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Doctor insights on: My Baby Poops After Every Feeding

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Should my baby poop after every feeding?

Should my baby poop after every feeding?

No: Stooling patterns for infants are very different from adults. Some newborns poop after every feed (yes that can mean 8 times a day!). Some breastfed babies, however, absorb all the nutrients in the milk and can go up to a week without a poopey diaper. As long as your baby is gaining weight well, his stool is soft, there's no blood in the diaper and the stool isn't a white color its probably ok.

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3 months old infant. Recently changed formula from 'novalac' to 'NAN' pooping continuously after every fed. Is it normal?

3 months old infant. Recently changed formula from 'novalac' to 'NAN' pooping continuously after every fed. Is it normal?

Common: In infants it is common for them to have a bowel movement after each feed. Most important is to see if the child is behaving and responding well. If baby is sucking well, feeding well, has no vomiting, smiles and is active, there is no cause for concern. But if you remain worried take the baby to a pediatrician to have the baby checked.

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1 month old, formula feed infant has dark green poop that smells like skunk (sometimes stringy looking)...baby is gassy as well. Is this normal?

1 month old, formula feed infant has dark green poop that smells like skunk (sometimes stringy looking)...baby is gassy as well. Is this normal?

Could be: The first thing I would want to make sure is that your child is gaining weight appropriately and thriving. If that is the case, there are numerous things that could be of help, such as different formulas. That decision can be best made with your child's doctor who will know what formula your child is and/or has been on. Good luck.

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Is constipation in babies normal? My 1 month old girl has constipation and doesn't poop every day and her stomach feels hard?

Is constipation in babies normal? My 1 month old girl has constipation and doesn't poop every day and her stomach feels hard?

What is constipation: In a one month breast fed baby no poop for a few days is normal as long as the poop in not hard. Babies in the first month or so have frequents pooh so this change to less frequent pooh causes much worry but is normal regardless on apparent straining. At this age babies also have periods of unexplained crying which sometimes are attributed to gas or trouble with pooh. This is not the case!

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Why did my 3 1/2 mo old breast fed babies poop smell different (almost a medicinal smell!) when on erythromycin eye ointment for eye infection?

Why did my 3 1/2 mo old breast fed babies poop smell different (almost a medicinal smell!) when on erythromycin eye ointment for eye infection?

Hard to say: This could be a situation where antibiotic somehow got on the baby's hand and made its way into the GI tract, OR, possibly something you are eating in your diet could be affecting the poop. The only thing that will prove what caused this is whether the funny poop smell is gone after the eye treatment is stopped for a week or so...

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What are the stool's characteristics of a 3month old infant who is on a 100% milk formula feeding?

What are the stool's characteristics of a 3month old infant who is on a 100% milk formula feeding?

Varies some: Most develop regular stooling at a frequency of 1 or more daily. Color varies through shades of green to yellow to brown.

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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.

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When breast fed babies skip days without having a bowel movement does it cause tummy aches?

When breast fed babies skip days without having a bowel movement does it cause tummy aches?

Bowel movements: Breast fed babies can skip up to seven days and more. This does not cause pain although when they do have a movement they may grunt and make faces, but this is normal. The most important thing is a normal soft to watery consistency.

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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.

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My baby is 8 mos old and she poops every feeding. 5-6 feedings a day, 6oz. Very soft. Is it normal?

My baby is 8 mos old and she poops every feeding. 5-6 feedings a day, 6oz. Very soft. Is it normal?

Bowel movements: Babies have a strong gastrocolic reflex that makes have a bowel movement with each feeding, as long as it is not watery & the baby is growing normal & playful, that is perfectly normal. Enjoy your baby.

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My babies fat globules in her poop what is the cause?

My babies fat globules in her poop what is the cause?

Something in pooh: If the baby is growing and thriving there is nothing to worry about. If not these could represent poor absorption of fat and require a visit to your pediatrician. Baby's pooh can look strange and depends on diet. Changes in the look of the pooh is to be expected with introduction to various solid foods around six months.

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My babies poop is mucousy with white clumps in it, what is this?

Colitis?: That usually means an infection of the large intestine. I would see the doctor for stool tests.

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What causes poop to be green in some babies?

What causes poop to be green in some babies?

Normal: The stool color is provided by the bile from the liver that is adds to fecal debris. It starts out a deep green & changes thru greens to yellows to browns as the germs in the intestines metabolize the bile. Green generally means the stool in question moved through faster or was subject to less change by gut germs.

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Is it mandatiry for all hospitals to test babies first poop?

Is it mandatiry for all hospitals to test babies first poop?

Not necessarily: Unless there is reason to test it it will go in the trash. A past history of drug abuse by a mother, protective service surveillance, or babies with withdrawal symptoms would all prompt such a study. Hospitals do make sure babies have had their first poop before going home.

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My babies breath smells like poop and she is constipated could she have hirschsprungs disease?

My babies breath smells like poop and she is constipated could she have hirschsprungs disease?

Consult Pediatrician: You did not say how old your baby is. With the symptoms you described I will check with your babies pediatrician, he will be able to tell you what it may be. Hirschsprung disese symptoms usually start after the baby is born and if it is a mild condition it may not show up later. So take your child to the pediatrician.

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How often do 3 months babies poop thought a day?

How often do 3 months babies poop thought a day?

Depends on situation: If baby is breast fed they may stool a little smear every feeding or one big crib full once a week. Breast milk is so well digested that it may not leave much behind for poo. If it is soft, the frequency of stooling is not important.Formula babies go more often, generally 1-3 times/day..

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What does it mean when a babies poops are total mucus and water with no form to them?

What does it mean when a babies poops are total mucus and water with no form to them?

Diahrea: This sounds like diahhrea. Though newborns have non formed it only exist when breast feding but it looks yellow brown and like small seeds. If it becomes mucousey give brat diet but continue to feed, atleast hydrate and call MD if cntinues

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My breastfeeding infant has blue green poop, is this normal?

My breastfeeding infant has blue green poop, is this normal?

Poop Colors: The color of stool is not usually concerning, as it reflects a lot of things we eat. Dark black, red or white stools are the only colors that are worrisome.

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