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How Many Bowel Movements Should A Newborn Have
How old is your baby: Need more history to be able to help you. Please call your pediatrician to discuss the issue. Or post another question and be more specific. Thank you. ...Read more
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
Varies with feed: Your newborn should have an initial tarry poo within the first 24hrs.This signals that all the plumbing is hooked up.After primary clean out the pattern depends a lot on the feed. Bf kids can make a smear every feed or one giant poo every week or so.Formula fed kids tend to go at least daily.If the kid is quiet & seems ok i wouldn't be concerned.If babies fussy, it may or may not be an issue. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Common things...: Many things can cause this including anal fissures, an allergy, or something more complicated. If your baby has a bloody bowel movement, this is definitely a reason to make an appointment with the pediatrician. Bring in the bloody diaper as well. Take note of how baby is eating, acting and if there is a fever (best to not check this rectally since we aren't sure where the blood is coming from). ...Read more
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
Not useful: It's OK to give some water, but it probably is not going to be helpful. A 3 week old may go several days without a BM and still has a normal BM and has no problem with it. If he does get fussy and seem to have problem, pushing out hard BM's, then contact his doctor for recommendations. Pediatricians deal with this a lot, so follow his/her advice. ...Read more
Is it ok to give a 3 wk newborn an ounce of water to help with bowel movements? And if so, nursery water or bottle water?
No: Never give a baby water at this age! Water intoxication can happen in even small amounts. Think of it this way, formula and breast milk have just the right amount of sodium ( or "salt") in them. When you give a tiny baby water without the proper mix of salt, it drops the relative concentration of sodium in the bloodstream, causing seizures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long can a newborn not have a bowel movement? He has been real fussy and seems like he doesnt want to go poop.
Varies: Most commonly, newborns have several BM's a day, usually after nursing or feeding from the bottle. However, some will start having BM less and less often, sometimes up to 5 days, but their BM's are still soft. When he gets fussy and seems uncomfortable, you should contact his doctor. Each doctor has a different approach, you should follow your doctor's advice first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
5w newborn has 1-2 bowel movements/day supplemented with breastmmilk, sometimes seedy yellow sometimes yellow green and clay. Baby strains and cries.
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