what to do if your baby has constipation?

User - posted on 02/07/2010 ( 59 moms have responded )

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it seems that prune juice and foods with fibers are not working for my baby..any other ways?thank you much

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Diana - posted on 02/11/2010

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Apple Juice and Prune worked for my oldest son but not for my second. Pear Juice is good. A good 4+ oz and it would clean him out fast. Also and I know this sounds crazy but works. Cut a long piece of soap like off the side. Dip it in warm water and slide it in the rectom. Not all the way make sure not to loose. Do this a few time an usually they will poop. Be ready put on a towel or something. Cause when it come it comes. Doctors wont tell you this but an older person will. My mom told me it works. I promise

Felicia - posted on 02/19/2010

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I dont know how bad you baby's problem is. i hope my story can help you in some way. I would talk to your doctor.

well my now 3yro had that problem when he was a baby....I tried everything. I felt so bad I couldnt do anything to help him. it was so bad his stomach was hard and he would scream and cry trying to go. So I had to take him a warm bath and push on his stomach. I have had to put a Thermometer in his butt to break the tension so he was able to go to the bathroom. I even tried juices it helped but it didnt fix my problem. I felt horrible my son's stools were coming out rock solid almost all the time. I had to hold him in a sitting position or lay him on the bed and push his legs in to his stomach finally it was enough. I explained to the doctor over and over what was happening and finally one time when I took my son in there he saw what I was talking about and put him on a medicine. He had to take 2 -3 times a day. It worked I was worried his body would get use to the medicine and depend on it but the doctor told me its not the kind of medicine. Finally when it was time to take him off he was fine an no longer has that problem and we aren't sure why he had it and for how long he had it. He was on it for months and months.

Veronica - posted on 02/19/2010

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i used to put karo oil the dark kind just like a tsp into my sons bottle helped him out a lot

Shelley - posted on 02/14/2010

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Ther is something OTC,that is natural & recommended by peds......for contipation.My best g-freind used prunes,another used apple juice.and try to use whole wheat breads,pasta & even oatmeal.I have given both of my kids all of these foods & neither have ever had constipation.Good luck!! P.s grapes & apples my kids love!!

Rebecca - posted on 02/14/2010

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My daughter (18moths now) would, from about 6 months old, scream when she was doing a poo. She was breast feed, and the doctor swore black and blue that breast feed babies don't get constipated. They do. Turned out I needed to seriously up my water intake.

Just a note though - avoid acidic drinks and fruit - orange juice, loads of grapes, oranges, tomatoes, ect - because if you don't, it will end up more painful for them. If they poop during a nap and you don't get to it right away, the acidic stuff in their poop burns their skin. Be seriously careful about this. My daughter is hooked on grapes at the moment, and I have to limit how many she has, or she ends up with a bright red rash when she poops.

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Amanda - posted on 12/13/2015

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I am using babies magic tea to avoid my baby from constipation. It works good whenever my LO gets constipation or gas pain.

Shawna - posted on 02/02/2013

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could I mix Lax A Day with the baby formula? i need help! mixing it in water or juice, he will not take it... hes 9 months old

Angela - posted on 02/17/2010

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My daughters pediatrician actually told me to give her miralax. Just fill the bottom of the top and mix it with water or juice and make sure she drinks it all. I try to make a game of it so she will drink it better. He said to do that until she gets on a regular schedule because otherwise it could lead to a urinary tract infection which it has once before. Try that it is perfectly safe.

Christina - posted on 02/17/2010

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As I was reading all of your posts, especially when I got to the one from Erin Edwards, I was amazed at how many kids are having constipation problems. Erin, I'm really concerned about what you said about your child only going once a week and the drs. not knowing why. Have any of you who have children with continuous problems asked your doctors about Hershprungs Disease (spelling?). It is being found more and more often and is a treatable condition. The nerve endings in the bowels that signal for the body to push the waste out are not working or are not there. My daughter's half brother at her dad's house has the condition, and it can be serious if not proporly treated. Also, any doctor that says it's okay to put a child on a laxative every day for extended periods of time (some of you have said a year or more!) without finding out the root cause of the problem, really needs to be questioned. Any good doctor will tell you that taking laxatives on a regular basis is not healthy. If a laxative/stool softener is being constantly used the body becomes reliant on it and never learns to work proporly; not to mention the fact that instead of insisting on finding the root of the problem and fixing it, you're using a temporary fix (like patching a hole on a dam with a bandage) and leaving you're children to continue dealing with this issue for years to come. My advice to those of you who'schildren have chronic problems...get a second opinion, or even a third. Don't stop asking questions until you find out the true cause of the issue.

