6 Week Old with Constipation....

Updated on April 28, 2011
A.P. asks from Muskegon, MI
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My 6 week old daughter had an upper GI done yesterday to check for acid reflux which she has a bad case of :(. Now she has been having really bad constipation and her poop is really hard. She has a little blood on the poop she gets out from straining. Should I take her in to get checked or is it okay to give her something to help soften it up?

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Thanks everyone for the advice! She finally had a good poopy diaper this morning so I think she finally past the barium from the upper gi and is all good!!!! Thanks again!!!!!!!

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answers from Detroit on

I'd try something milk like warm prune juice first. You could use a fleet enema but I wouldn't unless you are totally up against a wall with this. Lots of fluid and fiber should help. Good luck!

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answers from Pittsburgh on

She's really young. Call your pediatrician or nurse on call for age specific advice. My guess is they will tell you "no" to anything.

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answers from Honolulu on

She is SO young, a newborn... do NOT NOT NOT give her anything, without a Doctor saying so.
Do NOT guess.

Feed her on-demand.
Are you nursing or Formula?

Dehydration can also cause constipation. So, feed on-demand, 24/7, day and night.

Also, do NOT give water to an infant. It will cause the nutrients to leach out and it will make baby too full, to nurse or drink Formula.

Tell the Doctor about it.

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answers from Boston on

Are you breastfeeding or formula feeding? It makes a difference. There is a product made by the scientist who formulated ProSoBee infant formula - he's world famous for quality, balanced nutrition. You can use a children's product or the adult product if you are BFing - it will help both the reflux and the constipation. You can always check with the pedi but if you tell them about this and who formulated it, if they have any background in nutrition (which many doctors do not), they will tell you it's not harmful. Do not give your baby anything else not formulated for an infant, and even if it is, be careful. A lot of doctors tend to go right for the drugs and not the natural stuff.

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answers from Detroit on

If you are breastfeeding her, she should not be constipated, her poop should be very runny. The constipation would probably be caused by any meds you might have to give her. If you are bottle feeding and the formula has iron in it, either stop using it or mix it with some non-iron formula. Iron is very constipating. Most babies do not need that extra iron. They have a reserve left over from you. She should only have "iron-clad" formula if she has been tested and is found to be truely anemic. You might call your doc and ask if the meds for the reflux could cause this and ask , if doc HAS recommended iron formula....why? Some docs just tell you to use it as routine. Blood in the poop should be questioned also. I hope you can find out what is going on...all the best to you!



answers from Dallas on

CAll your doctor. I bet they will tell you to use an infant glycerin suppository. Check with the pharmacist at CVS because they keep the infant size behind the counter. They work really good.



answers from Youngstown on

Call your ped. Dr may tell you to give baby water. My son hadn't pooped in days and she told me to give him water but you should call and find out what he/she says


answers from Minneapolis on

are you nursing? Its common for breastfed babies to go up to a week without pooping and then have a big blowout. Blood in the poop could be a dairy protein problem, common in formula fed kids because of course formula is made from cow milk. Soy milk is just as big of a problem... so soy formula is too.

Call your doctor, she's struggling with what is going in.



answers from Detroit on

Pear Juice is the best thing I've found to soften poo.



answers from New York on

My son was constipated at 7 wks and his dr told me to give him water. It worked like a charm, but call the dr first to confirm.

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