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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

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Best formula for my baby with bad constipation.. Already tried soy milk?

Best formula for my baby with bad constipation.. Already tried soy milk?

Not the formula: Constipation can be a temporary finding in babies. Since they eat formula, the natural assumption is that formula causes constipation. However, it's best to have the doc look at the baby and determine if the baby needs testing for other medical conditions or try ways to soften the stools without changing the formula unnecessarily. ...Read more

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Is constipation on a 5w old enough reason to run to the doctor? Baby strains and cries when pushing the stools. Clay consistency on soy formula.

Is constipation on a 5w old enough reason to run to the doctor? Baby strains and cries when pushing the stools. Clay consistency on soy formula.

Clay consistency: Is not really constipation. Your baby is still adjusting to life and feels discomfort when this happens. Crying for help and expressing his feelings. Discuss with your pediatrician if this persist. May need to change formula, offer some water in between feelings. Help him push the stools out by pulling his legs up against abdomen and massaging gently below the navel. ...Read more

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Soy formula fed baby sleeps, feeds, and urinates very well. However, she has been constipated and in pain when straining. What remedies can I try?

Soy formula fed baby sleeps, feeds, and urinates very well. However, she has been constipated and in pain when straining. What remedies can I try?

Soy troubles: Constipation can be a common occurrence with soy formulas. You may want to discuss alternatives with the pediatrician, but in the meantime infant glycerin suppositories may help. Infants over 6 months of age can be supplemented with juice such as pear or prune. ...Read more

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Does soy formula for babies cause babies to get thrush?

Does soy formula for babies cause babies to get thrush?

No: Thrush is an infection caused by a fungus (sometimes called yeast) this type of infection is common in babies because their immune system is still developing. Fungal infections are common in warm moist areas like the mouth, diaper area (especially the creases) and folds of skin such as under the neck. It is not related to type of formula. Antibiotic use can increase yeast infections. ...Read more

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One year old was on a soy formula and has been off for a little over a month. Been struggling with constipation since. What kind of milk would be best?

One year old was on a soy formula and has been off for a little over a month. Been struggling with constipation since. What kind of milk would be best?

2% milk or soy milk: Some toddlers do get constipated from the casein in milk, especially if they are also getting a lot of other dairy in their diet, such as cheese and yogurt. Soy milk is ok to give, as it also has calcium and a complete protein. He needs at least 2-3 calcium/dairy/soy servings a day for bone health. You may improve constipation with giving prunes, bran cereal. Almond milk is low in protein. ...Read more

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My son has been on soy formula for over a month now, and has been very constipated, now his stool has changed and it's very hard balls and it black?

My son has been on soy formula for over a month now, and has been very constipated, now his stool has changed and it's very hard balls and it black?

Constipation: Soy formulas are usually more constipating that others., Rapid formula changes is best avoided (give a 2 week trial). A common trial sequence is: cows milk based, lactose-free, soy, elemental. In the meantime, take a rectal temp to stimulate the anus to relax. Blood, vomiting, poor feeding & irritability are emergencies. Lactulose is a well tolerated stool softener for babies (Rx) ...Read more

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My 1 month old on soy formula has been constipated. Tried prune juice and it's not helping. How often can a suppository be given?

My 1 month old on soy formula has been constipated. Tried prune juice and it's not helping. How often can a suppository be given?

Soy milk: Soy milk can be constipating. Another formula may be helpful. If not, get dark karo syrup and a tablespoon or two to the soy formula once or twice a day as needed to prevent constipation. This is assuming that he has a normal bowel system. ...Read more

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My children are constipated constantly, 1 & 3. I add benfiber milk and it seems to help some. Both were on soy as baby, help?

My children are constipated constantly, 1 & 3. I add benfiber milk and it seems to help some. Both were on soy as baby, help?

Hard age to work wth: Constipation occurs if digestive debris moves too slowly thru the gut, has excessive moisture extracted &/or the kid decides to skip poos. Foods like apples, pasta, breads slow transit while juices speed it. Most parents stop rx too soon.Fiber or MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) taken daily are fine for months at a time. A simple rx rule is to rx for twice the duration of the pbm. Recurrence is common until kid decides to help. ...Read more

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Can switching soy base formula to regular milk base, harm by 3month old baby? If babies stay on soy base, will that effect her when she gets older?

Can switching soy base formula to regular milk base, harm by 3month old baby? If babies stay on soy base, will that effect her when she gets older?

Varies: There are babies that are intolerant to milk based formulas, either to the protein or the lactose sugar. These kids will be chronically fussy, have acidic stools or otherwise a mess. If your kid can eat, digest and act comfortable on a milk based formula it is ok to switch. You might want to review the idea with the doc, some use soy for kids with galactosemia and a change to could be harmful. ...Read more

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Which is better soy based or cow milk infant formula?

