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I’m concerned that my baby is not developing regular habits and wonder what I can do to help her at such a young age.


Posted anonymously, 11th August 2016


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  • At her age it’s probably not a real problem. Ask your GP. But I used a teaspoon of prune juice in my son’s bottle when he was a bit older.


  • Go to the GP


  • Good suggestions so far. I would say increase the water intake and maybe try Kiwi fruit which helps.


  • Are you maybe mixing the formula too thick? This can cause constipation. Or maybe you need to switch formula. A little brown sugar in warm water helps, but as you say, you want your daughter to develop habits herself


  • My daughter in law mixed a little brown sugar in warm water and fed it to bub. Early in the morning so bub didn’t explode at night and also so he was relaxed having emptied his bowels in the afternoon.


  • Thanks for all your wonderful suggestions. I’ve started the massaging – no result yet, but will keep trying. I’ll also discuss with my Baby Health nurse and ask the local chemist about Lactulose. I knew I could always count on my fellow Mums to rescue me. Thanks again.


  • I had the same problem with my daughter. I used to bottle feed her the formula that’s for constipation. You can get it from the chemist. Maybe just do one constipation formula feed a day. From memory they feed like ever 2-4 hours at that age. It worked a treat for my daughter. It’s difficult seeing them in pain. Even tho the doctor said not to worry about it, apparently they can go 8-10 days without bowel movements…I didn’t agree. You know when your kid is uncomfortable and everyone likes a smiley baby.


  • Check with your maternal health nurse or Dr.


  • We just had a child continence lady talk about this at a talk the other day. She was saying when bubs are young it’s important to treat constipation quickly because if they associate bowl movements with pain they will refrain from going again which will block things up more and can lead to ongoing constipation issues. She suggested lactulose if it’s bad, or if mild maybe a little bit of warm water and some gentle clockwise tummy massage. Good luck :)


  • If your baby is breastfed then it can be normal for bubs to go up to 10 days without bowel movements. I’d suggest having a chat to your child health nurse if you’re concerned but in the mean time, rub her tummy in a clockwise motion and cycle her legs like she’s on a bicycle at each nappy change.
    Good luck with it :)


  • My youngest had this ss eell. I gave her daily a belly massage with circulair movements around the belly button in clock wise direction. When your child is formula fed you could also dilute the milk a bit with more water. When your child is a bit older you can give prune jùce or mashed soaked prunes.


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