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My Baby Has Not Pooped In 5 Days
Yes: Can be.Babies digest different formulas in different ways.Ig healthy, growing and not uncomfortable, do not nworry. ...Read more
Our 7 month old baby hasn't pooped in 5 days. She seems to be in normal otherwise. Should i be worried any remedies? Thanks
My 2 month old formula fed baby has not pooped for 4 days now, but seems ok. I'm worried about what's causing it?
Yes: It is very normal for babies to skip days pooping. It is quality, not quantity, that determines constipation in infants. If when she does poop it is soft/mushy/runny, then its ok for her to go days in between poops. Some breast fed babies are just so efficient at digesting the breast milk that they don't make much waste, and therefore, not much poop. ...Read more
My baby hasn't pooped in 8 days and I am wondering what is going on? He is 5 1/2 months and just started solids. He loves sweet potatoes, but since he has been getting backed up, I have been giving him water in a sippy cup and pears for his meal. He is br
Constipation : Constipation is the passage of a dry, hard stool - not necessarily the absence of daily stool. After 8 days, however, it's probably time to give him a little extra help. Starting solid foods definitely change things up a bit! that being said, constipation is common in infants and here are a couple things you can do to help. 1.) give pear or prune juice - 1oz/age in months/day so in your case 5 oz. Not only does prune or pear juice have sugar which can help soften bms, but also has fiber (notice the gritty texture when you drink it?). This does not mean that you should be feeding your baby juice as a part of his regular diet, but it's ok in daily small amounts to treat constipation. 2.) if juice does not work, then you can try a glycerine suppository which you can buy over the counter. Just cut a pea-sized piece of the glycerine and place it in the baby's anus to lubricate the hard stool. This is not meant for daily use, so if you find that your baby needs a suppository in order to have a bm despite dietary changes, discuss with your child's doctor. 3.) do not use mineral oil, laxatives or enemas. These methods are not safe for infants. 4.) finally, if constipation is persistent and not improved with any of the above recommendations, be sure to contact your baby's doctor. There are some very rare underlying disorders such as hirschprung's disease, cystic fibrosis or hypothyroidism that can cause chronic constipation. Good luck! ...Read more
Baby hasn't pooped in four days-- mainly breastfed but introduced small amount Of formula this week. Is that why?
Stool pattern: Stooling in babies is largely variable. Some breast fed babies stool with every feeding, others stool very infrequently and maybe only 2-3 times a month. I don't think the formula in small or sporadic amounts will affect this. As long as your baby is content and otherwise seems normal to you, I would wait on the next stool. If not, have him/her assessed. ...Read more
My baby is one month and when he go to the bathroom he crys and its been two days since he pooped what to do?
Mild intervention: It's not uncommon for stool to firm up around a month, even if you're breast feeding. Keeping the child well hydrated, and slipping an ounce or two of pear or white grape juice into the formula or breast milk once a day may help. Taking a rectal temperature may stimulate stooling. Otherwise, talk with your doc. ...Read more
No - usually: Not all babies poop every day. Constipation is defined more by stool consistency, not frequency. So a baby that has hard rabbit pellet poop but goes 2-3 times a day is constipated, but a baby that has soft, mushy poop but only goes every 3-4 days is not constipated and that's normal and not uncommon. Some babies have efficient GI tracts and just don't make that much poop, so don't need to go daily. ...Read more
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