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Does Iron Cause Constipation In Babies
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
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
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 & wont cause constipation? My son is 9months old & weights 7, 8kg, uses infacare formula at the moment
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
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
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 sick…?
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
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
Constipation (Child) (Definition)
The difficulty passing stool or infrequent stools. ...Read more
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