Jump to content

Constipated infant
Formula fed


  • Please log in to reply
19 replies to this topic

#1 Toniedw

Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:10 PM

I'll start by telling my story. Over a week ago I gave birth to my second child via Caesar. Healthy 8 pound 2 girl. I breast fed her in the hospital but changed to formula when I got home. She's been on formula now for 5 days. I have a non existent milk supply. I decided to use Karicare lactose free formula as that's what my previous daughter was on and it helped her silent reflux and her general well being enormously. But it seems to be causing my DD2 to be constipated. I went to my local pharmacy and the nurse suggested a teaspoon of brown sugar and 50 ml of boiled water. I gave that to DD2 and she ended up throwing it all up. I don't know whether to try it again or what. She also suggested changing formula to nan ha gold 1. I've jumped on product review and other sites and it has gotten such a bad review I'm reluctant to try it.
I guess I'm looking for other people's experience if this has happened to them and they resolved the issue.
Also people's opinions on what formula to try if I changed. Otherwise my DD2 is healthy, plenty of wet nappies and is sleeping extremely well. Very contented bub. She's not in any distress when passing a bowel movement.
Thanks so much and I really appreciate you taking the time to read this.
I also realise that breast milk is by far the best nutrition I could give my daughter but it just didn't go to plan. I already feel terrible about the circumstances.


#2 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:19 PM

Did she pass meconium within 24 hours?  If she didn't please PM me--I don't follow this forum and will miss follow up.

Good luck with finding a formula which suits her.  It seems to be a difficult time for many.

#3 Charli73

Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:22 PM

My girl is on Nan Pro 1 which is different to the nan HA 1. The Ha is the one that had all the problems when they changed one of the ingredients but the pro gold is great both my kids have been on it since bith.


#4 TheVapours

Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:23 PM

DS was similar, very constipated in the first week and we ended up giving him boiled water (with brown sugar was the next step, as recommended by MCHN).  We used Nan HA - but this was 9 months ago so old recipe!  I think that as you're starting it from new, not having to switch, it could well be ok.  I didn't like the consistency of the new Nan, but then I've found it's very similar to all the other formulas I've tried anyway.

Karicare do a Gold HA (they're the only other HA I've seen), in the under 6 month formula only.  DS is now on the Karicare Gold, which I have seen recommended often on EB and works well for him, I tried S26 and Bellamy's Organic but they both gave him constipation.

Karicare can be in short supply though (so many people switched from Nan, I think, they can't keep up the supply), so if it works for you I recommend always having a little stockpile.

#5 Toniedw

Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:24 PM

She did pass her meconium. Thanks already for the replies.

#6 Isolabella

Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:24 PM

My kids when they were on formula were a poo every five days nearly to the hour.

Their poos were curry paste consistency. They were not constipated.



#7 Toniedw

Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:53 PM

I'm wondering if I should try coloxyl infant drops but am worried DD2 is too young. That was another option the nurse mentioned.

#8 CallMeFeral

Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:02 PM

Do they have milkbank where you are, and is there a chance you would be eligible to get breastmilk?
I'm not saying there's anything wrong with formula, just that my DD used to get constipated by formula as well, and it caused her immense discomfort. For DS it didn't bother him. I think some just have trouble with it.
We did try the nan HA gold but it constipated her as much as the other ones.

#9 No girls here

Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:18 PM

Mine were constipated unless I used HA formula.  The one I used for DS1 and DS2 is no longer around.  DS3 is on NAN HA with no problems.

#10 fairymagic

Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:30 PM

You may find that because she is young and hadn't been having the previous NanHa formula, she will be fine on it. I am a midwife and we haven't seen any of the adverse reactions parents reported with using NanHa at our hospital so Im wondering if the reactions that occurred happened because of the change in the formula that the babies had already been having?

I agree though that unless she is unsettled and showing signs of being constipated, I wouldn't rush in and treat here. FWIW we recommend a teaspoon of brown sugar in 100ml of warm water and give baby only 10 - 20mls prior to a feed - the 50ml dilution may have been a little too concentrated.

Unless you have access to a registered milk bank I wouldn't be sourcing other means of getting breastmilk. If it hasn't been properly screened you may be placing your baby at risk of things that can be passed on in breastmilk including any medications the mother may be on that her baby has become "accustomed" too since being breastfed since birth ie antidepressants etc.

Perhaps give her a couple more days to see if things settle and right themselves. You could try the suggestion of just giving 10ml of warm water prior to a feed to see if that gets things moving. I wouldn't try coloxyl drops unless there is evidence of constipation when she finally does go ie pebble like appearance of stools, straining when she goes etc.


