I was trying to figure out if it is safe to give my 6 week old son (9weeks preemie) 1/2 oz apple juice mixed with 1 1/2 oz water to help his constipation and gas because it is making him scream bloody murder and keeps him from sleeping at any time of day. He is on Breastmilk and we are supplementing every other bottle with simalac neosure (special care formula), which has iron as well as he is on an iron vitamin. He spent the first 5 weeks of his little life in the NICU and has had issues with constipation since day 3. I have called his pediatrcian and I am waiting on a call back. This is a suggestion that was given to me by a person with 19 grandkids.
Any thoughts on anything I can give him would be helpful because Myilcon is not helping.
Answer by Krysta622 at 4:31 PM on Jan. 31, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 5:01 PM on Jan. 31, 2010
Answer by preacherskid at 5:11 PM on Jan. 31, 2010
No. Its the formula and the extra iron that is causing the constipation and gas (its a known side effect of formula...very common) and (iron is extremly constipating). You can improve the situation immensely by pumping breastmilk and supplementing with extra milk from you and not from formula. breastfed babies go longer between poops but this doesn't mean constipation. If the stool is loose it is fine, if it is hard and like pellets or has form then it is constipation. Read ths for pumping tips for premies: http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/MaxProduction.html
Answer by amileegirl at 5:26 PM on Jan. 31, 2010
Answer by rkoloms at 8:02 AM on Feb. 1, 2010