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help! suppositories for 3month old look huge

(20 Posts)
McPrice Wed 01-May-13 11:24:51

eeek am freaking out! ds is 3months and suffering from colic in the evenings and poohs every 5 days when he does go its runny (he is bf) but hes crying when he goes. tje doctor gave me some suposidly "tiny" suppositiries for me to use today on him. ive opened them and they look huge. it says they are for infants on the box. im panicing about it now shock shock
im sure i should grow a pair and just do it, has anyone done this and have any tips how to get them in?

McPrice Wed 01-May-13 11:41:33

sad anyone?

Elibean Wed 01-May-13 12:05:15

How huge are they? I had some for dd2 when she had her tonsils out (she was 2), but also had teeny ones for dd1 when she was about 3 months. I say teeny because they were, compared to dd2's later - but at the time I felt just like you do!

They slip in amazingly easily, or should, with the slightest nudge iyswim. If they don't, then you can always cut one in half? Are they laxative? If so, the dose won't matter too much.

McPrice Wed 01-May-13 12:10:15

thankyou. yeah there laxitives.

Wishwehadgoneabroad Wed 01-May-13 12:10:44

You need to cut them!!! Don't put the whole thing in. Can't believe the doctor didn't tell you.

DD (6months now) has been suffering since she was 4 months old.

Are they the glycerine ones? You basically cut them into half and then half again - and round off the edges grin (if that makes sense)

Honestly. A quarter you will be able to get in (never mind pushing the thing in, you then have to push it UP with your little finger) and ensure it stays in.

The whole thing - you have no chance.

FatimaLovesBread Wed 01-May-13 12:12:56

The infants one we've had before shouldn't need cutting. How big are they?
1cm long by a few mm wide?

mrswishywashy Wed 01-May-13 12:37:25

If he's 3 months and BF then five days isn't too long to go without a poo. If he's uncomfortable I'd look into taking a baby massage class particularly the IAIM as they have a colic routine that could help.

dozily Wed 01-May-13 12:40:29

What were they prescribed for?? The poo sounds totally normal for a bf baby and isn't colic medicine normally oral?

Are you in

I know colic is tough - hope things improve soon.x

dozily Wed 01-May-13 12:43:31

Sorry x-posted. Laxatives?! Really surprised at that. Might be worth reposting this thread on the bottle & breastfeeding board. As far as I know it's very unusual for a bf baby constipated. I would get.a.second opinion before using them personally.

raisinggirls Wed 01-May-13 12:53:37

As far as I know, it's not unusual for a bf baby to go 10 days without a poo.

NorthernLurker Wed 01-May-13 12:55:12

I agree. Very, very much doubt a breast fed three month old needs laxatives. 'Colic' is complex but probably not directly poo related. Tbh I'm quite shocked you've been prescribed this for a child who plainly isn't constipated.

jaggythistle Wed 01-May-13 12:55:54

If the poo is runny it's not constipation in a tiny bf baby! shock

I'd ask for a second opinion as this sounds like a mad thing to prescribe. sad

curryeater Wed 01-May-13 13:02:52

I agree, this sounds demented. when mine were tiny and ebf they would go ages without going, and then produce housefuls of poo in one day. And everyone said that was normal. They would also be unexplainedly whingey at times, and need lots of cuddling and burping. That was apparently normal too. I am glad nobody told me to put things up their bums. ask again.

JimbosJetSet Wed 01-May-13 13:05:40

I second everyone above - if the suppositories are just for poo related issues, please don't give them before getting a second opinion, he is not constipated! Both my DCs went every 7-10 days at that age, perfectly normal if BF'd.

noblegiraffe Wed 01-May-13 13:09:10

Have you tried Infacol or similar for the colic?

Agree that your baby doesn't need suppositories as he isn't constipated.

McPrice Wed 01-May-13 14:56:48

thats what i thought. have tried everything baby massage helps him fart but doesnt help colic. hes on gripe water but we have tried infacol. i took him to gp yesterday after he screamed with agony for an hour and wouldnt feed. dh was calling nhs direct they advised him a out of hour doctor would call in 2 hours. then he calmed just as i was going to take him to a&e. once he fed he slept and woke up at the normal time for a feed. the doctor had left a msg on my phone it had taken them 6 hours to call. in the morning he was all smiles so took him to gp. she says she wants to 'treat the bottom half first' meaning the next she'll look at silent reflux. i personally dont think hes constipated. have called health visitor as they told me to go to gp. and they said the poo thing is normal

McPrice Wed 01-May-13 14:58:20

i have no luck when it comes to gp's

lagoonhaze Wed 01-May-13 15:02:15

Second opinion needed.

I wouldnt use them in this case. 5 days is fine for a bf baby

Have you tried a cranial oestopath?

Finallygotaroundtoit Wed 01-May-13 15:05:01

Your baby is normal

Please don't use suppositories for normal bf behaviour
Also consider reporting Doctor for shocking ignorance

Willowisp Sun 05-May-13 23:01:47

What about cutting dairy out of your diet as maybe DS is lactose intolerant ?

I'd be getting back to a more senior HV anyway...

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