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How often cani give my baby glycerin suppositories?

How often cani give my baby glycerin suppositories?

As needed but...: If a baby has an infrequent and hard bowel movements, glycerin suppository may be used. However, if infant requires suppositories often, it is prudent to have baby checked whether or not he/she has something serious, e.g., hirschsrung disease. ...Read more

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Suppository (Definition)

A suppository is a drug delivery system that is inserted into the rectum (rectal suppository), vagina (vaginal suppository) or urethra (urethral suppository), where it dissolves or melts. They are used to deliver both systemically-acting and locally-acting medications. The alternative term for delivery of medicine via such ...Read more


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How much of the fleet pedia-lax liquid glycerin suppositories do I give to my baby (2 1/2 weeks) she hasn't had a bm in 4 days. ?

How much of the fleet pedia-lax liquid glycerin suppositories do I give to my baby (2 1/2 weeks) she hasn't had a bm in 4 days.
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Half: If it is thee glycerin suppository, give half(rounded end in first). Are you giving baby any water? Is belly bloated and hard? If no immediate relief with suppository, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can my 7 month baby have half the amount of liquid glycerin fleet suppository? He's been constipated on and off for about two weeks.

Can my 7 month baby have half the amount of liquid glycerin fleet suppository?  He's been constipated on and off for about two weeks.

No: fleets liquid is a little strong I would get a glycerine suppository, maybe half a pediatric glycerine suppository like pediatric dulcolax suppository which is gentle and will lubricate the anus as the glycerine dissolves make sure he is not reacting to the foods you may have added in his diet ...Read more

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Can I use glycerin suppositories for my 1 month old baby she has 2 days without BM? I feed her formula and breast milk but mostly breast milk.

Can I use glycerin suppositories for my 1 month old baby she has 2 days without BM? I feed her formula and breast milk but mostly breast milk.

Mgt: Babies have different stool patterns. I would suggest discontinuation of the glycerin suppositories. Continue to keep your baby well fed with mostly breast milk. If there is no stool in 5 to 7 days, a visit to your PCP is advised. At your next visit, review the results of her newborn screening tests. ...Read more

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My baby's body does not recognize that he needs to poop I have had to use glycerin suppositories two days in a row now to make him have a bowel movement what else can I do it makes him very fussy and spits up when he cannot use the bathroom?

My baby's body does not recognize that he needs to poop I have had to use glycerin suppositories two days in a row now to make him have a bowel movement what else can I do it makes him very fussy and spits up when he cannot use the bathroom?

Make defecation fun!: Defecation/evacuation=a built in reflex. Creating/promoting control issues (you/others vs. baby) creates problems (wars) leading to longstanding health problems. If baby has been scolded/punished (by anyone) for defecating at inconvenient time/location, problems begin & can build. Study: William & Martha Sears many books, e.g. "Attachment Parenting" for better strategies; not product marketing. ...Read more

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How long does a babies gliceran suppository take in affect the baby is 5 weeks old and constipated

How long does a babies gliceran suppository take in affect the baby is 5 weeks old and constipated

A : A glycerine suppository only takes a few minutes to melt, but it may take a few more hours for the child to pass a stool. Constipation is the passage of a dry, hard stool - not necessarily the absence of daily stool. If you suspect your child may be crying because he is ill, call your child's doctor. That being said, constipation is common in infants and there are a couple things you can do to help. 1.) give pear or prune juice - 1oz/age in months/day so in your case 1 oz. Not only does prune or pear juice have sugar which can help soften bms, but also has fiber (notice the gritty texture when you drink it?). This does not mean that you should be feeding your baby juice as a part of his regular diet, but it's ok in daily small amounts to treat constipation. 2.) if juice does not work, then you can try a glycerine suppository which you can buy over the counter. Just cut a pea-sized piece of the glycerine and place it in the baby's anus to lubricate the hard stool. This is not meant for daily use, so if you find that your baby needs a suppository in order to have a bm despite dietary changes, discuss with your child's doctor. 3.) do not use mineral oil, laxatives or enemas. These methods are not safe for infants. 4.) finally, if constipation is persistent and not improved with any of the above recommendations, be sure to contact your baby's doctor. There are some very rare underlying disorders such as hirschprung's disease, cystic fibrosis or hypothyroidism that can cause chronic constipation. ...Read more

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Do glycerin suppositories expire?

Do glycerin suppositories expire?

Yes: Every medication has expiration date. The date is usually printed on the box and on the wrap of the product. ...Read more

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How effective are glycerin suppositories?

Good: They could be quite effective. But if constipation continues please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the effects of a glycerin suppository?

None: It's an inert substance that makes your stools come out. However, if you use it in excess, like anything else in life, you will develop problems. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how glycerin suppositories work?

Hyperosmotic laxativ: It works by drawing water into the intestines. The effect is to cause a bowel movement usually within 15 to 60 minutes. ...Read more

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How much fluid is in an infant liquid suppository?

How much fluid is in an infant liquid suppository?

About 2 and 1/4 oz: However, it is usually best not to use these on children less than 2 years of age unless directed by your doctor. ...Read more

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What can happen if you eat a glycerin suppository?

Probably nothing: No active medicinal ingredient in glycerin suppositories as they act as a lubricant. Glycerin is generally not harmful if ingested- but that is not recommended. ...Read more

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Glycerin suppositories doesn't work. What do I do now?

Glycerin vs enema: If you are experiencing acute constipation or fecal impaction, home glycerin suppository is a good first step. You may also consider a fleets enema or a mineral oil enema as second line. If these are not working, a visit to your md or an er may be necessary for further management. General recommendation is to focus on prevention by plenty of fluids and high-fiber diet on a day to day basis. ...Read more

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What should I do if a glycerin suppository does not work?

What should I do if a glycerin suppository does not work?

Depends: If one is constipated, use a clear liquid diet for 24hrs, then orally administer mag citrate or go-lytely. If one has an acute diverticulitis, then antibiotics are needed, and a low residue diet should initially be followed. ...Read more

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What does it feel like when u have a glycerin suppository?

Doesn't: Feel like anything. Glycerine will melt and soak into stool in rectum and make it easier to pass. ...Read more

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After an hour of glycerin suppository, would I have relief?

Yes.: Suppositories usually work pretty quickly. However sometimes they need to be repeated the following day. Before you use such measures you should definitely check with your doctor to make sure this is what you should be doing. ...Read more

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What does it feel like when you have a glycerin suppository?

What does it feel like when you have a glycerin suppository?

Doesn't: Feel like anything. Glycerine will melt and soak into stool in rectum and make it easier to pass. ...Read more

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