constipation!! HELP!!

Dawn - posted on 07/27/2009 ( 41 moms have responded )

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My 2 and a half month old son has really bad contipation and i've tried corn syrope and it doesn't work and i was told that giving him apple juice would work but i know that its not good for him until hes 6 months do you have any advice?

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Carmen - posted on 07/30/2009

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high, im carmen, and ive got 3 kids, youngest is 2. as funny as this may sound...... drip some olive oil (about the size of a 5c piece) on your hand and massage it onto the lower part of your babys belly. then keep that area warm. i swear within half hour to an hour, your baby will relieve himself. you see, when the olive oil warms up under clothing, it helps soften any poo your baby may be having troubles passing. give it a go, it cant hurt. worked quite a few times for me. let me know how you go.

Tiffany - posted on 07/28/2009

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Sugar Warter it is a natarul laxative that is what our Dr. said to do it works every time and no diaper rash like with juice.

Lori - posted on 07/28/2009

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My son had those same issues when he was that age. I tried letting him go as long as possible since I was breastfeeding, but he was in horrible pain and was extremely fussy. I took him in to the doctor and they gave him an infant suppository. It took him about 15 seconds and he took the biggest poo he ever took. They told me if he is as uncomfortable as he was when I brought him in, just give him a suppository. I was leery of it, but they told me that some babies will close/clench their anus shut but still push like they are pooping so they get really uncomfortable. When you put the suppository in there, they relax their anus and then are able to poop. They assured me he would figure it out on his own eventually and that it wouldn't cause him to be dependent on it. We had to do that for about 2 months. My guy is 13 months now and poops like a champ!

Andrea - posted on 08/02/2009

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I'm sure you have already heard this, but just in case, MIneral oil in bottle with formula or milk works wonders. Both my children have issues in this area, and both were much regular through infant and toddler years with a spoon full of mineral oil mixed with something at bed time.

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I would talk to your pediatrician about it. My sister-in-law had issues with her son and they gave him a suppository, which totally took care of it. And your pediatrician can tell you whether it's okay to give him juice and how much and when to be concerned and all that stuff.

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Mishalla - posted on 08/04/2009

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First apple juice makes it worse it may make thhem poop but it also causes the bowels to bleed. RICE baby ceral put it in his milk,it's ok to give him cereal now alternate between oatmel and rice don't make every bottle cereal,do cereal(RICE) then just a milk bottle then an OATMEAL cereal bottle then the next few bottles just milk then repeat with cereals and milk...this will help with the constipation i have a 3month old and it worked wonders................

Erin - posted on 08/03/2009

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We had the same problem and used prune juice. Or if you want apple prune juice may be more appealing to your little one. Good luck!

Sue - posted on 08/03/2009

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Have you tried giving him a gentle tummy massage. You can use olive oil or massage oil. In a clockwise direction start on the right had side and work all the way around his intestines and stomach and finish on the left side at the large intertines. After you have done small circles do some bigger circles always clockwise and then rest your hands gentle upon his tummy. My kids loved it and they were soon regular. Watered down freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning is also very good.

LaTosha - posted on 08/03/2009

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My little girl stays constipated...i always give her apple juice to help her bowls I use half apple juice and half water...if you delute it, its not near as bad for them! try that it might help

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my daughter is 6 1/2 months old and had a horrible bout of constipation last week! We took her at 2am to the ER it was so bad! The Doc gave her a suppository and told us that any time a baby has constipation it is directly related to the formula(if formula feeding). She was drinking 180ml of Similac Advance for 6-12 month olds..He said instead of giving her the full 3 scoops that we add into the bottle to temporarily make it about 2.75 scoops and give her "sips" of water between feedings. I have to say i was not sure of this, but we did it anyway, and it worked...In my opnion the suppository he gave her did wonders because she was fine after that...We give her one juice a day and and 2 meals of banana cereal as well as her normal bottles....Im not sure about a 2 month old though, but, my vote goes to the suppository when it gets really bad and painful... Within 5 minutes of the suppository she had "done her business" and was fine!

