Brown sugar? Really!

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Brown sugar? Really!
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Sat, 05-21-2011 - 6:07am

During the week, an aquaintance of mine with a five week old baby was posting on Facebook about how miserable and uncomfortable her baby seemed, especially during the day.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-27-2006
Sat, 05-21-2011 - 7:27am
From what I understand, the iron affects a fair number of kids. And hey, if they're already doing thickened feeds for reflux (something I've seen recommended on my local group as young as three weeks!), what's a little sugar? JMO, there's an awful lot of emphasis on solving immediate "problems" and not enough on longterm effects.
Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Sat, 05-21-2011 - 8:57am

Looks like it is a common remedy...

"I was told by my son's doctor to use Dark Karo Syrup which is similar to brown sugar & it worked great. It may take a day or two before he actually has a BM though."

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100506064826AAdv2o9

What you can do

  • Give brown sugar, one half to one teaspoon mixed in a small amount of water (30 mls) separate from milk at the beginning or end of a feed 3 or 4 times a day until there is a soft poo.

http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetails.aspx?p=114&np=304&id=1805

Natural remedies 2. Sugar

A remedy for constipation that has been around for centuries and still recommended today, is to add some form of sugar to a baby's diet. The sugar works by drawing additional fluid into the baby's bowel to soften the stools. Sugar can come from fruit, in the form of fructose or sorbitol or sucrose from sugar cane.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Sat, 05-21-2011 - 9:50am

I think the ole Karo syryp was used for the same issue.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Sat, 05-21-2011 - 10:01am

I like that all of those links did point out that it is not an issue for exclusively breastfed children. Another thing they pointed out was the importance of correctly mixing formula, so that may be a cause of issues often enough to mention it.

And Emily, I guess you are right - if you already make the decision to use formula, and thickened formula, which I too have seen at a young age, then I guess your mindset is probably different in the first place. Causing people to look just at whatever works for the moment.

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Registered: 11-01-2005
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 6:42pm
My grandma did not nurse her children and she told me that she fed my mom evaporated milk and added karo syrup when she was constipated...as if this was completely normal. No wonder my mother has the issues she does with food, her weight and the like. My mother was born in 1961.

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Registered: 06-04-2004
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 7:02pm
rubyshoes03 wrote:
My grandma did not nurse her children and she told me that she fed my mom evaporated milk and added karo syrup when she was constipated...as if this was completely normal. No wonder my mother has the issues she does with food, her weight and the like. My mother was born in 1961.

People did it for a long time, and they probably still are. I was born in 1978 and was fed this concoction myself. I'm told the purpose of the Karo syrup was two-fold: to help prevent constipation and to make the formula taste good so babies would drink it. I guess it worked for me; I'm also told I was guzzling down 60 ounces of it per day by the time I was a few months old.

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 7:03pm

My mom fed me with evaporated milk and karo syrup, it was very common for that generation.

But I turned out just fine... ;)

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-28-2008
Thu, 05-26-2011 - 12:10am

I had my son on similac it had iron and it stopped him up pretty regularly. I have to say I got some pretty crazy advice on how to get him going again everything from chamolie tea to putting to bed with a bottle of water with

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Thu, 05-26-2011 - 5:10am

It is interesting that the friend of mine with the little baby has now been working on the block feeding. The baby is MUCH happier. So at least in this case the 'colic' symptoms in her breastfed baby may have been due to oversupply and formilk hindmilk imbalance.

Teresa

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Registered: 10-27-2006
Thu, 05-26-2011 - 10:30am
My DS's colic appears to have been food intolerances. Evidence -- it didn't stop until I went on an elimination diet. Four months is allegedly the magic age but he was still going strong.

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