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What Can You Give Babies For Constipation
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
Let them chew: Chewing on something cold and firm is helpful. One idea is to give them a damp washcloth that has been frozen in the freezer to chew on. Commercial teeth rings that can be frozen are available as well. Teething is a normal process. I would avoid medication like painkillers unless absolutely necessary. Most babies really don't need them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Too much sugar!: Instead of giving juice, try giving water instead. Juices tend to be loaded with sugar, which isn't good for babies (or anyone). Of course, breast milk is the best food for babies. Formula is also good should you choose not to breastfeed. For babies under 6 months, neither juice nor water are needed unless a doctor says to try juice for constipation or another medical reason. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
Depends: The answer depends on the cause. If you have severe viral gastroenteritis, you want to "starve the virus" and push clear liquids for 18-24 hours, than slowly increase soft foods/"brat" like diet. The cause od the diarrhea needs to be diagnosed and should be treated appropriately before simply eating. Good luck. ...Read more
Define & use natural: If your baby is having firm stools that are hard to pass, i accept the issue as constipation.If breast fed, stooling less often& skipping days i would leave it alone if still soft. A vasaline coated q-tip can be manipulated just inside the anus & help a hardened glob pass. I've had success with undiluted prune or apple juice, 1oz once or twice daily.Water may also help ...Read more
Does coconut water contribute to constipation? What can I look for on labels to know if it causes constipation. Fiber percentage? Thank you!!!
Probably not: Contrary to your concerns, coconut water is used by many to HELP in constipation. Pl see link. Also, according to some, constipation may not necessarily be caused by a lack of dietary fiber. Constipation, like asthma, can often be caused by opioid peptides in wheat- and dairy products and beta-carbolines in prepared food. (proteinous prepared food in particular). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Saline: Currently, decongestants and antihistamines are not recommended for the very youngest. Saline spray is a safe treatment. Consider an ENT consult to check for anatomic blockages and allergies. I recently treated a 4 month old with a congenitally blocked nose. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Honey: Honey was compared to cough syrup with dextromethorphan and honey was equally effective for helping coughs. So a tsp of honey or some warm herbal tea with honey is fine. Running a humidifier and having the child sleep propped up may also help. Remember, never give honey to babies under 1 year of age. ...Read more
Neonatal issues: It depends on what you call constipation and the baby's age.Usually in the first days of life the baby will have very frequent bowel movements. As the baby grows older it can create a pattern and not necessarily have stools every day especially if they are breastfed.Constipation at that age is considered to be hard stools. If there is bm at least once a week and soft it is ok.F/u with pcp on this. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a non-absorbable sugar. It helps with constipation by creating a more concentrated environment in the intestine which draws more fluid into the intestine, thus softening the stool. Because it is not absorbed into the body, it does not act systemically. It is, as a result, safe and effective for almost all children. Discuss with your pediatrician, of course. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NIMH: The national institute of mental health does extensive research on this as well as many other things. They have pages dedicated to mental health in children and adolescents. You can access this at: http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/topics/child-and-adolescent-mental-health/index.Shtml much info here, including fact sheets about some conditions of concern. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. ...Read more
I went to hospital they give me duphalac oral solution for constipation can you explain how to use it?
See answer: Duphalac(lactulose) is given as follows: 1 or 2 tablespoons (15-30 ml) once or twice a day. It may cause some cramping. For more natural "laxative" dried fruit,especially prunes and apricots, are very effective for constipation. For more patient information on treating constipation go to > http://bit.ly/1uzOegm ...Read more
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