Marissa - posted on 02/16/2010

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Both my babies had constipation. If shes on formula its most likely the iron! Pear juice works well.

Aisha - posted on 02/13/2010

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I have an ongoing problem of constipation with my 5 yr old she is just not in drinking water , so I do 2 things on constant basis give her some fibersure for kids mix in milk water anything taste less a teaspoon of it every once in a while and if things get really bad I gave her one strip of pedia.lax its a quick dissolve strips works really quickly and I try cooking her food with a little butter that helps a lott too and ya fresh orange juice good luck , and yes there is a natural remedy its called semoleena dessert made with water semolina and sugar, butter really great! good luck.

Karyn - posted on 02/12/2010

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my poor little fella was constipated since birth no matter what we gave him didn't help he didn't get any better until he started solids which was fairly early bout 3 months then veges helped him get regular

User - posted on 02/12/2010

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wow!thank you so much to all who have responded!your tips are all very helpful to me..i really appreciate it!

Kristy - posted on 02/12/2010

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On top of all the great suggestions, I would try massaging your baby. This sometimes helps relax them enough that they can have a bowel movement. Start with the feet and work up towards the heart.

Good luck

Paula - posted on 02/12/2010

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If all the natural remedies fail talk to the doctor. My daughter has chronic constipation and was we tried everything else including the fleet suppositories. I talked to her doctor who had us do a suppository to help remove the plug then prescribed lactulose to maintain regularity. Fleet suppositories are great for immediate relief but its not something to do on a regular basis because its invasive. It is not packaged for children under 2 so you have to consult with the doctor but it is the only thing that will work 100% of the time.

Ashiyana - posted on 02/12/2010

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Miralax was the only thing that worked for my daughter. She's 24 lbs. and 1 teaspoon a day mixed in with her milk does the trick! We tried everyting else before that (prunes, more water, less milk, mineral oil, etc.). But nothing worked! Try this before your baby becomes scared to "go", otherwise it just exacerbates the problem. Good luck!

Mindy - posted on 02/12/2010

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My daughter is always able to poop a few minutes after drinking some apple juice- she even knows that apple juice helps her and she asks for some when she is constipated!

Carey - posted on 02/12/2010

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I did not see the approach my sister's and I have used to keep our kids regular, which is more on the homeopathic side. My sister's oldest son was prescribed Miralax at one time when his was real bad and it works great, but that is a laxative and I would hate to use it regularly. Our bodies are naturally supposed to have bacteria in our stomachs to help break down our food. When we eat a lot of processed food we tend to lack that. We started giving our kids acidolphus. It is available in powder form (so you can mix in drinks or food), chewables for your toddlers and capsules for bigger kids and adults. Acidolphus is a probiotic and you see it advertised all the time in Activia for keeping your digestive system regular. My 7 seven year old had terrible halitosis and it made her breath not have any smell to it at all. My 3 year old loves her chewables and asks for them all the time, she has no bowel problems at all. You can find all three types of acidolphus in a health store, I get my chewables at my local small town pharmacy and I know Walmart carries the capsules and possibly the chewables as well. So if you already give your kids vitamins you can just add this to their routine, or get some of the powder and keep it handy in the kitchen to mix in their drink at meal time or in a soft food they are eating (it will dissolve). If you are curious about anything else it can do for you, because the benefits are great then google it you will find a lot of information. I picked up a little paperback at my healthfood store and was amazed at all the things it does for our body besides help keep us regular.

Catherine - posted on 02/12/2010

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Sometimes the only answer (short term) is suppositories. It's not nice - but it does fix the immediate problem. Our eldest daughter needed them several times to avoid/limit anal bleeding from the constipation.

Bridgett - posted on 02/12/2010

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Yes I agree with the Karo Syrup. About 1 TBSP of Original Karo Syrup in an 1-2oz ozs of water will definitely help.

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agreeing with others that some sugar (i used soft brown sugar) with cool boiled water gets the baby moving....however it is not uncommon for a breastfed baby to go for 10-12 days without bowel movement. also massage the lower tum following the intestine path.

