HELP!!! Enfamil A.R is making my son so constipated, nothing works!

Amanda - posted on 12/25/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My son got put on enfamil A.R- I recently got suggestions to use prune juice and Karo Syrup and neither have worked. I tried a laculose that doesnt even work. The only thing really working is the suppositiories but I dont want him to get use to having a bowel movement from that. Any other suggestions? My son will be 7 months on January 2.. We have been seeing the doctor nonstop. He was put on the A.R becuase he kept spitting up.



I am getting so stressed from it I am thinking about putting him back on his gentlease and giving him the zantac to stop him from sptting up.

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Gwen - posted on 12/29/2009

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We use fortified Rice Milk. After trying prunes, apple juice, Karo syrup, suppositories, etc. it was the only thing that worked.

Chamie - posted on 12/29/2009

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Oh my! My son spit up so much that people didn't want to hold him. I tried everything. the only thing that sort of worked was rice cereal in his bottle. i think it was 20z of cereal to every 4oz of formula. All that switching formulas made it worse. i did end up liking similac best because it didn't stink so bad. And i used prune juice in the bottles and i used a good bit.
the only thing that is going to stop the spitting up is time. some babies valves aren't fully functioning, it takes some time. but by the time he starts trying to walk, it will stop. i think mine stopped at about 9-10 months. Try to always feed at an incline and leave in that position for a while afterwards. trust me it will stop!

Erin - posted on 12/29/2009

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Both my kids had constipation problems. I learned so much about it that my friends all call me when they have problems. With their kids or even themselves! LOL

Anyway, the good things I have found are: Pear juice (straight-no water)/baby food/fresh, white grape juice. Soy items can help. Also give him a couple of ounces of water during the day to add to the fluid, Warm Baths that go up to their nipple line (I usually got in with them at that age) and the Fleets Enema for Babies (it is the same as the suppository but I think it is less traumatic because it is a tiny bulb syringe type thing of liquid so you only insert a tiny bit of it)

I also found that some dr.s under prescribe lactalose, maybe get a 2nd opinion? Also, how long did you give it to him. It doesn't necessarily work right away at first.

Things not to give him are: bananas, apples (I know some people recommend it but it can have pectin and and that can add to constipation), high fiber veggies (will make him gassy and cause pain), rice or corn cereal.

One of the reasons constipation can be so hard to deal with is because the intestines get used to being stretched out and can stay that way. THen they fill up with stool again and it takes so long for it to get through that maost of the liquid gets absorbed before it can pass and it backs up again. Kind of a vicious cycle for babies especially.

Chelsy - posted on 12/29/2009

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Oh just noticed try the gentlease with the cereal. that will probably work better for him good luck :)

Chelsy - posted on 12/29/2009

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Do you have any normal formula left??? If you do make a 6oz bottle at 2scoops of rice cereal to the bottle and try that. Its pretty much the same thing as the AR but its not as thick. And my son still poops when he eats it. lol

Susan - posted on 12/29/2009

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My son also gets constipated because of the formula he is on. I found that stewing the prunes and mixing it in to some fruit or yogrut( it pretty much tasteless). I use about a half teaspoon a day, but start small a work you way up till you find the right balance. I stew the prunes by putting 4 of them in a small pot with about 2 cups of water. On a low heat, simmer till most of the water is gone and the prunes are soft, remove the pits, if they had them and mash. I keep them in the fridge for a week. It might 2-3 days to get things moving but I hope this works for you I understand your frustrastion.

Paulette - posted on 12/27/2009

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When he is taking the laculose it is really important that he drinks alot of water for it to really work..otherwise you can try plum juice.

Brandi - posted on 12/26/2009

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My daughter had horrilbe constipation and spit up most of her formula. We switched her to Similac Alimintum. It is lactose and soy free and the proteins are partially broken down so it's easier to digest. It really helped! We had to use the glycerin suppositories for a little while until her body got used to the new formula and it was so much better! Good Luck! I know it's really hard! It will get better though! She is almost 2 now and she grew out of these problems right after her 1st Birthday.

Cindy - posted on 12/26/2009

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I totally know where you are coming from! It is awful! My daughter had the same issues and luckily she is over it now, but my pediatrician put her on Similac Alimentum (purple can) and it worked great for the constipation. It is much more expensive than the others, but so worth it. He also had me add a couple teaspoons of rice cereal in her bottles because it is harder for them to spit up. But, ultimately he put her on the Zantac and it solved the problem. I think she was on it for about 3 months and then I took her off of it. She has not had a problem since. Good luck!

Jenny - posted on 12/26/2009

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Two of my children have chronic constipation. They are on miralax. Works wonders, is not digested, therefore can't harm them. Not addictive. The doctor put us on a prescription of miralax. I mix it with juice, about a cap full. I have also heard flax seed oil, just haven't tried it yet.

Check the formula, mine also have a milk protein allergy, which can cause constipation. We r on soy, but I still have to give the miralax. I would love to know what works.

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Basically just trying to keep on a routine of eating and drinking might help. Try Gerber Apple Prune juice every morning. I know doctors don't like giving baby's water, but giving him a few ounces of water a couple times a day will help also.

Shanice - posted on 12/26/2009

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I have been there. My son has been on every formula that enfamil made except 1 and he is 12 weeks. The enfamil A.R. is sooooooo thick. What I did was switch him to similac sensitive R.S., which is the same it just isn't as thick!!!!! My son's doctor told me to add oatmeal cereal with a little caro and within a few days his poo got a lot better! Hope this helps!

Erica - posted on 12/25/2009

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i had the same problem with enfamil with my son.. take him to the doc. they'll change his milk. they changed mine to enfamil gentle ease.. it works too.

Karrie - posted on 12/25/2009

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my middle child was always very constipated and i also used the karo and supositories but i found that white grape juice worked very well. you can also get a medicine otc that is for gas but it helps them go as well.

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Well since its seems he was put on Zantac most likely the Doc mentioned acid reflux (my daughter has the same thing). Try Good Start Soy its easier for them to digest and doesn't cause the problems that you get with Enfamil/Isomil. Soy is the easiest formula for babies to digest and most doctors are suggesting it for babies that have a hard time breaking down regular milk based formulas. Another suggestion would be to add some Pedialyte to his diet slowly. It might just be that he's a lil dehydrated from the formula you are using, normally when they are dehydrated they will not have bowel movements but I would definately suggest trying Good Start Soy :) if he gets gassy from the switch try giving him Mylicon drops a couple times a day to help with the relief but not too much because it can cause drowsiness and constipation in large doses.

Vicki - posted on 12/25/2009

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give baby some apple juice or pear juice or sauces that always worked for me. i didn't want then to have the runs but thats what always happened to me if they ate to much of them.. good luck

Esmeralda - posted on 12/25/2009

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that happend to my son ernesto when baby but i started to give him watter and that made hem go..

Shirda - posted on 12/25/2009

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Beening tho you already went to the doctor's i would suggest you switch him to a lactose free formula like isomil which is soy base and may help cuz i had a nephew dealing with the same thing and it help when we change his milk and also did try the soap in the child bottom

Kristen - posted on 12/25/2009

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well i know there is a medicine called pedia-lax for babies. but if you don't want to use medicines...try giving him a few ounces of juicy-juice and put warmth on his belly. if it gets too bad then i would see the doctor. he may need something added to his formula.

Heidi - posted on 12/25/2009

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How old is your son?

I would suggest talking to the Dr about possibly switching formulas. We had to use Isomil Advance for my son as he had a difficult time with the lactose based formulas.

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