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Why hasn't my breastfed baby pooped in a day?

Why hasn't my breastfed baby pooped in a day?

Breast poopers: Breast fed babies can have a little smear with each feed or have one big blowout every 7-10 days It relates to the ability they have to process their feed .Bottle fed kids will poo more predictably & should go daily. If the poo is soft it is not considered constipation. I don't get hung up on babies timing, I like to look at them to see how they feel. ...Read more

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7y/o hasn't popped in 5 days snd usually poops everyday. I did give her miralax (polyethylene glycol) but she still hasn't pooped and now her belly hurts. What do I do ?

7y/o hasn't popped in 5 days snd usually poops everyday.  I did give her miralax (polyethylene glycol) but she still hasn't pooped and now her belly hurts. What do I do ?

Constipation: I would really push excess water orally today and add some prune juice. If the pain increases or if she is feverish then she must get to the pediatrician's office. ...Read more

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My 15month son was drinking milk thru straw n suddenly some milk came out thru his nose.He was scared n cried but now ok n playing.Anythin else to do?

My 15month son was drinking milk thru straw n suddenly some milk came out thru his nose.He was scared n cried but now ok n playing.Anythin else to do?

No: The nasal passages, mouth and throat are interconnected and it's possible for liquids to go the wrong way. If your child has forgotten about it, you can, too. ...Read more

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My 8 month old was recently constipated to where we had to give her a suppository. She went right away. Now she has yellow seedy runny poop? Normal?

My 8 month old was recently constipated to where we had to give her a suppository. She went right away. Now she has yellow seedy runny poop? Normal?

Yes: It is common to have looser stools after getting a suppository and the initial constipation is resolved, particularly if you were giving her lots of fruit juice or water over the past few days in an effort to treat the constipation. Make sure that she is urinating and acting normally, and that there is no blood in her stool. Her stools should be back to normal within a few days. ...Read more

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My newborn hasn't pooped at all today. What should I do?

My newborn hasn't pooped at all today.  What should I do?

Usually normal but..: Poops can happen after every feeding, but they can also happen every few days (up to 10 in a breast fed child), and frequency can change at random. The child's mood, appetite, weight gain, urine output, and other factors are more important than poop frequency in determining the level of concern. ...Read more

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My 3 week old baby hasn't pooped. It's almost been 24houea and she pushes really hard like she needs to go. She is bottle fed.

My 3 week old baby hasn't pooped. It's almost been 24houea and she pushes really hard like she needs to go. She is bottle fed.

Simple measures: You can help baby go by coating a q-tip with vasaline & inserting it the length of the cotton & moving it in a circle. If there's poo to go it should come out.There are otc babylax suppositories that work the same way. For longer term an ounce of full strength apple or prune juice 1-2x/d will losten baby within 3 days. ...Read more

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My 2weeks baby hasnt poop.Is it normal?

My 2weeks baby hasnt poop.Is it normal?

Poop in 2 wk old: Sometimes this happens for a short time. Are you breast feeding? If poop does not come soon, then call your pediatrician to report this. ...Read more

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My breastfeeding 5 month baby constipated past 3 days and struggles, cries to pass poo but he couldn't still. Cries out while straining. Wat can I do?

My breastfeeding 5 month baby constipated past 3 days and struggles, cries to pass poo but he couldn't still. Cries out while straining. Wat can I do?

Constipation in: breast fed babies is uncommon but can occur transiently after introduction of new foods. Gentle rectal stimulation with a rectal thermometer or inflant glycerin suppository is usually effective. Persistent constipation, bloody discharge from the rectum, vomiting, abdominal distension and excessive pain warrant immediate evaluation by your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My 3 month old son hasn't pooped in 5 days, but he keeps sharting. What can I do?

My 3 month old son hasn't pooped in 5 days, but he keeps sharting. What can I do?

Not unusual: infants can have periods of constipation lasting several days, especially if breast-fed , so long he feeds well, urinates, don't worry much, you can gently measure his temperature rectally with a lubricated thermometer, that would stimulate his bowels and would pass stools, follow up with his Pediatrician/ Family physician if still concerned, good luck ...Read more

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I have a 7-week-old baby. She'd been pooping at least 1x day, but it has been 3 days since she pooped. She does pass gas & has wet diapers. Is it ok?

I have a 7-week-old baby. She'd been pooping at least 1x day, but it has been 3 days since she pooped. She does pass gas & has wet diapers. Is it ok?

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 to form. If it is soft, the frequency of stooling is not important.Formula babies go more often.Your babies pattern sounds pretty normal. ...Read more

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My 3 month old baby won't stop crying until I lift him and he has been spitting up??

My 3 month old baby won't stop crying until I lift him and he has been spitting up??

