poo that comes out resembles and has the consistency of play-do or Silly-putty...real thick and it has form to it.I'm sorry if this is a gross subject but I need help. Any suggestions will help!!


Try water with a very little prune juice in it. Thats what my health visitor told me to do with my daughter. x

C - posted on 05/23/2009

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Hae you tried chaning the types of formula? Depending on the reason you put him on formula and how long he has been on it could be why he is stopped up. I had a lot of trouble with my first and after all the different formulas found out that he had a lactose intolerance. If it is that regular you might want to check with your DR. too. When they are older there are lots of different things you can try like water and a teaspoon of Karo syrup or corn syrup, they also have something called little tummys that worked great for my daughter when she was 6mo, but when they are that little i would check with the dr or the nurse before you do anything other than what you already are.

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