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My One Month Old Baby is Constipated – Remedies?

by Latoya
(Harare, Zimbabwe)

What can I give my one month old baby to help with constipation?

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Remedies For 1-Month-Old Constipated Baby

The first thing to consider is if your baby breastfed or formulafed? If she is breastfed, she is not likely to be constipated; breastfed babies almost can’t produce any hard stools, because the breast milk is so easy to digest. At around one month old, babies usually start passing stools less frequently, so in such case, it can be that your baby’s digestive system is simply maturing.

If your baby is formula fed, the risk of constipation is higher. Unless you are sure that your baby really is contipated, you can review the symptoms of baby constipation here.

If your baby truly is constipated, you can try giving your baby a little bit of boiled water, possibly adding just a little bit of prune juice to the water. (Not much, a tea spoon or so!)

Also make sure you don’t add too much formula powder when making the formula (don’t pack the scoop).

If the problems continue, you can try feeding your baby more frequently, but less formula every time.

Find some more tips on how to help your baby here.

If your baby is in great pain or doesn’t pass stools for several days, you should contact her doctor, to make sure she is not ill. Also, it can be wise to discuss changing to another type or brand of formula, if your baby continues to have problems with constipation.

I hope this helps!


Comments for “My One Month Old Baby is Constipated”

Dec 10, 2009

Baby won’t stop crying

by: Lariissa

I’m a first time mom. My baby eats lots, but thats not the only reason. She would’nt stop crying, she is one month already. i tried whatever i could do, i gave her gripe water, Feeding her boiled water, and tryed giving her bottle. I burp her really good. And later not even a minute after i burp her, she starts crying for a good 10 mintutes, i try to stop her from crying. But i can’t! she keeps goin’ and goin’. I don’t know if she is constipated, and if she is, was is there to help her?? One more, she hasn’t had a good poop lately since yesterday. Her stomach is always hard…
How can u Help??

Jan 26, 2010

hospitals are sometimes our better approach!
by: Anonymous

Personally I would take her to the hospital if she doesnt have a bowel movement for a day. I think it would be too much build up and make the stool too hard. that could be very harmful so have her checked out by a doctor instead of taking so much advise. all the things u are doing may be affecting her more than making her better. so its better to hear it from an expert. i hope ur baby feel and gets better….

Mar 24, 2010

by: YAYI89


Jun 29, 2010


Jul 06, 2010

One month Old 48 hours no poop
by: Damon C.

We did a formula bottle to help a billrubbin score of 9. After the second bottle we discovered skin rash due to a milk reaction so back on breast. No poop going on 48 hour. Waiting on doctor to call. Funny thing Babies not in any discomfort and keeps on feeding. Moms going to try a little prune juice herself.
Will keep you posted on results.

Jul 12, 2010

seem as if my baby is constipated

by: Anonymous

My one month old son is breastfed & formula fed but he is always groaning as if he is in pain ,he has’nt pass stool for a day so i gave him gripe water & it is still happening i then gave him laxitive drops he passes a little stool
but he is still crying at times & muscle-ing up as if he is straining to do something & thats makes me very uncomfortable ,what should i do?

Jul 13, 2010

One month Old 48 hours no poop Part 2
by: Anonymous

We did non-milk formula to lower bilirubin score, worked. She pooped after 3 days, doctors was not worried. all is well

Sep 29, 2010

Vaseline for constipation
by: Sandy

Old mom, now Grandma here… Before you fret, try rubbing some Vaseline on their little bottom exit. My son just called me with his 1 month old constipated son…very worried as they had just switched formulas and no BM just lots of crying. The Vaseline worked good, and he had a BM shortly after. Hope it helps a bit.

Nov 02, 2010

new mom to a 1mnth old!
by: Anonymous

My baby got constipated when she was 2 weeks old she didnt poop for three days so i called her dr. and they told me to give her a bottle with 2ounces of water mixed with a tsp. of sugar. not even 2 hrs after drinking it she pooped!! now i use this all the time….but only do this once a day because excess water is not good for an infant it could lower there sodium levels…

Nov 08, 2010

my 1month and 3days son having constipation.
by: Anonymous

I only breastfeed my son,but for some days now he found it had to pass stool.what do i do?

Dec 30, 2010

My 1 month baby is not passing motion

by: Anonymous

I only breastfeed my daugther,but for some days now she found it had to pass stool.what do i do?

day before yestrday it happen and yestdray she was able to pass . but today again it happen? i am worried. please help me !!! You can also reply to [email protected]

Jan 05, 2011

Ideas for constipation
by: Vanessa

This is my 3rd baby.My son is now 1 month and has the same fussiness and gas problems.He will strain and throw a fit when his tummy is in pain.If its been awhile since he’s pooped,I will coat the metal tip on the thermometer with a little bit of vasoline and insert it a little bit,while holding his legs up to his tummy.Usually has a poop within 5 minutes.Also I put a little bit of desitin on the outside to help lube his hinny,and it works.I’ve just started using a little bit of dark karo syrup also in his bottles.And if your baby has gas,the doctor said its ok to give him mylacon gas drops before every feeding,because it does not absorb into there body,therefore going straight to there gut and passed through.Hope any of this helps,I am with the same worries and problems. Need more sleep!

