8 month old son keeps getting constipated any tips please

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Denise - posted on 12/27/2012

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my baby girl of 8 months wakes up crying in the middle of the night & also dont want to drink her milk
what should i do?
she's also constipated?

Jenna - posted on 08/31/2009

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My daughter has problems basically since she was born up until she was like 10months old with pooping. My doctor told me to try glyserin suppositories. They work really well. You take a little peice of it and put it in their bum. Although it's gross it was definetly worth it for me cause my daughter no longer felt constipated.

Elizabeth - posted on 09/01/2009

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Wow...you have a lot of replies...so maybe someone has already said this????



I grind golden flax seed & put it in my daughter's cereal. She is generally regular since I've been doing this. you can buy it at some supermarkets but, if not, you'll have to go to a health food store. I grind it in a coffee bean grinder very finely & put it in hot cereal...now that she eats cold cereal (shredding wheat has a lot of fiber) she doesn't need it much at all. :-)



Good luck!



PS: could I encourage you against using something medicinal. Get him to go #2 as naturally as possible so there aren't strange side affects like prescriptions have. & then try to do something regularly to help him so he won't get into this position much again. By helping him regularly I mean gold flax seed in his cereal daily, prune babyfood and so forth. There is a lot of sugar in karo syrup so outside of a one time help him go type of thing, you wouldn't want to do that on a regular basis. :-) Hope everything clears up soon!

Cassandra - posted on 09/15/2009

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Give them prunes trust me that works and lay them down and bicycle her legs worked for my son

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Kayla - posted on 09/14/2009

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Hey there! I just got done going through this...watch what you feed him too many bannanas or sweet potatoes will definatly do it sometimes even too much milk a day...I used miralax in his bottle once a day until he got regular but only use a little bit like a tablespoon...If that dosent work i also put karo surup in one bottle a day dont do any more then one though lol it will fatten him up...If you dont want to use stuff like that APPLE JUICE....(MAKE SURE YOU DELUTE IT A LITTLE WITH WATER THOUGH)

GOOD LUCK

Andrea - posted on 09/01/2009

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Prune juice and/or apple juice. You can dilute with water at first if you're nervous to give it full strength. Also, pears tend to speed things along. Limit binding foods like rice, potatoes, and bananas.

Lori - posted on 09/01/2009

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My son didn't have a bowel movement for the first two weeks of life! Our ped. had us put a teaspoon of prune juice (not infant juice, regular) in with his formula. Then we tried Maltsuplex being added and then the doctor gave us supositories. He finally went in a nice warm bath (his first bath in his tub). I would ask your pediatrition before trying anything. But, those are some things that usually work.

Lorrie - posted on 09/01/2009

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add a tablespoon of dark karo syrup to the bottles. My oldest went through terrible times with this problem, was even in and out of hospitals when I finally found a pediatrician who could help. There is an over the counter medicine called mulitsupex that he prescribed, but then they told me dark karo syrup was cheaper and works. It worked after a couple of bottles, so when my other six children would have problems I would know!

Megan - posted on 09/01/2009

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As soon as my boys started solids I boiled up some prunes, strained then to get rid of the skins then froze them and the remaining juice. I added the prunes to rice pudding or cereal. The juice I diluted and gave in bottle or sippy cup. Worked really well. Pear juice was also a great.

Bridget - posted on 08/31/2009

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Karo syrup is the best thing ever. Also if that doesn't work use baby apple juice in some water.

Jami Aka JamiQuan - posted on 08/31/2009

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At 8 months what is he eating? If it is formula perhaps it has to much iron. If he is eating foods perhaps it is to many starches and not enough fluids. Up the water perhaps. Has the issue just begun?

Joy - posted on 08/31/2009

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My son had that problem, still deos, at 2 1/2. Miralax, and when he seems to be struggling to push it out, there are fleet suppositories which work fast.

Cara - posted on 08/31/2009

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Karo syrup in his bottle or mixed with water, just a few drops, really helps! also think about switching to low iron formula, though don't ask your doctor, they will never agree with that one, but it did help my son with the same problems! Good luck and God Bless!

