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What can you give a newborn nursing baby to help move bowels?

What can you give a newborn nursing baby to help move bowels?

Don't worry: Human babies are made to drink human milk. Their guts can be so efficient at absorbing all the nutrients there might not be much to eliminate. It is not unheard of to go 2 weeks or more without a bowel movement in a baby only getting breast milk. It is not considered constipation in this case. As long as baby eats, nurses, behaves, grows and acts normally baby is fine. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve a baby with colic?

What can I do to relieve a baby with colic?

Try to find cause: Many babies develop colic between the 3rd and 12th week of life. Try to find what is precipitating the event. What are you feeding and how are you feeding. Is your baby crying and swalloing air? What kind of water are you using? Are you sterilizing? The best milk for a baby is moms milk. Watch your diet. Consult your doc to find the best course of action. ...Read more

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How can I relieve baby constipation?

How can I relieve baby constipation?

Fiber and low iron: If formula fed, you can switch your baby to a low iron formula. You can try 2-4 oz of fruit juice (apple, prune or pear juice) or 1 tsp brown sugar mixed with 1 oz of water 2-4x/day. Try pureed prune or pear if your baby is eating solids. A glycerin suppository for babies works also but don't use it too often. ...Read more

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How to relieve infant gas?

How to relieve infant gas?

Simethicone: Over the counter simethicone drops (mylicon or infant gas drops). Are perfectly safe. The dose is 0.3 ml every 3 hrs as needed. If you are breast feeding take a look at your diet. Anything that makes you gassy may have the same effect on baby! If symptoms continue on the drops, talk to your pediatrician. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can a 6 week old have pedialyte to relieve gas. If so how much?

Can a 6 week old have pedialyte to relieve gas. If so how much?

Yes; may not help: 1-2oz of pedialyte is a safe solution to give..Basically just water and some sugar/salt and minerals--a good fluid replacement when needed--but likely not going to help with gassiness. If it is not bothersome to baby, i would do nothing. If it is bothersome/excessive, would consider consulting doc and change of formula etc... Congrats on the precious new baby and good luck. ...Read more

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How to get a teething baby to eat?

How to get a teething baby to eat?

Ibuprofen: If your child is really miserable due to teething ibuprofen can help. Cold is also sometimes soothing so a smoothie Ice pop can get the needed calories and fluids. If your child is really not eating you can try chilled or frozen pediasure until he/she feels a little better. Good Luck! ...Read more

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Baby is 2 weeks old, fussy after feeding, and is gassy. what can i do to help relieve gas pain?

Baby is 2 weeks old, fussy after feeding, and is gassy. what can i do to help relieve gas pain?

See your Peds Doc: It's common and often no treatment needed. But be sure that your baby didn't catch any infection first. It also might be a first sign of it. Be sure you didn't change a formula recently and continue breastfeeding. See a Pediatrician for a further advise. ...Read more

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How do you make a baby unconstipated?

How do you make a baby unconstipated?

Water: Make sure the baby is getting some water daily. If the constipation persists, you can insert one half of a glycerine suppository in the rectun to soften the stool. Avoid baby foods that are mixed dinners, because many of them have more startch than nutrition, . ...Read more

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How can you prevent colic and gas in a baby?

How can you prevent colic and gas in a baby?

Colic: Try changing the formula to similar sensitive if formula fed or you need to change your diet if breast feeding ...Read more

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How much fiber supplement to take to relieve constipation for a woman?

How much fiber supplement to take to relieve constipation for a woman?

30 gm: It's agood idea to eat food with high fiber. But if need extra supplement, then take over the counter fiber supplement up to 25-30 gm daily with lots of water. Thanks ...Read more

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When can you start giving a baby water? My son is 5 months old and constipated...I've heard water could help. Is it too soon to give it to him?

When can you start giving a baby water? My son is 5 months old and constipated...I've heard water could help. Is it too soon to give it to him?

Now is OK: If your kid is putting out rabbit pellets then water in small (ounce) quantities may help. If you've started solids, applesauce & rice cereal have a constipating effect while barley seems to soften stools.Full strength apple or prune juice in ounce quantities will often loosen stool naturally. ...Read more

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How long can you give a baby gripe water and is it dangerous?

