POOPLESS child!

Jessica - posted on 09/21/2009 ( 40 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 6 weeks old and only has a BM once a day or every other... this started at about 5 weeks and the peditrician said she can go up to 7days without a problem. That sounds like too long to wait and I was just wondering if anyone else had a low-poo level baby?

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Patty - posted on 12/09/2009

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my little one was having problems. we took her to a gi doc and they have us give her 2oz gerber apple prune juice mixed with 2oz water once a day. once we got her on a schedual she started going like clock work.

Lisa - posted on 12/09/2009

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As long as she doesn't seem to be uncomfortable she should be grand. A drink of sugar and water would help though.

Kimberly - posted on 12/08/2009

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my son now goes poop 1 day a week or later.......but he poops like 4 times that day. doc says thats normal and ok. he is bf and formula fed.

Jessica - posted on 12/07/2009

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My son was born on Aug. 1st and he is a big boy. I was exclusively breast feeding, but I started needing to supplement with formula. The formula started to make him not poo as often. In the past couple of weeks, he has gone maybe once every four days. But when he goes, he really goes. He is still as happy as can be. My pediatrician told me that it is completely normal and he has had a child go 17 days without going. He said not to be alarmed. As long as thier are happy and comfortable! My daugther who is 2 1/2 had a similar problem switching to formula and I remember giving her a little bit of water in a bottle to help her.

MONIQUE - posted on 12/06/2009

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My son used to go 3 times a day then went to twice now he is at once a day and every now and then he will skip a day. When we first put him on formula he went 3 days without pooping and he was miserable and would scream every time he farted. I massaged his tummy clockwise from top of left thigh in a half moon to the right thigh. Also I added a teaspoon of light Karo syrum to everyother bottle of formula and he finally went.

Valerie - posted on 12/06/2009

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my son usually poops once every 2-3 days. he's 16 weeks and has been that way since birth. If it's soft then quantity doesn't matter.

Lisa - posted on 12/06/2009

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its normal if your breastfeeding. My son was the same way but he was being bottle fed. he was pushing but nothing was coming out so I went to the doc he said to change the formula cuz it had too much iron for his lil belly. now he eats everything and is just fine will be 4 months on the 22nd of this month. I had to give him gentlease for the first month, I read that during the 1st month or 2 of life a babies Digestive system is still developing. try water and kypro oil found in baking aisle it works or suppository.

Crystal - posted on 12/05/2009

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my little girl did that for awhile, but honestly as soon as they start eating a little more, you will definitely see a difference. when they hit about 6-8 oun, they are little machines. lol

Jennica - posted on 12/02/2009

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mine poops once every 3-4 days. and needs some help with it whether it be juice...or the thermometer, etc.

Amanda - posted on 12/02/2009

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my baby is breastfed, is now 3.5 months old and only has bm about once every 7-10 days. it worried me at first, but it is not unusual for bf babies to go that long w/o bm.

Bih - posted on 11/29/2009

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you didn't mention if your DD is breastfed or on formulas.
I exclusively breastfeed my DS, and he poops every 3 - 4 days... and to be honest, I wish that he'd go less often! like may be once every 7 days! :) All the midwives and child health nurse have told me that breastfed babies can go up to 2 weeks without BM. my brother in law and my husband even were like that when they were babies... The only thing I worry about when he he hasn't been for a few days is the 'poonami' that follows!!
basically I was told to look out for the consistency of the poo, if it's runny and soft, it's fine. no need to worry...

However if your DD is formula fed, I'm sorry I'm not able to help there.

Michelle Carpenter - posted on 11/28/2009

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Mine poops every 7-14 days--he has been like this his whole life...we tried a lot of things but b/c it isn't hard they don't consider it to be constipation. They prescribed sorbital and it made him poop but he seemed more uncomfortable than not pooping at all so I just stopped it and let him be...as long as she isn't uncomfortable I guess just let her be...I have a few friends who had same issue with breastfed babies...seems to be a common thing. From what I hear they outgrow it...I think it bothers us more than them!! Good Luck!!