Brandy - posted on 08/31/2009

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My daughter was the same way!! The only thing that helped her was paragoric.. given only by prescription and has to be compounded at a compounding pharmacy.. It works wonders.. she is now 5 yrs old and doing wonderful!!! She only needed it for a few months..she was 6 mnths old when she was first given it.. she was off of it at 9 months. No more problems with constipation!!

Alex - posted on 08/31/2009

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my daughter had that problem, i was told to give her high fiber foods, lots of fruits (except applesauce and bananas, apple juice is fine) fruit juice, prunes u name it. none of it helped. finally when she turned 8 months they gave me miralax and now she is fine. i dont even have to give it to her everyday...also lay off the rice cereal. i gave that to my daughter everyday and that really binds them! hope this helps!

Ashlee - posted on 08/31/2009

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fruits that start with "p" peaches, pears, prunes etc. Also try a little corn syrup in a water bottle, luckily my son has never been constipated but these were the peds instructions if it does happen. Also increase fluids water, diluted juices.
Good Luck!

Chrystal - posted on 08/31/2009

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Stay away from the bananas...i had to give my daughter fruits like apples, peaches and pears.

Arlene - posted on 08/31/2009

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Also you could try pure apple deserts and pure apple juice if all fails see the Doctor or your Health visit an don't take no crap from them, stand your grounds when it comes to your baby!

Sallie - posted on 08/31/2009

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Well my lil boy is 6 1/2mths an he has prob goin #2 an the doc said try some infant suppository an so far it has worked.... an if not he said you'll just have to resort to the infant laxtive...

Cindy - posted on 08/31/2009

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He may be allergic to something in his diet. Pears are good for constipation.Try to find the source of his problem. My grandson gets constipated from bananas.

Valerie - posted on 08/31/2009

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When my daughter was about that age she got constipated, I told my husband to feed her a half jar of prunes, well I was ay work and he fed her 2 jars (because she really liked them) he found out that wasn't such a good idea. 1 hour 20 min. she unloaded all over him. Made our apartment smell like prunes and my neighbor, who came over to help him, was still laughing when I got home from work an hour later. So may I suggest prunes, but not 2 jars.

Denise - posted on 08/31/2009

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When mine were constipated. I would give a little bit of prun juice or apple juice mixed with water in their bottles. Good luck.

Stephanie - posted on 08/31/2009

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ive heard a spoonful of cool boiled water can help, try grapes aswell, they pass straight through my little boy when hes had a few, hope this helps.

Carmel - posted on 08/30/2009

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I did use for constipation and it is Coloxyl oral drops and they did work for me

Tina - posted on 08/30/2009

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try giving him white grape juice or pear juice gerber is the best. always helped my kiddos.

Jenny - posted on 08/30/2009

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I use fennel tea! its only $4 bucks @ any local grocery store or health store. i just boil about 8 ounces every 2 days. my daughter will drink a little before her lunch and a little more before she goes to bed. while she is drinking it you will definitely notice a huge difference i promise!!!!! Lilly now has no constipation or gassy problems.. i started tea because i didnt want to keep giving her myralax (or however it is spelled) every single day which is what her doctor told me to do.... the tea is way healthier. adults can drink it as well and also it helps lose weight.lol it tastes like candy ..

Anna - posted on 08/30/2009

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You might be feeding too much solid food. Try going back to a liquid diet for a few days, see if that helps. Baby cereal makes my 9 month old constipated. Try adding extra liquid, preferably breastmilk, to the cereal. You can give babies sips of water but not too much or it causes 'water drunkness' & this can make them seriously ill

Kendra - posted on 08/30/2009

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Post a reply! try giving him some oats and prunes cereal i dont no if u all have this cereal in the states its a nestum brand.i live in st thomas and thats what i give my 20month old son when ever that happens to him

Tricia - posted on 08/30/2009

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My daughter always has bathroom issues, she was always either constipated or had diarrhea. I just corrected it by her diet. If she had diarrhea I gave the brat diet (bananas, rice, apples, toast). If she was constipated prunes worked really well for her. Her should be able to eat the baby pureed prunes start out with just a little to see how his body adjusts to it. If he needs more use more, its a natural food so it won't hurt him and kids usually like the taste because they are sweet. Good Luck!

