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Can Sweet Potatoes Cause Constipation In Babies
6 months old baby started eating organic made baby food. Now is constipated. She's had sweet potatoes, banana, Apple's, peas, squash, zucchini.?
Why the rush: Solids in the first year do not help the baby grow better. Breast milk is an adequate nutrition source, and solids today are primarily a training process to transition them to the table. Apples and bananas are constipating agents. Prunes & pears loosen stools. I'd quit the rush through the list of foods and just keep it simple. ...Read more
Define constipation: Breast fed kids may go a little every feed or one bulky stool every 7-10 days & if soft they are not constipated. Most formula babies go 1-2xd. Any stool that is dried out is constipation & a sign things are not moving along fast enough. Gas is from air swallowed or gas produced by gut germs. Fussy is whatever baby feels pissy about often fatigue. ...Read more
Which formula is best for weight gain in babies & won't cause constipation? My son is 9months old & weights 7, 8kg, uses infacare formula at the moment
Yes: Iron is a binding substances for infants. Try reducing the amount and speaking to your pediatrician. ...Read more
Get baby checked: Constipation at this age is either diet related, i.e excessive dairy intake or some reason for them to hold stools like an anal fissure, for which a proper exam will be helpful. In the meantime, u can add more vegetables to his diet and give him Karo syrup or prune juice. ...Read more
Constipation in baby: I would start by asking if the baby is actually constipated. Often babies (especially breast fed infants) don't stool as often. Many people think this means they are constipated. Some breast fed infants poop once a week! If the baby is gaining weight well and the stool is soft when it comes out then the baby is fine. If the stool is hard (like rabbit pellets) then you should talk to your doctor. ...Read more
My 18 month infant has constipation and when he needs to go out he is in pain as he cries and runs around holding his butt. What will help?
Stool retention: This is a sad problem that is all too common. After a kid learns s/he can hold it, they do so at some point & when they do go it is bulky or dry & it hurts to pass. They then hold it to avoid further pain & the cycle repeats. They don't understand they could avoid pain if they didn't let it bulk up. This often requires a stool softener like Miralax used daily for 2X the duration of the problem. ...Read more
What is the best way to relieve an 8 month infant of constipation? He was 2 months premature, does this affect what I can and cannot give him?
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
Is constipation in babies normal? My 1 month old girl has constipation and doesn't poop every day and her stomach feels hard?
What is constipation: In a one month breast fed baby no poop for a few days is normal as long as the poop in not hard. Babies in the first month or so have frequents pooh so this change to less frequent pooh causes much worry but is normal regardless on apparent straining. At this age babies also have periods of unexplained crying which sometimes are attributed to gas or trouble with pooh. This is not the case! ...Read more
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.
Infant constipation. We have tried prune juice oatmeal and soy milk and nothing is working. Can we use a stool softener and what foods to avoid.?
Natural plugs: Apple sauce, bananas & rice cereal are the main constipators in most infants. Peaches, pears, plums & barley cereal are usually helpful in loosening them. Prune or apple juice (regular adult, not dilute baby) given in amounts of 1-2 ounces 1-2 x/day for a minimum of 3 days will usually loosen a kid. Good luck. ...Read more
Hard stools: Constipation in infants and toddlers is a common problem. It is usually temporary, but if left unaddressed can lead to undesirable toileting behaviors, discomfort and distress. Increasing water intake, offering high fiber juices (peach, pear, prune) and limiting yogurt and cheese may help. At times, pediatric Fleets enemas or glycerin suppositories are required. Recommendations depend on age!! ...Read more
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