my newborn hasnt done a poo for 2 days help please

Pamela - posted on 05/21/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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my little girl is almost a wk old and hasnt done a poo in 2 days. she is irritable wat can i do???

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Rachelle - posted on 05/21/2010

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if your best feeding try eating foods with less iron and more fibre for a few days (iron is important for babies but it can cause constapation so its a little hard to even out)



if you are formula feeding try a formula with lower iron i had to use parents choice lower iron formula sence i couldn't find any other brands that offered it .. and after a week she was regular again so i slowly put her back on her normal formula...

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when my son was smaller he would go up to a week without pooing. as long as she doesn't seem to be extra fussy, she is having wet diapers, and her tummy isn't bloated or distended, i wouldn't worry about it too much. if you are using an iron enriched formula try switching to a low iron formula because it might help.

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Pamela - posted on 06/10/2010

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thanks ladies for all ur help she seems to have a routine of having a poo every 3 days, spoke to a midwife and she said it was normal for a breast fed baby :D

Shawni - posted on 06/10/2010

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dont worry my son was the same he did the first sticky poos then didnt poo for 4 days and when he did finally poo it was a huge one! dont worry about it the midwife said newborns can go a week without pooing but its ok aslong as she's still weeing

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I had the same problem! Breastmilk doesn't have a lot of waste, so it's not uncommon for it to take 2-3 days. Sometimes it even may take up to a week! Try eating some more fiber and less iron :)

Brianna - posted on 06/07/2010

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my daughter had that problem all the time when i breastfed. the doctor told me that its fine for them to go 7 DAYS without pooping! I didnt like the idea of her being all "plugged up" for 7 days so i would give her some water in a bottle just to help get this moving and it worked. good luck

Amanda - posted on 06/07/2010

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My son when he was first born I always thought something was wrong with him. He wpuld go days without pooping. I finally had it when we were on day four and my son looked like he was in so much pain. I called the doctor and brought him in. They changed his formula and everything started flowing like it should. They told me he may have been getting to much iron from his previous formula. He was on Enfamil Premium lipil and got switched to Enfamil Gentlease lipil. Hopefully your little one does better. Good Luck

Tiffany - posted on 06/07/2010

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My son was the same. We came home from the hospital when he was 3 days old, and he went 4 days without a poo. They told us to gently insert the tip of the thermometer in his rectum to stimulate it. No sooner did we have the diaper closed back up, it was full! They said that newborns can sometimes go for almost a week without a poo! When I was breastfeeding there was a poo in almost every diaper. Now (on formula) it is about once a day, or once every 2 days. I was soooooo worried when he hadn't poo'd for a few days, but they said it was totally normal :)

Aicha - posted on 06/06/2010

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massage her stomach slowly in a counter clock wise pattern then pull her legs up to her stomach and hold her like that for about 10 minutes this should help. also you could eat alot of prunes to help her since she is nursing

Megan - posted on 06/06/2010

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try a bottle of water with corn syrup cause my son was on formula and when he was first born he could poop on his own and that is what his doctor told me to do

Kimberley - posted on 06/05/2010

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give her cooled boild water tht helped my son wen he was a week old but i got worried after a day od him not going if not put some vasilene round her bum hole and masarge it, but colled bild water works for nearly everything x

Virginia - posted on 06/04/2010

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If you're breastfeeding, that can be normal. Sometimes they go 3 days without pooping. You can use a children's glycerine suppository, maybe slice it in half longways so it's smaller. Also try gas drops and/or gripe water for discomfort. Help by pulling her legs up or bicycling her legs. Good luck!

Laura - posted on 05/24/2010

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Hello, this happened to my new born as well and before you think about taking her to the ER and they poke her...do this...first you need her to poop ASAP, massage her stomach to losen it up, grab a q-tip with vaseline and gentle insert it into her anus, what you may want to watch is her iron intake or even start to try eiron free milk... Natalia uses gentle ease but there are other brands you may want to try... I was very nervous cause she started to run fever cause she wouldn't poop...then when the nurse took her temp. she went and then was just like a normal baby again....and the doctor did say it does happen until we could figure out what type of milk would be best for her..

Hope this works..

Valerie - posted on 05/22/2010

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this may sound strange but gently rub the bottom of her feet between the big toe and the next one...this is reflexology and can help...if she is breastfed this is unusual...a warm bath can sometimes help or gently massaging the tummy or gently raising legs to tummy...or switching formula if it is constipating...the doctors will say they can go for several days but if it is causing distress i say no way...all the best

Kristin - posted on 05/22/2010

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It's taken her months to accumulate the meconium, and she's still working on getting all of that out. This is a very immature digestive tract and bowel. It's still working out the kinks (not actual). Are you breastfeeding or formula feeding? Each will cause a different reaction in her system. Breastfed babies can go up to a week without a poop. Usually not this early, but not impossible. Also, breastmilk is almost entirely used by the baby. There really is very little waste when they are done with it. It is also a bit of a laxative. Formula fed babies tend to be more regular, but are at an increased risk of constipation because of the iron and calcium in most formulas.



So, keep an eye on the diapers. Lots of wet ones and you know she's getting enough, no matter the poo status. To help with irritability, warm baths, bicycle and "run" her legs, massage VERY gently in the direction of the bowel (never against, just BAD), let gravity help. Ask her pediatrician about other options too. In a baby this young, it's always a good idea to at least call them about what's going on. I would rather come off as a nutso, over protective mom, than let something serious slip through.

Angie - posted on 05/22/2010

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Does she seem constipated? Arching her back? straining etc? It can be normal for a breastfed baby to go a few days between poops although normally you don't look for it to happen so early (closer to 6 weeks is the time most parents start to notice it).

How are her wet diapers? Is she getting enough of those? Have you supplemented at all with formula?

If she isn't getting the 8-10 wet diapers a day also then it could be an issue of her not getting enough. If you have supplemented at all with formula then it could be the formula that is constipating her. In general it is pretty rare for solely breastfed babies to be constipated, it can happen of course but it just doesn't happen often.

If she hasn't had any supplements and is getting the 8-10 wet diapers a day and showing other signs of being satisfied you could look into a possible food intolerance. It's early for it to be showing up but it could be a possibility. Perhaps dairy or something else you are eating. The iron supplements will often give them a bit of a tummy ache but not necessarily a lot of constipation. You could try switching to a liquid iron, floradex is great. Your body will actually absorb more of it as well since it is a liquid source.

Jocelyn - posted on 05/22/2010

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my daughter had the same problem when she was first born; if you hold her up against you and let gravity do it's work on her tummy that helps; also if you gently massage her belly it works as well. If her belly button has already fallen off you can hold her waist deep in warm water and massage her belly- but be careful because she will go in the tub!

Rachelle - posted on 05/22/2010

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yea i had the same problem unfortunitly that was one of many reasons we had to start on the formula... i was able to get a lower dose of iron tablets but i know i makes it hard on you sence you need the iron too... so sorry hope you can find a good balance but dont worry it'll work out always does :D

Rhiannon - posted on 05/21/2010

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As a last resort, you can dip the end of a q-tip in a bit of Vaseline, and wipe it around the outer area of her anus. Just ever so slightly inside if necessary. Also, when you feel she may be trying to poo, help flex her legs up and down, this will help her work it out. If in doubt, call her doc.

Pamela - posted on 05/21/2010

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thanks for the help Rachelle. my problem is im on iron tablet coz im anemic atm :S that makes it a bit harder. but once again thanks for ur help :)

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