Hello, I am just new at this site. It's quite pretty & informative. My name is Lora. My 15 months old child has been constipated for a couple of months. Every time taking him to the pediatrician and advising me to give suppository (sp), fluid, juice etc.But didn't help anymore. Now I am afraid. Could u pl anyone get me good advice or share?
Last edited by Lora (2006-11-19 16:07:10)
Breast milk has the perfect balance of fat and protein. Babies who breastfeed exclusively are rarely constipated. It produces stools that are almost always soft even if your baby hasn't had one for several days. Here are some remedy that might help you:
If you feed your baby formula, ask her doctor about switching to a different brand. Some babies are less constipated on soy formula. And sometimes adding a teaspoon of Karo corn syrup to the formula also does the trick.
Get her some exercise. If your baby's a crawler, encourage her to do a few laps. If she's not crawling yet, try pumping her legs: While she's lying on her back, gently move her legs in a forward, circular motion as if she were pedaling a bicycle.
Massage your baby's belly. Measure three finger-widths below her navel and apply gentle but firm pressure with your fingertips.
Switch from rice cereal to barley or oat cereal, or add pureed fruits or vegetables to her regular cereal, once your baby is ready for them. Once your baby is eating a variety of solid foods, ask her doctor if you can boost her fiber intake by adding a teaspoon of bran to her cereal. Cut down on constipating foods like rice, bananas, and cooked carrots
Increase the amount of fluid your baby drinks to help keep her stools soft.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using an over-the-counter stool softener to make bowel movements more comfortable for your baby, but never give your baby a laxative without her doctor's approval. The doctor may also suggest you try a glycerin suppository if your baby is severely constipated.
You can apply some aloe vera lotion to the anus area to help it heal.