Heather - posted on 08/03/2009

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hi i am a mum of 4, my first born started with constipation at the same age as your son. i tried everything fruit juices and suger water but nothing worked. i went to my gp who perscribed lactolose, a natrul fruit medicine. that didnt work, the doctor dismissed us realy and said my son lewis would grow out of it. he didnt, it took me many visits to the doctors before they reffered us to the hospital. he is 9 naw and has been on movacol pediactric suspension since he was 5. because this problem didnt get sorted when it first began, my son has suffered alot with stomach pain, and he has to continue to have his movacol till he is 11 years old. the milk i gave lewis as a baby was sma gold when i had my other 3 children i used cow n gate and none of them had any problems at all. i dont know why i never thought of changing his baby milk, but it was never suggested to me. i hpoe you get this arful problem sorted very soon, it is more comman naw than it was 9 years ago, good luck

Lara - posted on 08/02/2009

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I have always used prune juice and slippery elm, can make the juice diluted and buy the elm at your nearest health shop. As for the age you would need to check with health shop person. I would just say try natural product is better than product with a chemical base at this age - never know what physisological make up your child is, therefore what he is predisposed to with chemical man made products is yet to present itself reaction wise. Good luck.

Kylie - posted on 08/02/2009

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my now 4 month old daughter was constipated from the day she was born and i was trying everything. Under the advice of our doctor we tried orange juice until 'she sorted it out for herself'. It was only a teaspoon before every feed. it really worked but i became less keen for this method becasue of the sugar content. the naturopath suggested Colxyl drops which are a natural product. These worked really well also. I slowly started to wean her off the drops and when i started her only solids at 3.5months she did sort it out for herself. I think the trick is not to sto looking for answers til you are satisfied. Good Luck.

Chris - posted on 08/02/2009

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We would put extra water in my oldest daughter's bottles for her when she was constipated, and that usually worked with her. However, that trick doesn't work with my youngest daughter. We always have to give her mostly juice and a little water.

Kimberly - posted on 08/02/2009

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my sister used white grape juice - diluted and my pediatrician recommended 1 oz. prune juice w/ 1 oz. water. Worked like a charm for my infant daughter - but I don't think she was as young as yours - so talk to your pediatrician.

Julie - posted on 08/01/2009

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Like some of the others have said talk to your pediatrician. If you are using formula it has iron and it might be the reason for the constipation. My son had problems with constipation until after he was toilet trained. It took several times of mentioning it to my pediatrician before he prescribed a natural laxative. I also had to limit his dairy products and increase his fruits and vegetables. I also found that those fruits and vegetables with a "p" in it to be the most effective. This would be things like peaches, apricots, peas, etc. Hope this helps.

Danielle - posted on 08/01/2009

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Water helps with constipation also. I would put half water and half apple or prune juice!

Genevieve - posted on 08/01/2009

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Before giving your child any sort of juice, food or meds check with your pediatrician. I went through some constipation issues with my daughter after we started rice cereal at 5 months. A way to help without administering any meds or food is to use a traditional/rectal thermometer to stimulate a bowel movement. After placing a probe cover on the tip, use some petroleum jelly and lube up the tip. Gently insert it about 1/2 inch into the baby's rectum for a few moments. Remove and discard the probe cover. That may stimulate the baby's bowels enough to encourage a bowel movement and the leftover jelly will help ease the bowel movement's friction if it is hard, which could otherwise be uncomfortable for baby. This advice was given to me by my ped's RN. Just be prepared...the bowel movement could come very rapidly or even during the treatment, so have a diaper, wipes and other things handy just in case. Hope this helps you!

Colby - posted on 08/01/2009

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My doctor told me just this week to give my just now 2 month old diluted apple juice. She said not to do it alot but about 2 ounces of juice diluted with 2 ounces of water about twice a week would work great.

Kylee - posted on 07/31/2009

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I am a mother of a 5yr old and 16 month old and I found the best way is plenty of water if he will take it with the bottle and plenty of Breast milk or Formula it helps keep them regular.

Samantha - posted on 07/31/2009

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Babies aren't supposed to have fruit or juice until 6 months, but it was all that helped my daughter. I would mix one ounce of juice to about two ounces of water. Also, a lot of my friends have been having trouble with it, as well as me, and we seemed to agree that it was possibly the formula. Similac was really bad for my daughter, enfamil was good for her... the juice/water mix really does work!

Crystal - posted on 07/31/2009

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my daughter was constipated at one month and I know it sounds werid but the doctor said to stick a thermometer up the babys butt a little and it will get releasted.

Michele - posted on 07/31/2009

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My daughter had the same problem. My doctor told me to give her mineral oil (no taste or smell and) every couple of days. I believe it was a 1/4-1/2 teaspoon and when she got older moved up to 1 teaspoon.

Bryanne - posted on 07/31/2009

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My daughter is 5 months old now and has had similar issues. When she was that age, my pediatrician recommended putting on a rubber glove, getting a little petroleum jelly on your pinky and just putting the very tip of it in -- not past your first knuckle. It's gross, but it's safe, you're not adding anything to their diet that shouldn't be there, and works really well to help stimulate those little bowels! If it's a chronic problem, you can get glycerin suppositories for children at any drug store, cut off the tip and put that in. You don't need to use the whole thing for a baby that young. Good luck, I hope he feels better!

