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severe constipation in 6 month old

Posted by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 4:24 AM
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Ugh! On top of my poor lil guy who just pushed two teeth thru his gum, and has really bad congestion which led to a horrible double ear infection, and is being treated with augmentin. The poor lil guy is SO constipated!! He hasn't gone since Sunday or Monday . He keeps farting and crying bc his belly hurts. I've tried caro syrup n juice..he's not eating much due to him being so congested so I can't give him his fruits. He needs.to go like NOW! What else can I do...please help! Oh yeah and the doctor told me with being on augmentin he would prob. Get diarrhea, well not this lil guy :(
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prieta05
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 4:28 AM
If it stay like that till today u need to take him to the doctor or else u can go to rite aid and buy a thing to make him poop
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cali_angel_girl
by Amy on Jan. 31, 2013 at 5:40 AM

Honestly if he has been consipiated for that long I would take him into the doctor.  For now though I would suggest trying a little bit of apple or prune juice mixed with water and see if he'll take that because I know that helped my son.  On a side note you shouldn't give him a kayro syrup because of the risk of botulism (sp?)

mandapanda82
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 6:33 AM
Prune juice worked great for my lo- hope he feels better!
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Emadele
by Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 6:48 AM

 bicycle his legs a bit.  you can also do a belly massage.  i think its called the i love you infant massage, you can find it on youtube.  beyond that you can put vaseline on a q-tip and put it in his bum just a little bit. that may start things up if he is clenching because it hurts. 

if none of that works i would be contacting the dr again to either get him seen or get more suggestions.

 

 

Married to Russell (7/27/09), Momma to Haydn (5/27/10) and Donavyn (8/1/12).
abra
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Is he drinking enough fluids? 

abra
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 5:08 PM

This from the mayo clinic site: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/karo-syrup-for-constipation/AN01826


"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."

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