Y.D. asks from Lewisville, TX on May 24, 2006
Son Is Constipated
Hi, I was just wondering what I should do if my 6 month old is constipated. So far I have tried all the different types of fruit, apple juice, prune juice, and sips of water from a bottle. I dont really want to give him a suppository (is that right), but I will as a last resort before I go back to the doctor.
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R.L. answers from Dallas on July 08, 2006
K.A. answers from Dallas on May 24, 2006
Hi, how long has he been like this? My daughter is 16mo now and when she was smaller she used to go through fazes where she wouldnt go for days at a time, the doc told me to do a plain warm water enema just to soften it up. I was scared I would hurt her so my mom did it for me but she said all you do is use the lil ble nose sucker thing and put it about a 1/2 inch in there lil behinde and squeeze slowly. Before going there or supositories try yougurt, they make baby yougurt thats not as strong, I mixed it with her milk, like 1/2 a jar of the baby yougurt with a 8oz bottle. I hope some of this helps, I know I was a wreck when mine couldnt go, and she wasnt very happy either. Good luck and God bless
L.D. answers from Dallas on July 14, 2006
You can put about a tsp of karo syrup in his bottle. That will help soften his stool and he will be able to have a BM. That always works, plus makes the milk kinda sweet. Also dont give him to much juice can cause diarrhea especially with apple juice, then you have a whole other issue on your hands. I work for a family practice clinic if ya have any other ?'s just ask.
A.W. answers from Dallas on May 24, 2006
My daughter has been struggling with constipation as well. We too tried all the juices and even tried adding Benefiber to her bottles. Nothing worked. Our doctor finally gave us Miralax (also available as a generic). It is a non-stimulant, non-addictive "laxative" for lack of a better word. It's a powder you put in one bottle a day until they get regular and then you can back off to every 2-3 days and then to once a week or so. It has made a world of difference.
Also, having to use a glycerin suppository occasionally is fine. It won't hurt him at all.
Let me know if you have any other questions and good luck.
K.B. answers from Dallas on May 25, 2006
Hi Y.. I had this same issue with my son...he could go days without having a bowel movement and that concerned me. I was told to try the following
1. Give him some flat Sprite to drink. There is something about the sugar in the soda that stimulates the bowels
To tell you the truth, these didn't work for me personally and I did use infant suppositories. They were quite effective (they work immediately) and I only used them if he hadn't had a bowel movement in three days.
D.W. answers from Dallas on May 24, 2006
I would go back to his doctor BEFORE using the suppositories. If that is the course she wants to take then she will recommend the correct age appropriate brand to use. My son also had this problem, and nothing seemed to work. She prescribed this powder to add to water or juice which would not cause cramping. It worked, but my son could only go with the help of that drink, which it is not recommended for long term. Turns out my son had developed a allergy to his milk formula which was affecting his lower colon, thus preventing his colon to relax and allow a BM. Once we got him totally off of milk products, the problem went away. I give all of this detail just to say that it might be something else causing the constipation so check with your doctor b/4 using suppositories.
R.L. answers from Dallas on July 08, 2006
Karo syrup is what I have tried and worked before. Just put a little in his bottle with formula...it worked for mine.
J. answers from Dallas on May 24, 2006
You can use a massage technique to help but this would need to be approved by the doctor because if done wrong or if there is a medical reason it can do more harm than good. If the doctor has approved it ask about infant massage in your area.
E.W. answers from Dallas on May 25, 2006
My 8 month old gets constipated also. The dark karo syrup mixture worked, it's 1 teaspoon syrup to 3 oz water. My doc said to give in a bottle but my daughter wouldn't take it that way so I put the mixture in a sippy cup. She didn't drink all 3 ozs at once but she drank enough in a few hour time frame that it worked. The constipation started when we began solid foods, starting with the veggies. Now that she is eating fruits also she hasn't had too many issues. When she is showing signs of struggling with bm I feed her prunes and that always works.