J.J. asks from Shawnee, KS on August 15, 2006
Need Advice for Baby Constipation
I have a 7 month old whom I breast fed only. He had no problem with having a bowell movement. 4 weeks ago I started supplimenting with Similac and 3 weeks ago added cereal and jar foods to his diet and completely stopped breast feeding. Now my son will go all week without pooping and when he finally does, he screams/cries in pain and passes a few REAL hard tarry looking stools. I gave him 2 ounces of water and 2 ounces of prune juice and he went all over the place. Should I keep doing this to regulate his system? Does anyone have any advice for constipation?????
So What Happened?™
WOW!!! Thank you to everyone who gave me advice. I have been doing the juice and water mixture along with adding a lot of pears, plums and peas, more fruit and veggie jar foods to his diet and that's seems to be making a big difference. If he goes more than 3-4 days without a stool, I have been adding karo syrup to his formula and that seems to work wonders. I just don't want to overdo it. Thanks again for eveyone's help-it has made a difference...things are much better!!!!!!
C.G. answers from Wichita on October 06, 2006
Hey there J.! I had this problem with my son when he was that age, and I had to give him Kayro Syrup the light kind! I had to put a couple of TBSP in his bottle and that should help! Good Luck!
A. answers from Kansas City on August 24, 2006
I would say either give him less prune juice (2 oz. 1 water to 1 oz. prune juice) or try Karo syrup instead. With my youngest nothing worked except Kristalose which is a prescription powder that goes into the bottle.
S.P. answers from Springfield on August 16, 2006
I've had 3 children who all would have constipation issues after moving to formula from breast milk. They are 12, 6 and 4 now. While on formala I managed this by using Carnation Good Start formula (whey protein), not soy. I also used very little cereal (just a filler anyway - look at the label - little to no fiber) and more fruits and veggies (fiber). I steered clear of baby food bananas too. I would water down juice with apple/cherry, but prune is fine too. I'm sure he went all over the place because he finally passed "the plug" so to speak and everything behind it in the bowel came right along with it. If you want anymore info, feel free to contact me personally. S.
M.B. answers from Kansas City on August 16, 2006
My daughter went through the same thing when we started her on cereal and food. We were told to keep her on Oatmeal cereal. I used to add a little Gerber prune juice to the cereal along with the bottle. It also helped to put some Dark Karo syrup in her bottle...about 1 tsp to 6oz of formula. Hope this helps!
D.H. answers from St. Louis on August 16, 2006
I used to mix the cereal with A small amount of apple juice, it seemed to work. You can probably use prune juice as well. You will have to experiment and make sure you dont give him too much so his stools dont get too runny!
R.C. answers from Kansas City on August 19, 2006
Corn syrup in the water or milk. Also your pediatrician can prescide Glycolax. That is what my son takes.
D.V. answers from St. Louis on August 16, 2006
Karo Syrup (dark) Had to do this with my daughter and it works. I would check with your Pediatrician to verify the exact amount to add. I think it's one tsp. for every ounce. The cereal and jar foods is an adjustment to his system. Once he gets used to it, it'll all go back to normal.
C.T. answers from Kansas City on August 15, 2006
unfortunately this is what happens when you mix formula into your baby's system. why did you need to supplement? was it your choice? if you can, i would exclusively breastfeed for at least the 1st year. introducing too many things too soon to his sensitive system can wreak havoc on him. you should wait at least 2 weeks before introducing each new thing. i would go back to breastfeeding and drop the similac.
L. answers from St. Louis on August 16, 2006
My first son (now 5) had a constipation problem until he was about 4 year old. It was a very frustrating problem.
At 3 months old he developed the problem when I switched him from breastmilk to regular Similac. It helped a lot when I mixed 1/2 regular Similac with 1/2 low iron Similac. (FYI - I do remember having a real problem finding the low iron formula at the stores. It was being taken off the shelves because some people were giving JUST this to their babies, which isn't good as it doesn't have enough iron in it alone.)
At a year when he moved on to whole cow's milk I incorporated prune juice and prunes into his diet; just enough to make him somewhat regular. Be careful not give him so much that it takes the place of the important liquids like milk and water. Water is very important for proper bowel function.
Then, when he was two and refused to eat prunes and drink prune juice (gotta love the 2 year olds!) I had to limit the constipating foods like pasta, white breads, bananas, cheese and peanut butter. He would hold his bowel movement in so much that his bowels temporarily 'forgot' how to recognize the signs of having to go. Then we had to resort to suppositories. When that just became to tramatic for us, the Dr recommended an over-the-counter mineral oil surfactant called Kondramel (sp?) that I would mix into his milk once per day.
Well, of course at 3 when he figured out I was tricking him into taking the mineral oil he refused to drink the milk, so I stopped adding it. I was back to making sure his diet was low in constipating foods and that he drank a lot of water. We struggled with potty training (he associated the toilet with pain) until he turned 4 years old.
Fortunately, he will turn 5 next month and has absolutely no trouble with bed wetting or voluntarily having bowel movements.
Hopefully, this is only a temporary thing with your child and you won't have the drama we went through. It was tough not to scold my son for purposely withholding, but I had to just be patient and do whatever I could to relieve his pain.
Hope this information helps. Good luck! Call me after 5 pm any night if you need the exact spelling of the Kondramel. ###-###-####
M.Y. answers from Las Vegas on August 16, 2006
J.. I have one word for you...MyraLax. It worked miracles for my daughter when she fought constipation as a baby. It dissolves in anything with no taste and works! Ask your doctor about it; it requires a prescription.
All the best,