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Does excess iron in an infant's diet cause constipation?

Does excess iron in an infant's diet cause constipation?

Yes: Iron is a binding substances for infants. Try reducing the amount and speaking to your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Can similac advance infant formula with iron make a newborn constipated?

Can similac advance infant formula with iron make a newborn constipated?

Not specifically: This is an old myth that is perpetuated year to year. Iron given at therapeutic levels can cause constipation, but studies find no correlation with the level in formula. Infants may process one brand of formula slower or faster than another and any delay in emptying will lead to constipation. ...Read more

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Why does excess iron cause constipation?

Why does excess iron cause constipation?

SLOWING DOWN BOWELS: Iron slows down digestive system.Slow release iron is slowly absorbed and less constipating. Fast absorbing iron supplement causes more constipation but quickly absorbed. ...Read more

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Is there a dose of iron supplement that won't cause constipation?

Is there a dose of iron supplement that won't cause constipation?

Not really: Pretty much all doses are going to cause some constipation but this symptom can be mitigated with plenty of hydration, high fiber diet, and colace, (docusate sodium) a stool softener. ...Read more

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Do iron supplements cause constipation in infants?

Do iron supplements cause constipation in infants?

Sometimes: When a child's anemia reaches levels where therapeutic iron is needed, cramps & constipation are seen occasionally. Full srength juices will sometimes counter the effect. It is not seen from the iron content of regular formulas. ...Read more

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4 year old has had persistant diarrhoea but now constipated for past week. Cough, sore thigh, blood test shows low iron and mild eosinophilia. Causes?

4 year old has had persistant diarrhoea but now constipated for past week. Cough, sore thigh, blood test shows low iron and mild eosinophilia. Causes?

Multiple: Frequently kids with constipation have diarrhea as loose stool works around the area of hard stool. However eosinophilia is connected with parasite infections which can also cause diarrhea. Low iron levels could mean she is loosing blood in her stool a sign of inflammatory bowel disease. It sounds like your provider is doing the work-up. Be sure to continue to follow-up. ...Read more

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What causes constipation in babies who take only breat milk?

What causes constipation in babies who take only  breat milk?

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

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Do infant gas drips cause constipation?

No: Infant gas drops (simethacone) do not cause constipation. There are simply a soapy material that allows gas bubbles to join together.Failure to stool on a regular basis, intake of foods like applesauce or cereal are more likely culprets. ...Read more

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Can infant gas relief drops cause constipation?

Can infant gas relief drops cause constipation?

No: Infant gas drops (simethacone) do not cause constipation. There are simply a soapy material that allows gas bubbles to join together.Failure to stool on a regular basis, intake of foods like applesauce or cereal are more likely culprets. ...Read more

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Does breastmilk cause an infant to be constipated?

Does breastmilk cause an infant to be constipated?

No: Breast milk will not cause constipation. The frequency of bowel movements will decrease as your child ages. As long as your child is not having hard, painful stools, then there is no constipation. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be having constipation while taking iron tablets?

Could be: Constipation can be a side effect of taking iron supplements. To combat this, drink plenty of fluids during the day and increase your fresh fruit and vegetable intake. Staying hydrated and increasing the fiber in your diet usually helps. Daily exercise can help too. If you are still having trouble with constipation, see your doctor for other treatments that may be needed. ...Read more

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Does low iron mean constipation?

Does low iron mean constipation?

Possible: For example, an advanced colon cancer could lead to constipation and blood loss. More likely that the iron therapy to treat the anemia is leading to constipation. ...Read more

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Can iron help keep you regular instead of causing constipation?

Usually the opposite: Iron supplementrs usually cause constipation, but different supplemets can have different effects on individual patients. ...Read more

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Anemic and taking OTC 325mg Iron. Is there any way to tell if my iron level is up before next exam? Does constipation mean it is working? yes or no???

Anemic and taking OTC 325mg Iron. Is there any way to tell if my iron level is up before next exam? Does constipation mean it is working? yes or no???

How do you FEEL?: If your anemia is caused by iron deficiency, this WILL help. If not, it will not help. Iron turns everybody's stool black and upsets the gut some; constipation is common. If you are iron deficient, you need to find out why -- heavy monthly loss, ill-advised vegetarianism, bleeding stomach ulcer, hookworm, tumor. Glad you're taking a proactive approach to your health. ...Read more

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Blood test showed I have low iron so i take iron tablets 3 a day but i get constipation dark green poo and now for the past days feel very sickā€¦?

Not unusual.: It's not unusual to notice changes of the color or consistency of your stool after starting an iron supplement. There are multiple types of iron supplements, some of what you may tolerate better than others. If you would continue to have issues with this, contact the doctor that prescribed this for you and see if he/she would prefer to switch it to another formulation. ...Read more

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What kind of iron wont make you constipated?

Ferrous Gluconate: The most commonly prescribed iron supplement is iron (ferrous) sulfate; though maybe more expensive, ferrous gluconate may be less harsh on the GI system and cause less constipation. Constipation nevertheless is something that can be treated in other ways, like changing diet, drinking more water, and exercising regularly. ...Read more

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I think i've overdosed on iron tablets? Constipated

I think i've overdosed on iron tablets? Constipated

Serious: A true overdose on iron can be very serious and can lead to death. If you think you took too much iron, please call the national poison control center (1-800-222-1222). This national hotline number will let you talk to experts in poisoning. They will give you further instructions. ...Read more

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How long does it take for effervescent iron tablets to leave your system and make you stop being constipated?

How long does it take for effervescent iron tablets to leave your system and make you stop being constipated?

