Constipated baby

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Constipated baby

Postby mindy » 06 Jul 2015, 13:13

Small one is 3 weeks old today, having mostly breast milk with 3 small 2oz formula top-ups. I've had a huge issue with milk supply, and although I am working to reduce the supplements (he was on 8 a day so I've greatly reduced it), I'm not entirely sure he is getting enough fluid. He has plenty of wet nappies but is constipated- we get a small rabbit pellet once a day, sometimes alternate days.

I don't want to go down the laxative route, and have been desperately hoping that my milk supply would catch up, but don't want to leave things much longer. I've read scary things about Vaseline on cotton buds on line, as well as cooled boiled water with apple juice in - but I'm loathe to do that as I'm trying to reduce the different fluids I give him, not add in another!

Would be really grateful for any suggestions - have also been massaging his tummy and bicycling his legs. Thanks for your help.
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Re: Constipated baby

Postby EnigmaFish » 06 Jul 2015, 19:22

Ah, the poor pet.
The first thing that springs to mind is are you sure you're mixing the formula powder with the correct amount of water? If you put too much powder in the bottle, it's too thick and can cause constipation.
Well done on your work reducing the bottles.
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Re: Constipated baby

Postby CaelaCoo » 07 Jul 2015, 17:11

Connor was constipated to start with regarding formula. Don't try scary forms first just use freshly cooled boiled water every couple of hours even if its only a few sips. Use a syringe if they wont take it.

It took us about 3 days of this before it worked. You have no idea how excited we were to see a large poo
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Re: Constipated baby

Postby Raktajino » 10 Jul 2015, 07:37

I second syringe feeding a few mls of cooled boiled wated every now and then.

I don't know if this is right or not, but if a baby was lactose intolerant, or CMP intolerant, could generic formula, even a small amount, cause constipation? Could you try lactose free formula? Or maybe ask your hv if there's any thruth in my wonderings first!
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Re: Constipated baby

Postby CaelaCoo » 10 Jul 2015, 12:56

Connor is lactose intolerant and whilst at first hr was constipated it quickly changed. He then had violent diarrhoea, violent vomiting, squirming and grunting everytime he fed, constantly waking up screaming in pain and finally eczema on his face that got worse with every feed. He is now on lactose free milk on prescription. Fantastic stuff.
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Re: Constipated baby

Postby Cofa's Tree » 10 Jul 2015, 19:56

How's the small one doing mindy?
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Re: Constipated baby

Postby mindy » 11 Jul 2015, 23:06

Thanks all - I've tried Caela's suggestion and given him a few ounces of boiled cold water yesterday and today - he had a small but soft poo yesterday but nothing today. He seemed to enjoy drinking the water so I shall keep doing this daily for a while and see how he gets on. Lots of wet nappies and very alert so he seems to be well hydrated-at try an alternative formula and see if that helps at all. Appreciate your wise words, thank you!
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Re: Constipated baby

Postby yorkshirepudding » 12 Jul 2015, 01:20

Fingers crossed for more soft poos! how is he doing with breastfeeding?
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Re: Constipated baby

Postby ches » 12 Jul 2015, 01:42

It's common for bf infants to go even up to a week between poos. I wouldn't call it constipation of its not hard. I think it was FOZZA's Z who set the forum record at over 3 weeks. He turned out to be dairy intolerant, though.
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Re: Constipated baby

Postby mamapup » 12 Jul 2015, 08:35

Also came on to add that babies can go a long time without poos...unless they're my babies and then it must be multiple poos a day just to make us work hard. But I know plenty of los who poo once a week.
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Re: Constipated baby

Postby mindy » 12 Jul 2015, 20:39

Sadly they are like little hard marbles, just like rabbit pellets so it does appear to be some degree of constipation- although I agree they generally can poo intermittently and it not be a problem!

When Roo was little she went 12 days, but we had the same feeding issues with her too.

Still on poo-watch, will keep you posted!
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Re: Constipated baby

Postby Kanga » 12 Jul 2015, 21:33

ches wrote:It's common for bf infants to go even up to a week between poos. I wouldn't call it constipation of its not hard. I think it was FOZZA's Z who set the forum record at over 3 weeks. He turned out to be dairy intolerant, though.



I kept hearing about these magical bf babies. Mine all pooped nearly everytime they fed as new borns & usually ateast once a day the whole time they were feeding. I always put it down to the sheer volume they took in though!!
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Re: Constipated baby

Postby mindy » 13 Jul 2015, 22:39

DH and I keep laughing at ourselves- when the baby was struggling with my poor milk supply;and not getting enough calories) we were longing for him to cry, and now we are begging him to poo - sure we will regret both those wishes very soon!

Still no dirty nappy, have changed his top-up milk to aptamil today (he is only having 2oz a few times a day, and about 10 breast feeds) as I keep reading that SMA is known to constipate.
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Re: Constipated baby

Postby mindy » 16 Jul 2015, 07:03

I finally took him to the doctor yesterday- one tiny dose of lactulose and he's has two huge poos! Am hoping that has shifted the blockage and dirty nappies will become a more regular occurrence.
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Re: Constipated baby

Postby Cofa's Tree » 16 Jul 2015, 17:57

Yay! Hurrah for the huge poos! You must be so relieved :D
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