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Could my baby constipated?

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Dr. Paul Trani
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Yes, your baby could be constipated.
Breast-fed babies rarely get constipated, but formula-fed babies can get constipated if they over-feed. The quality of the stool is the best way to judge it. Turn one of your baby's poopy diapers upside-down (this works best over your bathtub). If the poop falls out easily, your baby likely is constipated. Give some water or pear juice to your baby to help.

In brief: Yes

Yes, your baby could be constipated.
Breast-fed babies rarely get constipated, but formula-fed babies can get constipated if they over-feed. The quality of the stool is the best way to judge it. Turn one of your baby's poopy diapers upside-down (this works best over your bathtub). If the poop falls out easily, your baby likely is constipated. Give some water or pear juice to your baby to help.
Dr. Paul Trani
Dr. Paul Trani
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Any baby can become constipated.
Constipated means the poop is not coming out easily (and probably staying inside the baby too long). In babies, poop need not be firm lumps to get "stuck". Sometimes the poop is like very soft clay, but still takes too much effort to push out . . . . This is still "constipation".

In brief: Yes

Any baby can become constipated.
Constipated means the poop is not coming out easily (and probably staying inside the baby too long). In babies, poop need not be firm lumps to get "stuck". Sometimes the poop is like very soft clay, but still takes too much effort to push out . . . . This is still "constipation".
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

It is possible but not likely.
Constipation in babies is only defined by how hard the stools are. Rock hard pebbly stools = constipation. Soft stools (no matter how much straining the baby has, or how often he/she poops) = normal baby poop. Babies may poop 4-6 times a day or as few as once a week and still be normal. Soft = good, rock hard = constipation.

In brief: Yes

It is possible but not likely.
Constipation in babies is only defined by how hard the stools are. Rock hard pebbly stools = constipation. Soft stools (no matter how much straining the baby has, or how often he/she poops) = normal baby poop. Babies may poop 4-6 times a day or as few as once a week and still be normal. Soft = good, rock hard = constipation.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Babies who are passing hard, formed stools and seem to have pain with stools may be constipated.
Frequency of bowel movements is usually not important, if the stool is soft and the baby has no pain or straining. See your pediatrician if you suspect your baby has pain with bowel movements or if you see blood in the stool.

In brief: Yes

Babies who are passing hard, formed stools and seem to have pain with stools may be constipated.
Frequency of bowel movements is usually not important, if the stool is soft and the baby has no pain or straining. See your pediatrician if you suspect your baby has pain with bowel movements or if you see blood in the stool.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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