September 17, 2010,
A.F. asks from APO, AP on September 16, 2010
My 5 Month Old Son Is Constipated Help!!
My 5 month old son has been constipated for a couple days now. My grandfather told me a home remedy of just putting a teaspoon of sugar in his bottles. (he was a medic in the army for 20 years and worked in a couple hospitals) I have tried that but its not working. It makes me sad to see him struggling to get it out. He is a very happy baby and isn't fussing to much unless it is bed time. Any advice would be helpful. Oh and doctors appointments won't really work right away seeing as for babies you have to make them weeks in advance since my husband is in the army and we are stationed in Korea right now.
So What Happened?™
His poop is lumpy and looks like thick green mud. I do put cereal in his bottles but not a lot. I have been doing this for several months and he is fine with it. The sugar does nothing either to him. Karo I would never give him. I think I might try the syrup thing in his bottle that sounds like it will work. I am not breast feeding he wouldn't take the breast milk which was weird. If anyone else has anymore ideas please feel free to add them.
T.L. answers from Columbia on September 17, 2010
I took my daughter to the emergency room when she was about 2 months old for what i thought was constipation (it ended up being colic) anyways the drs told me to try using a rectal thermometer, as gross as this is going to sound, put it in just a tiny bit and move it around very gently. if that doesnt work they told me to use suppositories, you can get pedia lax at walmart, they're huge yes, so break off a tiny piece and use that (those REALLY work) or you can try 2 oz of straight water and 1/2 an oz- 1 oz of apple/prune juice or feed him prunes. hope something helps him soon
K.H. answers from Washington DC on September 17, 2010
I would give him a drink of diluted prune or pear juice , 1oz or 2oz to 4oz of water and let him drink some over the course of the day , offer some when he is about to have a feed so that he drinks it , should get things moving. My kids were all formula fed and this is one of the side effects , I used to give them a daily drink of water (offered before each feed) and over the day they would usually drink around 4oz , helped to keep things regular and at a normal consistency.
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K.D. answers from Dallas on September 16, 2010
You can try putting a tiny bit of KY Jelly on a rectal thermometer and insert it just a tiny bit and then take it out, that may be enough to do the trick. You can try a belly massage or bicycling his legs a bit, or just putting him in a warm bath for a while to 'soak.' Poor baby. I am pretty sure that you are going to get a couple of very rude comments about the sugar in his bottle, (because I have noticed thats how business is done around here, boo to them!) but its a remedy that I have heard of, have never had to try it myself, many mothers use a little Karo Syrup (corn syrup) in babies bottle for the same effect, in all honesty theres no difference between that or sugar. I know what its like to have to wait to see a doc, but to ease your mind..if this even does...most doctors will not see a baby who is constipated until he/she has been for a WEEK or more. Crazy huh? Is baby formula fed? Sometimes the iron in a formula is too harsh for their system and can cause the constipation, I would switch formulas if this is a reoccuring problem. Good luck, hope baby is better soon.
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K.B. answers from Los Angeles on September 17, 2010
A little vaseling on the rectal thermometer worked for my baby. You may have to do it more than once but they have the urge to push it out so it seemed to help.
M.B. answers from Dayton on September 17, 2010
You could see if there are glycerin suppositories around; I'm not sure how hard it would be to get around where you are. I was told to use 1/2 a child size one when my baby was a little older than yours. When that didn't work, I had to use 1/2 a child size fleets enema. Also, could you check with the drug store in your area? There might be a "local" solution we wouldn't even think of right at your fingertips.
S.P. answers from Philadelphia on September 16, 2010
My pediatrician told us to put one tablespoon of syrup - the store bought, sugar ladden, pancake kind into a 4 ounce bottle of warm water. Give him that 2 time a day in ADDITION to his regular feedings. It only took one "dose." Good luck!
S.G. answers from Savannah on September 17, 2010
You could use diluted prune juice, half a child's glycerin suppository or 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of light karo syrup once a day. Karo is SAFER than sugar!!! And even gas drops have helped kids go too.
There is the bicycle legs where you lay him on his back and move his legs like his is on a bike.
If you can't get an appt through the regular DR, the maybe you need to go to the ER if one is available to you. There are ways around the Tricare system!
D.M. answers from Stationed Overseas on September 17, 2010
I'm sorry.... my little guy is just now 7 months and was going through the same thing recently. Anyways.... my sons peditrician said it was ok to give our little guy apple juice when we start him on solid food. He said the foods we start babies out on tend to be constipating. Then he mentioned the BRAT diet. You can google it if you're not familiar. That really helps explain a lot. OH... if the weather is still warm your baby might need a little extra fluid to help too. Good luck... my son is just a little older and seems to have outgrown it now. :)
C.D. answers from New York on September 17, 2010
My son wasn't going to the bathroom for 7 days and first Dr said its normal. I found new dr and he told me to change formula to Enfamil Gentlease for gassy and fussy babies...ITS WORKED IN 1 DAY!!!!!!!!!
What formula are you using and are you giving you son cereal? Also i use to make an 8oz bottle of bay leaves and water with alittle sugar and leave out at room temp...That also worked.......