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Can pedialyte and water be used for infant constipation? my 7 wk old has hard stools and pain since switching to ar formula for reflux.

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Not the best: Pedialyte and water are used more for hydration issues in a child. You need to speak with your Pediatrician regarding treatments for a 7 week old, as "too much" water should not be given either. Best wishes.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Maybe: If this is linked to the formula change and the kid is otherwise doing well with it, a simple supplement may help.Prune juice, full strength adult, not the baby juice, can be offered at 1 oz once or twice a day and this acts to retain moisture in the poo and help it soften.You can increase or decrease the amount based on response.If not helping within 4 days, you may need to reconsider the formula
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Dr. Louis Cooper
Pediatrics 50 years experience
I would suggest not using pedialyte--primarily used in diarrhea cases. Make sure the formula is the correct strength and not under-diluted with water. Also I use apple juice rather than prune juice for infant with firm stools. Lastly what do you mean by constipation--how often is your infant stooling? Any blood in bowel movements? If not better today with the juice (in addition to formula),
Jul 27, 2014
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