Question

Is it OK to give a baby corn (Karo) syrup for constipation?

Answer

Don't treat infant constipation with corn syrup.

Dark corn syrup was once a common home remedy for infant constipation. However, today's commercially prepared dark corn syrup might not contain the type of chemical structure that draws fluid into the intestine and softens stool. This makes dark corn syrup ineffective for infant constipation.

If your newborn seems constipated, contact his or her doctor for advice. If your older baby seems constipated, you might consider simple dietary changes or, occasionally, an infant glycerin suppository.

Last Updated: 05-02-2018
FAQ-20057931
content provided by mayoclinic.com
© 1998-2020 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). All rights reserved. A single copy of these materials may be reprinted for noncommercial personal use only. "Mayo," "Mayo Clinic," "MayoClinic.com," "Mayo Clinic Health Information," "Reliable information for a healthier life" and the triple-shield Mayo logo are trademarks of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.