Post # 1
DS had no problem with bowel movements when I was EBF. We would do a bottle here and there with no issues. However, he has been eating a lot more this week due to a grwoth spurt, and this is also his first full week on bottles. I still breastfeed when I come home at 5 and throughout the night (unless DH gets up to help–then he’ll do a bottle).
DS has been very, very fussy for the last 3 days, and I am sure it is because he is constipated. He hasn’t pooped in that amount of time although he has been wetting diapers as frequently. I asked my doctor’s nurse, and she said that he shouldn’t be constipated, and to try to relieve him, I could mix 1sp of Dark Caro Syrup in 1-2 bottles per day to see if that helps. I will admit…I scoured the internet for help, and I never heard that one. Has anyone tried it? What did your doctor’s recommend?
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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 # 7
mamadingdong: I havent tried a rectal thermometer at all nor prune juice. Maybe I’ll give the prune juice a try if this caro doesn’t work.
Bazinga: Maybe that is part of his issue too is it won’t slide out. I’ll have to try that!
stardustintheeyes: My son is almost 8 weeks.
MrsWBS: He’s getting breastmilk, which I, too, was under the impression that a baby could go 10 days. I am not sure about a botulism risk, but I did kind of raise my eyebrows to caro syrup…maybe its because its dark that its ok? I have been giving him gripe water each day as directed too.
DaneLady: I’ll have to remember this when he starts solids. Constipation is no fun 🙁
I think this whole ordeal is causing the beginnings of mastitis for me asd well. Since he started constipation he only nurses one breast, so I have to pump. Majority of the time, pumping does not empty my breasts completely no matter how much I massage. Even hand expressing. Now today I have a headache, vety stiff, and my right breast is very warm sand everywhere hurts on it. No red rash, but I’m wondering if this is the beginning workings of mastitis.
Post # 8
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
Post # 15
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Thank you so much everyone for all your help! We have been using the Karo syrup. My doctor also told me to use a glycerin suppository. I cut it into fourths, and that helped him poop right away. His little tummy is pretty hard, so I am pretty sure it is constipation. He doesn’t like his tummy touched even. We are going to continue the suppositories, no juice, and MAYBE the Karo syrup and see how he does. If he poops again today I am quitting the syrup as I am not keen on using syrup or juice of any kind.
And for anyone who was wondering I do have mastitis. In 2 short hours yesterday I developed a 102 fever, chills, body aches, and a massive headache and had to go home. Spent my evening on a heated mattress pad with 3 comforters thrown on top of me. Have some meds and feel much, much better 🙂