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Constipated six-month old. What would you do?

Asked by Dutchess_III (25574 points ) May 12th, 2012

My son picked his baby up from her bio-mom Thursday night. She hasn’t had a bowel movement since then. The thing that has me concerned is that every 15 minutes or so she tries to poop, she’s straining, but very little comes out and she starts crying,as if it hurts. I remember my son going a week without pooping so that in itself isn’t so alarming, but he didn’t cry when he tried. That’s what has me concerned.

He’s been giving her Karo sugar bottles along with her formula. That always worked for me.

Would you take her to the ER? I think I would.

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gailcalled's avatar

Or call the doc and ask about a glycerine baby suppository.

They seem to be safe to use until you can call the doc.

Here

Ease the passage of stools. Your infant may need a little outside help with a well-timed suppository. As they are going through a phase of learning how to have a bowel movement, many babies in their early months grunt and draw up their legs to push out a stool. But the straining baby may appreciate a little outside help with a well-timed, well-placed glycerin suppository. Available without prescription at your pharmacy, these look like tiny rocket ships. If your baby is straining, insert one as far into the rectum as you can and hold baby’s buttocks together for a few minutes to dissolve the glycerin. These are especially helpful to lubricate the rectum if baby has a rectal tear or bleeding . Don’t use for more than a few days without your doctor’s advice.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I wait until it’s been 3 days. Then I put baby oil on a q tip and insert it up the anus…about half an inch in…and see what happens…if nothing happens again for like half a day…I’d take the baby to the doctor

Dutchess_III's avatar

Why does this stuff happen on the weekends? @gailcalled He’s putting in a call to the doc on call now. Maybe they’ll advise him over the phone, like they used to do for me. Nowadays though, they almost always say, “Bring her in.”

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Thanks..thing is, we aren’t sure when the last time she pooped was. He’s afraid to ask the bio mom her when the last time the baby pooped because
A) She’s stupid enough to say “She was just fine with me. What did you do to her?? I’m calling my lawyer!” then
B) she’ll go all to pieces and hound him nonstop about it, as if the kid was dying. She’s taken the baby the the ER no less than 20 times since she was born for stupid stuff. In other words, asking her about it would get us nowhere except into the middle of an hysterical shit storm. (heh.)

gailcalled's avatar

If it’s any help, I have occasionally used a glycerin suppository myself…they seem benign and simply lubricate the channel.

I checked out several other sites for you and they all say the same thing. But don’t trust me. I am clearly not a doc.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Half of a glycerine suppository up the hiney, and a small amount of diluted prune juice down the throat. My little one got severely constipated a few times as a baby, and that really did the trick for her.

He just needs to be prepared for the inevitable blow-out diaper that will come from that solution. Have a couple changes of clothes handy. My little girl felt so much better after two such blowouts that I remember, and was happily gurgling again afterward, instead of fussing with discomfort.

ragingloli's avatar

Well, this method works on monkeys.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@gailcalled wins the prize! One poopy diaper! Doctor suggested the same thing…I didn’t realize it was OTC. Pharmacist recommended a sliver about ½ long (due to the size.)

Kid won’t TOUCH prune juice @WillWorkForChocolate! He tried!

CWOTUS's avatar

Has the baby’s mother truly taken her to the ER “no less than 20 times”? For a six-month old? That’s seriously whack. I’d have the doctor be aware of that and to check out the possibility of Münchausen syndrome by proxy. That’s too much hospitalization for a baby that’s normally healthy.

Dutchess_III's avatar

That has seriously crossed out minds @CWOTUS. It doesn’t seem to be the case though. Every time she takes her in the Doctors assure her what ever it is is nothing.

They’re going to court at the end of May to change the parenting times. Right now it’s roughly every other day, and Bio Mom starts fights with my son every time they do a drop off and pick up. He wants the amount of time to be the same, just in two blocks during the week. To that end, he got copies of all the hospital visits. I read through one. She was insisting that the baby had a red mark on her “privates.” (Guess what the insinuation is.) The report reads, “The crease where her leg joins her hip is mildly red. As expected for an infant of this age.”

SuperMouse's avatar

I would start feeding that baby pears and pear juice, cut out bananas, apples, and any other things that might be binding her. It also might be worth giving her a jar of prunes. In the meantime I would do as @gailcalled suggested and giver her a glycerine suppository. If that doesn’t help her have a bowel movement within a couple of hours, I would contact the doctor.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I would have gone the glycerine suppository first but I didn’t know it was OTC, so we called the doctor first, and that’s what she said. It worked within about 45 minutes.
My son tried prune juice first….child wouldn’t have any of THAT! :)

Poor baby. She was soooo uncomfortable and sad. She is SO much better now. So is Dad.

gailcalled's avatar

I should have put this first in my answer rather than burying it in the text.

Available without prescription at your pharmacy…”

So glad that everything is fine now, except for the mom issue. That’s harder to solve.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Damn it! I didn’t even read all of your instructions Gail! I did it a little wrong, I guess, but the “end result” (heh! I said ‘end’) was fine.

Yeah..she’s so ignorant. She’s going to freak out and turn the suppository issue into some sort of freaky abuse issue. She does that over and over and over again and doesn’t even realize that no one is paying attention any more—if they ever did in the first place.

gailcalled's avatar

The really alarming behavior is her trips to the ER with the horrible insinuations about the baby’s privates. If that continues, you need to address that immediately with the courts or a master or whatever mechanisms are in place in your state.

Dutchess_III's avatar

As I said, court is on the 30th. My son’s attorney is well aware of all the accusations.

SillyGirl's avatar

reflexology – under foot massage bottles with rooibos tea (organic) inbetween mik feeds (no sugar or milk in tea) Also make sure never to over scoop the baby formula….

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Glycerine sticks; cheap, easy, and immediate relief.

Rarebear's avatar

Hey, @SillyGirl are you really Sillygirl from Wis? I’m Benny Mattson (and you know my real name on Facebook)

SillyGirl's avatar

yes I am T’s wife… :)

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yes, she is! Making a fight of it, @Rarebear!

Rarebear's avatar

@SillyGirl How is your beautiful family? (Okay, T, not so much, but your kids are gorgeous.) :-)

Dutchess_III's avatar

Who the hell is “T”?

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@Dutchess_III T is Silly’s husband that we called Alan. When I watch those “Walk on the wild side” videos with that damn animal yelling, “Alan, Alan, Alan!” over and over, I think of Silly’s hubby, hahaha!

Dutchess_III's avatar

I thought his name was Alan!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Sigh. I’m so outta the loop.

ragingloli's avatar

did someone say Alan?

Rarebear's avatar

T is to Alan what ____ is to Nina

Dutchess_III's avatar

Will Work For Chocolate?

Rarebear's avatar

I know, but I didn’t want to give it away without your permission.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Shit! I blew your cover Nina/WillWorkForChocolate!!! So solly.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Fuck. I shall have to change my identity now. Perhaps I will be WillEatChocolateForWork.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I know…we could post a question asking for ideas on what your new secret identity should be!

gailcalled's avatar

“KrazyforKale”
“BonkersforBrocolli”

Dutchess_III's avatar

Shhhhh @gailcalled! It’s a secret!!

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