How long can you give a baby gripe water and is it dangerous?

Doubt any harm: A variety of items have been offered to qwell fussy babys since the 1700's, most implying some sort of stomach upset as the cause. A variety of gripe waters are available, some monitored by the fda and some not. Most appear to have harmless ingredients & in small amounts are probably fine. I have never recomended them.If i did it would be one monitored by the fda. ...Read more

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How do you make a baby unconstipated for good?

How do you make a baby unconstipated for good?

Fiber in the diet: Best natural treatment for constipation is to offer plenty of fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber. Be cautious about bananas, cheese, pasta, rice, bread and other starchy foods. Limit milk intake to an appropriate volume for your child's age. If necessary, adding dilute prune/pear/apple juice can be helpful at times. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to use cooking oil to relieve my baby's constipation?

Is it possible for me to use cooking oil to relieve my baby's constipation?

NO - very risky!!: Feeding baby oils like this or even mixing them in baby's bottle puts baby at great risk of inhaling the oil and developing aspiration pneumonia which could kill your baby. There are so may great alternatives to your method that are safe and effective. Don't risk your child's lungs and/or life! talk to pediatrician about what to use for infant constipation. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a suppository to relieve constipation?

How long does it take for a suppository to relieve constipation?

Usually < 1 hour: I depends on the suppository. Some are glycerin and only stimulate the rectum by their irritant properties. Bisacodyl suppositories ( dulcolax, etc.) are gut stimulants and generally work better and quicker but can lead to cramps. ...Read more

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Will Senokot (senna) help hard to pass stool already formed or only stool forming thereafter? If it can do the first, please explain how. Thank you.

Will Senokot (senna) help hard to pass stool already formed or only stool forming thereafter? If it can do the first, please explain how. Thank you.

By nerve stimulation: Senokot contains "senna" which is converted in the intestines to senna aglycones. These molecules stimulate a nerve network called Auerbach's plexus which, in turn, sets in motion a series of wave-like contractions called peristalsis. It is peristalsis that moves the stool along and results in a bowel movement, usually within 6 to 12 hours. (http://www.senokot.com/constipation/treatment/) ...Read more

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I'd really like to know how to put a baby to sleep?

I'd really like to know how to put a baby to sleep?

In his own bed: Rock, read, nurse, then wipe out his mouth with a soft cloth even before teeth erupt. Put him in his own crib in his own room, drowsy but awake, the same time every night.Stop the bedtime pacifier by 3-4 mos. Healthy 6-mo.-old's don't need a night feed (check with his pede) & become trained night criers if parents even go in & make eye contact with them, trained night feeders if you keep feeding. ...Read more

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How to make a baby burp?

How to make a baby burp?

Very Simple: Put your baby upright on your chest and shoulder after each feeding. Hold the baby with your one hand and with other hand pat on her back. A small amount of air will come out from her mouth, that is burping, i hope this will help. ...Read more

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What to do with a constipated baby on weekend?

What to do with a constipated baby on weekend?

CONSTIPATION: Depending on babys age, you can add water with karo syrup in between feedings. You can also make your formula diluted witd adding more water to formla like3oz to2oz milk. ...Read more

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How can you cure constipation in a newborn?

How can you cure constipation in a newborn?

Is it really constip: It is important to know that newborns (that is up to one month of age) can have a bowel movement anywhere between 12 times a day to once a week and not be constipated. As long as they are comfortable, stool is soft and feeding well. If it is really constipation, then you might incorporate small amount of water into the diet. In severe cases your doctor might need to look for underlying problems. ...Read more

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What is the best way to relieve an 8 month infant of constipation? He was 2 months premature, does this affect what I can and cannot give him?

What is the best way to relieve an 8 month infant of constipation? He was 2 months premature, does this affect what I can and cannot give him?

Pear juice: 2 to 4 oz of pear juice for infants once or twice daily can help with constipation. The juice contains sorbitol, a natural sugar which is not well absorbed intestinally. This causes a gentle osmotic effect on the stool, pulling in more water into the stool making it softer. ...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 cottage chesse constipate babies?