Three days at most: If you are still constipated, and you believe it is the iron, take a laxative to clean out the bowel. Most medications and foods are eliminated from the body within three days in most people. ...Read more

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Constipated since starting iron. Cures?

Things that help:: Several things may help: a slow release iron or divided the dose to twice a day. Increase your daily fiber intake (shoot for 30 g or more per day). You may also add a mild stool softener (like colace) daily. Some people need to do all of the above. Also, go see the doctor who asked you to take the extra iron and see if he/she can help too. ...Read more

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I'm taking 2 tsp of feros sulfate iron in lq form. I'm not getting constipated. Is that a good sign. I'm post to be on 4 tsp a day.

I'm taking 2 tsp of feros sulfate iron in lq form. I'm not getting constipated. Is that a good sign. I'm post to be on 4 tsp a day.

Keep,hydrated: The iron is generally constipatimg. Good diet, hydration and stool softeners can usually control. If not a problem that is a good thing. ...Read more

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Bisglysinate iron, is it as good as Ferrous Sulphate for Anaemia .Does it make less constipated? Thanks

Bisglysinate iron, is it as good as Ferrous Sulphate for Anaemia .Does it make less constipated? Thanks

Define "anemia": There are many types of anemias. Iron deficiency is but one kind. Only iron deficiency responds to treatment with iron supplements. The other anemias do not. If there is iron deficiency in a 73 year old male alcoholic there is blood loss, probably from GI tract. There may be prolonged prothrombin time, low platelets, nutritional deficiencies, etc. Iron deficiency is not a diagnosis per se. ...Read more

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I've got very low iron levels and recently being treated for ulcers. I've been constipated for 2 mnths now. Do u think its related to any of the two?

I've got very low iron levels and recently being treated for ulcers. I've been constipated for 2 mnths now. Do u think its related to any of the two?

Constipation: Although iron deficiency does not cause constipation per se, iron supplements can cause constipation at times. If you are having this side effect, try increasing the fiber in your diet and maybe even taking a fiber supplement, such as Metamucil, with extra water. If this does not help, then switching to a different fiber supplement may be useful. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long after stopping iron pills will your stools not be black anymore? I get too constipated with them

How long after stopping iron pills will your stools not be black anymore? I get too constipated with them

It can vary: But there are different forms of iron, many which do not constipate. Ask your doctor about switching to a different form of iron. Also, you might want to investigate why you are anemic and need iron. There can be many reasons for the anemia but just taking iron without determining the cause can pose a problem for you. Get it properly evaluated. ...Read more

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Is 325mg of iron pills alot for once a day? its all 325 in 1 red pill, will i get constipated or sick? Super nervous/paranoid

Is 325mg of iron pills alot for once a day? its all 325 in 1 red pill, will i get constipated or sick? Super nervous/paranoid

Only take if anemic: The RDA for women 11-50 yrs old is 15mg. The 325 mg pills are intended for anemic women especially during pregnancy. Unless your doctor prescribed it - this is too great an amount for you to decide to take on your own. And yes, the chance of constipation and other gastrointestinal distress is a dose related concern. Take care - see a doctor first. ...Read more

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I am animic and am very fatigued. Should I take iron? If so, is it bad for my liver or will it make me constipated, which I already have problems w

I am animic and am very fatigued. Should I take iron? If so, is it bad for my liver or will it make me constipated, which I already have problems w

Depends: Anemia can have a variety of causes. Only one of them is iron deficiency. Additional iron or the amt of iron in a once a day vitamin is safe and not excessive enough to cause constipation. ...Read more

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I have been using iron supplements, for the past 4 years, only recently, constipated and bloated, low due to childbirth, stress,not absorbing frm food?

I have been using iron supplements, for the past 4 years, only recently, constipated and bloated, low due to childbirth, stress,not absorbing frm food?

Why 4 years?: Iron deficiency from 3 causes: low intake, increased loss, e.g. menstrual loss, pregnancy ("lost" to fetus), urinary or gut bleeding, e.g. ulcers, polyps, tumors, poor absorption, e.g. stomach and/or bowel disease due to celiac sprue (gluten induced inflammation), inflammatory bowel disease. See MD ...Read more

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I heard my 22 month old may be drinking too much milk? He drinks 36 oz day .He has a healthy weight, and iron count, and does not get constipated. Not sure if I should limit his milk consumption?

I certainly would: I recommend milk consumption limited to a maximum of 24 oz a day, because of high risk of iron deficiency associated with higher milk consumption. As you know the regular homogenized milk has very low iron content, and excessive milk intake satisfies small toddlers' hunger so that they tend not to eat other healthy foods. I also would ask his doctor to run a test called ferritin. ...Read more

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My 6 mo is low on hemoglobin, so the ped prescribed iron supplement (III).Week later she was extremely constipated most probably bc of it. What to do?

My 6 mo is low on hemoglobin, so the ped prescribed iron supplement (III).Week later she was extremely constipated most probably bc of it. What to do?

Fruits: Please consult this site for addressing constipation in infants with fruit preparations, including prune juice. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/expert-answers/infant-constipation/faq-20058519 ...Read more

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800 calorie diet, found out i'm anaemic, the iron pills are making me constipated and i don't want to eat meat because i'm vegan, what should I do?

800 calorie diet, found out i'm anaemic, the iron pills are making me constipated and i don't want to eat meat because i'm vegan, what should I do?

Injectible iron: You're a grown-up now with some serious health problems including Graves's disease. It is extremely difficult for a vegan to enough iron & several other nutrients, and I would urge you to reconsider your involvement with this diet or at least to find a vegan-friendly physician to guide you. It seems to be costing you your health. Your physician can inject iron but it's unpleasant. Be wise. ...Read more

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