A.H. asks from Schererville, IN on February 28, 2009
Has Anyone Used the Karo Syrup?
My 2 month old is now exclusively on formula, and his bowel movements are 3 to 4 days apart. Problem is, he strains for the last 2 of those days to go, and when he does finally go, he acts like he's pooping out glass. His bowel movements seem so painful, and I'm pondering using the 1/2 teaspoon of Karo syrup in his formula based on the advice of my grandmother.
Is this a load of B.S.? Or does this old wives tale actually work?
So What Happened?™
At noon I gave him almost a teaspoon of Karo in his formula. At 7 pm he had a large BM - finally! It was definitely 4 days worth, and he hardly strained at all. His mood changed entirely after that. I don't think I will give him Karo everyday.... just a very minimal amount every few days if I truly feel that he is really uncomfortable again. Thanks for your suggestions.
D.L. answers from Chicago on March 01, 2009
I would switch formulas maybe soy or lactose free you will be suprised what a difference it makes...
B.C. answers from Champaign on March 01, 2009
I used the karo syrup with all 3 of my kids. It doesn't take much, they like the taste, and it works. Good luck.
L.L. answers from Chicago on March 01, 2009
Old wives tales are wonderful and always the best. But, please don't use the Karo syrup one. There's been a new study just out that they've identified either mercury or aluminum in some of the corn syrup products, from the machinery used in processing the corn. Please, don't even take any chances with this as mercury and aluminum both are questionable in autism and also learning disabilities. Apple juice is binding, but prune juice is safe, but at that young age, always check with your pediatrician first.
T.C. answers from Chicago on February 28, 2009
First of all, Congrats to you on having a new baby boy! How exciting... enjoy every day since they go fast!
When we changed from BF-ing to exclusively formula we had the same problem. After a couple of weeks of her having hard rock like bowels and cramping with stinky gas we switched her to soy based formula and things got better fast. That might be an option! Lots of peds offices can give you a sample can of it. I used Similac Soy Formula.
Another thing that may help is moving his little legs like in a bicycle movement. Also running the belly in a circular motion. It helps get things moving a little bit and it might even make it easier for him to go. It also helps with gas as well- just do not sit on the recieving end :) We also did warm baths to soothe her... she enjoyed them and would relax a lot in them.
I am not sure how comfortable I would be giving an infant Karo Syrup. This is something I would definately discuss with his pediatrician. If your next appt is not soon then put a call in to them. I am sure they will get you in sooner or probably even help over the phone!
Good luck and many blessings to you and yours!
**** I was just babbling with my hubby over this and our daughter when he reminded me that we would have this problem no matter which formula we used if we did not heat it up. Might want to give that a try! (hate when Daddy remembers more than me lol)
C.K. answers from Chicago on March 01, 2009
K.C. answers from Chicago on March 01, 2009
Hi A....Iam alittle late responding but I thought I would answer anyways...when my nephew was an infact (he is 13 now). He couldnt take any kind of formula and my sister couldnt breastfeed so the only chose was regular mile with karo syrup in it, but my sister used a full teaspoon in atleast 1 of his bottles a day so he would not have a problem with is bowels. Now with all of our kids anytime with have a problem with backed-up bowels we will feed them a teaspoon of karo syrup and with in a couple hrs they are able to go....but we buy the clear syrup not the dark syrup. I dont remember the reasoning behind it to be honest. Good Luck and it wont hurt your baby at all....And congrats on your baby boy.
K.N. answers from Chicago on February 28, 2009
I used it with my son, but he was about 6 months and I put it in water. I also only used a VERY little bit, not even 1/2 tsp. It did work, but I am not sure I would be comfortable using this method on such a little baby. I never used formula, but maybe trying another type of formula might be easier on his belly.
S.T. answers from Chicago on March 01, 2009
When my 5 year old was little our Ped told us to do that. So it is safe.
K.B. answers from Chicago on March 01, 2009
Like many of these other moms, I used Karo successfully for my preemie son. His poops would be so hard and so large it looked like he was trying to push a baseball out! Karo syrup and sometimes the help of a rectal thermometer worked for quite some time. If it no longer works, our doctor recommended Agoral for him as a baby, then another lax we used in bottle. At about 2 years old we switched him to Children's Senokot. It was chocolate flavored and we mixed it in his milk. He had this problem for a long time, but now at age 13 has normal, daily BMs. Keep the faith!
K.V. answers from Chicago on March 01, 2009
I have used this before. I was actually told to use this by our doctor. She said just put a tiny bit of the uncolored Karo syrup in with the formula. It helped my daughter go. Hope this helps and hope your little one goes!