Kanza - posted on 02/11/2010

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Well, every time my daughter gets constipated, i give her half teaspoon of luke warm olive oil at night before she goes to sleep and it really works

Annette - posted on 02/11/2010

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Have you ever tried cheerios and milk, for some reason it always makes my daughter go, even if they haven't gone in 2-3 days..

Rachel - posted on 02/11/2010

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Hi, a remedy I haven't seen yet is brown sugar in warm water a small amount before and after meals or just morning and night, fab for breast to formula babies and fussy eaters. Just to add to an earlier soap stick method, that is incredibly bad for the internal balance as soap dries all natural oils and can lead to heamaroids later on and other bowel issues, method was used on a friend.

Niccole - posted on 02/11/2010

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I would try pure applejuice. If that doesn't work, try a small dose of Miralax.

Samantha - posted on 02/11/2010

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when my daughter gets constipated, usually we put her in a warm bath and massage her tummy. sometimes you have to be prepared to clean the bathtub after! its always worked for us though

Ashley - posted on 02/11/2010

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also we used to lay him down and in a clockwise movement rub and push just below his tummy and push his knees to his chest , over and over again and it really helped to actually get him to go once he was not wanting to go

Ashley - posted on 02/11/2010

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My son had alot of bowel problems when he was young to the point were he tore when he finally went to the washroom and developed a real fear of using the washroom , I tried Corn syrup and water , corn syrup and formula ,Prune Juice, I used Colace to soften his bowel movements , I tried all fruits vegetables, I even used saposatories and finally had enough of seeing him in pain , I had seen doctor after doctor too . Finally at 19 months old he had a ped that said it was common for infants to have their bowels overlap slighty which causes constipation and that he needed to be on a perscribed laxative and after a month - month and half of taking it when needed he was able to go to the washroom properly and bowel movements became more often it was at least once a week he will never go everyday until he gets a bit older . The doctor told me it's common upto 2 years old

Kassi - posted on 02/11/2010

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Miralax is a great way to help little ones poop. I was told by our pediatrician when my daughter was 1 to give her 1/4 of a capful of that. It is very gentle and very safe... you can give it to them every day if you need to! I would call about dosage for a baby. :)

Debby - posted on 02/11/2010

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Watermelon, and alot of high fiber foods as mentioned already. My daughter was hospitalized last month because of the problem, but we've been told to give her 1 cup of watermelon chunks each day, 1 cup of prune juice, and to cut out bananas and cheese from her diet...we haven't had any problems since

Penney - posted on 02/11/2010

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My daughter has had this problem since she was born, and now she is 2. The pediatrician suggested a powered product called Lax-a-day. You put it in her bottle or sippy cup. It is added to her fluid intake. It does wonders. The best part about it is that there bowels don't rely on it. They could use it for life and it is very safe. Check it out with your doctor before using it, but it is great, and they sell it at any pharmacy :)

Quianna - posted on 02/11/2010

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Depending on whether or not you're looking for actually medicine or just some things you can do at home to help your baby. As far as medicines go I'd just consult your pediatrician to see what they suggest because certain meds won't help every child. But I know when my daughter is constipated- I give her apple juice and increase her fruit intake. But since you've already stated that PRUNE juice isn't working then I'd definitely consult with the doctor. Hope everything works out!

Naomi - posted on 02/11/2010

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Definitely speak with your pediatrician about it. Ours recommended that we put our son on Miralax to get him moving and then to get him regular. But Miralax or Milk of Magnesia should not be used without the guidance of a pediatrician.

Some other simple things you can do are give him plenty of water if he is over one year old and provide plenty of fruit.

Courtney - posted on 02/11/2010

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my son had this problem when he was about 8 months old and occassionally still does. After trying all the food alternatives and juices, his gastroenterologist and pediatrician put him on 1tsb twice a day up to 2tsp twice a day of yup Miralax. It is an amazing med. I would talk to the dr first but it is the best think for constipation.

Fathima - posted on 02/10/2010

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I think you can give more water and other fresh fruit juices.Increase the dairy products such as youghurt,cheese,butter. You may increase milk serving make it slightly diluted.You know in some babies this is common and they will be normal after some time.good luck!

