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How long should a formula fed infant do between bowel movements?

How long should a formula fed infant do between bowel movements?

BM in formula fed: Infant. They may go from several times a day to once a week. It is very much a variable thing. The idea that an infant has to go everyday or they are not " normal" is just not true. Think about how different we all are as adults. As long as baby does not have a rock hard tender abdomen, no fever, is eating well, and not tearing its little bum when it goes it is okay. What goes in will come out. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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What are kinds of bowel movements should my formula-fed baby have?

What are kinds of bowel movements should my formula-fed baby have?

Soft, yellowish poop: Formula-fed babies older than a week should have yellowish poops at least as thick as mustard or thick spaghetti sauce. Breastfeeding babies can have looser poops. Formula-fed babies tend to have firmer poops, but poop that holds shape could be too firm for the first 3-4 months of life. Poop gets darker, with brown/green colors blended in, and also gets firmer, as a baby gets older. ...Read more

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My formula-fed, one month old hasn't had a bowel movement in two days. Should I be concerned?

My formula-fed, one month old hasn't had a bowel movement in two days. Should I be concerned?

Not usually: This can be very normal as long as there is no symptoms of vomitting in excess, very bloated belly and loss of appetite. Yellow to green vomitting needs evaluation immediately. Otherwise on can keep an eye on this. Use of a q tip or glass thermometer with vaseline can help in rectal stimulation. ...Read more

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My son is 10 weeks old, what would cause his bowel movements to be grey in color? Hes formula fed and no recent diet changes.

My son is 10 weeks old, what would cause his bowel movements to be grey in color? Hes formula fed and no recent diet changes.

Digestion changes: Off color stools is not uncommon in formula fed infants. The whole system is getting used to being on line. Generally the only colors to be concerned about are black as tar, red or white. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/diapering-a-baby-13/baby-bowel-movements ...Read more

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Formula fed, newborn has been fussy and has not had a bowel movement in 2 days. Should i be worried?

Perhaps: If they baby is eating well then it may not be a problem. On the other hand a fussy constipated infant may be sensitive to the formula being used. You may try a formula made for sensitive infants. You can also try giving 1 oz nursery water twice a day. Do not give more water than that. If these do not help you should see your child's doctor. ...Read more

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My 6-week old daughter has not had a bowel movement in four days. Is that ok? She is both breastfed and formula-fed

My 6-week old daughter has not had a bowel movement in four days. Is that ok? She is both breastfed and formula-fed

Could Be: Breast fed babies can poo a little every feed or overflow a diaper once every 7-10 days. If soft it is normal. Straining or grunting sounds also do not mean constipation.If baby puts out rabbit pellets or shot cigars they are extracting too much water from their poo. Occasionally the combination of formula + bm can lead to irregularity. ...Read more

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My 3 week old is having a lot of white chunks come through her green bowels. She has had 5 bowel movements today and the chuncks look almost like popcorn pieces. She is a formula fed baby. (changed formulas recently)?

My 3 week old is having a lot of white chunks come through her green bowels. She has had 5 bowel movements today and the chuncks look almost like popcorn pieces. She is a formula fed baby. (changed formulas recently)?

May be a problem: The white chunks imply that baby is not generating enough bile additives to stain the poo a uniform color.There is some bile or you wouldn't have the green mixed in. If this persists through the weekend i would take baby in along with a sample diaper & have you pcp look into this. There are conditions that block the bile from flowing in infancy & success of some rx requires DX before 6wks. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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My 6 week old daughter has not had a bowel movement in 24 hours. Her pees are normal no fever. Breast and formula fed. What should I do?

My 6 week old daughter has not had a bowel movement in 24 hours. Her pees are normal no fever. Breast and formula fed. What should I do?

Bowel Movement in: Infant. They may go from several times a day to once a week. It is very much a variable thing. The idea that an infant has to go everyday or they are not " normal" is just not true. Think about how different we all are as adults. As long as baby does not have a rock hard tender abdomen, no fever, is eating well, and not tearing its little bum when it goes it is okay. What goes in will come out. ...Read more

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How many bowel movements a day for 6 week old? Been 2 days since last BM. Nursing but had to give her some formula in the last few days, is that why?

How many bowel movements a day for 6 week old? Been 2 days since last BM. Nursing but had to give her some formula in the last few days, is that why?

Stools: Because you are breastfeeding, your child could have a BM with each feeding, once a day or can go as long as a week without having one. All normal for breast fed babies. ...Read more

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