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What To Do For Infant Constipation
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
How to overcome constipation for infants only 8 months old? He is only 8 kg is he in his right weight? He only takes 4 ounce milk.
Milk?: Infants need breast milk or formula till 12 months. Cow's milk & milk products should be limited to 16-21 ounces/day after a year to avoid anemia & constipation. If he has hard, pebbly stools or strains to have bm's, see your pediatrician, who can also tell you if his weight/length ratio is average. ...Read more
Do infants with CP usually have more trouble with constipation? My former 26 weeker now 6mth adjusted has it in all 4 limbs. Always constipated
Yes,: Cerebral palsy may involve motor and sensory disabilities that lead to problems with coordination, walking, speech, and swallowing. Patients with CP may also have bladder and bowel control problems, eating difficulties and digestive difficulties. Please evaluate your child’s diet to make sure he is getting enough fiber and enough fluid. Have your doctor recommend a bowel program for regularity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can Pedialyte and water be used for infant constipation? My 7 wk old has hard stools and pain since switching to AR formula for reflux.
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
What to do for infant 5 weeks who is constipated. Breast fed with rice cereal in pumped milk for reflux, also on Zantac (ranitidine) two times daily. Has not had bowel movement in two days and is very fussy
Stop the rice: Stop adding rice cereal to the pumped milk (good job on breast feeding, by the way!). Keep breast feeding and keep the zantac (ranitidine). Rice cereal is very constipating! for reflux elevate the head of the crib. In addition to constipation, rice cereal before age 6 months is related to obesity in later life. You may also try a glycerine suppository (found in the baby section). After 7 days call md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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