Did anybody's baby have a problem pooping??

Jamie - posted on 11/19/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Our 4 week old continuosly tries to poop but nothing comes out. When he does finally poop, the consistancy is fine so he isnt constipated. I've read that babies just don't know 'how' to go to the bathroom. Did anybody have this problem? When did your little one figure out the muscles to get it out in a timely fashion??

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Heather - posted on 11/21/2009

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My Ped said there was a study done years ago at Stanford about babies and their poo. It can take up to 8 weeks for them to "learn" how to control their muscles to poo. Most of the time with the red faces and upset they are actually trying to hold in the gas or bm. With my older daughter we had such gas and poop problems she developed the umbilical hernia. We were doing everything to try and help, and the best help was vibrations. We could put her in the car and drive around for 15 minutes or so and it would help relax those muscles. Also you could try a bouncy seat with vibrations and that may help. Good Luck!

Jamie - posted on 11/20/2009

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Quoting catia:

hello,
maybe they just need to breastfeed a lite more to have better hidratation and be able to poo more easely?

sometimes babies absorv all they breastfeed and that's why they seam to have obstipation. So, forget your clok and let your baby feed on demand.

good luck



We definitely feed on demand - we aren't really worried about our clock. I just feel bad that he is always pushing without any results. His poops are a good consistency - not hard or pellet like, but they are only once a day. I just don't want him to be uncomfortable or in pain.

Hayley - posted on 11/19/2009

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hi my little man is 4 weeks old to and he does that to he goes all red like his trying to go but then nothing, but then as soon as i take his nappy of he seems to poo on his changing mat lol i try to massage his belly but he hates it and screams at me it amazing they do poo really think all they have is milk im sure they will figure it out by 4 months as they will then be on solids xxx

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Olga - posted on 11/22/2009

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we had this problem for the first weeks. It was terrible. We changed formulas but nothing seemed to help. We switched to Enfamil NUTRAMIGEN, and the problem resolved by itself!!!!

Barbara - posted on 11/22/2009

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Hi I was in hte same situation as you were when My son ws six weeks that happened I switched formulas and had to help him. I also put infants gas relif in his bottles and helped it lasted about four weeks for me. He is now three months and he is doing good

Ashley - posted on 11/22/2009

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Both my babies would have a problem with constipation... Try putting like a teaspoon of Karo syrup (dark corn syrup) in his bottle... If that don't work stage one prunes.. Not the whole jar because of age.. But I would try the Karo syrup first.. Worked for mine.. I keep it in my cabinet...

Rebecca - posted on 11/22/2009

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sometimes if they are a bit constipated and having trouble getting it out i found that a cotton swab dipped in veggie oil helps. you just run it around their little tooshie hole and it lubricates it enough that it usually slides right out. had to do it with my little man. they dont like it but it does seem to help.

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Quoting Jamie:



We definitely feed on demand - we aren't really worried about our clock. I just feel bad that he is always pushing without any results. His poops are a good consistency - not hard or pellet like, but they are only once a day. I just don't want him to be uncomfortable or in pain.





Hello Jamie,



 



as the other parents said, the best we can do is relax because the "poo paterns" change around 8 weeks. Our doctor said that it is normal to poo every 4 days, i saw in this forum that other doctors said ince a week.... try to understand your DS paterns and if you feel he is not ok, see your doctor for more accurate infos.



 



all the best



 



cátia

Raquel - posted on 11/20/2009

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Jamie - I recently had this problem. My baby girl is 2 months old and is only breastfed. I too had a concern when she stopped pooping regularly (and by regularly I swore I changed 100 poopy diapers A DAY! haha) - when I called and talked to the DR, he said it was completely normal and he would be concerned if it was longer than a week. Hope this helps.

