Mom to Four Boys (dreamsgoneawry) wrote in parenting101,

Karo Syrup and Constipation

I have a 3 week old son who is constipated. (He is formula fed, btw if that makes any difference.) I have seen two different pedi's since he was born. The first one told me to give him 1-2 ounces of water a day to soften his stools. The other told me to give him a teaspoon of Karo Syrup to help the constipation.

He grunts, groans and cries when he poops. It's interfering with his sleep as he poops when he's asleep for some reason.

I'm just curious to see if anyone else has used these types of recommedations and if they were successful? The other pedi who told me to use Karo Syrup also said to change his formula if it didn't get better after using the syrup. We haven't tried the syrup yet because, honestly, I'm afraid that it's bad for him. I did try the 1 ounce of water today and he didn't even finish that.

He's attempting to poop right now as I'm writing this and I feel bad that there's nothing I can do to help him with it at the moment. I've tried circling his legs, rubbing his belly, everything and nothing doesn't work to ease his pain. We've also tried the gas relief drops (he's not really gassy though - it's just the poop) which seem to help him pass it a bit better but I hate using stuff like that to begin with.

Thanks in advance.
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