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what to do when a two week baby is constipated????

they had told me prune juice...

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starz16

Asked by starz16 at 3:18 AM on Oct. 19, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • formula fed or breast?
    flutterfae

    Answer by flutterfae at 3:20 AM on Oct. 19, 2008

  • http://en.allexperts.com/q/Pediatrics-1429/2-weeks-old-breast.htm
    flutterfae

    Answer by flutterfae at 3:21 AM on Oct. 19, 2008

  • both....breast and formula
    starz16

    Answer by starz16 at 3:24 AM on Oct. 19, 2008

  • Don't give a two week old prune juice. Your baby is having to learn how to poop, so sometimes they will strain and turn red as they learn how to push out the stool. If the stool is hard like rabbit pellets, I would take your baby to the pediatrician and they can evaluate and see if a formula change is needed.
    cdgoldilocks

    Answer by cdgoldilocks at 3:27 AM on Oct. 19, 2008

  • DD was constipated right after I started giving her formula, we switched formula and it cleared up.
    LolosMom

    Answer by LolosMom at 3:30 AM on Oct. 19, 2008

  • try gentlease formula by good start. we had the best luck with that for the formula when we were doing both breast and formula.
    flutterfae

    Answer by flutterfae at 3:32 AM on Oct. 19, 2008

  • Don't change formulas without talking to your pediatrician first. Also, if you are on WIC, if you get a prescription from the doctor, they will cover almost every formula, even Gentlease.
    cdgoldilocks

    Answer by cdgoldilocks at 3:34 AM on Oct. 19, 2008

  • my dd has had constipation problems since 2 or 3 months shes now one and on miralax, for the age she was when she started getting constipated i bought baby lax a liquid lax inserted in their butt (i only used if she was incapable of doing it herself and i couldnt do nothing) i started mixing her formula with a little apple juice (you can use pear) that is a natural source of fiber which helps with digestion, i found that 2oz water - 2oz apple juice and regular amount of formula helped her any less she'd be constipated. some times just adding more water will do it. check with the ped. he may tell you something else since your baby is young. alsoif you take a thermomiter and wiggle it around very gently in their but it may help with stimulating the muscles that help push out the poop, as far as the doc goes to takes the temerature is perfect. ask what is causing the constpation you might have to change your baby's diet.
    Keolalani

    Answer by Keolalani at 4:19 AM on Oct. 19, 2008

  • my son had to learn to go. We would massage his lower stomach and exercise his legs, push his knees to his stomach and then stretch them all of the way out. From his first week we had problems with him. We took him to the doctor and they said he was fine and it would not harm him to go 3 or 4 days without going poo. OMG, I could not accept that, knowing that he was in pain and suffering and the DR. telling me there was nothing to be done. We did the exercise and massage mostly, (for about 8 months before he learned to go). When we had to, maybe once a week we (against dr. advise) used the glycerin suppositories, for children.  It worked.  They are perfectly safe and they are very small.  Just add a little vaseline before you insert. 

    DonnaD40

    Answer by DonnaD40 at 4:32 AM on Oct. 19, 2008

  • If you're doing both breast and formula...dump the formula. Get baby on a breastmilk baseline. Then if you really need formula, you can start looking at other kinds.

    Stop by the Breastfeeding Moms group. We have a couple of lactation consultants and a combined wealth of centuries of breastfeeding experience to help you out.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 5:35 AM on Oct. 19, 2008

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