Remedy for constipation

Fikile - posted on 01/13/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )




Please assist.I have a 7 month daughter who is always constipated. She still on breast milk & does not like food. Should I give her something that would help?
Please help.


Kate CP - posted on 01/13/2011




Is she just not pooping often or are her stools hard and dry like rabbit pellets? Does she grunt and strain when she tries to go? These are signs of constipation. Not going frequently isn't really a sign of constipation in and of itself.

Laura - posted on 01/13/2011




Kate makes excellent points: If your daughter is breast-fed and not pooping frequently, that does NOT mean she is actually constipated! Breast-fed babies can actually go days without a bowel movement. Then the stool should be soft and normal looking when she does go. This is quite normal for breast-fed babies!

If, however, your daughter's stool is hard like "marbles", she strains when trying to go, stiffens her legs while going, then you may be dealing with constipation issues. For that Louise's remedy works wonders! Prune juice can also be used, diluting it just the same. Massaging the tummy gently, using light pressure, can help stimulate her bowels and break up gas, too. Hope this helps and good luck!

Louise - posted on 01/13/2011




Offer her some 100% apple juice diluted with freshly cooled boiled water made up 1-4. This is very gentle on the tummy and was recommended to me by the health visitor it really does work.


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Erin - posted on 02/03/2011




My son is almost 8 months and has had problems with constipation alot too. We've tried pureed prunes and that sometimes helps but his pediatrician said to try putting 1 tbsp of Karo syrup once a day on his bottle. I've never heard of that but he's been good for the past couple of weeks. I don't do it everday, maybe 2-3 times a week.

Melissa - posted on 01/14/2011




Callie is absolutely correct stay clear of rice cereal breast fed babies should never be introduced to rice cereal as a first food. Ive found it doesnt matter whether your baby has gone one day or 7 days you know when they are constipated (in respnse to Kate) because just of the way they are acting and Ive found I usually knw how my baby is and when she usually goes at first when I started solids I thought it was just normal for her to go over a week because she was breast I didnt think a tiny amount of food woukd bind her up. I was wrong and learnt that a baby having any kind of food can get constipated within a day. My daughter would cut herself badly broke my heart even just after one shes 5.5 months and w'ere learning to manage it with tones of medicines and juice and most importantly no cereal

Callie - posted on 01/13/2011




You said she doesn't like food. Does that mean she's not eating any food? Because if she's eating rice cereal it can be very binding and cause constipation. If she's eating cereal I would stop. But the suggestions the other ladies gave will help soften her stools.

Fikile - posted on 01/13/2011




Hi Kate,
The problem is her stools is hard and dry. Only pooping once a day.

Thank you.

Melissa - posted on 01/13/2011




solely breast fed babies rarely get constipated. Try warm baths, fish oil capsules (cut the end off and put the liquid in with a bottle), lactulose, prune/apple/orange juice, sugared water or suppositores are some things for her age group. Breast fed babies get constipated on any kind of solids because their bodies dont know how to handle it (if this is the cause). Make sure shes having at least 2 bottles of prune juice per day made up 1 ounce prunce juice 1 ounce water each plus add a tea spoon of raw sugar. Dont let her go more then 3-5 days if shes having solids. It will cut her and be very painful. Suppositories are painless and help them wihin 30 minutes but are not something to be replied upon even though they work well. Use a cotton tip with vaseline when changing nappys and make sure you apply lots of cream when changing so she can pass stools easier if shes constipated. Its become habit for me now with both my girls who go up to a week

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