My daughter is only a month old tomorrow and was in Hospital the 8th to the 10th of July with chocking fits which turned out to be reflux and she also lost 2lb of her birth weight. She was being breastfed before she went into hospital but my milk supply had reduced and she just was not getting enough from me so the nurses on the children's ward suggested giving her formula milk to help her gain weight.
She is getting Gaviscon in her formula feeds during the day and Carobel in her formula feeds during the night. On sunday she was constipated and I made the consultant aware of this at our appointment in paediatrics on Wednesday. She prescribed Lucia Lactulose only to be used if she was in distress with constipation.
Well the student health visitor rang my house on Thursday morning and mum told her about the constipation. And she told me to give her water and orange juice... I was under the impression the the NHS did not advise you to give a newborn water incase of water intoxication and also not to give water and orange juice until they have started solid foods?
I have no idea...sorry! Although if it was a student health visitor that advised this I would probably double check with another health visitor/nurse or even give the maternity ward a quick ring and ask them? x
She meant a tiny bit of water with orange juice from a freshly squeezed orange like literally the juice from half an orange squeezed into a bit of water. My health visitor also recommended this for constipation
I have heard of this before, but I would be a bit careful, because of the reflux. The orange will be quite acidic, which could aggravate the reflux.
In my opinion, I would stick with the lactulose. We used it for LO because she was on infant gaviscon and it worked a treat. After a couple of days we only had to use half the dosage. It's not very mediciny iykwim? It's basically a sugary solution.
I have heard of giving them water with a tiny bit of prune or orange juice, my HV just told me to give water, but make sure it is cooled boiled water. She also told me to give it in a sterilised syringe rather than a bottle as it apparently works better for wind.
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