May 02, 2011

My baby hurts
by: Anonymous
I’m worried bcuz my baby seems 2 have real pain with his bowels even farting hurts him i couldnt brest feed so he.Z on sma is there any other formula that could help him if not what do i do. He was crying for a good few hours today due 2 discomfort

May 22, 2011

by: Anonymous

Anyone have any troubles with constipation using Isomil brand formula

Jun 08, 2011

My baby has been straining.
by: Mercedios Mommy
My son is 4 months old and for the past 2 hours has been pushing and pushing i gave him some glycol medicine and it didnt seem to help. he got feverish and i wanted to take him to the hospital but we wud have been in there for so long. so i was told to get kayro syrup i have not tried it yet because he is sleeping. i hope he has a BM, but if not what do i do?? im so worried.

Aug 08, 2011

by: #1mommie
My baby is only 1 month an he eats way to much he eats 8oz of formula every 3 hours
is that ok

Sep 26, 2011

breast fed constipated
by: Anonymous
My one month old has a very bloated belly and he squirms and cries in discomfort after each feeding..he pulls his legs up to his chest and after abit he usually gets his gas out..but there were no poops for 2 days..I took him to our Dr. yesterday & he told me to give him a little diluted prune juice..(1 ounce) so I did 3 times throughout the day/night and he finally pooped, it was soft and huge..but he it was just that one…??..I breastfed my daughter as well and she pooped almost each time she ate….

Nov 02, 2011

constipation and tummy cramps
by: Anonymous
It could be your baby is lactose intollerant! It can happen even with breast fed babys. If your still having problem you may want to try a soy formula that is lactose free. I went through the same with my son. Good luck :-)

Nov 19, 2011

No Poo for the last 48 Hrs
Our daughter is one month and one day old. We did formulae feeding five days ago.It then took her 48 Hrs to poo and now it has been more than another 48 Hrs that she has not pooed…for the last five days we have been breastfeeding her…now she farts a lots with all legs and hand raised…however her poo doesn’t seem to make way out…how regularly does one month old infant poo????

Nov 20, 2011

To George
by: Paula (Baby Help Line)
Hi George,
It does sound as if your baby got a bit constipated from the formula. Wonderful that you can switch over to breastfeeding, since breast milk can’t make babies constipated. I think the gas is a sign that she will poop soon. You can try helping her with some tummy massage to spped up the process.
Wish you good luck!

May 17, 2012

7week old daughter
by: Anonymous
Hi, my daughter is 7 weeks old n is fully breastfeed, she goes a week or more without a bm and gets very unsettles, i can tell she is in pain, my dr sed to give her prune juce but still nothing, iv tried brown sugar, coloxyl drops, gripe water,tummy messages and bycicle legs still nothing, what else is there i can do?

May 18, 2012

7 week old not pooping
by: Paula (baby Help Line)
You might not want to hear this, but I really think you should do nothing, more or less. At her age, and fully breastfed, pooping seldom is normal. There is no reason to try helping nature when nothing is wrong. BUT, while her being unsettled is also normal at her age, I do believe in helping young babies releasing gas, which is often a bigger problem. Tummy massage, that you already do, is great. Pressing her knees softly towards her little belly and shake her side to side a little can also help. A warm bath, covering the tummy also seems to help for many young babies.

In addition, for some, gripe water or being carried around and fed in a more upright position can also help.

What else… Well, take a look at this article about what to eat while breastfeeding. it might give you a few ideas on foods to exclude from your own diet. You can also read about the infant colic remedies here; since some of them might be useful even if your baby is not suffering from colic.

But above all, don’t worry if your baby doesn’t poop. It is normal, as is straining, grunting and being unsettled at the age of 7 weeks. Their digestive system needs practicing and I am not so sure that we are doing them a favor by trying to make them poop more often that what the body itself takes care of.

Hope this helps,


May 30, 2012

by: Hurley

I would advise you ask your Doctor to test for Hirschsprungz because my newborn son had those same problems. Lucky the dr tested and found this disease and he is now having frequent movements. I hope that this helps

Aug 28, 2012

Chill out!
by: Anonymous
Judging by number of comments on this subject says to me this is pretty normal?! Easy to over react especially if first child but my advice is not to fill them with medication so early on as it all weakens their immune system in long run.

Sep 17, 2012

Crying and more crying
by: Trap
Our baby is 8 weeks old and does nothing all day but cry. I’ve seen her smile twice. She seems to spend most of her waking moments wanting comfort while she tries in vein to poo. She can go for up to 3 days without passing despite her valient effort to squeeze out whatever is blocking her up. She is on Actimal special anti-colic/constipation formula which has been of precious little use. Breast feeding is not an option due to an operation my wife had to have. We’ve tried juice, massaging her, applying vaseline to her anus. We are pulling our hair, GP in out area are all Asian quacks who do not value the life of females and are happy to dismiss us as bad parents. My next option is to walk into the Children’s Hospital and demand they tend to her. Or else.

Apr 10, 2013

Atop and vasilene
by: Anonymous
Try a quip with some Vaseline. Tried this on my 5 week old yesterday because he hadn’t pooped in over a day. You.take the quip covered in excess with Vaseline and just pop it in the hinney and wiggle it around a bit and walah… Instant BM! Works every time!!

May 17, 2013

For Constipated Babies
by: John
Hi When our kids were babies and had a hard time pooping we gave them a teaspoon of Caro Syrup in their bottle of warm milk and shake it ! It is a white syrup you can buy in Safeway ! It works very well ! Babies have trouble when their milk is switched from formula to regular milk or from breast milk ! This really works and is safe !

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