Constipated for a Month!?

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September 23, 2019 / By Justice
Question: I have been constipated for a month now and am worried I might have colon cancer. I don't have medical insurance, so if I have cancer, I'm screwed. I plan on seeing a doctor, but while I wait for the appointment I'm terrified. I have a BM once or twice daily now that I have switched to a high-fiber diet, but it is never a complete BM. I also take stool softeners. Most people are constipated for only a few days. How likely is it that I have colon cancer given that I have been constipated for a month? Has anyone out there ever been constipated for a month or more, and if so, what was the cause? I'm really getting nervous and would like to know if I am blowing this out of proportion. Thanks.
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Harry Harry | 5 days ago
Yes, you are blowing this out of proportion :) You are doing the right thing to be trying to adjust your diet to help your bowel movements. The high fiber diet is key! Good call on that. Really, there are a LOT of reasons a person can be constipated. It can range from stress on one end to things that are much more serious on the other end (puns intended). One bowel movement a day is pretty healthy. If you are seeing blood, different color stools, or gradient color stools (darker to lighter), then you definitely want to take that information to the doctor. Don't worry that you have cancer...there are so many other things that must be ruled out before you even begin to consider cancer. Good luck at your doctor's appointments, and be sure to voice your questions, concerns and opinions! Write down a list of questions too if you want...and ask any at the end of the interview that haven't been answered. Good luck and stay healthy!
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Harry 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!
Harry Originally Answered: What can I do for my two month old who is constipated?
Try giving her a little prune juice. Mix 1 part juice, 3 parts water. Give it a day and see if that helps.

Eldwen Eldwen
I've been constipated on and off for 35 years. I know how you feel. Sounds like your high fiber diet is working. Congratulations. You are highly unlikely to have Colon Cancer. Mine is caused by Medication. Are you taking any Meds? I would say you are blowing it far out of proportion.
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Casimir Casimir
Another person that thinks try have cancer? No, this does NOT mean cancer. Eat healthier, and you will be fine
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Casimir 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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