Erin - posted on 02/10/2010

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hey, my little one has not gone potty by herself since day one. we have tried everything nder the sun, dr.s dont know what is wrong, but she is on 3Tbl of miralax 2x a day. even then she only goes once a week. i have also found that V-8 tropical orange splash, not watered down helps things move along... good luck!

Emily - posted on 02/10/2010

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I had the same problem, and as a quick relief, my doctor asked me to feed her sugar water (she was about 7-8 months then). I was very iffy about feeding her sugar and so I took doctor's advice of dropping colace in milk. It worked, after which I made sure I fed her A LOT of prune juice and peaches.

Julie - posted on 02/10/2010

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Maple syrup or Karo works great too. lather it on pancakes. My 2yr old was having a terrible time with constipation for awhile,but after I started paying better attention and making sure to give her a well balanced meal, no more problems :)
It's hard since most of our kids are a bit finicky and they only want to eat certain foods. I bought little trays (plates) at Target for $1 and the plates have 5 different separations for you to put several different foods on the plate at once. Fruits and veggies are a must and always try to serve them with each meal. If you little one doesn't like peas, try frozen peas. I give my little girl frozen peas & corn and she usually likes it, especially the peas. I even eat them :) Offer fresh fruit w/ breakfast or mix it in their cereal. Good luck :)

Carol - posted on 02/10/2010

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my ped suggested that I use 4 oz bottle of warm water with close to a Tbl spoon of dark karo syrup in it.. it worked perfect most the time while they were still drinking the bottle.. was truly amazing how fast and non harsh it was..

Deborah - posted on 02/09/2010

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Hi I have a 3 year old but when she was much smaller I would give her Gerber Prune Juice which works well and dose not upset the tummy. Also sugar water work I learn that from my 75 year old grandmother that works just as well. I the baby is being feed naturally then some times it take longer for them to use the washroom that what I was told by her doctor.

Lisa - posted on 02/09/2010

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I have used 1 teaspoon dark karo syrup / brown sugar or molasses in the bottle, prune juice in 7up (tastes kind of like Dr. Pepper), Chopped up dried prunes with breakfast. I have finally resorted to Mirilax in her sippy cup once a day by directive of our pediatrician. This works well and the dosage can be adjusted. My daughter has been on it for over a year now.

Melissa - posted on 02/09/2010

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Mirilax.....My daughter has been on it since she was 8 months old and shes 2 1/2 now. The doctor gave it to her and you can but it over the counter. Just nix it in their juice or milk . it has no flavor and works wonders.

Leanne - posted on 02/08/2010

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My 6 month old son Had problems for the first 2 months, I tried the water, water with apple juice, and water with brown sugar - it didn't work.

But when I knew he was trying to go,

I used to move his legs around - Stretch them out then bend his legs and push them down into his stomach (not really hard, just enough to cause some movement in his bowls), moving them from side to side. and repeat.

I did this for about 5 mins or so, and he used to then manage to go about 30-60mins after I had done that.

I also used to take his nappy off and lay it under him, so there was nothing making it any harder for him. This worked for Him. Hope it helps!

Jenna - posted on 02/08/2010

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I feel your pain. My son has had problems with constipation since he was born. We tried everything from karo syrup (which worked the first few times, then stopped), juice, increased water, cut back milk, eat more fruits, eat more veggies, fiber fiber fiber. Still, my son was having problems, including blood in his stool. Finally the doctor gave us a prescription for a generic Mirilax, IT WORKS!!!!! We are so happy to finally have our son not be in pain when he has to potty. If you are trying and trying everything and nothing is helping, I would suggest talking with your pediatrician. I hope that helps.

Amanda - posted on 02/08/2010

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Vegetables, vegetables, and more vegetables. If it gets to be too much and too runny, try banana to stiffen up

Carolyn - posted on 02/07/2010

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Water, water and some apple juice, the sugar in the juice help get her going and the water will loosen her up. Good luck

Kathy - posted on 02/07/2010

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My son always did well with grapes, grape juice, etc. My 3-year-old daughter tends to hold her bowel so she gets 1 tablespoon of mineral oil daily. If she's really having a hard time, 2 tablespoons daily. I mix it in her oatmeal or just put it in her morning/evening juice or milk. It's odorless and tasteless so she doesn't even know. Good luck!

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