Good luck.

#11 sakura73

Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:32 PM

I used Bellamy's and DS was never constipated on it. It is also the least smelly and, to my taste, the most like breast milk.

#12 surprizzzed

Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:38 PM

You could try this formula http://www.novalac.com.au/babyconstipation.asp but I would check with your GP/MACH nurse first.

#13 Toniedw

Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:44 PM

Thanks again for the replies. She has passed pebble like poops, then she might pass a more peanut paste poop. But her latest bowel movement was pebbles. Her poops seemed to get better than we are back to pebbles. I have bought the nan ha gold formula today, maybe I should try her on a bottle tomorrow. I just don't want to upset her gut anymore. Part of me thinks its just her gut getting used to the formula and coloxyl drops might help get things moving.
shrug.gif

#14 Jenflea

Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:49 PM

Are you making the formula up exactly according to instructions?
I think a week old IS too young for Coloxyl drops.

#15 Toniedw

Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:53 PM

I'm absolutely making sure the water level is spot on and the scoop is leveled. Thanks for the suggestion though.

#16 Ice Queen

Posted 28 December 2012 - 09:33 PM

Please please stop using the Nan HA Gold at the first sign of unsettledness.  My DS was affected badly by it.  I had chopped and changed with a few formulas with no adverse reactions  until the new Nan HA (as the PP suggested might have been the cause), he was only comp fed, much older than your bub yet the reaction to it was terrible.  It still makes me feel angry and that was months ago.  Seriously I wouldnt feed that stuff to a cat.

My DS had a few constipation issues with different formulas, S26 being the worst.  The old NanHA was fine and then after he reacted to the new one he went on to Karicare Aptimal and that was fine.  Best formula I used and we stuck with it until he weaned.

#17 lucky 2

Posted 28 December 2012 - 09:50 PM

I would suggest you seek assistance from a health professional ASAP to talk through the issues and gain advice about what to do.
Please do not rely on advice on the boards regarding how to treat constipation in your one week old baby.

Personally I'd do some hand expression and get out some breast milk, even if it is 5 mls (or less or more) and give this on a spoon or in a little cup.
It will help soften the stool.
You do have access to a 24 hour phone line to talk to a nurse if you wish, the link below is to a pinned thread in the Birth-6 months forum.
If you are in Victoria then you can call the 24 hour MCHN phone line.
When are you due to the next check up with your chn?
http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/forums/ind...howtopic=896134
All the best.

#18 Jenflea

Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:03 AM

I'm curious, if you breast fed in hospital, how is it you have a "nonexistent supply" if you managed in hospital?
Did you give formula because the hospital suggested it? have you tried mottilim(sp) or fenugreek etc to boost your supply?



#19 Toniedw

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:50 PM

Just thought I'd update. I decided to change to another formula, Karicare gold HA and it's worked a treat. Thank you to everyone who shared their experience.

#20 premmie

Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:37 PM

I used old recipe nan ha gold 1 and 2 with both kids, ingredients changed recently when ds2 changed to 6 months plus version. He did get pretty constipated on it initially. I put prune juice in with his cooled boiled water for a few days and then he happily drank the water alone.

He was older and starting on solids so I think it was more than just the formula. He also isn't a big milk or water drinker. I didn't have problems with the nan ha formulas




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Exclusive Black Friday Sale!

Get over 40% off selected products, including prams, baby carriers, cloth nappies, sleeping bags and much more! 24 hours only, on May 6 - register now for your special code.

Kelly Clarkson shares first photos of son

Kelly Clarkson has shown off the first photos of her son, Remington Alexander Blackstock.

5 childbirth myths that need to be busted

Birth is an unpredictable, mysterious process that intrigues us all, and there is a lot of misinformation out there.

Mum of three fatally shot by toddler while driving

A US mother has been shot by her toddler while driving on a highway in Wisconsin.

All you need is one minute to work out

The seven-minute-work out is old news. Research shows the effectiveness of going hell-for-leather for just one minute.

Pregnant women needed to join diabetes study

Pregnant woman in country Australia will help Adelaide researchers figure out why cases of type 1 diabetes have doubled over the past two decades.

Just announced: the Mountain Buggy Unirider

It's the perfect solution to combat those toddler meltdowns when they no longer want to be in a pram but can't walk long distances.

Authorities euthanise dog that fatally bit a newborn baby

A pit bull mix that fatally bit a 3-day-old infant last week has been euthanised, authorities said.

The push for Medicare to fund lactation consultants

While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.

Why it's perfectly natural to dislike other people's children

Members of a popular forum are fiercely debating whether it is acceptable to dislike a friend's child.

