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A 29-year-old female asked:

My 12 week old formula fed infant appears to be constipated. is there anything i can do to help him have a bowel movement?

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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 38 years experience
See below.: What do you mean by constipation?Some babies have a change in stooling pattern and may not stool every day,and then no need to treat.If your baby is having hard, infrequent stools and is uncomfortable,you can try to give him water in between formula bottles,and/or take his temperature rectally,which may stimulate him to have a bowel movement.If neither of those work, please call his doctor.
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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Yes, but...: Keep in mind the symptoms of constipation are by definition hard and painful to pass stools. Remember a little pushing and uncomfortableness is ok as long as the stools are soft. Also an every other day stool for some bottle fed babies is fine. Keep in mind the position babies are in as they stool, FLAT ON THEIR BACK. Can you imagine? One oz water and one oz apple juice once will help.
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Last updated Nov 2, 2014


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