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My child is 7 months and has a lot of gas problems and has some constipation problems as well.

Does anyone know any remedies to help solve this I hate seeing him straining so badly to poop. PLEASE HELP!

  • PK

    I’ve never tried this but my brother and friend stand by the q-tip and Vaseline trick! I think you coat a q-tip in Vaseline and just stick it in their butthole to help get them started. I would double check with your pediatrician first though and maybe look up a how to online bc I’ve never done it!

  • Anonymous

    You could try Mylicon gas drops in his bottles or bicycle kicks during diaper changes. I've heard of the Vaseline trick also, but never tried it.

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  • Pad
    Mar 23

    Just checking in.. has he pooped since your post

  • Crystal
    Mar 23

    yes thank u

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  • Kieli
    Mar 13

    Both of my girls have had at least one. Call and see if you can pick up a UTI bag from them, and a cup. With my first daughter, after her first UTI they gave me a bag and cup so I can put the bag on to catch her urine and bring it in the cup back to the dr office without having to bring her in. May be the best option in this point in time

  • Rebecca
    Mar 14

    Yes. Don’t try to get a pee sample at the office. We tried and that was to much torture and pressure on me and my girl. Get a cup and bring it home. Is she potty trained ? If ahe is trained just have her go in a portable potty at home and poor into cup. Then take it in to the office. No big no fight. It will happen in her time. Now if she is not trained maybe the bag. They have this thing you ... More

Anonymous posted in Child's Health Mar 10


I pierced my babys ears about 2 months ago. I've been cleaning them everyday. Today i noticed a ball on top of the piercing filled with puss and her ear lobe is hard. Any suggestions?

  • Sharon
    Mar 10

    Oh. No. I was just mentioning to someone how I’d like to have my daughters ears pierced as a baby. Hope you’re little one is ok

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    Mar 12

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  • Caitie
    Mar 19

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  • Anonymous
    Mar 04

    I'm no doctor so please take this with a grain of salt, but I would wake up with crazy painful Charlie horses when I was pregnant, probably due to vitamin deficiency. If I were you I would think about your daughters current diet, and maybe there is something she's missing out on, especially if she's a picky eater. Low Potassium, vitamin D, magnesium, could all lead to cramping. You ... More

Please help

What can I give to my 2 year old for constipation? My pediatrician said pears and prunes but I can’t get her to drink or eat them. She doesn’t like the taste or texture. I need help I hate to see her in pain like this.

  • Anonymous
    Feb 28

    You can also try miralax, there was a previous post on this and a lot of parents said it worked for them :)

  • Becca
    Mar 03

    100% pear

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  • Nora
    check_circleChild Care Provider Feb 11

    he's going to get a new tooth I bet - almost always a baby that refuses the bottle for a while pops a tooth about a week later and then goes right back to drinking the bottle - so mix the formula in with infant cereal in the mean time

  • Julie
    Feb 21

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    Feb 18

    My kid had the same problem. It ended up being powder formula. I switched to liquid and things changed immediately. In the meantime you can buy over-the-counter suppositories that work great and provide immediate relief

  • Dayna
    check_circleChild Care Provider Feb 19

    Try lavender on his tummy right at the bottom of it rub it in and wait about 20 min use a good brand from the vitamin store or Doterra has a nice roll on you can buy on amazon DO NOT USE something that is meant for a diffuser like from Walmart that is not meant to put on your skin.

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He’s been sleeping all day and I’m extremely worried about him. He doesn’t stay awake for more then 10 minutes at a time. I’m going to be taking him to the ER when our ride gets here but just wanted to know if this is normal or not?

  • anonymous mom
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