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Is it safe to give an infant of 1 month a suppository? How often and what's best for infant constipation?

Is it safe to give an infant of 1 month a suppository? How often and what's best for infant constipation?

Sometimes: Many children become constipated but it is by no means normal - many parents use an occasional glycerin suppository without issue but you really should discuss this with your doctor and have the child checked as this is not normal and possibly a change in diet or a medication may be more helpful especially if this is chronic ...Read more

Suppository (Definition)

A suppository is a drug delivery system that is inserted into the rectum (rectal suppository), vagina (vaginal suppository) or urethra (urethral suppository), where it dissolves or melts. They are used to deliver both systemically-acting and locally-acting medications. The alternative term for delivery of medicine via such ...Read more


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How long does a babies gliceran suppository take in affect the baby is 5 weeks old and constipated

How long does a babies gliceran suppository take in affect the baby is 5 weeks old and constipated

A : A glycerine suppository only takes a few minutes to melt, but it may take a few more hours for the child to pass a stool. Constipation is the passage of a dry, hard stool - not necessarily the absence of daily stool. If you suspect your child may be crying because he is ill, call your child's doctor. That being said, constipation is common in infants and there are a couple things you can do to help. 1.) give pear or prune juice - 1oz/age in months/day so in your case 1 oz. Not only does prune or pear juice have sugar which can help soften bms, but also has fiber (notice the gritty texture when you drink it?). This does not mean that you should be feeding your baby juice as a part of his regular diet, but it's ok in daily small amounts to treat constipation. 2.) if juice does not work, then you can try a glycerine suppository which you can buy over the counter. Just cut a pea-sized piece of the glycerine and place it in the baby's anus to lubricate the hard stool. This is not meant for daily use, so if you find that your baby needs a suppository in order to have a bm despite dietary changes, discuss with your child's doctor. 3.) do not use mineral oil, laxatives or enemas. These methods are not safe for infants. 4.) finally, if constipation is persistent and not improved with any of the above recommendations, be sure to contact your baby's doctor. There are some very rare underlying disorders such as hirschprung's disease, cystic fibrosis or hypothyroidism that can cause chronic constipation. ...Read more

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My newborn baby that 19, days old and she keeps crying i think she constipated, what can I give my new infant baby for the pain. Can suppositories use?

My newborn baby that 19, days old and she keeps crying i think she constipated, what can I give my new infant baby for the pain. Can suppositories use?

Constipation: Is hard and infrequent stools. You can give a glycerin suppository once and see igf that helps. Baby may be crying if mom is breastfeeding and drinking milk, eating dairy. If using milk based formula then can also cause tummy ache. Baby could be colicky too.. Go see your doctor and discuss this. You will feel better and so will baby! ...Read more

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Can I use a baby suppository for my own constipation?

Can I use a baby suppository for my own constipation?

Yes: In treating constipation, it is always better to start with the mildest treatment first and if there is no or little response then get more aggressive. ...Read more

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Can I try suppositories to relieve my baby's constipation?

Can I try suppositories to relieve my baby's constipation?

1st Dietary Measures: Dr mcgraw's answer is true. But if constipated, meaning discomfort with defecation, then more dietary fiber such as prunes or vegies. Also consider if there is anything being eaten that binds the baby. For example , milk/dairy is common cause of constipation in children. Suppositoties are more a last resort in my opinion. ...Read more

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I am having severe constipation after birth of my baby since 2 and half month any suggestion or medicine?I am using suppository everyday.

I am having severe constipation after birth of my baby since 2 and half month any suggestion or medicine?I am using suppository everyday.

Slow versus normal?: Has structural pathology been ruled out in your colon or rectum, and have you had an assessment of GI transit (slow versus normal "constipation"), of metabolic diseases (low thyroid, low adrenal), & of possible abdominal pathology external to the gut? Continued use of irritant suppositories may do more harm. If stool softeners, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) & diet modification don't help, please get checked by doctor. ...Read more

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My 3 mo old baby has been constipated for 10 days, he's 100% formula fed. How can I treat it if suppository doesn't go in? Thx

My 3 mo old baby  has been constipated for 10 days, he's 100% formula fed. How can I treat it if suppository doesn't go in? Thx

Goes in anus slowly: If a 3 month old has been pushing when pooping, or pooping firm poops (but is still eating fine, not distended in the tummy, and otherwise being a happy baby), then a parent can try using a glycerin suppository. After rubbing the surface of the suppository smooth, it should go in gradually. If the constipation is ongoing, or if the suppository still won't go in, the pediatrician can evaluate. ...Read more

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My 8 month old baby is constipated too the point that suppositories and lactose don't seem to be working.what else can I try ?

My 8 month old baby is constipated too the point that suppositories and lactose don't seem to be working.what else can I try ?

See md : If your child's constipation is so severe that a suppository is not causing a bowel movement, I would recommend bringing the child to the doctor, especially if he is fussy and seems to have abdominal pain. It is possible that he would get relief from a pediatric enema , but I would never recommend that without an examination first. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 7 week old baby is constipated i give her lots of water& have tried colopsyl drops, prune juice, grip water, suppository & water & brownsugar please help?

My 7 week old baby is constipated i give her lots of water& have tried colopsyl drops, prune juice, grip water, suppository & water & brownsugar please help?

Evaluation: Is indicated. Is the baby a male/female? Did the baby have a meconium stool in the first 48 hrs of life? If not, the baby needs to be evaluated. Is the baby eating well and gaining weight the baby will benefit from seeing the doctor to ensure the anal opening is in the proper place, is of the proper size and may need a biopsy to r/o a disease called hirschsprung dz. ...Read more

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Constipation (Definition)

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