M.L. asks from Lake in the Hills, IL on February 14, 2007
Sensitive Subject - Constipation
My son is 3 months old and has been on the same formula for about 6 weeks (was given breastmilk before that and then a little of both - formula only for the past 2 1/2 weeks). Just yesterday our sitter said he was acting fussy - which normally he's a smiley little guy - and when she changed his diaper it was really hard. Because he's only three months I am wondering what I could give him to help relieve this as he's too young for food (so no prune juice or high fiber food!!). Hopefully it's just a one day issue, but just incase, thought I'd ask some mommies who've encountered this. Thanks!
So What Happened?™
Hi guys - thank you SO much for your responses!!!! I talked to the RN @ my pediatricians office and she said Pear Juice, Prune Juice, or Karo Syrup - to also try a warm bath. She said as a last resort to try the dark Karo Syrup, rectal temp or supositories (sp?) - anyway - thanks, you were all right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
B.G. answers from Chicago on February 20, 2007
I had this problem with 2 of my 4 children. After the first 2, I was told by my mom (mother of 10) that 4 oz. bottle of water with one teaspoon of Karo syrup would do the trick. A lot of times, the formula milk tends to constipate them.
A.G. answers from Chicago on February 16, 2007
When my daughter was constipated around that age my doctor suggested a little extra water..like 2 0z throughout the day, not at once, and also glkycerin suppostitories. The other thing is, it may be the wrong kind of formula. Both my kids were breastfed until I went back to work, with some formula supplementaion...both also are extremely lactose intolerant. I switched them to lactose free formula and have done great ever since. My kids did not do well on soy...they threw it up, and I have heard quite aq few parents say this as well. Hope this helps.
L.R. answers from Seattle on February 15, 2007
We used Karo Syrup with my daughter per doctor's orders. You put 1 teaspoon of karo syrup in with her bottle and it worked pretty well. Good luck.
M.S. answers from Chicago on February 14, 2007
H.Q. answers from Chicago on February 15, 2007
Unfortunately, I was not able to breastfeed my daughter after her first 3 weeks, so she was formula fed from 3 weeks on. She has been extremely constipated since. I know some of my remedies make some doctors raise their eyebrows, but they worked and I felt they were perfectly safe for my daughter. I would add a drop or two of Karo syrup to her bottles (usually every other bottle unless she was really stopped up). Some bottles I would put an extra ounce of water (ex - 5 ounces of water, but only 4 ounces worth of formula). It also helped if we rubbed her belly on occasion. My daughter would only tolerate Nestle Good Start, but if your baby will take another formula, see if there is an option that is not "iron fortified". It has gotten a little better on it's own, now that she only has a bottle at bedtime. Good luck!!
L. answers from Chicago on February 15, 2007
It's probably the formula. Breastmilk is easier for little systems to digest. Ask your pediatrician what might work better or be easier for your little person to digest.
O.P. answers from Chicago on February 16, 2007
I went through that with my third son and what I did was take a bottle of water (baby) and add a little Kayro syrup, just enough to cover the bottom of the bottle and shake it well; that'll do the trick. Also, if you're not already doing so, start giving your little guy water atleast once a day so he has that. Some people think that formula is fine because it's diluted with water but it's still thick. Hope this info helps. By the way, I've passed this info on to several friends and family members and they're pleased with the results.
K.C. answers from Chicago on February 16, 2007
Poop problems do definitly make those little ones grumpy! When my 6 year old was a baby (not more than 5 months old) he had hard poops too, and it was even so bad that we had to lube up a Qtip and help the poops come out. (YUCK!) Our doctor told us to try some diluted apple juice (about 2 ounces juice and 2 ounces water per day) and see what happened. It worked like a charm and I want to say that we continued that juice until he was eating baby food for every meal. At that time we just made sure that he had his fruit once a day and he was fine. My best advice though is to consult with your pediatrician and see what they recommend. Good luck! ~ K.
S.B. answers from Chicago on February 16, 2007
Hi M.! I have something for you to try with your son that really does help. I have learned this over the years from being a mom of 3 and also a doula. When your son gets fussy like this and he seems to be in pain, take his legs up and bend his knees. Then try to touch his chest with his knees. This will usually relieve the pressure and gas and can make pooping for him easier. I hope that this was just a one time thing.
S. Bailey CLD
B.M. answers from Chicago on February 15, 2007
D.P. answers from Chicago on February 14, 2007
You can give him a few ounces of half and half water and pear juice..works wonders :)