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I have a 2 week old baby he is formula fed and he hasn't had a bowl movement in 24 hours should I be worried and can I do anything to help him ?

I have a 2 week old baby he is formula fed and he hasn't had a bowl movement in 24 hours should I be worried and can I do anything to help him
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Not necessarily: Formula fed kids will usually get into a daily stooling pattern by 2 wks. Unless they are putting out rabbit pellets or harder stools i don't worry if they skip a day. Most infants will bring arms in & legs up & fuss with their diaphragm.They all look like they have a tummy ache. This is not necessarily the case.You can bring out a stool sometimes by stimulating the bottom with a vasaline q-tip. ...Read more

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Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more


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My 5month old is exclusively breastfeed and hasn't had a bowl movement in 36 hrs. How can I help him go to the bathroom if he's constipated?

My 5month old is exclusively breastfeed and hasn't had a bowl movement in 36 hrs. How can I help him go to the bathroom if he's constipated?

Wait? Observe: Exclusively breast fed older babies often will skip days of having BM's. They absorb most of the breast milk. If he is not fussy, then watch for a day or two more Some times drinking 2 oz of water can help if there is fussiness My guess is you will have a stored up BM to clean very soon ...Read more

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My baby's body does not recognize that he needs to poop I have had to use glycerin suppositories two days in a row now to make him have a bowel movement what else can I do it makes him very fussy and spits up when he cannot use the bathroom?

My baby's body does not recognize that he needs to poop I have had to use glycerin suppositories two days in a row now to make him have a bowel movement what else can I do it makes him very fussy and spits up when he cannot use the bathroom?

Make defecation fun!: Defecation/evacuation=a built in reflex. Creating/promoting control issues (you/others vs. baby) creates problems (wars) leading to longstanding health problems. If baby has been scolded/punished (by anyone) for defecating at inconvenient time/location, problems begin & can build. Study: William & Martha Sears many books, e.g. "Attachment Parenting" for better strategies; not product marketing. ...Read more

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I'm 36 weeks into my pregnancy and every time i eat I have to throw up is this normal or should I get checked out?

I'm 36 weeks into my pregnancy and every time i eat I have to throw up is this normal or should I get checked out?

See your doctor: Nausea and vomiting is a common symptom of the first trimester (first 14 weeks) due to your elevated HCG hormone levels. However, vomiting late in pregnancy is not normal. You should see your doctor if you are experiencing persistent vomiting this late in your pregnancy especially if it is associated with fevers, diarrhea, or belly pain. ...Read more

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Should i be worried if my 8 month old son is still waking up every 3 to 4 hours to eat? Should he be sleeping through the night?

Should i be worried if my 8 month old son is still waking up every 3 to 4 hours to eat? Should he be sleeping through the night?

See below: Your child should not need to feed at night. He should be sleeping through the night at his age. When you put him to sleep, i would lay him down tired but awake, and let him fall asleep on his own. Then, gradually increase the time you take to respond to him at night. ...Read more

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Hello, i have a 9 days new born and my preocupation is that she's not waking up to be fed. I wake her up every 4 hrs and it takes me 15min to do so.

Hello, i have a 9 days new born and my preocupation is that she's not waking up to be fed. I wake her up every 4 hrs and it takes me 15min to do so.

Let Baby Sleep: As new mothers, we all have the same fear. If she is a full term newborn with no medical problems, she will wake you at night when she is hungry. Let her sleep, it helps develop good nighttime sleeping patterns. You should wake her every 3-4 hours during the day to sleep. Happy Zzzzzzzz and Congratulations on your baby! :) ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if i drank half a bottle of eye drops last night to hurt myself. If i don't go to the hospital what willhappenelf?

Should i be concerned if i drank half a bottle of eye drops last night to hurt myself. If i don't go to the hospital what willhappenelf?

Nothing: There is no eyedrop that I am aware of that will be harmful even if you drank the whole thing. Much of normal eyedrop administration passes down the lacrimal drainage system into the nose anyway where it ends up in the stomach harmlessly. ...Read more

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Hello doc I need to know if it's normal that my 1 month baby poop once in 2 days and the poop is green. I feed him bottle on regular basis.

