4 month old with chronic constipation - page 2
I feel like a dunce, but my daughter needs help. I am a pedi psych nurse, and I am at a loss. My four month old granddaughter has such a problem with chronic constipation. She really suffers, poor... Read More
Feb 13, '07Joined: Nov '05; Posts: 213; Likes: 75I'm not a nurse (yet) but I have a daughter who will be 3 next month who gets severely constipated. Her pediatrician wrote a rx for Miralax, a powder laxative that can be mixed with any liquid. I don't have my drugbook handy, nor have I studied peds yet, so I don't know if it's safe for an infant, just something you might want to run by the pediatrician. It works well for my daughter.
Feb 13, '07Occupation: office nurse peds, adult internist Specialty: ICU,CCU,ER,Med surg,home health, office ; Joined: Feb '07; Posts: 5I work in a busy peds office where we see a bunch of cranky, constipated kids/babies every day. Miralax works great and it doesn't work like a tradional laxative so it's not habit forming. Karo in the bottle, Baby Lax OTC and giving an addtional 4 oz of water per day can all be helpful. If a child gets 'backed up' they tend to hold it in cause it hurts to 'poop'. Holding it in = bigger, painful poops= more holding in. Cran grape worked like a charm for my kiddo! Good luck!
Feb 14, '07Joined: Nov '06; Posts: 92; Likes: 6my poor baby had the same kind of problem, one time i had to disimpact him and i almost cried. i dont remember the exact age i was given the ok, but 3-4 mos seems about right...i tried apple juice, no luck. so then i tried some prune juice, mixed with formula. worked good....then as i introduced the cereal, i would mix in a little prune juice to the cereal. then after he got used to that, i would puree some prunes and mix that in...really, never have had any probs since...he is now 2 and eats, of course, regular fruits all the time and loves them and never has that horrid constipation. so...while i will not touch prunes or juice, it seemed to do the trick very well. hope that is all u need, GL
Feb 14, '07Occupation: allnurses Asst Community Manager, APRN Specialty: 25 year(s) of experience in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '00; Posts: 53,673; Likes: 26,946I am so sorry for your dear grandson's problem. I think we all agree that a second opinion needs to be done. Take care.