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Will massage and prune juice help baby constipation?

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Thank you to all of you for your advice. I gave her a massage and gave her some prune juice this morning and she went! yea! My pediatrician says some babies cant digest the rice cereal well and to stick to fruits and veggies for now so that's what I will do and then maybe try oatmeal cereal later.

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Karo syrup always worked like a charm for my daughter. So did apple juice, but it also gae her diarrhea and a rash as well if she got to much.
With the Karo just use a very small squirt in her bottle and she'll go in no time!
Best,
S. G.

My Baby is 5 months old, he did not go for a week, I finally had to give him a dipository, he went an now only goes every 3 days. I think it is pretty normal, my doc didnt seem to concerned about it.

Hi S.-
I gave my son unfiltered apple juice (the cloudy one!). It worked like a charm! Also watermelon. When he was too young for it, I blended it up and gave the juice to him in a bottle. That also helped.

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Rice is a binding agent and will help with diarrhea. If you want to reintroduce rice cereal again after her constipation clears up mix it a fruit like prunes.

Give pears prunes and peaches....get rid of the rice and use barley mixed with the fruit. Rice is very constipating.

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I give Zahara the Target generic brand of Mylicon. you can put it in the prune juice or just give it separately, but if you give the max dosage, most likely she'll poop. Zahara would 2xs/day from it, but I slowed down assuming 1x was ok...

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Here is the info from another list that I am on:

Start at 1/4 cup Epsom salts = 1/8 cup baking soda...you can work up to 2 cups + 1 cup baking soda (for bigger children, not the little babies).

TONS of benefits: provides sulfates to balance phenols in the PST cycle, attaches to toxins so they can be excreted, adds moisture & magnesium to
help overcome constipation, improves sleep quality, helps remove natural lactic acid build-up that causes muscle aches, helps maintain electrolite balance, helps assemble glutathione from the amino acid precursors, suuports the adrenal glands, decreases tics, helps create melatonin ...and the list goes on.

A long, hot bath usually helped my little ones loosen up.

Good luck!

Try Apricot Juice. It works with our son. Hope this will help your daughter too.

G.

Your doc is right--just to let you know the oatmeal cereal works the opposite of rice cereal. It always made y daughter go more when I gave it to her. You can also buy a "mixed" cereal that has rice , oatmeal, and other kinds mixed together. : ) (That's what I would give me daughter)

My pediatrician recommended 1 teaspoon of Dark karo syrup be mixed with 8 oz. of formula. You do this when the baby has not gone poo in 2 1/2 or three days. It worked for us every time we had to do it.

Try giving the baby a teaspoon of olive oil everyday. Olive oil is natural and does not harm the baby. Olive oil lubricates the intestinal tract and keeps the baby regular without any side effects. My daughter is now 16 and loves a teaspoon of olive oil (with a little bit of salt for flavor).

I hope this can help you.

M.

Hello,
Have you contacted your pediatrician? Not sure but I believe it's called pedi-lax (suppository), maybe that'll help. Maybe postpone the solids for another month or so when she's able to better digest? I've heard in European countries they do not start as early as 6 months... generally wait 8mo+

I assume you have stopped giving her rice cereal, but if not, do stop the rice cereal and move on to Oatmeal which is less constipating. Give it a little more time, but if she doesn't poop in the next couple days, having NO rice cerreal and some prunes (give her puree prunes instead of juice as the concentration is higher), then I'd call the pediatrician.

Good luck!

switch her to a multi-grain or oatmeal baby cereal-it worked for my daughter. Or if you want to keep her on rice cereal, try using the prune juice to mix it up and/or give her stage 1 baby prunes with the cereal. Good luck.

Until my son got used to the cereal I started mixing it with apple juice, and it helped. But, talk to your pediatrician. Infants can experience constipation with new introductions to the diet, so ask you Pediatrician for ideas on keeping your baby regular.

This is normal and very common. My son did better with the baby oatmeal. The doc told me after a bath, when they're real clean, to massage A&D on their bottom to 'stimulate' things, it worked, quick. Or just wait, up to 12 days is normal believe it or not.

Hi S.-
I gave my son unfiltered apple juice (the cloudy one!). It worked like a charm! Also watermelon. When he was too young for it, I blended it up and gave the juice to him in a bottle. That also helped.

They make glyscerin suppositories for infants. I would try that.