Does cottage chesse constipate babies?

Not if low fat: It is the fat content in dairy products that tends to constipate. However, the fat in milk is important for brain development. 16 ounces a day of whole milk should provide the necessary fat. ...Read more

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What can you do for infant constipation?

What can you do for infant constipation?

CONSTIPATION: Mothers are advised to give water with karo syrup in between feedings or diluted juices or add 1 oz more water to the formula to correct constipation. ...Read more

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What can you give to babies who are constipated?

What can you give to babies who are constipated?

Hard stools: Constipation in infants and toddlers is a common problem. It is usually temporary, but if left unaddressed can lead to undesirable toileting behaviors, discomfort and distress. Increasing water intake, offering high fiber juices (peach, pear, prune) and limiting yogurt and cheese may help. At times, pediatric Fleets enemas or glycerin suppositories are required. Recommendations depend on age!! ...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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What to do about constipation in a 7 month old infant?

What to do about constipation in a 7 month old infant?

Get baby checked: Constipation at this age is either diet related, i.e excessive dairy intake or some reason for them to hold stools like an anal fissure, for which a proper exam will be helpful. In the meantime, u can add more vegetables to his diet and give him Karo syrup or prune juice. ...Read more

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What should I do about constipation in a 1 week old infant?

What should I do about constipation in a 1 week old infant?

Constipation in baby: I would start by asking if the baby is actually constipated. Often babies (especially breast fed infants) don't stool as often. Many people think this means they are constipated. Some breast fed infants poop once a week! if the baby is gaining weight well and the stool is soft when it comes out then the baby is fine. If the stool is hard (like rabbit pellets) then you should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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My 18 month infant has constipation and when he needs to go out he is in pain as he cries and runs around holding his butt. What will help?

My 18 month infant has constipation and when he needs to go out he is in pain as he cries and runs around holding his butt. What will help?

Stool retention: This is a sad problem that is all too common. After a kid learns s/he can hold it, they do so at some point & when they do go it is bulky or dry & it hurts to pass. They then hold it to avoid further pain & the cycle repeats. They don't understand they could avoid pain if they didn't let it bulk up. This often requires a stool softener like Miralax used daily for 2X the duration of the problem. ...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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Do infant gas drips cause constipation?

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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Does gas drops vause babies to get constipated?

Does gas drops vause babies to get constipated?

Probably not.: For most babies, simethicone oral drops are used. There are no reported side effects for this medication. However, if the need for the gas drops involves constipation, perhaps that should be addressed as well. Certainly anything is possible; however, in my 30 years of pediatric office practice, I have never had a parent complain to me that simethicone drops constipate. Another gas medicine might. ...Read more

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My babies breath smells like poop and she is constipated could she have hirschsprungs disease ?

My babies breath smells like poop and she is constipated could she have hirschsprungs disease
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Consult: 1) http://children.Webmd.Com/tc/hirschsprungs-disease-topic-overview and 2) http://www.Childrenshospital.Org/az/site1040/mainpages1040p0.Html.

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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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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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Is it safe to give an infant of 1 month a suppository? How often and what's best for infant constipation?

Is it safe to give an infant of 1 month a suppository? How often and what's best for infant constipation?

Sometimes: Many children become constipated but it is by no means normal - many parents use an occasional glycerin suppository without issue but you really should discuss this with your doctor and have the child checked as this is not normal and possibly a change in diet or a medication may be more helpful especially if this is chronic ...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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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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My newborn baby that 19, days old and she keeps crying i think she constipated, what can I give my new infant baby for the pain. Can suppositories use?

My newborn baby that 19, days old and she keeps crying i think she constipated, what can I give my new infant baby for the pain. Can suppositories use?

Constipation: Is hard and infrequent stools. You can give a glycerin suppository once and see igf that helps. Baby may be crying if mom is breastfeeding and drinking milk, eating dairy. If using milk based formula then can also cause tummy ache. Baby could be colicky too.. Go see your doctor and discuss this. You will feel better and so will baby! ...Read more