pooping in a child

by u2

My baby is 5 month old and recently we introduced bottle feed to him but id started pooping 4 times a day. I give him bottle feed 3 times a day rest me the time i give him breast feed-. Is this normal.

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Oct 18, 2011
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pooping 4 times a day
by: Tracy

Hi u2

yes, when it comes to baby poop almost anything is normal...as long as baby is happy and thriving, you dont need to worry.

A breastfed baby can have from 7 dirty diapers per day to 1 dirty diaper every few days. (even if you are formula feeding as well)

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Has Not Had Poop

by Dr. Rachael

You can try some home remedies prior to visiting your paediatrician. Some of the effective remedies that have worked very well for my kid are prune juice and apple juice. Just four ounces of prune juice helped in passing him motions and relieving his tummy ache.


If your baby is exclusively breastfed, make sure you keep a tab on what you are eating. Many a times, mother's diet affects babies digestive system.


Good Luck

http://www.best-constipation-remedies.com/infantconstipationremedy.html

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Apr 08, 2015
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Babies' Magic Tea
by: Anonymous

With my kids I used to give them Babies' Magic Tea and that was good for almost everything, including constipation, gas, colic...
You should give it a try.
Good luck.

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Baby does not poop every day

My baby is bottle fed and does not poop everyday. Is it normal?

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Formula fed baby's stool
by: Tracy

Formula fed babies normally have at least one stool per day. When your baby does have a stool, is it soft?

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hasn't had a poop Suggestions?

by Worried mom....

My son is almost 4 months old and is completely breastfed and hasn't had a poop in going on 5 days, now i had this problem 5 days ago and was told to give him a suppository and if it was to happen again, not let it go for more then 3 days, I have read multiple articles, some saying in can take up to 7-10 days for my little guy to have a bowel movement... I don't want him to rely on the suppositories to poo that's why I haven't given it to him ,I'm kinda hoping he goes on his own...

Ive tried tummy massages, cycling his legs and giving him a bath, hes passing gas no problem and is generally his normal happy self but no bowel movement... Any suggestions as to what I should do?

I really don't want to give him a suppository again I think it was traumatizing enough for both of us the first time...

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Jan 25, 2011
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Dont worry...
by: Tracy

Hi!

Wow, whoever gave the advice about 'not waiting longer than three days' doesn't know a thing about breastfeeding!

Did you visit a doctor or pediatrician? Usually a pediatrician should know better.

You don't need to worry at all, if baby is happy (as you say he is) he does not need a suppository.

Yes, your baby can go up to 10 days without a poop, but when he does poop, it should not be hard or difficult for him to pass. (this advice does not apply to formula fed babies)

Give him a chance and see what happens, if after 8 - 10 days he still hasn't had a bowel movement, I would advise that you see a pediatrician.

Please let me know how things go.

Read more on normal stools for the breastfed baby

May 26, 2011
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my breastfed baby is the same
by: Anonymous

hi im the same my son is 4months and he havnt had poo for almost 6days now i went to the GP few days ago and she recomend a laxative so i gave it to him then i went to the internet and found out that they could go up to 3weeks with doing a poo and its normal and also not to give baby laxative coz it might cause harm as breastfed babies dont get constipated..so i stop giving him laxative..but i was abit piss ...my son havnt had poo yet but im worried about the laxative i gave him ..hope it wont do any harm..i called a lactation consultant as well she recomend to not give laxative and also to just wait it out

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Four babies breastfed...
by: Tina

I have successfully breastfed four babies now. One is 9, one is 3, one is 1, and one is 6 weeks. Of those four, none of them had daily bowel movements. Out of those four, one of them was actually constipated. Now I have learned that laxatives are horrible things, suppositories are also awful...so what's a mom to do??

I turned to Welch's Concord Grape juice. (100% no added sugars etc...) REALLY! I put 3 mls into a srynge and gave it to my daughter from the time she was two weeks old until the constipation went away at 10 months old. If a few days had passed with no bowel movements, and she was acting crabby, or abnormal...I did this on the fourth day, every hour until she had a bowel movement. It is still a laxative, but it's a little more gentle and doesn't cause cramping. It never took more than 1-2 doses like this before she had a bowel movement.

Once again, this is the ONLY baby I had out of four who actually was constipated. Signs of constipation include fussiness, sometimes gas, bloating (a large and hard tummy), and even grunting and wiggling, though if you have a newborn who is grunting I'd be more likely to get a hold of a pediatrician as grunting in a baby is also linked to breathing difficulties. Usually prolonged constipation leads to a decrease in appetite.

If a laxative didn't make your baby go, I am doubting this is in fact constipation, just a personal opinion. Breastmilk is 100% natural and organic. So it is extremely digestible and it may be some time before your baby passes any stools at all.