Even though you got your problem solved (YAY!) just wanted to say that PEARS are great for constipation! Works like a charm. FYI - They say it is the iron in the cereal that causes constipation.

We had the same problem with our little girl when she started solids. We switched to the single grain oatmeal instead of rice cereal. That seemed to help a bit. Also is she breast fed or formula? If formala you might want to look at the ingredients to see if it contains rice starch. If breast fed, add fiber to your diet to help her system.

We had the same problem, so I skipped the rice cereal and went straight to avocado and bananas as first foods.

My Baby is 5 months old, he did not go for a week, I finally had to give him a dipository, he went an now only goes every 3 days. I think it is pretty normal, my doc didnt seem to concerned about it.

no more rice mama...use oatmeal ...try suppositories for children..i used to use them..doc says they're totally fine..lots of parents are using them..but stop the rice..switch to oatmeal* oh and sometimes prune juice can make things worse..try just plum baby food and peach

Apple juice, undiluted, always helped my son. tt ped if nothing soon thought, it's already been 5 days??? Maybe stop the rice cereal for a while until she gets back to normal bowel movements.

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It's my understanding that the B.R.A.T.T. diet (bananas, rice, apples, tea, and toast) is helpful for diarrhea for any age, so when my baby is constipated I avoid giving him these foods. Obviously, the tea and toast components don't apply, but I avoid bananas, rice (rice cereal), and apples, including apple juice.

Prunes usually do the trick for us, eventually - Gerber makes a good organic one and we stock up on those.

My now 2.5 year-old daughter had the same problem with rice cereal when she started at 6 months also (and rice in general)...up until she was 20-months. We switched her the Mixed Grain cereal immediately. We continued giving her the mixed grain up until 14 months.

Then when she started eating actual white rice, she was also constipated and we had her on Miralax. We would give her a small portion of rice, 1/3 ratio to meat & vegetable.

She is now fine. And can eat anything.

Both my son and my daughter (now 2 and 4) had this when they were babies. I did all that you are doing...but it did go on for upto 13 days with my daughter I think. After numerous try and calls to peds office she finally went with a glycerin suppository. They are over the counter...my ped told me to use them sparingly and they can become dependent on them. I never had any issues with that though and I did have to use them occasionaly. I did take them off of rice cereal for awhile and switched to wheat cereal. However, they both preferred rice cereal so eventually moved them back on with no problems. Their bodies just needed to get used to it...and I did have to watch that they had lots of liquids when they had the cereal. Hope that helps.

Cocoanut milk is what got my little one going.

My grandson's pediatrician reccomended for us to add a couple of tablespoons of Karo syrup to his formula...works like a charm. You may want to use more or less depending on the bottle size. What really works for him is to give him a warm bottle of water with the Karo early in the morning. We started this at around 3 months, he is now 10 months and doing great. Hope this helps & try not to worry too much about the irrergularity.

Hi,

Have you tried prune puree? Prune juice may not be the right way to get to her digestive track. Boil some prunes and then blend them with the water you boiled them in and give her a couple of spoonfulls. Or give her a spoon or two of olive oil or mushed avocado--both lubricate the intestinal track.

Lastly, ask your pediatrician, but you may use a glycerin supository. I am told that it works miracles within a few mins.

Hopefully, more experienced parents on this site have better advice.

I would give her pears not rice cereal. Our doc always said pears first. Also peaches and prunes are not constipating. Rice (and banana) are very very constipating. You can give her flax oil to get things moving (if you can get her to take it, maybe mix it with some pears), or if it is really bad use a glycerin suppository.

Hi S., The rice cereal shouldn't cause constipation, if you think it's the rice cereal, hold off on that for a couple days, if you are using powered formula, to mouch powder will cause constipation, so make sure if you are using formula don't pack the scoop. Continue the water and prune juice, and consult her ped. for more advice and peace of mind. J. L.

Regardless of what anyone tells you, there is absolutely no reason for a baby this age to be eating anything but breast milk or formula. Her little system has been messed up and now it will take time to fix.

Karo syrup always worked like a charm for my daughter. So did apple juice, but it also gae her diarrhea and a rash as well if she got to much.
With the Karo just use a very small squirt in her bottle and she'll go in no time!
Best,
S. G.

S.,

Although I am a bit late, massaging the back of the calves and legs, help with the constipation... Just be sure to use a warm lotion or baby oil.

C.

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