Rachel - posted on 11/20/2009

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My son had that prob as well..he would poop about 5 times a day then all of a sudden nothing so my ped said try pear juice(baby juice) about 1 oz. a day..it seemed to work for him and also she said do the rectum temp. thing it loosens things up for them..now he only poops once a day but she said that was normal I guess..so I did that stuff for a few days and it went well..also the (riding the bicycle) with his legs seemed to help too..it does get better=)

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hello,
maybe they just need to breastfeed a lite more to have better hidratation and be able to poo more easely?

sometimes babies absorv all they breastfeed and that's why they seam to have obstipation. So, forget your clok and let your baby feed on demand.

good luck

Jamie - posted on 11/19/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

They are just figuring out their muscles or passing gas... it took my daughter about two months to master pooping :) Colour and texture mean everything, so if it's normal, then don't worry!!!!
In response to the other comments... To my knowledge, breast fed babies poop more, ideally a poop for every feeding... 10-14 days sounds like forever.. could you imagine not pooping for two weeks? I'd die in pain!!! And not giving babies water is ridiculous.. my daughter has been having water since she was two weeks old and is very healthy.. with a healthy appetite. She received 2oz of sterilized water a day then, and now at seven months has at least 8oz a day!!!!! Don't give your baby water at feeding time and it won't interfere with their food schedule!



Thats what I've read - about them trying to figure out which muscles are the right ones to use. I was hoping he would've already gotten the hang of it, but that doesn't seem to be the case. His poop is really a good consistency (being a mom has really changed my over-all 'gross out' reflex) and I know he's not constipated. It just seems to take him an entire day to eventually go. He has about one dirty diaper a day and its a days worth for sure! Pretty much the entire diaper is full...its good to know that we are possibly only a month away from him figuring it out!! I appreciate everybody's advice!!

Melissa - posted on 11/19/2009

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They are just figuring out their muscles or passing gas... it took my daughter about two months to master pooping :) Colour and texture mean everything, so if it's normal, then don't worry!!!!
In response to the other comments... To my knowledge, breast fed babies poop more, ideally a poop for every feeding... 10-14 days sounds like forever.. could you imagine not pooping for two weeks? I'd die in pain!!! And not giving babies water is ridiculous.. my daughter has been having water since she was two weeks old and is very healthy.. with a healthy appetite. She received 2oz of sterilized water a day then, and now at seven months has at least 8oz a day!!!!! Don't give your baby water at feeding time and it won't interfere with their food schedule!

Donna - posted on 11/19/2009

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Please don't listen to the water stories! My daughter is formula fed, which can cause constipation. I posted to another question with this. water is NOT bad for your baby. Under medical advice I gave my daughter between 20-30ml of cooled boiled water every day to ease her constipation. It helped immensely, I really can't understand why a lot of people think water is bad for your baby???????? After all that's what you make up the formula with! I done this with advice from a dr and a health worker. She had water from 2 weeks old, and she was a little baby too, there's nothing in water to harm your child. As long as the water is boiled first, and left to cool, and stored in a sterile bottle you're doing nothing wrong!

April - posted on 11/19/2009

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my son is 6 weeks old and his face does turn red all the time. I have taken him to the dr and they told me to try water. but readying all the water stories bout how is isnt good for your baby scared me so I have to go back to the dr and find out what's going on with him. I was told that if your baby is 100% breastfed they can go to to 10 to 14 days without having a movement. but i still dont understand why my son's face turns red. he is breast fed. I have push his knees up to his chest when he tries and he does have a movement. so i guess this is confusing to me too. So if you figure something out please let me know. Thanks!

Donna - posted on 11/19/2009

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I also remembered 'the bicycle' technique, taught by the health visitor. When he's straining, lie him on his back, hold his legs and do a cycling motion with them, or have his legs together and gently push his knees up to his tummy a few times. That worked for my wee girl too!

Andrea - posted on 11/19/2009

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i have found that rubbing my daughter's belly sometime would help.. but at 4 weeks she was still in the hospital do to Gastrochisis..{inside were outside body} So i am not 100% sure what would help.. the other thing i have done with my son was we i noticed him trying to poo i would hold him with his legs up kind of like in a ball.. My daughter is 7 months almost 8 months old and she will always have problem so they put her on Miralax. it is NOT a laxitive, it just helps then go a litttle easier.. There are No cramp, discomfort of any sort.. And trust me i have to be extra careful with her belly do to birth defect.. so i would talk to your doctor and explain what is happing and see if they can suggest something.. Hope this helps.. Take care.. Best wishes to you and your little guy...

Donna - posted on 11/19/2009

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Hi, my little girl is nine months now, and she did have a problem pooping when she was newborn/ a couple of months old. A midwife gave me some good advice. When you know he's trying to poop, loosen his nappy a little, and gently massage his tummy with your fingers. I found it really helped, hopefully you will too! Donna x

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