Posted by: Ulrike | 2006/11/07


Severe Constipation - 5months old?

Dear Doc,

My 5 month old daughters probem started 2 months ago when I went back to work. She passes very very hard stools. At the clinic they recommended I change milk formula, I changed from NAN to ALPI goats milk, but its even worse now, I am afraid this will make her sick if it continues, what can I do, and what causes this? Is it her diet, which comprises of: 1 full bottle of warm water when she wakes up, then eats rice cereal, then 1 bottle milk, fruit puree (pears-purity), then its water again until I get back from work for breastfeeding. Or is it my diet which causes this problem for her? I am really worried!

Expert's Reply



The problem could well be the goats milk which is very constipating for many infants. You will need to get her off this feed. I am away from South Africa at present and I am not sure whether they have introduced the new infant formulas with probiotics yet. Ask your pharmacist if there is such a formula available. If not it will be helpful to go back onto NAN or similar formula and give your baby Reuteri drops every day for at least 2 weeks. The rest of her diet seems appropriate at this stage. Use an infant glycerine suppository to help her to pass the constipated stool that is worrying her.

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Posted by: Ulrike | 2006/11/07

Thanx for the advice. I get home around 6pm. The reason I don't feed her often is because I thought the formula might be causing the constipation, the reason for the water is I thought it might help loosen the bowels, and I've tried prunes, it doesn't work, I also give her mixed veggies - purity.

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Posted by: DEE | 2006/11/07

You don't say what time you get home, 'cos the way I read your note, seems like your baby only gets 1 bottle for the day, besides the food & water ????
My baby's on Infacare 2, has 4 bottles for the day, 2 solids (cereal morning & cereal night) and water in between ... has started teething as well. Also been constipated, caused by the solids but a little bit of behoedmiddel in his bottle with his formula helps (not every day though).

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Posted by: LO | 2006/11/07

Hello Ulrike. Try purity prune ( first food ), my daughter ( almost 7 months old on S26 gold ) has also suffered with constipation. Now we give her a small purity prune every 2nd to 3rd day and it helps to keep her tummy going. I think that sometimes their tummy's just need time adjusting to the food and then they get constipated. Hope it helps.

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