Baby Constipation

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

megz06:  my infant goes up to a week without pooping, which is normal. but maybe it’s different with formula??

have you tried the rectal thermometer? i’ve never heard of that concotion, but I have heard of a little prune juice mixed with water.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

My bun is still in the oven but I remember my SIL mixing water or breastmilk (whatever you prefer) with prune juice. Sounds delicous right? Blah. It worked. I think it was 1oz prune juice and a little over 1oz of water. Also you can try putting vaseline on a qtip and inserting only the tip of the qtip in DS’s butt and swirling it around a bit to help things slide out, my SIL had to do that too.

 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

 

megz06:  I have never tried that. How old is your son? I used to rarely have to do this but to help my son I would give him just a little apple juice and that used to clear up the problem. But that depends on how old your son is and if he can drink juice or not. My son was probably older than what your baby is now.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

megz06:  is he getting breast mil or formula in a bottle? If breastmilk he isnt constipated. A ebf baby can go up to 10 days my ped said. i would try gripe water, warm water in a bottle or stimulating his rectum before caro (isn’t there a botulism risk there?) my DD goes 5-6 days without BM at times. She does get a bit grumpy about it but then she has a blow out. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

When DD started solids, she got a little backed up.  I gave her prue puree and the next day she… well she exploded a little bit.  Again when we transitioned to whole milk, her poops got very firm and she grunts to have a movement so I give her watered down juice with breafast and make sure she gets a little fruit with each meal.  She also likes to drink water, so I think that helps keep things moving along.

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

megz06:  Yes, I was told to give all 3 of mine Karo Syrup when they were constipated, the doctors said the chances of botulism are very slim. However, I am not sure it worked too well. Too much water, I have been told, is not good for their kidneys either. How old is he? I would not give him any juice if he is under 6 months, may cause tummy cramping (even if you mix it with water). Or at least maybe give him gas drops before. If he is between 6 months and 1 year I would try giving him some baby apple juice, that should help or the prune juice with water. Gripe water is my best recommendation. It was not a big thing when my kids were small but I have seen my SIL give it to my nephews and they are 100% within a very short period of time.

I know it is frustrating when they will not latch, but I would try very hard. Mastitis is awful!! I had it with oldest when I knew nothing about breastfeeding.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

megz06:  Ugh that does sound like the start of mastitis (I’d say plugged duct but you said it’s everywhere on your breast).  Definitely start doing all the home remedies ASAP and get into your doc for a Rx.  

I’d definitely try the qtip/rectal thermometer trick.  Sometimes, just lifting DDs legs up and taking a swipe with a wipe does the trick!  Typically it’s right when I start to worry about her not pooping that she decides to blow it on out for me.  Your baby is still quite young and trying to figure out how to make himself work, so I wouldn’t be too concerned. I stayed away from the thermometer trick because I wanted her to learn how to poop, but if he’s really uncomfortable I’d try that before any juice.  

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

megz06:  Anytime after about 4 weeks of age, EBF babies can go up to a week without a bowel movement and it is not considered constipation. The reason is because the breast milk is almost entirely digested so it doesn’t leave a lot of residue to form a BM.

Babies of this age do not need any intervention to have a BM after 3 or 4 days, It’s much too easy to get focussed on constipation and end up with a child whose GI system is totally screwed up unnecessarily.

His fussiness and refusal of one breast could be signs of the possible mastitis affecting him.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Is it still breast milk- but in a bottle? I know as a baby I was allergic to cowmilk and formula just constipated me till they switched me to soy. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

megz06:  I also remember reading to massage baby’s tummy in clockwise rotation to stimulate the bowels. Maybe a bit of vaseline and some tummy rubbing will help.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

megz06:  As PP have said, I don’t think it’s constipation at this point. I just wanted to add that maybe his fussiness could be attributed to him being in a wonder week. They start one of the wonder weeks when they are 8 weeks old.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

Try prune juice for sure as well as laying him down and pumping his legs or movin them like he’s riding a bike for a little bit. That always helped my boys when they were younger. It could be the formula so maybe try switching brands?

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