6 month old keeps getting constipated?

6 month old keeps getting constipated? Topic: 6 month old keeps getting constipated?
September 23, 2019 / By Angela
Question: I took her to the doctor for this a couple weeks ago and she got a prescription for lactulose, which is basically prescription karo syrup. i was to give it to her once a day for 7 days which I did, and then stop and see if the problem stops. Well it hasn't. The doctor said if it doesn't stop to keep giving her the syrup once a day but didn't say for how long. She doesn't seem to be in any discomfort. I gave her some prunes last night and this morning and her poop still came out hard. Could this be something serious? Obviously I'm going to ask her pediatrician but I want to see if there are any experiences out there. Lol. Nice one. You're funny.
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Wilfred Wilfred | 8 days ago
My 6 month old's poop has been harder than normal (like clay) after I began giving her baby food. If your daughter isn't in any discomfort then I wouldn't worry too much about it. I was worried at first for my daughter but realized that it will take some time for her to get used to the new food. If you want to continue with the kayo syrup then go ahead but I think it is just a different stage of poop for her. It has to get a little firmer at some point. However, I am not a doctor so I may be wrong, its just what I think.
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Wilfred Originally Answered: What can I do for my two month old who is constipated?
The straining and turning red alone actually don't mean your baby is constipated, but if her stools are basically hard and pebbly then she's probably constipated. (Another sign is if your baby pulls her legs in close to her as she's straining.) At two months you don't want to start with juices, and unless your doctor suggests it you don't even want to start with plain water -- she should be getting the proper hydration from the breastmilk/formula. If she is formula fed, however, you may want to 1) talk with your doctor (which you should do in any event) and 2) try a different formula. It's not unusual for a baby to have digestive issues with one formula and not another, in addition to which the iron in the formula could be contributing to the constipation issue (but don't switch to something without iron unless it's on the specific advice of the pediatrician). Okay, assuming liquid is fine...a couple of things that can help: 1) Take your baby's temperature rectally. Seriously. I remember when the nurse showed me how so I wouldn't be nervous when I actually *had* to do it, and the pediatrician told me how it's actually an extremely helpful tool when a baby is constipated...it provides stimulation and can actually get things going again pretty quickly. (And sure enough, just a few minutes after the nurse took baby's temp, that little theory was proven right!) When either of my twins had any degree of constipation this was pretty much the first thing I did. No, they don't love it, but it beats straining and suffering, and, quite often, it does just the trick. 2) When babies are very young it can still help to move their legs around during diaper changes. That is, at every diaper change when your baby is on her back gently take her legs and move them as if she's bicycling. Do this for a few minutes. This stimulation also often helps move the bowels, and was the first tactic of every NICU nurse I ever knew. 3) Glycerin suppositories -- I never used them but I have read about them. As I understand it these are nonprescription and soft. Speak with your pediatrician first, of course, to be sure it's okay, but this should help to ease the way. It can also be a good idea, if you use them, to wait for your baby to give signs that she's about to "go" and then insert the suppository, to make it easier for her. 4) If she's formula fed, in addition to investigating other formulas out there, try feeding her smaller amounts of formula more frequently. This gives your baby more time to properly and fully digest the contents of her somach. 5) Messy but effective: when your baby is in a warm bath (with warm water about "chest high" for her) gently massage her belly. As for the Karo, I don't recommend it. It's the kind of thing that has been used by lots of moms and grandmothers, but that, today, is considered to be not-such-a-good-idea because of the perceived risk of botulism. I've read several articles on this and what I've walked away with is this: while this is not the concern now that it was, say, 10 years ago, it's still possible that karo syrup contains botulism spores. Botulism can be fatal for babies -- that's why they should not be fed honey until they are over one year old. My personal feeling: I don't know whether there is a risk at all, and if there is a risk it seems to me that it must be a tiny risk indeed...but, why take the risk at all? It's not like karo syrup is something they need -- there are other ways to treat constipation. Anyway, please talk to the pediatrician who is more familiar with *your* baby than anyone here on Y!A, but there's no reason at all not to try taking your daughter's temp rectally a few times in the interim. Good luck, and congratulations on the birth of your daughter!

Scott Scott
My son went through several weeks of constipation issues when we started him on solids -- it's normal. It just takes several weeks or even a month or two for a baby's digestive system to get used to solid foods. The best thing you can do is make sure she is getting plenty of liquids, and you can give her a little warm water or a small amount of fruit juice mixed with water to keep her stools softer. Make sure she eats a "p" fruit (prunes, peaches, pears) at least once per day, and continue with the Karo syrup if your pediatrician recommends it. As her digestive system adjusts, her stools will soften and become regular again. My son went from pooping multiple times a day when exclusively breastfed to pooping about once per WEEK when we started solids. Gradually, it became a few times a week, then every other day, then every day again. He was quite regular by about 8 or 9 months.
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Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar
My niece was doing that and they had to change her formula. Prunes also helped a lot so i would keep giving them to her. It can't hurt, also fiber will regulate you so any fruits and vegetables you can give her should help too.
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Keshawn Keshawn
have you tried giving her just some water if she isn't hydrated the right way then her poop is going to be hard
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Keshawn Originally Answered: How can I help a constipated 3 month old?
Changing formulas will constipate infants. Thats why you should pick one and stick to it. My daughter had the same issue. She was breast fed and then I wasnt able to continue so I started her on formula. She got constipated and because her bum wasnt used to pushing out more solid types of waste it was too tight to get it out. SOOOOOOOOOO I took her to the doctors and all he did was lube up the area and poke a pinky finger in the rectum and OUT IT ALLL CAME. I couldnt watch because it made me sick as hell to see that but it worked. After that she was fine. *NOTE* do NOT give any sugars mixed with water because it doesnt work.

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