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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