Consitpation for 8 month old, need help

Jessica - posted on 03/10/2010 ( 54 moms have responded )

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I have a 8 month old who is constipated, i have tried everything from thr fruits they reccomend to lactulose(sugar water from doc), need help please, any tips you know of please let me know

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Melissa - posted on 03/16/2010

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We had the same problem with my son. We started with the prunes mixed with his cereal and pear juice. Our pediatrician suggested cutting out all orange veggies and obviously applesauce and bananas. Nothing seemed to help, so now we have been told to give him 1 tsp. of miralax each day. Talk to your doctor about it first though!!!! I wouldn't give any meds without doctor support. Good luck!

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Danielle - posted on 03/17/2010

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pear juice is good for softening and helping with constipation. plus its yummy (so my daughter says), The dr told me to look for this juice. also tropical juice by juicy juice works good too!

Gwen - posted on 03/17/2010

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You might have already heard this one but use karo syrup. The dark karo syrup a teaspoon in water or right into the formula...hope that is helpgul!!

Rheanna - posted on 03/17/2010

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Our pediatrician told us to put a tablespoon of clear Karo Syrup in his bottle 3 times a day. After that we had no more constipation.

Melissa - posted on 03/17/2010

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********Hi This is No Fun to watch our babies cry! My daughter had constipation soooo bad they were like rocks and large at that! (She would bleed) So i mixed up a banana mashed and mixed with LIGHT karo syrup. it wasn't something i put in her bottle, I used medicine spoon and gave her 2 tsp, and warm bath and Hiney massages with baby oil and within an hour she was able to make soft BM's, Not Blow outs or even big ones, just smooth soft pooh's. It worked so I jst started giving it to her every morning after breakfast! She was never pluged up like THAT again! Good luck!

Rebekah - posted on 03/16/2010

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you could give him/her 2oz of apple or pear juice and sit him/her in a standing position in a jumper or play yard. it's easier for them to poop standing.

Autumn - posted on 03/16/2010

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buy a can of prunes in the baby food... that will clean them out... and pump their legs... helps them get it out...

Michelle - posted on 03/16/2010

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I had the same problem with my son. Try gently rubbing tummy in circular motions, warm baths, moving her legs up and down (this can be a fun exercise). The other suggestions below sound good also. Just hang in there!

Heather - posted on 03/16/2010

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My Ped reccommeded prune juice and water (warm is best) it worked really well untill my daughter got older and did not like the taste, she still has consitpation problems @ 2.5 years old and we now use childrens benifiber in her drinks.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/15/2010

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My daughters pediatrician told me to give her anything (fruits) that start with the letter P, ex. pears, prunes, apple juice or prune juice.

NICOLE - posted on 03/15/2010

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Try baby food prunes and apple juice is also good for constipation. I also had to use a thermometer for rectal stimulation with my first son but you must be careful not to push too hard or deep to avoid damage. The prunes took only hours with my older son but a day with the youngest son. Apple juice will also help with hard stools. Just forwarn your babysitter if you have one. You can have a major blowout! All this info came from my pediatrician 2 years ago with my oldest son.

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prune juice..2 1/2 oz of prune juice in an 8 oz bottle..if that doesn't work repeat in 24 hours..it always worked for my little girl..u can also get stage one prunes from gerber and give those to her...either way it should work..if not..take them to the dr...if you have to as a last resort

Sheri - posted on 03/15/2010

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Just put some petroleum jelly on a rectal thermometer and insert it to the first line and circle it around until it comes out. You can use it to help he/she push it out too. It sounds gross but it works everytime.

