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How To Relieve Constipation Immediately
After cycling my 3 month olds legs to relieve constipation she immediately pooped green smelly stool. Why?
Stimulation: It sounds as if you are doing a good job with your newborn. You are making detailed observations and trying simple maneuvers. Babies poop often, and sometimes on cue. Just don't expect her to poop each time you cycle her legs around. Best wishes.
Fiber.: Constipation has no cure. We recomend a diet rich in fiber (vegetables & fruits). Take stool softeners (daily) and laxatives as necessary (if no bm in 3 d) if the constipation is new or recent pt. Needs a colonoscopy. Avoid rice or apple associated foods. Increase fluid intake and exercise. Avoid calcium or iron pills. Increase intake of prunes, citrucel. Use suppositories, fleet or fullenemas.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 3 more doctor answers
Constipation: Please see your doctor to make sure there is no physical cause for your constipation. Ask about how to change diet so you can digest and eliminate waste products better. Do you exercise or walk around? Sitting to much can slow down bodily processes. Peace and good health. (I've been to Nepal - wonderful.)
Not a simpe answer: It depends on history, such as how long have you been dealing with this and whatmedications have you been used to to relieve it. A detailed hist and phys isrequired including surgical history. Treatment also depends on the severity of symptoms. Generally speaking increase water intake, high fiber diet, and stool softeners are recomm. Laxatives are ok for prn use at times but should not be used chronic.
Careful: With taking excess fiber, as too much fiber along with inadequate fluids can make the constipation worse. Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and a liquid diet only until passing stool is best. Then avoiding recurrent constipation requires 80-100 oz of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily with no more than 25 grams of fiber daily. If keeps recurring, you may need a colonoscopy if you haven't had one recently.See 1 more doctor answer
Constipation: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Dietary fiber is especially good. Stay physically active if possible. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter.
Hydration ; laxative: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active with regular exercise. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter.
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