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How many bowel movements should an infant have a day?

How many bowel movements should an infant have a day?

Varies : Every infant has different routine for passing stool, some may poop daily some every other day. Usually breast fed babies poop more often, after every feed. But regardless of the routine if baby is making normal texture stools and feeding well with normal weight gain, no need to worry. ...Read more

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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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Is it normal for my infant (4weeks old) who is breastfed to have 10-12 bowel movements a day and he cries and seems to be in serious pain?

Is it normal for my infant (4weeks old) who is breastfed to have 10-12 bowel movements a day and he cries and seems to be in serious pain?

Pain isn't normal: It is common for some breast fed babies to have a bowel movement with each feeding (sometimes, just small squirts). As long as it is soft, not hard balls, it is usually normal. But, if your baby really seems uncomfortable and cries excessively, he should be checked by his doctor. ...Read more

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My breastfed infant is a month old and for the last few days she has been having 1-2 bowel movements a day. Is she constipated if so what to give her?

My breastfed infant is a month old and for the last few days she has been having 1-2 bowel movements a day. Is she constipated if so what to give her?

Probably OK: It is not unusual for babies to have change in stool pattern as they grow. . Also, it is normal for breastfed babies to have longer periods of time with no stools. Breast milk is the perfect baby food, thus there is less "waste" so to speak. If the baby's stomach is not distended, and he has a large soft stool infrequently this is not constipation requiring intervention. ...Read more

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How many bowel movements should my infant have?

How many bowel movements should my infant have?

0-7: 7 times in 1 day or 1 time is seven days as long as it is soft and not painful, it's normal. ...Read more

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How long before infant has a bowel movement without struggling?

How long before infant has a bowel movement without struggling?

It depends: The problem is that babies aren't coordinated and don't open their sphincter immediately when they have a bowel movement. Also, it's harder to have a bowel movement when you are lying down. As long as the stool is soft, there really isn't a problem with them straining a bit. It doesn't necessarily mean that there is anything wrong. If the stool is hard balls, see your doctor for help. ...Read more

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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

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Is it normal for my infant's bowel movements to be lightly colored?

Is it normal for my infant's bowel movements to be lightly colored?

Yes: Baby stool (poop) can be light colored, usually a blend of yellow with some brown or green. However, if the poop gets lighter and lighter in color, becoming a grey/white color, then there is a problem (not enough bile is mixing into the stool). A doctor will then need to evaluate the baby, to look for a liver or gall bladder problem causing the very light colored stool. ...Read more

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Why do I find blood in my infant's diaper when she has not made a bowel movement?

Why do I find blood in my infant's diaper when she has not made a bowel movement?

Is it blood?: First, is it blood? Newborns especially can pass dark urine that when dried in a diaper can look like blood. Sometimes genuine blood can come from bloody vaginal discharge (normal in a newborn), or from a crack or fissure near the anus. Not sure what's going on? Go see the pediatrician for an exam. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 10 week old infant who is exclusively breastfed to not have had a bowel movement in two days?

Is it normal for a 10 week old infant who is exclusively breastfed to not have had a bowel movement in two days?

Yes: Many exclusively breast fed infants poop as often as 10-12 times a day in the beginning but by two months can stool as little as once a week. When they go they will fill several diapers...Your child is wonderfully normal. ...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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What to do for infant 5 weeks who is constipated. Breast fed with rice cereal in pumped milk for reflux, also on Zantac (ranitidine) two times daily. Has not had bowel movement in two days and is very fussy

What to do for infant 5 weeks who is constipated. Breast fed with rice cereal in pumped milk for reflux, also on Zantac (ranitidine) two times daily.  Has not had bowel movement in two days and is very fussy

Stop the rice: Stop adding rice cereal to the pumped milk (good job on breast feeding, by the way!). Keep breast feeding and keep the zantac (ranitidine). Rice cereal is very constipating! for reflux elevate the head of the crib. In addition to constipation, rice cereal before age 6 months is related to obesity in later life. You may also try a glycerine suppository (found in the baby section). After 7 days call md. ...Read more

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My baby is 6.5 months old, breastfed and eating baby food. Should he have a bowel movement every day?

Not Necessary: He could , but some babies can have a bm every 2-7 days.If not fussy and no problems when going this is a normal variation. ...Read more

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I have a six day old baby who hasn't had a bowel movement since late Friday night (it's now Sunday) he isn't in pain. Should I be worried?

I have a six day old baby who hasn't had a bowel movement since late Friday night (it's now Sunday) he isn't in pain. Should I be worried?

Normal: Breast babies can do a little smear every feed or a diaper filler every 7-10 days. Breast milk is a well designed food source compared to formula, where more debris is left over after processing. Bottle babies usually go at least daily if not more often. If it is soft when they go it is considered ok.I baby is playful and feeding okay you can just watch it and call the doc if it continues ...Read more

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My 6wk old baby has not had any bowel movements since yesterday. This is the third day this week but not in a row. Help! I also breastfeed. Help!?

My 6wk old baby has not had any bowel movements since yesterday. This is  the third day this week but not in a row. Help! I also breastfeed. Help!?

Relax: Breast babies can do a little smear every feed or a onzie filler every 7-10 days. Breast milk is a well designed food source compared to formula, where more debris is left over after processing. Bottle babies usually go at least daily if not more often. If it is soft when they go it is considered okay, even if delayed. ...Read more

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2 day old baby has only peed twice in 12hrs is this normal? She also hasnt had a bowel movement in 24hrs, is this normal? Or should I be worried?

2 day old baby has only peed twice in 12hrs is this normal? She also hasnt had a bowel movement in 24hrs, is this normal? Or should I be worried?

Does she seem OK?: How is she eating? In babies (and everyone else) the amount of urine produced in largely related to how much we drink. Encouraging her to drink more milk will likely increase her urine output. Twice in twelve hours is probably okay, but it is on the low side and i would be attentive to her oral intake. If she had bowel movements yesterday and her stomach seems okay, i would not worry about bms. ...Read more

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My 17 day old baby who started drinking formula 3 days ago is a bit constipated. What should I do for her to have a bowel movement?

Infant stools: infants gave irregular bowel habits. If the infant stools are not hard, you probably don't need to do anything. If they are hard make sure you are making the formula properly. Don't add syrups or honey to the formula. Consider changing formula types. Try giving a little extra water during the day. If you are thinking of using suppositories check your baby's weight with the doctor first. ...Read more

Defecation (Definition)

Passing food that is fully digested and ready for excretion out the ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more