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Need help fast!!!

My 1 month old is constapated and miserable, he was put on a milk thickner yesterday (breastmilk) due to reflux and he hasn't pooped since. He was just discharged from the hospital today and we called to see what we could do and they wouldn't give us any information on what we could do. What are some ways to help babies poop????

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:14 AM on Apr. 11, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Put karo syrup in her food. Just a tiny bit will do. Too much will make her tummy hurt. But right now there is not too much that you can do since he is so young. Good luck in finding some thing!

    Answer by midnight11287 at 3:30 AM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • a teaspoon of prune juice in cooled boiled water always worked for my son. they don't even need to take more than a few sips. Only a teaspoon though to 4 or more ounces of water because even that small amount really works!

    Answer by Allysmom11 at 5:19 AM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • It has only been one day sense he has pooped? My answer is just wait another day. Then give him a small amount of prune juice. People do not poop every day.

    Answer by louise2 at 7:14 AM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • Breastfed babies can go more than a week without a bowel movement; this is normal.

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:39 AM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • I agree with rkoloms, my EBF baby goes a cople days without a poop.

    Answer by Wheepingchree at 10:09 AM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • do not give your 1m old anything but your milk. he will poop its ok

    Answer by staciandababy at 10:40 AM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • Nothing. It's just one day. EBF babies older then 4-6 weeks can often safely go days without a bowel movement as long as when they DO go, it's not dry, hard or pellet like. Karo is a botulism risk, their own website specifies not to give it to infants. Do nothing at this time. Enjoy the drop in poop changes :)

    Answer by Krysta622 at 12:06 PM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • Im like u i panick when my baby doesnt poop id would try prun juice but just a lil bit bc water isnt good for 1 month old babies

    Answer by rainmommy at 2:58 PM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • From
    "It is normal for the bowel movements of a breastfed to decrease in frequency when the colostrum, which has laxative properties, is completely gone from the mother's milk after about six weeks of age. A baby this age may continue to have bowel movements as frequently as five times a day, sometimes even after every nursing. It is also normal for a breastfed baby older than six weeks to have only one bowel movement every few days. Some healthy babies will have only one bowel movement a week. When bowel movements are less frequent, they should be more profuse in volume. As long as the baby is gaining well, wetting sufficiently, and is happy and content there is no cause to be alarmed by infrequent bowel movements, and it is not necessary to give the baby a laxative, fruit juice, or any other "helpers." In fact, attempting to force bowel movements can have harmful consequences to your baby."

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 4:28 PM on Apr. 11, 2010

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