JOLEEN - posted on 03/14/2010

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After juices and rubbing belly and excercises don't work, then you can try using the ivory soap enema. Just dissolve soap in warm water until it looks a little milky. I had to do this for my daughter when she was 2 months. After all else failed and several days passed this worked fast. Then I found the glycerin suppositories, which took a little longer but still works. Constipation runs in my family at all ages. Hope this helps if you can't solve the problem through less invasive ways. :)

Shona - posted on 03/14/2010

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make a little tea with brown sugar an give it to her 2 drink no milk no cereal an plenty of liquid

Shannon - posted on 03/14/2010

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my daughter has had constipation problems since she was an infant, we used low iron formula, which is hard to get now, may need a docs note, and now she drinks lactaid milk which i water down and that works great o watch the banana intake even in baby food, it backs kids up, if none of those work u may have to give the lil one an enema

Jamie - posted on 03/14/2010

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a SAFE METHOD IS A CAP FULL OF MIRALAX IT DOESNT HARM YOUR BABY MY DAUGHTER HAS A MEGA COLON AND THIS HAS HELPED HER ALOT AND MY SON WAS ON SOY FORMULA AND HE HAS HARD POOPY ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS MIX IT IN A BOTTLE ITS FLAVOR LESS SO THEY NEVER EVEN KNOW IT DOESNT GIVE THEM BAD DIAPER RASH LIKE JUICES EITHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! REALLY WORKS!!!!!!!!!

Chantelle - posted on 03/14/2010

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depends on how many bottles a day ur 8months old has my daughter is the same intell i went to the doctors they told me she should be eating more and less bottles than it should change to normal bowel movements hope this helps

Rosemarie - posted on 03/14/2010

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My kids both uffered from constipation. I tried lots of things and nothing worked with my son. Eventuualy he grew out of it by time. With my daughter it was different. I use to give her kixi and green vegetables especially broccoli! It worked out well with her!

Laura - posted on 03/14/2010

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Our Lynne has had a hard time with this. We have been using chewable fish oil, since she was 10 months old. And we ration her dry Cheerios. I can all ways tell when we have skipped the oil, or gave her too many Cheerios. Good Luck

Melissa - posted on 03/13/2010

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well i used castor oil everytime it works but don't give too much maybe a teaspoon and a cup of juice to wash it down.

Marie - posted on 03/13/2010

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the Miralax has never given my daughter diarrhea and she has never had a rash, ever. she is a much happier baby and now has her appetite back to normal. i know she feels so much better since she has been taking Miralax. so i guess it just dependes on the doctor (thats who recommended it to me) and the baby. corn syrup never worked for my baby.

Kate - posted on 03/13/2010

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warm bath and then a massage on the tummy clockwise so you dont cause more constipation.I am a massage therapist and gave many tummy massages to my second child.Good luck

Amanda - posted on 03/13/2010

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My baby's pediatrician recommended me to give her one tablespoon of mineral oil in some baby gerber apple prune juice daily and it's safe and does not cause diarrhea and it really helps. I use to give it to her first thing in the morning because it seem to work best at that time. pediatrician said not to use laxitives because it can really harm a baby if used too much and they can be harsh on a baby, the baby can start getting a rash from all the loose bowels. the mineral oil will not make the baby have diarrhea but it will make it easier for the baby to go. When my daughter would have a hard time going I would lay her in warm water until her poop came out of course I will not have her lay there while the poop is there make sure you pull out your baby as soon it comes out and that would help loosen up the bowel and not hurt her so much. Good Luck.

Marie - posted on 03/13/2010

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my daughter has had a constipation problem for a long time. we tried everything!!!! the only thing that finally worked and has continued to work is Miralax. She is 13 months old now but her Dr said it was not good for a baby to keep getting (or stay) constipated so I give Miralax to her everyday (half cap full) and we have no problems anymore. ask your dr first though, but i think its pretty safe stuff.

Jennifer - posted on 03/13/2010

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a baby spoonful or 2 of olive oil sprinkled with salt, I know it sounds odd but my daughter actually likes it and it helps loosen her stool. karo syrup in the formula also works well.
good luck

Carina - posted on 03/13/2010

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I had a similar problem with my son when he was a baby. My aunt suggested spinach and that worked great. I don't agree with laxatives or suppositories either. Also my aunt made my son some boiled apples in plenty of water then had him drink the juice (not eat the apples) we didn't put any sugar in it either and he went fine. My Pediatrician suggested clear juices, like apple, or white grape. I just avoided things with too much sugar for my kids.. Good luck and I hope this helps.

