How can I relieve constipation in a formula-fed baby?

We just switched my daughters formula to soy and now she is constipated. She is to young to give juice to and she is miserable. Please help

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proudmom1626

Asked by proudmom1626 at 12:48 AM on Oct. 9, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Have you tried a childrens suppository?
    Married2theBest

    Answer by Married2theBest at 12:50 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • Try and use a thermometer(SP?) with a little vasoline and twirl it around in her butt or use a little sliver of soap and lube it up and put it up her butt.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:51 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • The best way is probably going to be to switch back to what worked before.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 1:10 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • My neice is on soy and had the same problem. Her doctor told us to try prune juice and water once a day, half water and half juice, about 2 oz total. It makes it so the acid does not hurt the tummy lining but there is enough fiber to help. Some try carol syrup too.
    Myjoy82

    Answer by Myjoy82 at 1:23 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • I think you could giver her some dilluted juice at 3 mos
    PiscesRooster

    Answer by PiscesRooster at 1:25 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • constipation is not lack of going, its the type of poop.. if its globs or hard poop, then that is constipation, many people dont know that. Also, the rectal thermometer works really well. My son is three months old, and we do that and loves the relief it brings.. talk to your babies doctor because a little watered down juice was given as advice to us. Good luck, but just know that its a phase right now, because they are learning to bare down. Hence, the grunting. I know its rough, and you want to help so bad, but sometimes you just gotta let them work on it for themselves, but i'm guessing you've done that for the past few days.. i'm guessing a huge blowout is coming real soon.
    sweetscrappin

    Answer by sweetscrappin at 1:26 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • Constipation is lack of going. In fact, it is defined as hard stools or infrequent bowel movements. I suffered from constipation most of my pregnancy, trust me, it is lack of going. I used to sometimes go only once a week. I was on colace, prune juice and glycerin suppositories the whole time.
    BridgetC140

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 1:50 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • should have breastfed
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:58 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • Make a tea of 2 - 5 fennel seeds in a cup of boiled water (yes, only 2 to 5 individual seeds - fennel has a strong flavor) The fennel helps digestion and sweetens the water, the boiling helps you know the water is safe for your baby. Just give this weak tea before or after the formula, and frequently between. :-) Make sure you are following the formula directions - when my son had to get formula during the first week after his daughter was born (because his wife had had a caesarean and her milk was slow to come in sufficiently ) he didn't notice that he was supposed to be DILUTING the formula with equal parts water !
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 2:15 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • Fortunately, baby only got two feedings like that before I asked him whether he was diluting. But she did get constipated, and the doctor's office advised him to take a nice warm wet washcloth and apply it to the baby's anus (just like mama cats or dogs do for kittens/puppies), rubbing very gently to stimulate. He said his little daughter just went and went and went - such a relief for the whole little family ! They were very glad they could stop the formula supplement after two days. Good luck to you .... and if it isn't too late, do breastfeed ...
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 2:15 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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