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Does my baby have constipation?

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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Normal infants can go 7-10 days without a bowel movement, longer if they are breast fed. Formula fed babies stool more frequently, and babies on soy formula stool the most frequently. As physicians, we tend not to get worried, unless the baby is excessively fussy with attempts to stool. All babies will get somewhat upset-you would too, if you had to lie on you back to stool! giving water helps.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Yes: Yes, a baby has constipation if he has to push hard to get the poop out (the poop itself doesn't have to be hard). If the poop is firm, then the baby is constipated even if he doesn't need to push to get the poop out.
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 23 years experience
Maybe?: Does she pass large, hard, dry, infrequent stools associated with pain?

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can I use a baby suppository for my own constipation?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 45 years experience
Yes: In treating constipation, it is always better to start with the mildest treatment first and if there is no or little response then get more aggressive.
A member asked:

How can I cure my baby's constipation?

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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 27 years experience
It depends...: This answer depends on whether the baby is breastfed, how is the baby feeding, is the baby gaining weight well, is the baby eating solid foods, is the baby's abdomen distended? How often does the child have a bm? Is the bm soft? Are they rock hard? Does the baby cry when he has a bm? The answers to these questions are necessary to determine true constipation in a baby which is quite rare.

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