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October 14th, 2009, 07:18 PM
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I honestly don't know. I've only ever bf and never had to deal with constipation.
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October 14th, 2009, 07:24 PM
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i guess sara answered my question. i was gonna say are you nursing. nursing babies can actually go a while with out taking apoop and it is quite common, both my boys went up to 7 days... but its not the same as formula feed, so i cant really tell you. i have heard though some moms give their babies half an baby enama, and that its really helped. but i think they did that by advice from their doc. give your pedi. a call and see what they say
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October 14th, 2009, 07:35 PM
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I was just talking to the ped about this- and she even said some babies can go up to 7 days without pooping.
it's all about the consistency of the poop. As long as it isn't hard, baby isn't constipated.

If you're getting little hard poops (like rabbit turds), there are a few things to try..
Pear juice (of course diluted with water) or prune juice can help. Pear did nothing for Holden. Laxative drops (some people will tell you to stay AWAY from them but I have friends who swear by them, but they do cause dependency issues if used too often), or a suppository..

what worked the best for us when Holden was constipated, and this will sound horrifying- is anal stimulation.
Take some vaseline on your finger and rub baby's anus. This normally gets things moving FAST.

The other night for Parker after the stimulation didn't work, we took a thermometer and put it in his butt as though we were taking a temperature and let it sit there for a few minutes. This makes them want to push..
it was a nasty mess but it definitely worked.


ETA: both Holden & Parker were/are formula fed.
Jenny, Mommy to Holden Milo 9-17-07 & Parker Cadence 9-30-09

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October 14th, 2009, 08:36 PM
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I remember when DS got a bit constipated and his Dr suggested the anal stimulation as well. We tried a warm wash cloth and that worked. They had also suggested the thermometer.

Are you using formula with extra iron in it? If so that might be the problem.

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October 14th, 2009, 09:10 PM
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ditto the anal stimulation. my grandma told me to use a small sliver of onion. lol old people
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October 14th, 2009, 10:34 PM
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I would call your pedi before doing anything, especially anal stimulation. My pedi said that they don't even recommend parents taking their temps anally anymore because the risk of perferating the rectum is so high. I formula fed my oldest and I vaguely remember being told by the pedi to call for constipation - but that was 14 years ago. She is so young that giving her any kind of juice might not be good for her...

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October 16th, 2009, 04:17 PM
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We have never done formula and we have never had a constipated baby. BUT I know that even a formual fed baby can go a few days without a poo.

I would not give juice though. They really shouldn't have anything other than breastmilk and or formula till at least 6 months.

does baby seem gassy?? or in pain? It may not really be constipation just one of those longer to take poos??

I would guess if things don't change to call the doc and or change formula

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October 16th, 2009, 04:23 PM
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We were just told yesterday NO JUICE for ATLEAST 4 months, so I wouldn't try juice at all.
Try a warm washcloth on the anus and see what happens, I wouldn't try an enima or the thermometer unless directed by a Dr.

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