How long can a formula fed baby go without a bowel movement before the need for concern

Nina - posted on 07/07/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have a 7 wk old baby girl, she is formula fed and has previously had a somewhat regular schedule of one bowel movement every second day. She has gone without a bowel movement now for 3 days. She seems very uncomfortable (cries a lot) which is a concern for me since she is generally a very good baby.



I realize that formula fed children generally have a harder time passing stool and would like to know how long I should wait before consulting my doctor.

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Jennifer - posted on 07/07/2010

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I agree that young esp they should go at least once a day - after 48 hours you should prob get it addressed. I personally give my son an ounce of water with either a small dollop of corn syrup or a little bit of brown sugar if he reaches the 36hour mark of no goin. But since she is pretty young u should ask ur doctor as they will know what method would be the best. U may have to end up switching formulas if it keeps happening. Hope she goes soon but daughter had pain when she went and waited a while like yours! Basically if the bowel movement changes quite a bit (ex from regular to nothing or way more) you should get her checked just in case.

Vanessa - posted on 07/09/2010

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when this happened to my son the advise nurse suggested turning the baby on his stomach, "lube up" the tip of a thermomater and insert it rectally only slightly just to help things along, if after 24 she still doesn't go, contact doctor :)

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Nicole - posted on 07/09/2010

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At 7 weeks, usually they go every day. Poor little girl. she is probably so uncomfortable. have you tried a warm bath, sometimes that helps relax them and make them go. but you should put a call into the doctors and maybe a nurse can even just give you some guidence on what to do. Maybe some prune juice mixed with water, but only a touch of juice. Try placing a hot towel on her tummy. my MIL did that to one of my nephews when he was having trouble. she just ironed a small hand towel, making it nice and warm then put it over his tummy. My kids were formula fed and it does make them have a harder time going and it takes longer for them to go. But I did breastfeed both till they were at least 6 to 8 weeks so it wasn't until after that that i gave them formula. Good luck. hope it helped some.

Tracie - posted on 07/08/2010

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I had that problem with my baby girl who is now a year old. After coming home from the hospital she would not passing a stool and she was formula fed also. I took her to the doctor & they said NOT to use suppositories. Then I asked them about the old wives tale about using Kayro syrup which is used for baking & making alot of different things in the kitchen. The doctor said that it is fine to use in infants & newborns and that I could put a teaspon of the dark kayro syrup in her bottle twice a day and she should produce a bowel movement in 24 hours. I gave her the kayro syrup in one of her evenig bottles and she had bowel movement within 4-6 hours. The doctor said that the kayro syrup is a more natural way of getting the bowels to move other than using a medication or suppositories.

Jennifer - posted on 07/07/2010

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Try Gripe Water, its all natural. But go to the Indian Grocery Store, bc the ones in vitamin stores or CVS's and such are mostly SUGAR. You want Fennel or Dill to be the main ingredient (of course, the ones from the Indian Grocery store may have these ingredients in an INDIAN language! LOL). We've NEVER given our daughter any meds, its always been natural products. She's NEVER been sick. Never had an ear infection, a major illness, never needed antibiotics, etc. She's 2! AND she IS in Day Care, so she's exposed to a LOT of stuff.

Donna - posted on 07/07/2010

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they should go at least once a day but after 2 days id took my baby to docs he gave me some options but every baby is different u need to ring ur docs and ask them my little boy was older then ur little girl wen he had probs x

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