Christine - posted on 11/25/2009

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at birth my baby was a poop machine like 5 times a day.... now he can skip or or 2 days without pooping and on average would poop maybe 2 a day... My doc said if he is on formula if it is forified with iron sometimes that decreases poops just use egular formula with no add ons or more iron..

Jen - posted on 11/24/2009

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I had that problem for a bit. My Health Visitor told me water with a bit of fresh orange makes them go. I now give my 3mth old an ounce of cooled boiled water a day. She has a BM every other day - but it is one hell of a BM!!!!!!

Rachel - posted on 11/12/2009

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mine doesnt go for up to 3 days at a time. im nursing and i was told that alot of the time when this happens that means the baby is absorbing everything and doesnt need to poop. belive me it freaked me out too.

Regina - posted on 11/12/2009

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My oldest daughter alexi had some MAJOR problems with that. One major thing that helped was putting Dark Karo syrup in with your babys formula. Not much, just about half a tsp twice a day is plenty

Tara - posted on 11/12/2009

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During (about) the second month of my daughter's life, she only went once a week. It's a little more often now (at 3 months old), anywhere from one to three times a week. We were really scared at first, but we read on Web MD that breast milk is such an efficient food that lots of babies do only go once a week. Also, she never showed any signs of discomfort and is gaining weight really well. So, I would say not to worry as long as she is happy.

Alisa - posted on 11/11/2009

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I have a "low-poo level" baby. He also poops once a day or every other day. I was the same way when I was a baby, often going a couple days between bowl movements. My pediatrician says this is normal for some babies. She also said she's encountered babies that have gone up to two weeks without a bowl movement and were perfectly fine.

Valerie - posted on 11/11/2009

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My babygirl will go anywhere from 3-4 days with out pooping and Ive asked the doctor about it and she said it could be normal for her because every baby is different and she is on similac advance that has a lot of Iron in it that could cause her not to go everyday, but her doctor did say when she hasn't gone and she gets fussy to put her feet in ur hand and make it like shes squatting on your hand because if they dn't go everyday it could be hard for them to go and that will help them to have something to bare down on and help them. we use to do it everytime she ate and she went at least every day or 2 instead of the 3-4 days...

Elisabeth - posted on 11/06/2009

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my doctor said up to a week is normal, and it's more important to notice the consistancy of the bm. if it's every couple days and runny, it's perfectly normal, if it's pellets or hard, she could be consipated. my mom still thinks it's weird that my daughter can go 4 days without a bm, but she has since she was 3 weeks old. There have been a few times that we've gone longer, and I start to notice a change in her attitude, so I would put 2 tsp of dark karo syrup in 2 or 3 bottles in a row, and within a couple hours of the 3rd bottle she fills up her diaper w/ poo.



I've also been told by her pediatrician that if you are not comfortable w/ the level of poo, you can try switching her formula and see how that affects her timing.

Nina - posted on 10/15/2009

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My daughter was born on August 6, 2009 and at first she had regular bm. After she was home for about a week I started noticing that she wasnt pooping regular and she would have a really hard time. I called her pcp and he said that sugar water helps. For every 3 ounces of water add hlf a tspoon of brown sugar. It helps my daughter. Maybe you should try it.

Nicole - posted on 10/15/2009

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My son will be 2 months on the 18. Sometimes he wont poop for 24 hrs but his dr said he could just be getting on a normal schedule and not to worry unless his bms change. It seems like every so often hell go a lot in one day and then some days he wont go at all until the next morning. If you have any issues like the color changes and its no longer liquid then call the pcp.

Donna - posted on 10/14/2009

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wow a week my goodness talk about one big tummy ache. what about a glycerine tip?

Teresa - posted on 10/12/2009

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Yes I did with my daughter and my son. Do u breastfeed?? My doc told me that it was normal for breastfeed babies not to have a BM for a few days and to give them baby prune juice or baby apple-prune juice (it works). They said that it starts when they are about a month old. My daughter didn't go for about 5 days, gave her the juice and she had one the next day. same with my son.