Shannon - posted on 07/31/2009

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I had the same problem with my son when he was about the same age. I did the corn syrup with water. It doesn't work immediately and if after 4-6 hours repeat. I think it was 2 tablespoons of corn syrup to one once of water.

Michelle - posted on 07/31/2009

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my DR. had me give my daughter one bottle with Kayro sryup in it a day. it was the only thing that helped her! Ask you DR. and see if they recomend that also. She is 8 now.

Elyssa - posted on 07/30/2009

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I had the same problem when my son was about the same age. We were worried about giving him juice because the doctors said it wasn't good for him, but we gave him a LITTLE prune juice (about 1 oz prune juice mixed with 4-5 oz water in one day) and well, lets just say, he wasn't constipated anymore. If you do that, I definitely recommend keeping him home all day. you never know when it'll kick in! If you do take him out, bring a change of clothes for both yourself and your baby! (I made this mistake, and it's not one I'm willing to make again!) If that doesn't work then I read (when my son was no longer constipated) that you should try to get the baby's bowels moving by laying them on their back and rotating their legs like they were riding a bicycle. I guess when you move your leg muscles it helps loosen you up. I haven't tried it, but it wouldn't hurt to give it a shot! let me know how it all works out!

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Some babies have slow bowels. Their little bodies may has slower peristaltic action of the intestine. I gave my son a homemade fig paste~ boiled figs for a few minutes, then mash up and add a bit of applesauce. Worked great. No apple juice is necessary if you are breastfeeding. Baby needs water for softer stools. Also, pick up an enema bulb for those days that baby is in real pain, you may need to squirt some water up there to get poop going.

Jenny - posted on 07/30/2009

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I know how you feel my daughter had constant constipation issues when she was a baby! There's not alot you can do since he is so young. If you do give him any kind of juice, prune would work the best but I would definetly water it down. Also if you are feeding him baby cereal I would take that out of his diet. We didn't ever feed my daughter baby cereals because it constipated her so badly! Also try some Mylicon Drops. They are for gas but I have used them with both of my kids and they seem to help with pooing problems also.

Symantha - posted on 07/30/2009

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Hi my name is Symantha, I have two kids and my youngest Autumn use to have the same problem. Prune juice did help but not fast enough on it's own. After she would drink the juice i would lay her on her back and grab her feet and push them up towards her stomach, adding pressure helped her go to the bathroom a lot easier!!

Anita - posted on 07/30/2009

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have u tried taking ur lil one to a chiro who specialises with babies and toddlers?...chiropratics gentle manipulation on/around the spine helps with alot of things like colic, constipation, restlessness, sleep issues...etc...

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had the same problem with my newborn the doctor gave me lacson you can buy it over the counter its not a laxative 2.5ml should do the trick.phone your doc and hear what he has to say.

TinaMarie - posted on 07/28/2009

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My daughter is now 22 months and she has always had constipation issues. Her Pediatrician finally recommended Miralax and it works great!!!! It is extremely gentle and safe. Ask your Pediatrician if you can do that!!! My daughter was so bad at one point we were in the ER, she gets bad!

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My son also had constipationv when he was 6 month old (even though the doctor told me that he can`t get constipated because i was fully nursing at the time) but he was in so much pain that we went to the ER and they gave us the option to use a suppository and worked great. He got rid of everything. I`d try it out.

Angela - posted on 07/27/2009

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i went through the same thing when my baby was that age,,,he would hold it for almost 10 - 14 days....just wait it out....are you breastfeeding? also i was told by the doctor and lactation specialist that it is only constipation if the poop comes out in hard balls...my son did the holding thing for a while then he would get really cranky and the next day he would poop....boy would he poop! alll over the place, but now he goes almost three times a day.. when i used the prune, apple, white grape juice i was told those juices, even watered down were too harsh for his system and causing a lot of discomfort for his tummy.

Carianne - posted on 07/27/2009

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A friend of mine used Apple Juice and it really helped her 3month old. The Pediatrician also suggested Prune Juice. Personally I believe the prune juice would be better because it seems that he wouldn't have to drink as much of it. Although apple juice would sure taste better! I think that the only reason fruit juice isn't recommended at this point is because of the sugar content. As long as he isn't drinking more than what he needs to in order to take care of the constipation it should be fine. I think priority #1 would be taking care of the constipation, then worry about the sugar intake when that's overwith!

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