Posted by: Gloria | 2013/01/30


Constipation due to formula

Hi Dr

My baby is almost 4 weeks old. I breastfed her for about 2 weeks but unfortunately had to put her on formula because I had to start taking meds for a chronic condition that I struggle with. She is now constipated due to the formula (Nan 1). Her paediatrician recommended glycerine suppositories to aid her bowel movements. I don''t want to continue giving this to her in the long term. She has improved on baby probiotics but I was wondering whether I could give her a little bit of water in between feeds to aid her digestion? She seems to be quite uncomfortable at this stage.


Expert's Reply



It would be best to simply change your baby's formula to one that is less likely to cause constipation. Try a casein-rich formula such as Lactogen1. She should not have water and hopefully will no longer need any glycerine suppositories.

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Posted by: mee too | 2013/01/30

i had the same problem and switched to Infacare gold. She poops every day now

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