Constipated 7-month old baby, what must I do?

@chrysz (1603)
Philippines
April 11, 2008 2:16am CST
I've been feeding my child with rice cereal (cerelac) for how many days now but she is constipated so I just fed her gerber squash 1 yesterday and today but she hasn't pooed yet. She is bottle-fed and also given water every now and then. SHe is having promil gold. HAve you had any experience like mine? Do I need to change her milk? Her pedia doesn't advise change in milk yet, just limit the cereal intake. This is her first two weeks to be given solid and I am having this problem. Her next check up will in two weeks time and I don't wanna see her pedia earlier that scheduled because the queue is very long and it would cost me another 500 bucks. Pls help me...thanks! I've tried suppository and it worked but my baby is in pain so I want to try other options. thanks a lot.
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11 responses
• Canada
12 Apr 08
When my kids were little and got constipated I used about a teaspoon of prune juice. It works like a charm. Another thing you can do is put a little brown sugar in your babies milk. My sister was told to do it by a nurse and that worked well too. Also to help with the pain try moving the babies legs the way you would if you were peddling a bike. It helps to losen the bowels and relieve some of the gas cramps. I wish you the best sweety I know it's hard to see them in such pain but it won't last forever so just hang in there. huggerzzzz
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@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
12 Apr 08
Thanks a lot! It's really the pain I am seeing in her even now that she is OK that is making me worried. I hope she;ll recover from it soon.
• Philippines
12 Apr 08
try giving papaya, ripe mashed mango, and lots of water.suppository is not good for babaies according to my pediatrician.Send her to your pediatrician at once
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@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
12 Apr 08
I only used suppository because she was wailing already and really in pain. I've given her papaya last night and it worked but the trauma is still in her. I'll try to call the pedia soon. Thanks a lot!
@MAMABLAZE (242)
• United States
11 Apr 08
Hi chrysz, My girl also had these problems and the pedia said to add dark karo syrup to her formula. It makes the formula look like chocolate milk she seemed to like it. Best of all it works, it's natural and loosens everything right up. Don't freak out if it takes a day or two. If it gets too loose just remember to add more or less as needed next time it happens. As this just may happen again in the future. Hope this helps you...Mamablaze!!
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@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
12 Apr 08
Thanks a lot. I will ask the pedia about the karo syrup and check if it is available here in the Philippines. I gave my child some papaya last night and her poo loosen up already but she was still crying. I hope she'll recover from the trauma since that's more of my concern.
• Philippines
11 Apr 08
What I know is, you may give grape juice to your baby to ease up her constipation.
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@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
11 Apr 08
Thanks a lot! I'll try to do that but I'll have to ask the pedia first because my child might be allergic to some food.
• United States
11 Apr 08
I definitely have been through this. I have (4) children and went through it with (2) of mine. If you don't want to use suppositories, I understand. I would do that as a last resort when mine were babies. The addition of solids definitely will constipate some babies. Several ounces of water every day is very important in helping with it. Also, I don't know if you have introduced juice to your baby yet or not, but a few ounces of apple juice a day definitely helps. I know pediatricians are very strict on timetables of when you start introducing certain things into their diet, but as a mother you have to kinda figure out what works best for your baby. Each baby is different. And by the way I did have to change (2) of my babies formulas. With one I switched to Carnation Good Start, and the other Alimentum.
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@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
11 Apr 08
My baby is quite delicate compared to my eldest. She had Nan HA before but shifted to Promil lactose free when she had diarrhea. I think it was too much "apple juice" that caused her diarrhea last month so I decided to just give her water for the mean time. Ive read that rice cereal has less allergens among cereals but since it is making my baby sick, I would resort to feeding her veggies and fruits. Thanks for your time!
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
11 Apr 08
How often does she normally 'poo'. Some babies don't need to go everyday so that could be part of the reason...you did mention the straining and discomfort though so there must be something going on with her. To me it sounds like the rice is the problem. That is very binding. Anything prune related (juice or food) will help a lot with that, apple juice and apple sauce also helps. I'm not familiar with cerelac but if it's a kind that you normally mix milk/formula into, try mixing the juice in instead. There are plenty of sugar free and even organic juices out there just be on the safe side.
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@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
11 Apr 08
It's really the discomfort that's making me anxious. She doesn't normally cry but recently, she's been crying loudly and you can sense that she is in pain. I've stopped the rice cereal for the mean time and gave her squash yesterday and today and this evening, I gave her some papaya. I am cautious in introducing food to her because she has allergies. She used to have Nan Hypoallergenic but I tried Promil gold just recently to know if she still has allergies with cow's milk.
@Mamagee (392)
• Malaysia
11 Apr 08
I've experiance this a few years ago when I have a baby. You try not to feed too much cereal and try to feed her food that contain fiber. The best thing is you feed her more fruit and vegetable.
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@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
11 Apr 08
Thanks for your response. I'll try to buy papaya and prune tomorrow. I will also have to figure out if prune will not trigger her allergy.
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
11 Apr 08
I use to go through this with my oldest when he was a baby...there are a few things you could try like prunes/prune juice as its been mentioned..also when you have her on her back (like during a diaper change) you can try moving her legs back and forth, as in bending on leg/knee towards her chest then the other and do that back and forth..that was something my son pediatrican told me to do..and of course finally there is the good old suppository but I would use that as a last resort..
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@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
11 Apr 08
I'll try to look for prune juice when I go out. I am trying to exercise her legs coz I have been self-help books too. The rice cereal is the culprit I guess because that's the only I was giving her for the last three days. I can not just introduce her new food because she might have allergies. I've tried suppository but it only helped her go but still, the pain is there I guess because she was crying and pushing really hard. Thanks a lot.
@ayessa (1586)
• Philippines
11 Apr 08
Hi chrysz, how old is your baby? Have you tried giving him/her papaya or prune juice? I know that papaya and prune juice helps to lessen constipation. Also give him/her lots of water/fluids. Try also to give him/her a massage on his/her tummy part. It also helps in bowel movement.
• Sri Lanka
12 Apr 08
Hi, Yeah, I have experienced this with my child. When she is constipated, I have given Papaya juice or just to eat. It workd really well. Sometimes banana also works
• United States
11 Apr 08
For quick relief prune juice or prune baby food works wonders... but to keep it from continueing to happen on her formula when it says one scoop to each 2 fl oz change it to be a bit less so instead of 4 scoopd for an 8 oz bottle you would use a half to full scoop less... the formulas can sometimes cause the prolem like it did with my daughter once I started doing this with her formula it saved a lot of problems... also give her moerwater throughout the day and at around four oz of juice during the day. That should help to keep her regular.
@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
12 Apr 08
I think I'll try that,putting lesser milk powder in her milk. Also, I'll try the prune juice or the prune baby food. Thanks a lot!
@tessah (6621)
• United States
11 Apr 08
check the labels on the formula and the cereals.. if they contain iron, this could very well be the problem. iron will make a person constipated. switch the cereals, or make yer own if you cant find any without added iron, add some applesauce or use applejuice instead of formula to make the cereal with. good luck, and i hope your baby feels better soon.
@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
12 Apr 08
The Promil gold has iron. I think its the rice cereal that is causing her problem. I'll try to give applesauce later or papaya again since, as per doctor's advise, I should give her the same food for three consecutive days to check if she has allergies towards the food. Maybe I can try applesauce after two days. I haven't tried giving her again apple/pear juice because she had a run when my grandma gave her some last month. She had diarrhea last month and was hospitalized for two days so we stopped feeding her solids and just reintroduced it last week. Thanks for sharing!