Woman gives birth on plane, names baby after airline

A pregnant woman who unexpectedly gave birth on a flight has named her new baby after the airline, Jetstar.

Heartwarming photos show the joy of adoption after foster care

Children living in foster care can feel like their future is less than clear. But that uncertainty disappears the day they are adopted by their "forever family" 

'Oh my god, it's a baby!' Mum shocked to give birth

When the cramps started to kick in, Klara Dollan just assumed a painful period was starting.

Mum's Facebook plea: 'Help me find my daughter's father'

Kerryn has a unusual present planned for daughter Imi's 13th birthday celebrations - she hopes to be able to be able to give the soon-to-be the teenager her first ever photo of her dad.

Is it possible for your house to be too clean?

Our houses are cleaner than ever before. But how clean is too clean? Could a sterile home be putting your family's health at risk?

Millions of Monkeys: puzzles that grow with your toddler

Here's a puzzle that grows with them; the Puzzle Grow Pack by Millions of Monkeys.

Baby names from Britpop

If you grew up in the 90s you might want to look to the genre of Britpop music for baby name inspiration.

What to eat and drink when you have gastro

When you catch a bug that causes acute infectious gastroenteritis (gastro), your stomach and intestinal tract become inflamed, causing diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and pain. The last thing you probably feel like doing is eating.

'To this day, I owe her my life'

Would I have survived if I hadn't crossed that street?

Why baby Sonny needs you to vaccinate your children

Caitlin is a firm believer in the importance of immunisation to protect children from harmful and deadly diseases.

Five-year-old's photo captures beauty of motherhood

There is no make-up or special outfits and hairdos, but the five-year-old boy who took this picture captured the essence of motherhood as well as any professional photographer.

Babies know whether you are naughty or nice

Studies have shown that infants in the first months of life try to avoid dealing with social wrongdoers - for example, sharing less with them and helping them less - and they expect others to, too.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The babies who are one in 70 million

Bethani Webb was excited to find out she was pregnant, but the first time mum did not realise she was carrying four babies not one.

Exclusive Black Friday Sale!

Get over 40% off selected products, including prams, baby carriers, cloth nappies, sleeping bags and much more! 24 hours only, on May 6 - register now for your special code.

Cafe offers breastfeeding mums a free cup of tea

A Sydney cafe is offering breastfeeding mums free cups of tea in a bid to show support for the right of women to nurse their babies wherever they choose.

To snip or not to snip? When the decision is not clear cut

Jamie Oliver, who considered a vasectomy, is to be a father again. A fellow dad reflects on his own decision 11 years ago

Doctors stunned by rare twins born almost six weeks apart

To everyone's surprise, Kristen Miller "kept doing better each day", keeping her second baby safe.

Baby book ideas for modern parents

Before my son was born I was given a lovely baby book full of blank pages waiting to be filled with weights and heights and first words.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

Mum tells how toddler 'nearly hung himself' in cot mishap

When Alison Johnson put her 18-month-old Caleb down for a nap, she had no reason to believe her son was in any danger.

Babies are still switched at birth? Yes, it can happen

All my panic and tears aside, my biggest question looking back is about the kind of security measures used in the maternity ward.

Doctors slammed for taking selfie with newborn

Everyone who visits a mum in hospital in the days following childbirth wants to get a photo with the new baby.

ergoPouch Twosie Sleepsuit for winter breastfeeding

Finally, there's a way to keep warm while breastfeeding through winter.

Health check: How long does sex 'normally' last?

What to do with this information? My advice would be to try not to think about it during the throes of passion.

When breastfeeding sucks: fixing common problems

From niplash to tight boobs, biting to milk supply issues, Pinky McKay looks at common breastfeeding issues and how to solve them.

10 things I've learnt in my first six months with twins

Six months on we're all still alive, and the more we get to know each other the easier the days become.

Mum's loving kiss leaves baby fighting for life

Kirsty Carrington thought nothing of giving her newborn son a kiss, little did she know it would leave the baby fighting for life.

When doing chores is your new 'me time'

After children, 'me time' looks a little different.

Get going: 14 travel strollers for families on the move

A stroller can make or break travelling with a baby or toddler. Here are 15 great single travel stroller options.

10 ways toddlers are terrific

It always pays to remind yourself of how terrific toddlers can be - they're little like this for such a short time

 

ENTER NOW

Do your kids love bananas?

This is the comp for you! We have $800 worth of Myer gift cards and boxes of Australian Bananas to be won. Entry is simple: just post a pic of your little one enjoying a banana in the comments of the FB post to enter.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.