4 month old constipated?

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September 23, 2019 / By Tottie
Question: My 4 month old saughter is constipated and I don't know what to do. i've tried Miralax, juice, suppositories and nothing works. The drs are not worried but I am. ANy suggestions?
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Sabella Sabella | 9 days ago
As a 4 month old, she should not be constipated at all as she should be on only formula or breast milk. Don't try anything!!!! It is normal for a breast fed baby to go only once a week!!!! If she is formula fed and you think she is constipated, then give a little extra water in her formula and hold off giving an solids, since she may be sensitive. just give her a couple of ounces of extra water and do not give anything but formula or water until your child is at least 6months old. She really does not need anything but breast milk or formula until 9 months or 1 year. Solids are more to learn about taste and texture, and for fun at this age. Just make sure that she gets enough of those. Also, if you do not mix enough water into the formula, that can cause constipation. And remember that if your daughter is turning red and really working when she poops. that is not constipation, that is just how a baby poos, it is not anything to be worried about. You only worry about it if they have gone more then 7 days (for a breastfed child) or 5 days ( for formula fed). If it is longer then that, then give some prune juice mixed with water (half and half). If no poo after 24 hours, then go to the doc. But red face, grunting, even crying and uncomfortable facial expressions and crying do not mean constipation, it just means they are working those muscles hard.
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Sabella 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!

Nerissa Nerissa
I have this same problem with my twins who are also four months old! My pediatrician said No to most juices as well because it is an irritant for their little bellies..but she said no the the water because it provided NO nutrition whatsover. She said add 2 teaspoons prune juice to regular bottles...that is not enough to fatten him up so dont worry about it. You can do it every bottle if you want to. I did it 3 times a day till it started loosening the bowels movements and now i continue except i only give it once a day. It doesnt upset their bellies..but the spit up afterwards can be pretty gross looking! Trust me i gave them pear and apple juice before because a friend of mine said so...but they had a horrible belly ache! The prune juice works great!
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Lucile Lucile
Most babies are not truely constipated unless they experience firm, dry pebbly poop,or no bowel movement 2-3 days for formula fed ,or 7-10 days for breast fed. The reason they can go that long without pooping being breast fed is because breast milk has very little waste in it(stuff that the baby doesn't need). She will also strain and cry when trying to have a bowel movement if she is truely constipated. If your doctor is not worried then you shouldn't either unless your baby has a problem with these three things. Mom of 3 children!!!
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Kaycee Kaycee
My son was about the same age, with the same problem. The doctor suggested a few tbsp. of dark Karo syrup in a bottle-sure enough, he had a bowel movement within the next 8-12 hours. You can also repeat this as many times as needed-no harmful side effects.
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Honey Honey
Don't worry too much. This is normal. As long as your daughter isn't in any pain, she is just fine. When my daughter would get constipated, I would give her applesauce, baby prunes, etc. The prunes especially would work wonders. Good luck! :o)
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Edda Edda
At this age, my breastfed daughter only pooped about once every 10 days or so. I just let nature take its course. I wouldn't worry, especially if the doctors are not worried.
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Chantelle Chantelle
give your baby some water in a bottle, trust me this will work. just be careful when she is drinking it because water is a lot thinner than milk. and also give her a warm bath, and rub her back while she is resting on your chest or something, that will make her easier to digest stuff. Congrats on your new baby! and enjoy!
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Anstey Anstey
This happens from time to time, and it is just their system making adjustments and maturing. when it comes time to unload, look out, for it will fill the diaper. I have thru this numerous times, with 5 kids, and the docs said the same thing. Now if it goes on, call them and ask for her to be seen.
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Anstey 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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