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Causes Of Constipation In Newborns
What could be the cause of my newborns constipation, frequent spit-up, refusal to eat and blood in stool after supository?
Is it really constip: It is important to know that newborns (that is up to one month of age) can have a bowel movement anywhere between 12 times a day to once a week and not be constipated. As long as they are comfortable, stool is soft and feeding well. If it is really constipation, then you might incorporate small amount of water into the diet. In severe cases your doctor might need to look for underlying problems. ...Read more
Define & use natural: If your baby is having firm stools that are hard to pass, i accept the label.If breast fed, stooling less often& skipping days i would leave it alone if still soft. Bf infants can stool a little every feed or a crib full once a week.Bottle fed kids are expected to go daily. I've had success with undiluted prune or apple juice, 1oz once or twice daily.Water may also help ...Read more
Depends: Straining or irregular stooling doen not mean constipation.The nb breast fed kid may go 7-10 days without a stool or poo a little at each meal.As long as it is soft, i don't consider that constipation. If the kid is putting out dry rabbit pellets or stool bigger than your finger you should start with the pediatrician. ...Read more
Newborn with a streak of blood in his stool. after suffering from sever constipation we switched to soy and he had a rectal exam yesterday. Thouhts?
Several Reasons: By the time the baby goes home from the hospital we like to see several meconium stools daily. In the first week of life constipation can be related to relative dehydration in anticipation of mom's milk coming in. There are other more rare causes that are associated with abdominal distension, so that is a symptom to watch for. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Neurologic Disease: Constipation alone is quite common in infants. However, constipation with weakness is very worrying. It can be a sign of botulism, which can occur when infants under a year of age are given honey. This infection can be treated if caught early. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Straining or irregular stooling doen not mean constipation.The 2 wo breast fed kid may go 7-10 days without a stool or poo a little at each meal.As long as it is soft, i don't consider that constipation. If the kid is putting out dry rabbit pellets or stool bigger than your finger you can sometimes tease a stool out using vasaline on a q-tip inserted to the length of the cotton & worked around. ...Read more
Crying vs pain: Please do not get into the habit of equating crying with pain. Babies cry for hours every single day. This is how they communicate, stretch out their lungs, get you to come and hold them, get you to feed them. Make sure you are burping well, swaddle baby so they feel more secure, make sure baby getting enough to eat. If questions about normal stool patterns and whether she is constipated, ask doc. ...Read more
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