Nadia - posted on 03/13/2010

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i also had that problem with my first daughter at the same age. at the chemist there is a product called coloxyl oral drops. it is a formula to relieve constipation in infants and it worked a dream for us. (i am in oz though, may not be available where you are). our problem cleared up not long after using it. try not to feed so many heavy foods, just stick with a wide variety of fruit and veg and cereals.

Gemika - posted on 03/12/2010

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What is causing the constipation? It is very rare for a breastfed baby to be constipated, so what about changing her formula to goats milk formula or something? Or is she allergic to any solids you are giving her? Have you tried prune juice? I know some people have their babies on full cream dairy milk (not formula) at that age. This is very bad for babies and constipation is a common side effect.

Traci - posted on 03/12/2010

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There's an over the counter medication called "Mirilax". I'm not sure what the age restriction is, so you could ask your pediatrician. My son has been having to use it for year and it works great!. It's a tasteless, odorless powder you put in drinks.

Angel - posted on 03/12/2010

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PRUNE JUICE and water should help. it's not gone be hard on the baby estomac and not to much sugar .I had the same problem with my son and In a bottle i mix 2onces prune juice and 2 onces of water once a day .get ready to change a full diaper :) good luck

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The problem with a laxative is that it is a one time solution, and very icky. It's just a band aid, it doesn't solve the problem. You want something that is long term and something that changes the consistency of the bms. Just my thought.

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I had the same problem with my children, especially my son. He has some muscle issues which made it even harder for him to have BMs. We started him on Juice Plus, a whole food, and MAN did it change our lives. I say our lives, because every three days we had a major problem on our hands when he had to go poop. Juice Plus is made up of 17 fruits and veggies. Now since your child is small, you will have to crush the chewables and put it in the food. We tried, pear juice, prune juice, massages, mineral oil... everything! I was so desperate when I found Juice Plus. It makes the stool soft and it can easily pass and it is ongoing, not a one time deal. Good Luck,

Joanne Mercer

Ashleigh - posted on 03/12/2010

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The best thing I found was pear juice, just straight pear juice and within a couple hours the diapers were exploding!

Jody - posted on 03/12/2010

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Baby Lax !!!!! It works in less than 30 minutes..... OR 1/2 TSP of DARK karo syrup for every 2oz of milk/formula in a bottle ! That softens the poopy and therefore makes it easier for baby to go. !!!!!!!! Good Luck....... If those dont work, call the dr. DO NOT use anything to insert into baby UNLESS reccommended by the dr.....

Tiffany - posted on 03/11/2010

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I gave my son prun/apple juice diluted with water...it takes time though. You can get a cue-tip and place it in his/her but and rotate to stimulate area...if that fails you can buy capsules that you place up their butt it dissloves and its immediate

Heather - posted on 03/11/2010

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prunes and apple juice always works for Keagan he was 8 months March 1st, my friend said that you can put a little mineral water in their bottle when they wake up and that works, but im too scared b/c im a paranoid first time mommy :)

Emmie - posted on 03/11/2010

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Ive done kayro syrup but my son would alway have hard stools and it seem to hurt him..But we deff. use prune juice that usually gets him going.

Jennifer - posted on 03/11/2010

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Try prune juice...also try miralax....my daughter had a bowel resection at 8 months old due to a blockage and they put her on miralax at that age....it works!

Lisa - posted on 03/10/2010

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stretching!!!! its the key to life....and a good ole massage from mama! a lil belly massage goes a long way...hope the lil one feels better soon!

Kelly - posted on 03/10/2010

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I have an 8 month old too and what has worked pretty well are baby stretches. I make sure she's not too tense and put her legs to her chest and down again while she's laying on her back then side to side, from what I've heard it loosens everything up and she hasn't had too many problems. If that doesn't work you can always try the good old prune remedy. They appear to have been my daughters favorite fruit after we tried to give them to her, as you can imagine we try not to give her too many...;) Oh! Also make sure if you are making or preparing his or her food that there is enough liquid and not too thick! Good luck!!!

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