My 7 week old DS has been constipated for the past week. After writhing and screaming in agony this morning, I finally managed to get a doctors appointment. The doctor felt and listened to his stomach and bowels and said it was distended. He then prescribed Movicol - one sachet a day.
Once I’d picked it up, the leaflet inside says children 2-5yrs, no mention of 7 week old babies!
Is it still safe to give him Movicol at such a young age? He and I just want him to go and be comfortable.
Both my formula fed babies suffered from constipation. I was advised by my health visitor to switch one of the formula feeds a day to a sensitive formula. We are in Scandinavia and so the type I used as called Allomin. I used the normal Allomin most of the time and then for one feed a day I used a sensitive version of it. Did the trick as in Baby was pooing every day, instead of every three days having a poonami.
*Iseethelight *The pharmacist didn’t say anything, just got it bagged up and gave it to me.
beasternunny he’s formula fed and is on thickened anti-reflux stuff which he seems to be keeping down so don’t really want to mess with that at the moment. It’s been a long process just to get to this stage
Don't use extra water. You dilute the nutrition being delivered to your baby - they will feel full due to the volume of liquid but will not have had the right amount of vitamins, fat etc etc in the milk.
Ive never heard of a baby so young being given movicol. Normal you wpuld start with lactulose which helps soften the poo. Esp if youre using a thickened formula which can cause constipation because it causes the poo to be thicker. Im a paedicatric nurse and wouldnt give it to a baby so young without checking with a paedicatric pharmacist. Id go back and speak to the gp again or your health visitor and ask for lactulose.
Finally managed to get through to the doctor. He said it’s definitely fine to use. The company that makes Movicol has a license to sell over the counter for two years up but it’s safe to be given on prescription to under two. Thank you everyone for your support