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First, a little background info...my ds is currently 14 weeks old and is exclusively formula fed (due to latch and supply issues not by choice).

For the first four to six weeks of his life, he seemed to have no problem using the bathroom, specifically going poop, with the exception of some grunting occasionally. However, after that time, he suddenly became quite constipated for some reason. Nothing had changed up to that point and, after trying some of the home remedies like bicycling of the legs and whatnot, we took him to his ped who suggested a formula change. We are now on formula #4 and have been on this formula for about a month now. He seems to be doing really well on it except for this continued constipation problem.

Originally, his ped had told us to give him 3 oz of apple juice and water mix (half juice, half water) twice a day as well as prescribing infant suppositories to help loosen him up so that he could go potty. That seemed to work and for awhile there, he was able to potty on his own without much straining. Now all of a sudden however, we're back to the major straining. Even when the poop is soft or it's just gas, ds will strain to the point of crying - it's as if he's unable to relax enough to push it out. As a result, I've been forced to help him go, either by using a thermometer or my pinkie finger (with a glove and lots of lube).

Ds isn't scheduled to go back for a check up until the middle of next month. I don't know if I should call and make him an appointment or what? I've heard some people tell me that starting him on some solids might help but according to his ped, she says that would likely only worsen the constipation problem. Some people have also suggested water, however, I've heard that that can be dangerous as infants can easily ingest too much water (and it doesn't take much at that young age) and become "intoxicated" on the water, which can cause severe repercussions, including death.

I just don't know what to do. On one hand, I feel very guilty because I can't help but feel that if I'd only tried harder with the bfing that maybe he wouldn't be in this predicament. However, I know that I did all I could, including working with a lactation specialist to try and build my supply and later to try and relactate. For some reason, my breasts just wouldn't cooperate despite my best efforts and my supply just dried up. Still, there's that nagging thought in my head that I could've done more somehow. On the other hand, I've been told that this will likely go away with time, but it's hard to just sit by and watch my ds when I know he's in pain and getting so frustrated, you know?

It's gotten to the point where it's interfering with his ability to sleep at night - last night we were up every 40 minutes to an hour and a half due to gas/cramping. And the way he balls up as if he's trying to work the gas/poop out, I can tell he's in pain...oft times he'll even cry.

Has anyone else ever dealt with this? Any suggestions on what I can do to help my ds with his gas/constipation problem?

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Just subbing to this thread, too, in case it gets different responses from the Life With a Babe one. If you didn't read that thread, my 7 month old also complains when pooping, although he isn't constipated. Anybody know anything about this?
 

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A good friend of mine had problems with this and her son WAS EBF. She took him to a Pediatric Gastroenterologist (GI doc) and he was put on Miralax. He will probably need to take that until he about 2yr or so. But that made all the difference for him.
Best of luck mamas!
 

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I'm not sure what "formula #4" is, but the types of formulas out there can really make a difference with how gassy a little one feels. Nutramigen is a hypoallergenic formula that helps babies with colic/gas. It's pretty expensive, but, often, pediatric offices have samples that you could try. I haven't used gripe water, but I've heard that is a natural product for babies with gas.

You're right about giving too much water to a baby can be detrimental, but, adding an oz over time, should be okay. Plain water helped my dc who were constipated.

Lastly, don't worry about not being able to breastfeed. You're caring for your baby and loving him. It's hard to see our little ones having a difficult time
 

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Instead of that nasty hard to digest formula with chemical vitamins (the form of iron is so hard on the gut) and such, why not make your own?
http://www.westonaprice.org/children/index.html

I highly recommend some baby probiotics. Bifidus dominent: Country Life Babydophilus, Natren or Udo's Choice are some that I've heard of that are. That is actually the "next greatest thing" that will be added to formulas that is being studied right now. Research all you can about gut flora in a babe ... Miralax is not meant for long term use (and the package insert says so.

There is a reason why this is happening and a direct result on his body. A symptom reliever like Miralax will not correct the original problem and will add to who knows what digestive problems down the line.

Correcting gut flora will get at the core issue. (and going to an easier to digest formula too)

See the links in Gut Healing Tribe Cheat Sheet sticky at top of this forum called "Just One Bottle" and the one I just posted today "gut flora 101" for more on babes and gut flora.
 

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LOL Julie_anne! I meant that we are on our fourth brand of formula now, as in this is the fourth one we've tried! It's Enfamil lactose free and he's done the best with this one, but that's not saying much considering all the problems he's continuing to have.

Thanks for the info JaneS! I'll be sure to check that out!

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