My son is 9wks old and this past week he has been constipated. Any ideas on how to make him more comfortable?

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Rebekah - posted on 05/07/2009

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Try giving your baby some water periodically throughout the day. My doctor said no more 2 ounces in a day for a newborn baby. Sometimes this does the trick - it worked for us for a little bit, but then I had to supplement with formula and that made him worse, so we did the molasses bottle.

Make a molasses bottle, 1 ounce molasses to 4 ounces warm water. Give your baby that throughout the day, about an ounce at a time, it will relieve him.

I tried the prune juice with my son, but it actually upset his tummy and made him more constipated. So, we reverted to the molasses because it's all natural.

If he needs immediate relief, go get some of those pediatric glycerine suppositories (only use these if you HAVE to). Your baby needs to learn to push and if you do these too much, your baby will rely on them. We only did this if our son was screaming in pain and throwing up his milk because he was so constipated.

Aliska - posted on 05/07/2009

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My son had this problem when he was a baby and the nurse advised to mix his baby cereal with prune juice rather than milk. He was happy with the taste and it worked at the other end too!

Megan - posted on 05/05/2009

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The Best good old fationed trick in the books is......brown sugar and water! just a little bit of brown sugar. It still workd for my 11 month old daughter :)

Jayde - posted on 05/01/2009

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I would try Coloyxl you can get it of th shelf from the chemist just add a little bit to there bottle and it helps to soften it. My daughter had the same problem and was pushing for hours on end i used this a couple of times and it was fixed.

Karen - posted on 04/30/2009

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My daughter was like that and the doctor told me to dilute just one spoon of formula to 4 oz of water for a day or what ever measurements of formula she is on instead of her regular feed and it worked

Leslie - posted on 04/30/2009

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Jennifer that would have been my next step...I guess it depends on the Pediatricians we work for as the ones I do usually don't allow us to advise this unless they do so personally with the parent ...they usually go by the age and what they will tolerate..Good Call on the info for this Mother....Thank you fellow Nurse...blessings to you and have a great day!

Jennifer - posted on 04/30/2009

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You can also try a little prune juice in his bottles. We tell moms that all the time at the office.You can put one half to one ounce of prune juice in a bottle of formula, breast milk or even water.You can do that a couple of times a day.

Leslie - posted on 04/30/2009

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You may also try some good old fashion Karo syrup with water and see if that helps ....I am a Pediatric RN and worked for 7 Pediatricians and used to triage alot of New Moms like yourself...the water in itself should help ..if not then we will go to the next step..I hope this helps though....congrats on the new angel in your life..Leslie

Cheryl - posted on 04/29/2009

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My sons pediatrician used to suggest applesauce mixed with the formula and/or apple juice mixed in. Check with your pediatrician first though ---I am no doctor! =) Congrats on the baby!

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