orlando pediatrician banner
Orlando Pediatrician Twitter Orlando Pediatrician Orlando Pediatrician youtube raising good parents
Home | About Orlando Pediatrician | Child Health | Parenting | Ask A Question | Videos

Gregory Gordon Md logo Newborn

Gregory Gordon Md logo 2 Weeks Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo 2 Months Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo 4 Months Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo6 Months Old

9 Months Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo 12 Months Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo 15 Months Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo18 Months Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo 2 Years Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo 3 Years Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo4 Years Old

Gregory Gordon Md logo5 Years Old

Constipation in a 6 month old

What do you recommend for curing constipation in an infant of less than 6 months old?

6 month old constipation

Constipation is painful, large or hard pellet stools. I do not worry about children who poop infrequently unless it is causing discomfort. One of my sons, stooled only every six days between 2 to 4 months. He was never in pain and his stools were always loose. His symptoms resolved after we started him on solids foods.

Treatment for constipation depends on the child’s age. Children less that 2 months of age should see their doctor. In infants constipation can be a sign of dehydration. Children who are breast fed rarely get constipated. For formula fed children, I often use elemental formulas like Alimentum or Nutramigen to treat constipation in the the first few months of life.

When possible it is best to treat constipation by altering your child’s diet. After four months old, I will treat constipated children with apple juice or white grape juice. I recommend one ounce per month of age per day. Such that, a 4 month old could have 4 ounces of apple juice per day. When using juice for constipation do not mix it with water as it is the sugars that help resolve the problem.

If a child is uncomfortable and needs quick relief I often recommend infant glycerine suppositories. They come in three sizes (infant, children and adult). They are basically bullet shaped pieces of wax.

Hold it in your hand until gets slick on the sides then slide it up your child’s rectum. After diapering, hand the baby to your husband and go to Target. When you come home from shopping everything will be better. Seriously, you will typically get result in 30 minutes. If the child does not stool, try again in 24 hours. Use these suppositories sparingly as children can become dependent on them.

Rarely constipation can be a sign of more serious illness, if your child is not improving or seems to be in pain see your healthcare provider.

see all constipation questions - constipation in children

Constipation in a 7 week old

My 7 week old is breastfed and I introduced him to formula a week ago. He was constipated for 4 days until I brought him to the office and our pediatrician got him to have a bowel movement. Since the (... more on constipated 7 week old)

Constipated 2 month old

I've been giving my 2 month old Barley cereal in his bottles for his spitting up, but it's now causing constipation. What can I do to help him have easier bowel movements? (... more on constipated 2 month old)

Constipation after starting solids

We started my daughter on some solids after her four month old appointment.  We started with rice cereal mixed with breast milk.  She loves it, but we think it makes her constipated.  She went from (... more on Constipation after starting solids)

Constipation 5 month old

I started my 5.5 month old on rice cereal when she was 4.5 months old and had no problems with it. So here recently, I started her on solids and at first she seemed okay. But now she been really constipated. I gradually (... more on Constipation 5 month old)

Constipation in a 7 month old

My 7 month old son's stool is round and semi mushy (like play doh balls) and He is very regular.  Is his stool normal? In general, infant stools should be loose/mustard consistency. As children age, their stools shou(more on constipation in a 7 month old)

Constipation on formula

My 10 month old is really having trouble passing her stool.  The stool itself is extremely dense and when she struggles mightily, only the smallest amount will come out.  Over the past three days she has really (... more on Constipation on formula)

Toddler Constipation

Our 20 month old daughter is holding her stool in and is in a great deal of pain.  We try to give her foods to soften her stool, but she doesn't want to go to the bathroom. We have not started potty training yet.  We try (... more on Toddler Constipation)

Written October 2010 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician



 is intended to help parents understand the needs and behaviors of children. The information presented in the site is the opinion of Gregory Gordon, M.D.and does not reflect the opinion of his partners. This website is owned exclusively by Doctors insights LLC. The advice in this site does not apply to all children. Always consult your healthcare provider for your individual needs.

© Copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved.