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Is it normal for my newborn to not have bowel movement for 2 days?

Is it normal for my newborn to not have bowel movement for 2 days?

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 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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Why is my newborn baby crying just before she has bowel movement?

Why is my newborn baby crying just before she has bowel movement?

Hard to say: Since babies are pooping laying down & don't have much abdominal muscle power, they may fuss just to push things out. They may be spooked by the sensation. They may cramp with the process. Until they are old enough to ask we often never know. ...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?

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 11 days old breast fed newborn did not have a bowel movement in 4 days should I be worried?

My 11 days old breast fed newborn did not have a bowel movement in 4 days should I be worried?

Breast babies: Breast fed infants can go a little every feed or overflow a diaper once a week. If it is soft when they go i don't worry about it.Be prepared for a generous volume when baby does go. ...Read more

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How do I get problem newborn has not have a bowel movement?

How do I get problem newborn has not have a bowel movement?

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

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Is it ok to give a 3 wk newborn an ounce of bottled water to help him have a bowel movement?

Is it ok to give a 3 wk newborn an ounce of bottled water to help him have a bowel movement?

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

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3 wks old, very fussy, turns red when it's time to pass bowel movement... Could it be her milk She drinks Enfamil Newborn. What milk should I switch 2?

3 wks old, very fussy, turns red when it's time to pass bowel movement... Could it be her milk She drinks Enfamil Newborn. What milk should I switch 2?

Hold on...: It is not unusual for babies to strain when passing bowel movements..they are trying to learn to relax certain areas while tensing others. It's a new skill. The more important detail is how is the baby's stool? Is it soft/mushy or hard little balls? Switching milk is not something that you should do without speaking to the pediatrician first.Let them know what's going on so they can guide you best ...Read more

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How long can a newborn not have a bowel movement? He has been real fussy and seems like he doesnt want to go poop.

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 more

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Could you tell me what are leads to of bloody bowel movements in newborn babies?

Could you tell me what are leads to of bloody bowel movements in newborn babies?

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

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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?

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 more

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Newborn had only 2 bowel movements. Taking simethicone after feedings. Lots of gas, fussiness, crying. Supplementing breast milk with similac.

Newborn had only 2 bowel movements. Taking simethicone after feedings. Lots of gas, fussiness,  crying.  Supplementing breast milk with similac.

Fussiness: Breast fe babies can have a stool with each feeding, once a, day or can go as pong as a week without having one. They maybet fussy as the week progresses. Try burping your infant frequently If he seems to be constipated you may give him formula with 1-2 tablespoons with dark Karo syrup ...Read more

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New born 19days old have not had a bowel movement in 4 days what should I do ? Thanks baby is 19days old

New born 19days old have not had a bowel movement in 4 days what should I do ? Thanks baby is 19days old

Depends: A breastfed baby can go a smear every feed or once a week.They can alter their pattern. Bottled babies go more often.If the kid acts fine, relax .If it is soft when it goes it is not constipation.If the kid is not interested in feeding and lethargic, contact the pediatrician. ...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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How long after an appendectomy should I expect to have a bowel movement? Its been around two days. Im eating normal and taking a stool softener.

How long after an appendectomy should I expect to have a bowel movement? Its been around two days. Im eating normal and taking a stool softener.

See answer: Most people move their bowel by day 3 or 4. If no BM by then check with your Dr. Increase fiber in your diet and liquids. Increase your ambulation and amount of time up and about which will help you move your bowels. ...Read more

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Is it normal having bowel movements every two days?

Is it normal having bowel movements every two days?

Yes.: It's completely normal for some people to have bm's every two days. I had a patient who went every 3 days. I also had one who went 3 times a day. Each person is unique. As long as you're getting a healthy diet full of fiber, vegetables and water, you should be fine. Cheers! ...Read more

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Husband had colonoscopy two days ago. Still having bowel movements more than usual. Is this normal?

Husband had colonoscopy two days ago.    Still having bowel movements more than usual.       Is this normal?

Yes likely: having residual waterry stool after colonic lavage is common, but should resolve in few days. If persistent beyond this, be sure to contact ur Doc. Avoid milk for now, no artificial sugard (incl diet drinks) and avoid high fructose. Can use bananas or fiber supplements to improve bulk. Red flags for urgent MD attention would be weight loss, signs of dyhydration, persistent blood, fever, pain. ...Read more

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My bowel movement is not normal for two weeks?

My bowel movement is not normal for two weeks?

Ambiguous: I am sure, if you read your question, that you can see there is nothing descriptive or specific enough to give you any medical answer here. ...Read more

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Hi..I'm concerned because in the past two weeks everytime I have a bowel movement it seems most of it sticks to the bowl. I have always had normal BM'?

Hi..I'm concerned because in the past two weeks everytime I have a bowel movement it seems most of it sticks to the bowl. I have always had normal BM'?

The "stickiness": of your bowel movements have to do with the amount of MOISTURE in them ..DRY movements do not stick and movements which have more liquid may stick! In any case...that ALONE is NOT the sign of a serious bowel problem! STOP WATCHING YOUR TOILET BOWL!!! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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