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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 8:58am

Constipation in a 10 week old

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not sure if there is anything else I can do ... Henry has reflux and is currently on gaviscon. He is suffering with constipation and spends much of the day and night straining and producing little hard poos. We have been giving him water, massaging his tummy and cycling his legs... I have an appointment with the gp on fri.
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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 9:06am

Just an idea, have you tried baby massage. There's a particular way to rub the belly to help their bowels.

When was the last time he went?






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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 9:12am

My Sister's little boy had this and it is so distressing to seem them go through it. From what I remember they changed his milk several times, baby massage and cycled his legs like you are doing. I am sorry I can't help you anymore but sure someone will be along who can. Hope it gets better soon xx
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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 9:42am

Hiya Flic and Jo

Flic we do massage with both babies before bathtime, sometimes it helps. He is going every day but straining like mad (even in his sleep!) and producing small hard pellets. he did 3 this morning. This is with the help of cycling his legs etc. It is horrible seeing him in pain...

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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 10:03am

How much water is he having?

My HV said that water will basically soften everything. You know you're giving too much when there's a runny explosion!!

Poor boy. He's not having the best time at the mo is he.






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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 10:06am

Hi flic
I do feel so sorry for him poor love. Have been trying to get water down him but it's a bit hit and miss. He's not keen on it! Prob has about 20mls a day...

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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 10:13am

He probably needs a bit more then chick. O won't drink water unless its at the right temperature and I make out that its 'Milk Time!!'

My HV also suggested putting a smidgen of sugar in it to sweeten it up which is supposed to make them drink it. O didn't!

How about offering it before a feed? It should go through his system quick quickly and then he will be ready for a proper feed??






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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 10:16am

Good idea. Is it ok to give sugar tho? Thought about adding flavour but squash etc seems to start at 4 months...

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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 10:24am

She said only a tiny tiny bit so they don't start to get the taste for it!! What she said was its not for long, its just so you can get the water into them. Then you can stop again. I tried a bit of squash too, she didn't like it either!!

Other than that mate I've got no more pearls of wisdom to offer!!! I know that FF babies are more likely to get constipated which is why I took note of what to do!!

Another idea could be to put a little bit of formula in so he 'thinks' its his milk?? O now knows what milk actually looks like and won't even entertain a bottle of water but a bottle of milk she's like 'ah ah ah' with her mouth wide open!!!! But if I try to con her with the milk and then put the water in she gives me the dirtiest look!






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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 10:52am

Right I'll give the sugar a go then! Thanks for the help I'll try anything! :hugs:

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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 11:01am

Go for it. Let me know how you get on chick.






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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 6:21pm

Hiya,

Was just gonna say have you called your HV? I know you're going to the GP on Friday but maybe she could offer some better advice chick. Cos like I said before this was only advice from my own HV.

Hope H is ok chick.






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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 6:28pm

Maybe I'll do that tomorrow. He's been okish and drunk more water today. Lots of farting but no more poos yet!

Thanks for thinking of us again. :D

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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 7:03pm

GP will probably give him lactulose which softens and speeds up pooing - so expect a poo explosion. Constipation is common in formula fed babies especially if they have gaviscon as it thickens everything. Hope he's better soon.


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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 8:15pm

Sometimes I think the farting is worse than the poos!!






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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 8:18pm

Hi grace
thanks for the info. I'll look forward to the splat then!!! It'll actually be a relief to see a normal poo for a change! :snigger:

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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 8:20pm

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it's quite funny cos rosie does massive farts that you can hear from downstairs! Poor old henry just does little ones!

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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 8:21pm

O does long ones!! The ones that start small and end up loud with a 'phuttt' at the end!! Funny stuff!!






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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 8:25pm

My babies are also formula fed and on Gaviscon and we went through a phase of this. It was awful to watch them straining but our paediatrician said it was nothing to worry about unless they have not done a poo for 8 days! I was panicking after 2 days. Anyway, it has settled down completely now and they poo regularly - some times its hard and other times its runny.
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Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 10:14pm

Hi Bry,
Harry had constipation about a week ago and I added a little sugar to his water (like Flic mentioned above).
I was worried too so but he only had it for one day and he drank a total of 120mls.
Since then he has been fine and back to pooing every day.
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Thursday, July 22nd 2010, 11:51am

Just to reiterate that you really should only be adding sugar/juice etc to your baby's diet after consulting your health visitor, midwife or GP x





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Thursday, July 22nd 2010, 12:01pm

Thanks everyone for the advice. Have just spoken to the hv and she has recommended waiting until we see the gp tomorrow. She did say that we could add a tiny bit of prune juice to his water...

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Thursday, July 22nd 2010, 2:15pm

My DD had trouble going to the toilet, the HV told me a wee bit of prune juice in hot water would help.

I aslo did a massage class with her and their advice was small circular movements in a clockwise direction round her tummy, it seemed to helped her go to the loo :)

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Friday, July 23rd 2010, 7:53pm

Hi
just an update. Took henry to the docs and he has prescribed lactulose. He's had one dose and no explosions yet. Watch this space! Hope it works cos poor old hen has had a rough time with reflux and now constipation...
Thanks again for all the advice.

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Friday, July 23rd 2010, 8:53pm

I hope you are up to your elbows in runny poop very soon Bry,
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Wednesday, August 18th 2010, 5:24pm

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I've just read through this thread and wondered if anyone had experienced the same with a BF baby. My DS is nearly 3 weeks and seems to be suffering with constipation and or trapped wind. He is constantly straining and seems to be in pain. I can actually feel his tummy bubbling, and he looks bloated. He has been pooing but only a little bit at a time. I gave him some Infacol which he puked along wih lots of milk, all over me, himself and the sofa!!! It seems like I have been feeding and cuddling him non stop for the last 24 hours, as soon as I put him down the straining and crying starts. Not sure that I can survive another night like last night!!! Any advice ?????


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Wednesday, August 18th 2010, 7:04pm

Hi jasper

:hugs: it's not nice when they're poorly... My advice is ring your health visitor or go to the gp. With a 3 week old the advice/treatment may be different. Henry is much better now but it has taken a while. He has lactulose and cooled boiled water with prune juice occasionally. We also changed his formula which has helped... It sounds like a trip to the gp would be your best course of action.

Hope it gets sorted soon...

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Wednesday, August 18th 2010, 7:48pm

Hi Jasper,

Yes, slightly different advice for a BF baby in that you shouldn't need to offer anything else apart from breastmilk as it can affect your baby's appetite and therefore your supply. It's uncommon for a breastfed baby to be constipated and anything from 5 times a day to once a week is considered 'normal' for pooing frequency.

However, there are a few things you can look at. If you're feeding your baby constantly he may simply be taking too much, overfilling his belly and giving himself a tummy ache (this is often the reason some babies cry a lot, Mum feeds them to soothe them and then babies throws up - it goes hand in hand with comfort sucking) It could be that because he's suckling often he's taking more foremilk than hindmilk because you're frequently swapping breasts. Foremilk is higher in sugars and this can cause bubbly tummies, green explosive poos and fractiousness. It could be that he's swallowing lots of wind and it's not coming back up. This can happen especially if you have a strong let down reflex and your baby is gasping/gulping at the start of the feed. The key there is to take baby off the breast and wind him as soon as the milk flow slows (and making sure he's had one or two good burps) before putting him back on.

People say that breastfed babies don't need burping during a feed but in my experience most do and especially so if it looks like baby has a bubbly tum.





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