Jessica - posted on 08/30/2009

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Try Karo Syrup (the dark kind) just put a little in his bottle with his milk and see if that helps. Or just give LOTS of water and juice.

Belinda - posted on 08/30/2009

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my son too- i always put some apple or prune juice in his milk. maybe like 2 oz to an 8 oz bottle

Rebecca - posted on 08/30/2009

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my son was constipated the other week, i took him to the doctors and they said bananas are know to make children constipated so avoid them.

give him lots of fruit and veg and keep him well hydrated

Sarah - posted on 08/29/2009

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start with giving him white grape juice, if that doesnt work, move to grape juice, then apple juice, then if all else fails give him pear juice. That's what I done for my daughter, shes two and was constipated all the time when she was little.

Sarah - posted on 08/29/2009

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Plum Smart Plum Juice! My baby went through this at about the same age and we tried everything, lots of fruit including prunes, Myrilax which helped some but not enough. The plum juice worked wonders. Just dilute the juice with water and do 1 or 2 cups a day. It may take months for the baby's bowels to heal but the juice won't hurt anything. Good Luck.

Chrissy - posted on 08/29/2009

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We were told by a pediatrician to put a pinch of sugar in his bottle....For some reason it made him go:)

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same thing kept happening to my daughter til she turned 3 yo!

dairy was the number 1 culprit for her. you should try to isolate which food makes him constipated. if he's being bottle fed w formula (which was the reason my daughter got constipated too), try giving him fruits if he can eat solids. try pears, peaches, not apples or bananas. and grape juice helped tremendously too!

Heather - posted on 08/29/2009

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Have you tried giving him prunes? That really helped my son when he was eating too many orange veggies.

Chrisandra - posted on 08/29/2009

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I'm a mom who would prefer to use natural remedies over medicines. So I made prunes a big part of my son's diet. Now that he is 3 he asks for prunes almost daily. Also exercise helped him, just allowing him to run around alot and we go swimming frequently. His doctor also told me that not everyone goes to the bathroom daily. Your baby's routine may be to go every 2 or 3 days. Hope you are able to figure out what is best for your baby and good luck.

Ashleigh - posted on 08/29/2009

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The absolute easiest thing! Pear juice! just straight pear juice, about 2-4 oz and my son was going within a couple hours. And then prunes at every meal.

Jennifer - posted on 08/29/2009

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try apple juice, it's natures own lil laxative...worked for my twins when they were babies! good luck :)

Tracey - posted on 08/29/2009

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Hi I had the same problem with my daughter and the sugar water is good but i was told make sure it's soft brown sugar. It dissolves better and is absorbed in the gut better. 1tsp brown sugar to 50ml cooled boiled water. Also 5ml freshly sqeezed orange juice to 50ml cooled boiled water. both soltuions are easy to get down too coz they're yum!!

Samantha - posted on 08/28/2009

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Miralax!!! Not a full dose at 8 mo. but half of the cap full should be fine. I had to start that basically when McKenzie was around the same age and she still uses is from time to time but they get better. He will begin to grow out of it as his eating habits stabalize.

Nichole - posted on 08/28/2009

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try a little sugar or a small amount of bleack coffee both of my girls suffered the same problem and the doctors told us to try that for the sugar it was one spoon for very once of formula they drank. and 3oz of coffee . also they gave us some med's that were powered no taste or smell. and latocuse? not sure of the spelling

Brooke - posted on 08/28/2009

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my kids have the same problem i use brown sugar and water it gets there bowels moving beware of things that have extra iron in them.

Kimberley - posted on 08/28/2009

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try changing his formula( if on formula) my daughter was on sma and it made her really constipated and were now using aptamil which really has helped =] infact at the moment shes the oppersit ( not becuase of the milk tho) hope this helps x

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