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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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