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Old 06-20-2008, 11:49 AM   #21
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My mom watched her for me the other day and she gave her water with Karo syrup and she had a very big poop last night and she went again today. I did buy some prunes but have not given it to her yet. I think I may try giving her some water without the Karo syrup to see if that still helps. I am not too excited about her having all that sugar! I will also stop the rice cereal and start with the oatmeal. I was thinking of putting regular oatmeal in a grinder and cooking it instead of the stinky Gerber cereal. Has anyone done this and can share their experience?
Be cautious with giving a baby water...a little okay(ounce or two), but they really should not have much water as it can over hydrate them...diluting the minerals in their blood. The sugar helps with constipation because it draws water into the intestines. But, still I would avoid using this on a REGULAR basis. Like you said, it is basically pure sugar and nothing the baby NEEDS in her body.

Infant oatmeal has added minerals that are beneficial to your baby , mainly iron. This may cause it to smell or taste slightly different, I guess. I usually mix a little baby fruit with the oatmeal to make myself feel better about how it tastes and smells...baby doesn't care!

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Thank you ladies for all the advice. I really appreciate reading all of it and getting different opinions and points of view. I am sure that this may be helping other moms as well with the same questions and concerns.
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Our old ped. (before he went off to teach at college WAHHHHH!) always told us a little Karo syrup and warm water would help. I have used it with all of my kids, 4, and it has worked for all of them with no adverse reactions.
But this has been my personal experience.

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No Karo. It runs the same botulism risk as honey. That advice is really outdated, which is why our grandmas tell us to do. Better would be to try some fruit or fruit juice (warm) to help with the constipation.
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