Which is better soy based or cow milk infant formula?

Depends on situation: Some folks prefer the bovine protein as more human like & there is some question whether the soy lives up to its quality. That said, most kids would never have any appreciable difference in growth/development either way. The exception comes if a kid is intolerant to one. If so, the other product or a specialty formula like alumentum would be less likely to cause GI symptoms. ...Read more

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What to do about infant reflux, soy allergy, soy formula and enfamil ar?

What to do about infant reflux, soy allergy, soy formula and enfamil ar?

Positioning: What is the age of the child? If older than 3 months and if severe GERD I would consider adding rice cereal 1 tablespoon per 4 oz of the formula to thicken the feed. In a baby less than 2 months I would try positioning in a 45 degree position after feedings for an hr to see if it helps. Fomula switching will not improve GERD if that is the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is there a formula milk for babies with out soy based, soy lecithin, soy bean oil?

Is there a formula milk for babies with out soy based, soy lecithin, soy bean oil?

Absolutely: Alimentum and nutramigen are the first two that are readily available that come to mind. They are a bit more expensive, but very easy to digest and no soy anything. They don't taste as good, so if the baby scoffs at eating them, can put one drop of vanilla in the entire bottle to flavor. ...Read more

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My baby drinks soy isomil infant formula and every time he drinks it his eye swell. Is that an allergic reation.

My baby drinks soy isomil infant formula and every time he drinks it his eye swell. Is that an allergic reation.

Possibly: If it happens every time, it is probably some type of reaction, mild allergy. Talk to your pediatrician.... ...Read more

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What to do about infant reflux, eczema, soy allergy, soy formula and enfamil ar?

What to do about infant reflux, eczema, soy allergy, soy formula and enfamil ar?

See a Specialist: This is a complicated question that cannot be well answered in only 400 characters. The problems with formula may be allergy or lactose intolerance or several other things. You should have the baby tested for soy and milk allergy and you may need to try several formulas before you find one that is well tolerated. Enfamil AR thickens in the stomach so it is less likely to reflux back up the esop ...Read more

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My infant has had runny seedy poos for three weeks now and cries a lot after feeds. Is it ok to mix/wean soy formula with his milk based formula?

My infant has had runny seedy poos for three weeks now and cries a lot after feeds. Is it ok to mix/wean soy formula with his milk based formula?

See a doctor: If your baby is really fussy after feeding, see your doctor to make sure there is not a problem- infection, not digesting feedings well, allergy to some component of the formula, or other concerns. Don't change the formula without checking with your baby's doctor. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Not the best: Pedialyte and water are used more for hydration issues in a child. You need to speak with your Pediatrician regarding treatments for a 7 week old, as "too much" water should not be given either. Best wishes. ...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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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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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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Am weaning my 6 week old infant onto formula and he is struggling to poo. Is he constipated?

Am weaning my 6 week old infant onto formula and he is struggling to poo. Is he constipated?

Change pattern: Weaning from breast milk to formula can result in a change in consistency of the stool. If your baby has not had a bowel movement in a few days, I would advise a visit with your pediatrician. The baby's mouth and eyes should be moist. ...Read more

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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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My 12 week old formula fed infant appears to be constipated. Is there anything I can do to help him have a bowel movement?

My 12 week old formula fed infant appears to be constipated. Is there anything I can do to help him have a bowel movement?

Yes, but...: Keep in mind the symptoms of constipation are by definition hard and painful to pass stools. Remember a little pushing and uncomfortableness is ok as long as the stools are soft. Also an every other day stool for some bottle fed babies is fine. Keep in mind the position babies are in as they stool, FLAT ON THEIR BACK. Can you imagine? One oz water and one oz apple juice once will help. ...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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Which eases constipation, soy or almond milk?

Which eases constipation, soy or almond milk?

Neither: But increasing fluids and avoiding all caffeine and alcohol will help. ...Read more

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Is it okay to switch from whole milk to soy milk? My son has been having constipation for a while now and iam very worried. Help

Is it okay to switch from whole milk to soy milk? My son has been having constipation for a while now and iam very worried. Help

Avoid soy: Soy "milk" is highly processed and is not good to consume - by anybody. You didn't mention how old your son is. If he is an infant he needs a properly balanced substitute if you can't breast feed him. If older he may not even need milk. You may want to consider goat milk if cow dairy is giving him problems. Remember that children need fat for brain development. Stay away from low fat foods. ...Read more

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Is it possible that the organic soy milk I'm consuming is constipating me also what are some foods you recommend eating for constipation relief?

Is it possible that the organic soy milk I'm consuming is constipating me also what are some foods you recommend eating for constipation relief?

Soy milk: Soy milk is constipating. Increase fruits and vegetables, nuts, figs, and dates. Increas high fiber cereals and decrease milk and milk products. ...Read more

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