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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 33 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 22 years experience
Maybe?: Does she pass large, hard, dry, infrequent stools associated with pain?

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How can I cure my baby's constipation?

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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 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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Does baby cereal cause constipation?

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Dr. Lizbeth Alter
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Maybe: Not if you are asking for a baby or for yourself. In general, when anyone has constipation, it could be because a certain food has affected the gut. It helps to change things around, maybe another type of cereal. Whenever constipation exists, it should be immediately addressed as you are doing! try probiotics if the constipation persists despite changing the diet.
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Would karo syrup help with baby constipation?

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Dr. Scott Diede
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No: You could try a little prune juice as previously recommended by dr. Ferguson. For more information see: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/karo-syrup-for-constipation/an01826.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Does a mother's constipation affect the baby?

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Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 15 years experience
Not really: Generally speaking no. But if you are taking medications or it's affecting your daily life, secondarily it may from those action.s
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Does mother's constipation affect breastfed baby?

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Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Constipation: It is possible for something that causes constipation for the mother to also cause constipation in the baby. A reaction to a food, for example. Increase your hydration.

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