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What to do for infant 5 weeks who is constipated. breast fed with rice cereal in pumped milk for reflux, also on zantac (ranitidine) two times daily. has not had bowel movement in two days and is very fussy

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Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
Stop the rice: Stop adding rice cereal to the pumped milk (good job on breast feeding, by the way!). Keep breast feeding and keep the zantac (ranitidine). Rice cereal is very constipating! for reflux elevate the head of the crib. In addition to constipation, rice cereal before age 6 months is related to obesity in later life. You may also try a glycerine suppository (found in the baby section). After 7 days call md.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Breast fed baby: Your babys " constipation" may not be related to the rice cereal at all. Breast fed babies can go a whole week without having a stool and are not considered constipated.
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
Try giving water with karo syrup in between feedings and later diluted juices.
Aug 5, 2013

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