Advice on what to give my daughter for constipation...

Charlotte - posted on 04/19/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )




My daughter is really constipated and I have tried to give her prunes, karo in her bottle, and I try to give her pear juice but she doesnt like it very muc. Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do for her?


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Jen - posted on 04/19/2010




Not sure how old your little one daughter has had constipation issues on and off since she was tiny. We had to change her formula to Enfamil Early Shield. Then we tried apple and pear juice. Sometimes needed to use glycerine tablets. Once she started eating solids, we tried prunes, apples, lots of fiber. Once she switched to whole milk, we really had issues. Her pediatrician told me to do a 1/4 capful of Miralax in her milk once a day. No problems at all ever since I gave her the Miralax and a high fiber diet. You definitely should talk to her doctor. They should be able to help you! Good luck...not fun for baby or you!!!

Phyllis - posted on 04/19/2010




mineral oil. 1/2 tsp in a drink in the morning, possibly another dose at night. Ask your pharmacist for the right kind. It was the only thing that worked for my son.

Sarah - posted on 04/19/2010




You should try glycerine tablets sounds gross i know, but it helps lube it up and easier to come out and its all natural and cost about three dollars. You could also try taking her legs and easing them toward her tummy that sometimes work, my mom did that with me and I did both with my son and daughter worked like a charm.

Kristin - posted on 04/19/2010




First, stay away from anything in the BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast ) diet until this has resolved. Those are all tummy soothers and reduce diarrhea. Fresh fruit, small chunks or pureed depending on age, diluted juice, dried fruit (prunes, raisins, etc.), higher fiber cereals and crackers, increased fluids (especially water or breastmilk), meds as directed by her doctor and only in that fashion. A warm bath helps as does exercise.

Hope that helps.

Nadia - posted on 04/19/2010




I have a 6 month old and have used prunes... BUT I have heard that 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of warm olive oil will do the trick!

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have you tried putting prune juice in her bottle? I mix at 2 1/2 oz of prune juice to an 8 oz bottle and add the formula, it looks gross but it works and my daughter didn't fight me nearly as bad as trying to give her baby food prunes. The formula helps cover the taste...oh and if you can get her to drink water..that helps too. I wasn't able to use the baby juices, cuz none of them worked, I had to use regular prune juice but i found it in little cans which are only like 5.5 it was better than buying the huge jug of it just to waste most of it...also you can freeze the leftover juice in ice cube trays so that you can use it for next time u need it..I found that each frozen cube is about an ounce..if that a couple cubes and some water and formula and your good to go...My little one gets constipated easily and so we have to keep a good supply of prune juice and such around...also be careful of the Karo syrup thing cuz it is not recommended because the high sugar content shocks the baby's system and can cause such bad diarrhea that they become dehydrated..or so they say, i've never used juice also can get them moving, but my little girl was so stubborn in the constipation dept. that I had to go with the prune juice to get things moving. Even when I gave her the full strength baby juice, she didn't go...I have always had to use the regular juice because it has more sugar and the sugar is what helps them go. Also you can take a standard thermometer, and put it in their little tushy just a little ways and move it around. I know it sounds gross, but if they have a blockage close to the end, it breaks it up and helps them get it out...If all else fails, take her to the dr...thought I would hate to do it to my little one, I wouldn't want anything bad to happen because of her constipation either...Hope this helps..

Ivy - posted on 04/19/2010




When my daughter had this problem, I gave her plums, apples and 1 medium steamed carrot. I put the plums, pears and apples in the mircowave, but cooking them on the stove will do the same with a tiny bit of water since it will cook mostly in the fruits' juices. Blend that together. I would give it to her as a meal or snack in between meals. Make sure you give her regular sips of cool boiled water.

How many days has it been since she's gone? If it has been 3 days, then take her to the doctor. She may need some medicine to help loosen the stool so she can go otherwise she may get an anal tear then that will make things much worse for the both of you to deal with.

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Peaches! That seems to be the favorite around this house...

but I've had others tell me that Applesauce will do the trick too.

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