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I need to know if it's normal that my 1 month baby poop once in 2 days and the poop is green. I feed him bottle on regular basis.

Yes: It is normal. A baby at a month is starting to develop his ow bowel movements, they can go once in two or three days as long as the stool comes out soft or pasty and not hard pebbles. ...Read more

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My 3 month old baby occationally has slice of blood in her poo. It happens once per week. Do you know what it is and what I should do? Thanks.

My 3 month old baby occationally has slice of blood in her poo. It happens once per week. Do you know what it is and what I should do? Thanks.

.: If stool has streak of blood and stool appears hard too, it may be fissure - small tear of mucosa in the anal passage. Give 2 oz prune juice or water to soften stool. If more blood or blood with soft stool see doctor. ...Read more

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When should I worry about by 6 week old baby not pooping? He normally goes poop daily but has not in a day.

When should I worry about by 6 week old baby not pooping?  He normally goes poop daily but has not in a day.

Pooping: An infant does not have to have a daily bowl movement. Often, as infants age, the frequency of the bowel movements decrease, especially with breast fed babies. ...Read more

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My 7 month old grandson regurgitates his formula close to 25 times a day. I do not think this is good not to mention a mess when you least expect it.

My 7 month old grandson regurgitates his formula close to 25 times a day.  I do not think this is good not to mention a mess when you least expect it.

Sounds : Like he may have reflux unless he is overeating! this should have already been addressed during his prior visits with his pediatrician. Best to consult with his physician to be sure he is not losing weight and getting dehydrated as soon as you can.In the meantime, just give small amounts till you see the doctor. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my baby has thown up all my food today and had a few bad nappies. I'm sure its gastro. do I breastfeed him still?

What do you suggest if my baby has thown up all my food today and had a few bad nappies. I'm sure its gastro. do I breastfeed him still?

Absolutely!: Continuing to nurse your sick infant is likely the best thing you can do. Not only are you providing essential fluids that are less likely to be vomited, you are providing natural antibodies and much comfort. Supplementing with Pedialyte should also help. ...Read more

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My 6 wk old has not pooped in 4 days. I'm starting to get concerned. When does it become a problem and she needs to go to the dr? Breast fed

My 6 wk old has not pooped in 4 days. I'm starting to get concerned. When does it become a problem and she needs to go to the dr? Breast fed

Probably OK: It is not unusual for a breastfed baby to have infrequent stools starting around one month. Think of it this way, human breastmilk is the "perfect food" for a human baby, right? There is less "waste" therefore to be "pooped out" so to speak. As long as she is not having a distended, swollen belly, or the stools she is having are hard and painful to pass, this is fine. ...Read more

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My son 20 months old , start vomiting since afternoon,he doesn't want to eat or drink,he is hot,what shall I do and is there any thing can I give him ?

My son 20 months old , start vomiting since afternoon,he doesn't want to eat or drink,he is hot,what shall I do and is there any thing can I give him ?

Vomiting, hot: It sounds like you are describing a tummy infection. You can use Tylenol (acetaminophen) suppositories to treat his fever, the dose based on his weight. Try small amounts of Pedialyte or similar electrolyte solution to keep fluids down. If this is not working, have him seen. Babies can get dehydrated quickly. All the best and I hope he feels better. ...Read more

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I had blood in my stool after drinking 4 beers last night. Should i wait to monitor if it continues or should I go to the doctor right away?

I had blood in my stool after drinking 4 beers last night. Should i wait to monitor if it continues or should I go to the doctor right away?

See your doctor: Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can turn stools a very dark green that sometimes looks like black stools (which can indicate digested blood from higher up - the stomach or duodenum). However, if there was frank blood in your stool, this requires immediate attention. While it is likely to be hemorrhoids, a fissure or something easy to treat, it can be a polyp or something more serious. Consider reducing alcohol. ...Read more

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My toddler is having a bowel moment 4 times a day and struggling to do so. How do I know if he has swallowed a object and tryingto pass it?

My toddler is having a bowel moment 4 times a day and struggling to do so. How do I know if he has swallowed a object and tryingto pass it?

Probably not : If your child indeed has swallowed something and it is causing a blockage, he would most likely be in pain and having vomiting. He is probably just a little constipated so try some warm prune juice. ...Read more

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