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SIL's 4mo DS is constipated - what can help?

(7 Posts)
mishymoo Fri 26-Sep-08 21:31:09

My SIL's DS is constipated having only recently switched from breast milk to formula. He is really straining and she is a little concerned.

I have recommended diluted prune juice or orange juice. Is this okay for this age or is there anything else that could help?

Sidge Fri 26-Sep-08 21:34:13

Personally I wouldn't give a 4 month old fruit juice, even diluted, as it's acidic. I would check that the bottles are being made up correctly (water first then powder) and avoid SMA which made my eldest really constipated, as well as my nephew and a few other friends' babies. Prune juice can have quite a vigorous effect.

I would offer small amounts of extra water but only if the baby didn't then reduce the amount of milk it took.

WigWamBam Fri 26-Sep-08 21:35:59

Straining doesn't necessarily mean constipation, although switching to formula can cause babies to be constipated.

I wouldn't recommend either orange or prune juice at this age; it's hard for babies immature digestive systems to cope with. A little plain water might be helpful though.

She can gently massage his tummy in clockwise circles, lie him on his back and bicycle his legs, then put him in a warm bath. All three can help.

mishymoo Fri 26-Sep-08 21:39:13

I did say not to give him too much - maybe an ounce! I did also say to drink lots of water. Will tell her about massaging his tummy and a warm bath.

Thanks for the advice.

Ewe Fri 26-Sep-08 21:44:13

Is pooh hard? Like pellets? Is his stomach solid/firm? My DD strains but is not constipated and I was told it's common to think this means they are constipated but it's not that common for a baby under six months to be constipated.

If he is eating and isn't crying lots with colicky symptoms they are happy for 7 days to pass with no bowel movement.

MascaraOHara Fri 26-Sep-08 21:44:29

Hi my dd suffered terribly from constipation birth through to about 3 or 4yo.. when she was very small my gp recommended making feeds up with half the amount of formula so that it was more watery.. after a few months we moved on to lactulose which really helps.

Agree with the massaging tummy.

I would also say that it's hard not to feel concerned when you know your baby hasn't pooed for days and is obviously in discomfort.. if that happens it's worth a trip to the GP.

notsoteenagemum Fri 26-Sep-08 21:48:20

My DD was constipated at 6 days old, the midwives told me to give half an oz of orange juice with 2oz of cooled boiled water from syringe (was bfing) it worked v.well!!

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