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user banned Shreveport, Louisiana 66739 posts
10th May '13
Quoting HamHam:" <blockquote><b>Quoting TantricLemons:</b>" WOW that is a serious jumping to the most ... [snip!] ... he's so incredibly miserable if he doesn't have a BM that I was desperate for any recommendation from his dr. That would help.

I had an er dr first that wanted to put my LO on milk of magnesia without EVER suggesting diatary changes O.o I was amazed. My dr is awesome with breastfed babies and middle ground medicine and he had her on probioitcs and adequate amounts of prune juice. Among a ton of other things.

HamHam 18 kids; India 3485 posts
10th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting TantricLemons:</b>" Honestly even after 2 months of this my pedi was hesitant to go the mirilax rout with a baby as young ... [snip!] ... like HARD when coming out? Breastfed babies can go 2-6 days without pooping. Did they smell? 2 weeks is still fast for that."</blockquote>



Now that I've read more about other issues with miralax that adults experience, I've had second thoughts. The poops are not hard. They're mustard-colored to greenish in color and they're seedy to very loose. They smell horrific. My first baby had bad acid reflux and constipation issues as well but once I cut dairy from my diet and supplemented with lactose free formula, she was perfectly fine. With my son, my milk supply is low ( on meds to increase prolactin levels plus fenugreek pills, tea+ pumping), so I do as much breastmilk as possible and supplement with preemie high calorie formula. They don't have a lactose free version of that but I've cut out dairy and cow protein from my diet.

user banned Shreveport, Louisiana 66739 posts
10th May '13

Another thing that helped my LO was to push on a little potty (have you ever tried to poop laying down lol), or for me to push her legs to her chest and help apply counter-pressure to help get the poo out.
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HamHam 18 kids; India 3485 posts
10th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting TantricLemons:</b>" Another thing that helped my LO was to push on a little potty (have you ever tried to poop laying down ... [snip!] ... to poop laying down lol), or for me to push her legs to her chest and help apply counter-pressure to help get the poo out. "</blockquote>



What a cutie;) yes, I've tried everything you suggested. He just screams his head off when I put pressure on his tummy. I have tried to have him sit on my lap and kinda jump/ bounce him on his feet slowly like he is sitting up and down. Usually it gets him tooting a bit.

user banned Shreveport, Louisiana 66739 posts
10th May '13
Quoting HamHam:" <blockquote><b>Quoting TantricLemons:</b>" Honestly even after 2 months of this my ... [snip!] ... high calorie formula. They don't have a lactose free version of that but I've cut out dairy and cow protein from my diet."


If they are not hard it isn't real constipation. My LO's poops are hard and will tear her rectum. Is there any caesin, milk, or lactose in the formula? It takes 3 weeks for it to fully leave your breastmilk and honestly there is a ton of things that you wouldn't think that contain dairy. More possible irritants as far as diet goes are soy and gluten. Currently I can not eat any of them. If the poops are seedy that is a good sign. Do you think maybe he is experiencing digestive discomfort? If he isn't having painful bowel movements I would not think it warrants miralax. Have you tried colic calm? Not sure about papaya enzyme at that age, but it helps my lo a lot but she is also older.

user banned Shreveport, Louisiana 66739 posts
10th May '13
Quoting HamHam:" <blockquote><b>Quoting TantricLemons:</b>" Another thing that helped my LO was to push ... [snip!] ... sit on my lap and kinda jump/ bounce him on his feet slowly like he is sitting up and down. Usually it gets him tooting a bit."

Does he have a hard time actually getting the poop out? A good probiotic might help (it takes some time) but a good one, like from a natural food store. Is your dr familiar with dosage in infants? If they have digestive problems special dosage is needed

HamHam 18 kids; India 3485 posts
10th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting TantricLemons:</b>" If they are not hard it isn't real constipation. My LO's poops are hard and will tear her rectum. Is ... [snip!] ... miralax. Have you tried colic calm? Not sure about papaya enzyme at that age, but it helps my lo a lot but she is also older."</blockquote>



I'm going to talk to his dr about the probiotic options. I have celiac disease so gluten is out anyways. But all of the other things you mentioned( the natural stuff)... I'll be sure to get more information. I appreciate allll the info and suggestions! And as you said, I don't believe it's constipation either. It's not an impaction issue. He just pushes and pushes and farts non-stop and cries the entire time. But once he has a BM or gets the fart out, he is content for a little while.

HamHam 18 kids; India 3485 posts
10th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting HamHam:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting TantricLemons:</b>" If they are not hard it isn't real constipation. ... [snip!] ... and farts non-stop and cries the entire time. But once he has a BM or gets the fart out, he is content for a little while."</blockquote>



ETA: his tummy has also had to adjust to so much these last few months, so I imagine it could be that too. He was in the NICU for a month and also went through some tummy issues when they increased food volume, etc.

Slo2250 1 child; Rochester, New York 160 posts
10th May '13

My son started Mirilax at about 3-4 months. We had tried everything and nothing worked. He would literally push out rabbit pellets, grunt and sometimes become very upset. At that point the pedi said to start on Mirilax. For us we have had no problems. He poops on average once a day and sometimes will skip a day and then poop twice. He is now 7 1/2 months and gets it in his bottle twice a day to keep him regular. Every now and again he skips a dose and wow he is right back to being constipated! I have not noticed any side effects at all!

user banned Shreveport, Louisiana 66739 posts
10th May '13
Quoting HamHam:" <blockquote><b>Quoting TantricLemons:</b>" If they are not hard it isn't real constipation. ... [snip!] ... and farts non-stop and cries the entire time. But once he has a BM or gets the fart out, he is content for a little while."

It totally sounds like a digestion issue. Probiotics are amazing for that. Also colic calm is fabulous for tummy/gas issues (treating the symptoms)

user banned Shreveport, Louisiana 66739 posts
10th May '13
Quoting HamHam:" <blockquote><b>Quoting HamHam:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting TantricLemons:</b>" ... [snip!] ... could be that too. He was in the NICU for a month and also went through some tummy issues when they increased food volume, etc."

Sounds like his digestive system needs to finish developing or needs a little help. That is so hard :( sorry mama.

HamHam 18 kids; India 3485 posts
11th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Slo2250:</b>" My son started Mirilax at about 3-4 months. We had tried everything and nothing worked. He would literally ... [snip!] ... Every now and again he skips a dose and wow he is right back to being constipated! I have not noticed any side effects at all!"</blockquote>



Thanks for the feedback:) Any idea how long your baby will have to use the miralax for before he starts becoming regular on his own?

HamHam 18 kids; India 3485 posts
11th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting TantricLemons:</b>" Sounds like his digestive system needs to finish developing or needs a little help. That is so hard :( sorry mama."</blockquote>



Thanks for understanding! I'll be looking into the probiotic option. Where can I find Colic Calm?

user banned Shreveport, Louisiana 66739 posts
11th May '13
Quoting HamHam:" <blockquote><b>Quoting TantricLemons:</b>" Sounds like his digestive system needs to ... [snip!] ... mama."</blockquote> Thanks for understanding! I'll be looking into the probiotic option. Where can I find Colic Calm?"

I buy it at walgreens or online. It is more expensive of the tummy meds $20 a bottle

jen black 2 kids; California 1119 posts
11th May '13

I wa told infants cannot have fiber therapy before 6-8 month because they're bodies don't need it like we do. The farthest I went was trying prune juice. Try a q tip or glycerin suppositories.