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How can I relieve baby constipation?

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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Julia Sundel
Dr. Julia Sundel
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Dr. Marc Wager
Pediatrics
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In brief: Let's discuss...

1st we need to determine if this is really constipation.
If this is a breastfed baby who poops infrequently, this may be normal. For babies who strain, first step is usually rectal stimulation with a thermometer. If that doesn't work, i'd try a pediatric glycerine suppository. Oral stool softeners may help too (prune juice, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) etc). Sometimes constipation is a sign of something serious.

In brief: Let's discuss...

1st we need to determine if this is really constipation.
If this is a breastfed baby who poops infrequently, this may be normal. For babies who strain, first step is usually rectal stimulation with a thermometer. If that doesn't work, i'd try a pediatric glycerine suppository. Oral stool softeners may help too (prune juice, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) etc). Sometimes constipation is a sign of something serious.
Dr. Marc Wager
Dr. Marc Wager
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Dr. Deborah Archer
Pediatrics

In brief: Can depend on age

First how old is the baby, breast or bottle fed? What is the baby's usual interval of bowel movements.
Infants can go up to 5 days without a bowel movement. If it comes out soft (even thought large), then its not constipation. If it comes out dry, hard like rabbit pellets or bigger then yes there is a concern. Usually more fluid, adjust diet is the best. But all depends on age.

In brief: Can depend on age

First how old is the baby, breast or bottle fed? What is the baby's usual interval of bowel movements.
Infants can go up to 5 days without a bowel movement. If it comes out soft (even thought large), then its not constipation. If it comes out dry, hard like rabbit pellets or bigger then yes there is a concern. Usually more fluid, adjust diet is the best. But all depends on age.
Dr. Deborah Archer
Dr. Deborah Archer
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: Fiber

More dietary fiber such as prunes or vegies.
Also consider if there is anything being eaten that binds the baby. For example , milk/dairy is common cause of constipation in children.

In brief: Fiber

More dietary fiber such as prunes or vegies.
Also consider if there is anything being eaten that binds the baby. For example , milk/dairy is common cause of constipation in children.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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