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what should i do about constipation in a 1 week old infant?

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Call your doctor: Breastfed babies can go 5-6 days without pooping. Formula fed babies 1-2 days. A newborn not pooping needs evaluation after a few days. Try gentle rectal stimulation with a frayed clean q-tip or lubricated tip of a rectal thermometer. Do not try suppositories, water or other home remedy without discussion with your baby's doctor.
Dr. Zoey Goore
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Constipation in baby: I would start by asking if the baby is actually constipated. Often babies (especially breast fed infants) don't stool as often. Many people think this means they are constipated. Some breast fed infants poop once a week! if the baby is gaining weight well and the stool is soft when it comes out then the baby is fine. If the stool is hard (like rabbit pellets) then you should talk to your doctor.

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