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411 on karo for constipation?

Posted by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 10:19 PM
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How.much Do you give your baby and how often? My.baby is 6 months in 2 weeks and he typically drinks a.5-6 oz. Bottle. How much do you add.to that and.can you give.it.everyday? I think it is from his oatmeal? What else can you do to help? Thank you!!
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abra
by Abra on Jan. 15, 2013 at 10:43 PM
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You don't. :-) That method isn't in use any more. :-) Below is an article about it. Try a little apple juice or some pureed prunes. 


Is it OK to give a baby Karo syrup for constipation?

Answer

from Jay L. Hoecker, M.D.

Don't treat infant constipation with corn (Karo) syrup.

Dark corn syrup was once a common home remedy for infant constipation. However, today's commercially prepared dark corn syrup might not contain the type of chemical structure that draws fluid into the intestine and softens stool. This makes dark corn syrup ineffective for infant constipation.

If your newborn seems to be constipated, contact his or her doctor for advice.

If your older baby seems to be constipated, try simple dietary changes:

  • Add water to your baby's diet. Offer your baby a daily serving of water in addition to usual feedings. Start with 2 to 4 ounces (about 60 to 120 milliliters). Try more or less as you gauge your baby's response to the water. Remember, though, the water doesn't replace normal feedings with breast milk or formula. Also, don't dilute infant formula with extra water.
  • Offer your baby fruit juice. If water doesn't seem to help, offer your baby a daily serving of apple, prune or pear juice in addition to usual feedings. Start with 2 to 4 ounces (about 60 to 120 milliliters), and experiment to determine whether your baby needs more or less. Remember that the juice is meant to loosen stools during constipation — not add nutritional value to your baby's diet.
  • Select baby food carefully. If your baby is eating solid foods, try pureed pears or prunes. Offer barley cereal instead of rice cereal.

You might also want to apply a small amount of water-based lubricant to your baby's anus. This can help ease the passage of hard stools.

After applying the lubricant, place your baby on his or her back. Alternating one leg and then the other, gently press your baby's knees against his or her abdomen. The movement might encourage a bowel movement.

Don't treat infant constipation with mineral oil, enemas or stimulant laxatives — which increase activity of the intestines to cause a bowel movement.

If infant constipation continues despite dietary changes or is accompanied by other signs or symptoms, such as vomiting or poor weight gain, contact your baby's doctor.

If necessary, the doctor might remove dried stool from your baby's anus. If your baby is older than age 6 months, the doctor might prescribe osmotic laxatives — which soften stool by increasing the amount of water released within the intestines.

The doctor will also consider whether other factors might be at play. Rarely, infant constipation might be caused by an underlying condition, such as:

  • Hirschsprung's disease — a condition that affects the large intestine (colon) and causes problems with passing stool
  • Cystic fibrosis — a condition that causes severe lung damage and nutritional deficiencies
  • Hypothyroidism — a condition in which the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough of certain important hormones
  • An anatomical issue affecting the anus

In these cases, treatment options would depend on the underlying condition.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/karo-syrup-for-constipation/AN01826

babygomez
by April on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:07 PM

I never used that. There was a time when my daughter became so constipated, I had to use suppositories, which gave her much relief, but she was about 13 months old at the time.

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mrs.Martinez201
by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:10 PM
i used it with my ds it worked great i just put a little in his bottle.... you can also mix 2 oz of prune and 2 of apple juice and give them to him warm...
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Junebaby18
by Nannerz on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:13 PM
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If its his oatmeal that is constipating him, stop giving it to him and give him some other type of food, or none at all. Karo can be as dangerous as giving a baby honey.
larissalarie
by Platinum Member on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Karo is a botulism risk, just like honey, and even the bottle says not to use it for infants.

If oatmeal is making your child constipated, don't feed your child oatmeal. It makes much more sense to take care of the problem at the root than to treat symptoms.
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Lovinglife818
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Thanks.I will try Apple.juice!
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Koza8908
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 1:39 PM

My daughter is 7 weeks old and has a hard stool problem. Her pediatrician recommended that I give her 1 oz of water (bottled) and 1 tsp of DARK karo syrup twice a day. It softens her stools but doesnt help keep them soft if I stop with the karo when I see improvment..

MommyO2-6631
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 2:22 PM
How about you stop oatmeal? Problem solved! Replace it with a fruit or something
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Bek22
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 2:38 PM
I used it with one of mine and it worked immediately. I was a little scared because I'm freaky about everything I put into their bodies. It worked great and I only had to use it one time. I can't remember how much the doctor had me give her. I know it wasn't very much.
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