Posted by: Concerned mom | 2004/12/09


Baby tummy cramps, feeding and constipation - stress?

My son is 6 months old. He is drinking between 750 and 900ml’s of S26 Gold formula in 24 hours, and he gets half a bottle of No 2 Purity Instant Oats & Honey cereal every morning (when he does not spit it all out) and a full bottle of No 2 Purity fruit and fruit mixes (yogurt etc) for lunch. He usually eats all of this. I tried introducing him to fresh, mashed vegetables like squash and he threw it all up. I still battle to get him to eat properly – should I start worrying? Sometimes he eats all his food, other times he spits it all out and refuses, no matter what I try do. He wakes up minimum twice a night for a drink of his bottle. He gets bathed at 7pm and gets a full 250 ml bottle before bed, which he usually finishes. Should he still be waking up so often? He then wakes up at 5am – miserable and tearful because he is still tired, and falls asleep again (after world war 3) at 6am. Eats cereal at 7am and then I am off to work. I just fired my maid because she was giving him medicine without my permission – and for no reason. He also seemed reluctant to go to her after a while and I started getting suspicious. Until January he is with his granny at her house for the day. Since he started getting funny towards the maid, I have noticed that every second day or so, he is constipated and gets cramps. Could this be from stress? He is also teething now – he got his first tooth about 3 weeks ago. I am reluctant to give him medicine, so I use water with brown sugar to get his tummy to work but it does not always help. I have tried glycerine suppositories and they did not work very efficiently either. What could be causing this and what do I do? He also drinks about 100ml’s of water a day from a feeding cup, and he gets teething biscuits that he seems to enjoy now and then. Am I doing something wrong?

Expert's Reply



It sounds as if he is getting all that he needs. Constipation remains a common probelm especially in formula fed babies and a simple (non-stimulating) laxative like lactulose (Duphalac) usually works very well and is safe. The problem should become less as a well balanced diet becomes established.

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Posted by: Norma | 2004/12/09


You could also try Prune purity, it works for my boy.

I heard that your baby doesn't want to eat much when getting teeth, maybe he' just feels jiggie from teething.

Anyway good luck and I hope you will get someone to look after you baby...

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Posted by: M | 2004/12/09

Well done for going with your instincts. Many times (with regards to constipation) when you are doing everything right "feeding" wise the problem is emotional. Sometimes it does take them some time to settle after a stressful experience (what ever it could have been). I don't know if you have tried it, but massage seems to work wonders for a "problem" tummy. 1. It does the obvious of helping the "goodies" move on and 2. It relaxes baby (or child), so that if it is stress related it wil help the him to "let go". Good luck!

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