Christina - posted on 10/10/2009

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That's what my peditritian said! I am starting to have the same problem but I have just switched from breastfeeing to formula so apparently it's normal. Breastfed babies poop more because there is something in breast milk that regulates them.

Sam - posted on 10/10/2009

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my daughter hardly ever has a poo. maybe once or twice a week. it doesnt harm her tho. shes still a smily baby

Elisabeth - posted on 10/07/2009

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my 7 weeks old only poops it seems every 36 hours or so....im always afraid of how his tummy feels not poop more than once a day or so....up untill 3 weeks ago he pooped like 8 times a day....so it was a big shock to me when he would go once one day and skip the next and then go the day after that.....i tried to give him a little brown sugar in water (just a little bit) because i heard that would help him...but he still goes the same as he has been....i also give him Mylicon drops after every feeding....doesnt seem to do anything for the little guy.

Lauren - posted on 10/06/2009

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All babies are different but my pediatrician agrees with yours. I have twin girls and one of them poops about 6-8 times a day and the other poops only once a day or once every other day. They both eat the same amount.

Tiffany - posted on 10/04/2009

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My baby sometimes only poops once a day. One thing to try maybe is a teaspoon of dark Karo syrup to 2 ounces of formula. I know it works for constipated babies, maybe that is her problem?

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I wished my pooped like this ...my baby boy goes like 6 and 7 days between bowel movements.....the DR says that its fine...but I think he seems fussy then my other 2 kids did....but if yours is going at least once a day or every other day I would think that is ok

Latoya - posted on 09/26/2009

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that sounds perfectly normal if she is having a bowel movement everyday. if you notice that she is straining to get it out or when it does its hard and not soft then she may be constipated and you should talk to your doctor

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During the 1st week nurses want to see consistentcy to ensure they are eating prpery and everything flows well. Not really any other way to check that. But I to heard it is normal to go a week without a BM. Especially with formula.

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We sure did. The nurses had us so paranoid that not pooping at least once a day was sooooo bad that we should take our baby to the emergency room at the hospital. So we did and the pediatrician there told us that it was normal to go up to 7 days without pooping especially if they were formula babies. However, she also told us to increase the amount of formula he was getting. So we did and he pooped three times the next day.

Laura - posted on 09/22/2009

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my little boy is 5 weeks old and he has never had a bowel movement 2 days in a row, after the first 4 days he was born he went a week without one, my health visitor wasnt concerned.

Christina - posted on 09/22/2009

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Both of my kids didn't have BMs very often. My son who was born the beginning of August is the same way. He goes once a day or every other day and one time went about 3 days! It had me worred, especially when he was little, but since my daughter was the same way, I wasn't too worried. My doctor said to put 1-2 teaspoons of dark karo syrup in his bottle 2-3 times a day and that seemed to help. They also said you could use infant suppositories or stick a thermometer in his rectum about 1/4 in and wiggle it a little. They all seem to help, but the doctor said not to do it unless the baby is uncomfortable because they can become dependant on it. Hope it helps!

Lindsey - posted on 09/21/2009

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yeah my daughter can go up to 2 days without pooping. My doctor said a week is normal but it seems way to long for me.

Marynia - posted on 09/21/2009

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I hear up to 4 days is okay, too-- A little trick I learned from baby yoga is to hold baby's legs with one hand (by the ankles) and lift them up a little bit, so the knees are by the chest. Now rotate his legs around in a clockwise movement, singing "corkscrew." (Okay I know the singing part sounds funny, maybe you can make up a different thing to sing, haha.) I do this to Dante and he is a fountain of poop, I swear! It works. :)

When your baby does poop, is it runny? Runny is good. If it comes out in little pellets, then they might be constipated. Also, I hear that babies don't poop as often if they're on formula exclusively. Hope this helps!

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