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My baby is constipated..

I have a 3 month old and it seems like he has really been struggling to have a bowel movement for the past couple of there anything i can give him to help? like a suppository? and if i do, are there any negatives to it?

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Asked by JulesMommy1008 at 11:21 AM on Jan. 7, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • there are drops u can give  intead of the suppositories

    i have seen them in walgreens for about $10



    Answer by babygirlpj2007 at 11:23 AM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • When my 4-month old was constipated at 2 months our doctor told us to give him a teaspoon of karo syrup with 2 oz of water or 3 oz of water with a teaspoon of sugar. We have been doing that ever 4-5 days now since and hasn't had a problem. I would call your doctor, though, before trying either just to get his opinion. Good luck!

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:29 AM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • Don't give them anything without checking with your pediatrician first!

    There are several things which can be done...but they should only be done with the doctor's guidance...suppositories, prune juice in the formula (or bottle of breastmilk) or karo syrup put in, a qtip and vaseline just inside the rectum to activate the muscles, etc....but again...speak to your doctor first!

    Now..what you can do on your own...lay the baby down. play with his legs. Pretend he's riding a bike, do a lot of "deep knee bends" with him (pushing knees up to his chest..but not forceful! Massage his lower abdomen....

    Is this something new? Either way, talk to the doctor.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 11:32 AM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • pear juice would be a more natural thing to try. Chiropractor can work magic for this too.

    Answer by Lynette at 11:34 AM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • At around the age of six weeks, the stooling pattern of a breastfed baby may change. It is not uncommon for the breastfed baby to skip days between bowel movements. Some babies skip every other day, some go every two or three days, some once every 5 - 7 days, and some babies hold out for up to 11 or 12 days at a time - then have quite a FULL diaper when they DO go!
    here is a link to more help with the breastfeed baby and poo
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    Answer by Lynette at 11:40 AM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • There is absolutely no reason to intervene and try methods commonly used to "induce" a bowel movement (such as prune or other types of juices, water, glycerin suppositories, or using rectal stimulation). If artificial stimulation is done too often, the baby's system can become dependant upon this stimulation to "go", and no longer is able to have a normal bowel movement on their own.

    In most cases, as long as baby is not acting ill (lethargic, crying in pain, etc.), the tummy is soft, not rigid or distended, skipping days between stools is not cause for alarm, however, mother should not hesitate to ask her health care provider to check her baby to be sure there is no physical problem.

    Answer by Lynette at 11:41 AM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • You can give him Gerber prun juice. My twin girls were both constipated even though I was breastfeeding so , I gave them a little bit every other day ( just about 1 oz. ) They loved it and it kept them from getting constipated again :)

    Answer by twotwinsmom at 11:50 AM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • You can use the drops, but sometimes it doesn't work it might be the formula or milk he is having, my son had the same problem and we took him to his doc and then she said it was the milk he was having we had to switch him to Soy formula, cause he was lack toast and tolerant so we did it a and changed it and he was fine, we also changed the bottle we were using to Dr. Browns and that helps more. so i would take him in to his doc and ask and see what they say..

    Answer by mblucky at 2:13 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

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