Reflux: It sounds that your baby may have reflux. Your pediatrician will be able to better determine the next course of action. In the meantime, make sure you burp your baby frequently with feeds and keep his head elevated higher than his tummy for at least 30 minutes after each feed. Be sure to check in with his doctor soon. ...Read more

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My baby is 32 weeks old n has been screaming n crying in night n won't settle, is it teething?

It's possible: It's possible that your infant is teething. See if you can feel a tooth coming through the gums. Sometimes sucking on a cold teething ring can alleviate discomfort. Teething can cause generalized fussiness, but should not cause extreme pain. If your infant is inconsolable at night, then you should consult your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My 8wk old baby hasnt pooped in 48 hours. She doesnt seem uncomfortable. Shes formula fed and has plenty of wet nappies? Should i be worried?

My 8wk old baby hasnt pooped in 48 hours. She doesnt seem uncomfortable. Shes formula fed and has plenty of wet nappies? Should i be worried?

No need to worry: babies can take 2-3 days in between the poops. As long as they are taking the feeds, don't have fever and have no other sign of illness, they would be fine. You can use Karo syrup1- 2 teaspoonixed in formula once or twice daily as needed. ...Read more

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My 3 year old hasn't gone poop in 5 days. What should I do? He has never done this before.

My 3 year old hasn't gone poop in 5 days. What should I do? He has never done this before.

Let Pediatrician kno: You can start by letting your pediatrics know. You can try an enema if you know how to do it and have experience. Otherwise make sure your child gets lots of fluids to drink. Let your pediatrician know so that a regimen of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or some plan is started to keep bowels soft. ...Read more

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My son has had tummy pains since infancy and he is nine now his stomach hurts severely when pooping he has not had constipation but now does not have regular bowel movements I think bc he doesn t want to eat to much and hurt again so he eats very little w

My son has had tummy pains since infancy and he is nine now his stomach hurts severely when pooping he has not had constipation but now does not have regular bowel movements I think bc he doesn t want to eat to much and hurt again so he eats very little w

Talk to your doctor: He may have food intolerance or not be digesting well. He could have irritable bowel, functional abdominal pain, or other issues. We can have regular bowel movements and still be backed up. See your doctor for a thorough evaluation. Probiotics may help. Cod liver oil might help. He may need diet changes...Many people improve off dairy. A nine year old who does not want to eat is a concern.. ...Read more

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My 3yo boy has been sayin last 2 days hes cold n it's 100+ here n he's been outside to n today he's been pointing to his belly button sayin it hurts ?

My 3yo boy has been sayin last 2 days hes cold n it's 100+ here n he's been outside to n today he's been pointing to his belly button sayin it hurts ?

Possibly worrisome: If he is not a complainer, and this is very different for him to say something like this...I would worry about his having chills where you can feel cold... I would try to distract him, and gently push on the belly..If he grimaces or indicates it hurts...Go to the er . Why? Well appendicitis often starts with pain around the belly button...Later moving to the right lower quadrant of the abdomen. ...Read more

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My 45 day old baby isnt able to poop spontaneously,she passed her meconium immediately after birth n did poop herself after that about 2 times?

My 45 day old baby isnt able to poop spontaneously,she passed her meconium immediately after birth n did poop herself after that about 2 times?

Possibly GI consult: What do you mean by "poop spontaneously". Do you use a finger or thermometer to induce pooping? Although it is good she passed meconium right away and had normal BM's the first day, it is possible to still have a GI abnormality like Hirschprung's disease. Bring it up with the pediatrician and consider a GI consult ...Read more

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My 6 month old hasn't pooped in 3 days. He tries but nothing comes out. He eats oatmeal/veggies along with formula. What can I do/when to worry?

My 6 month old hasn't pooped in 3 days. He tries but nothing comes out. He eats oatmeal/veggies along with formula. What can I do/when to worry?

Constipation?: If this is a change from his normal pattern, he may need stool softeners. First, i'd advise trying baby food prunes daily and increasing his water intake. If there are no results from this, he should be checked by his doctor to ensure there are no other underlying causes; if there aren't, his doctor can recommend a gentle laxative at an appropriate dose for his size. ...Read more

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My newborn usually has runny poops (breastfed) but she hasn't had a runny or solid poop. The bath helped her have runny poop and so did vaseline .

My newborn usually has runny poops (breastfed) but she hasn't had a runny or solid poop. The bath helped her have runny poop and so did vaseline .

Breast Fed Babies: Can have semiloose to runny or seedy mucousy, sour smelling poop after every feeding (like 6-8 times/day), or they can have poop every 6-8 days. Both are normal. So, you don't have to do anything to make baby poop. As song as there is no other issue, like vomiting, distention of abdomen or very hard stool, your baby is ok. If want further explanation, talk to baby's pediatrician in next visit. ...Read more

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