My son is 6 1/2 weeks old, and to be honest, he hasn't had a bowel movement in about 5 or 6 days. He's not uncomfortable (in fact he sleeps through the night yay for mommy!!), he's not cranky, fussy, whiny, or vomiting. I can most likely count the amount of soiled diapers he has had in the last 6 weeks, probably between 10 and 12. That's not very many for 6 weeks of pooping, but it is what is normal to him.

I would be less worried about your child pooping, and more worried about finding a pediatrician who is more educated on breastfed babies :)

I am also still nursing my older son who is now 19 months old. I pump for him now though, I haven't completely weaned his body off breastmilk...however I have a hard time actually physically nursing two babies, so he gets his milk in a cup and the LO gets the nursing action. Best wishes and good luck! Hope you figure this all out!

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6 week old hasn't pooped for 6 days - Worried!
by: Yana

Hello, i am a first time mom to a breastfed 6 week old boy and since week 2 he has been grunting and face turning red and letting out little screams through out the day.

He used to have soft regular bowel movements every 2-3 days and it would seem like it all came out in one big diaper blow out.. now i am waiting for 6 days.. and all i get is a gassy grunting baby trying his best to push something out.

Especially at night from 3 am he starts to get really fussy and cry sometimes. I tried gripe water, simethicone drop, colic calm.. and none seem to really work.

Can anyone suggest anything else that i can try.. other than waiting it out and have him "grow out" of it. I am getting worried. :(

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doesn't poop everyday

by mommy

my four months baby is both breast feeding and bottle feeding. He doesn't poop everyday, but he is actually a very happy child. He does not cry when he poops, and his stool is not hard. Is this normal?

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Baby stools
by: Tracy

It's normal ;-)

As long as baby is happy and growing, almost anything is normal when it comes to a baby's poop frequency...especially if you are also breastfeeding.

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Normal
by: Amy

Hi - yes this is very normal. At this age, they can go two to three days without a poop. But as long as you are getting wet diapies. Make sure you change them often even though you are not getting a poop so they do not get diaper rash. Good Luck.

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trouble pooping

by brittany
(sac, CA, )

My daughter is 4months old and she is exclusively breastfeeding, nothing else and she seems to having trouble pooping severely red in the face while pushing and rays and her poop isn't the seedy mustard runny stuff its mustard yellowish green and mushy not runny and its hardly anything if all.

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nothing ot worry about
by: Anonymous

HI Brittany

Its normal for a baby to grunt and even to go red in the face while pooping ;-) Many moms think this is a sign of problems, but not at all, as long as your baby's poops are not hard, there is nothing to worry about.

About the color and consistency, thats also normal and "small amounts" are also normal. Some breastfed babies only poop once every 10 days! This is because breast milk is absorbed into the body so easily.

Hope this helps

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7 month old poop problems

My son is 7 months old and hasnt pooped in 2 days hes breast fed and is eating solids but hes very gassy

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Gassy baby after solids
by: Stacey

Hi! Did you just recently start solids? It is common for a change in bowel movements frequency and texture/smell/color change of stools when solids are introduced.

It is recommended to start slowly, with rice cereals and fruits before introducing vegetables and meat.

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noises while pooping

by rj
(london)

My one month old is making faces and noises while pooping, I am breastfeeding and sometimes I do use formula also, what's the problem with him any idea?

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baby making funny noises and faces while pooping
by: Tracy

Hi RJ

This is normal ;-)

If baby's poop is not hard, you don't need to worry. Many babies make weird noises and faces while busy with number two.

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3 months baby not pooping

by RVOORAPOA
(TOLUTL)

Hello, the article is amazing!

But I have a question for my 11 week baby. I am Breastfeeding. He used to poop easily when he was born. Since he is 4-5 weeks he reduced to poop (even with continuous dose of lactulose, he poops once a week that too with struggle and the texture is thick paste kind of and yellow)

He puts a lot of pressure, cries and strains and seems as if he wants to poop but can't. I can see loss of appetite as well.

Then he gets tired of pushing and sleeps for 15-20 min. Then wakes up and starts pushing again. I did everything... Massage, warm bath, lactulose, cycling.

What should I do? Can there be any problem in intestinal track? or any kind of swelling from inside anus from too much pushing when unsuccessful?

I was wondering that if he pushes with whole energy everyday and the texture is not like pebbles, then why after a week of straining he is doing. Please help

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Have to return to work - worried baby wont poop

by Proud mommy

My baby is 10 weeks old and HAS to be breastfeeding when she had to poop. I go back to work in 9 days and worry about whether she will poop when she takes a bottle. I don't want her to get sick. She mainly breastfeeds - usually give her breastmilk in a bottle AM/PM.

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dont stress
by: Tracy

Im sure she will be fine, she will adjust. Dont worry too much about it. Also remember that an exclusively breastfed baby can go up to 7 days without having a bowel movement.

As long as she seems happy and is gaining the required amount of weight, and the stools are soft when they do occur, she is fine.

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