My 4 month old hasn't pooped in 6 days

China - posted on 02/19/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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My 4 month old hasn't pooped in 6 days and I need some suggestions. She doesn't take a bottle so I can't do prune juice. I can't find prune baby food anywhere. I've tried taking her temp but that doesn't seem to work. She seems happy and her tummy doesn't feel tight. Should I worry or just wait to see if she poops in the next few days? (she is breast-fed and has been eating rice cereal, bananas, apples and green beans)

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My son has only pooped once a week since he was 1 month old... the doc said as long as he doesn't act like he is pain and he goes at least 1 every 9 days he is fine!

Zlatina - posted on 02/20/2009

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they dont poop because all the breast milk is absorbed - as long as your baby is having 6-8 wet diapers a day no need to worry ;)

Melissa - posted on 02/20/2009

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It is totally normal for her to not poop for up to 2 weeks when breastfed. Also Rice, bananas and apples are all used to firm up poop. If her poop is rock solid then she is constipated. If it is soft or like clay then she is not constipated. You can make your own prune food by boiling dried prunes until they are soft and then put it into the blender until it is smooth, you can add the water they were boiled in to make it smoother.

Sarah - posted on 02/20/2009

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OMG...please do not stick anything into your babys rectum.  If you are breastfeeding primerily, then the odds of constipation are slim to none.  My son went 9 days without a bowel movement and this is totally normal.  If the abdomen is soft and the baby is in good spirits and there are no tiny pelet like poops in the diaper...the baby is fine.  The most I would ever do is to give a bit of apple or prune juice through an eye dropper.  Do not use a Q tip or suppository unless you have a Dr. suggest such a thing.  It is very dangerous since an infants rectum is so small...please don't do such a thing!  Your baby will have a bowel movement and make up for lost time.

Kathleen - posted on 02/21/2009

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also switch the rice cereal to the organic or the whole wheat or oatmeal ones.. my doctor said those ones cause less constipation.

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Aislinne - posted on 02/23/2009

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Breastfed babies can go weeeks without pooping ! Its totally normal, unless u notice that she is crancky and constipated ! My ped told me that breastmlk has a lot less waste so therefore they have not that much to get rid of !

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My lil guy doesn't do that, but my mom's little girl has. Sarah wouldn't poop for days and then she'd poop all day for one. It's pretty normal, i guess. She's probably just fine if she's happy. I'd wait it out if i were you.

Kathleen - posted on 02/21/2009

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rice cereal & the banana's will make her really consitpated.. gerber makes a baby food of prune & apples that my daughter loves and it worked for her.

China - posted on 02/20/2009

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Okay - did the q-tip thing and a few droppers of prune juice and along came the poop. She was so happy afterwards! Thanks for the tips!

Donna - posted on 02/20/2009

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My son went three months of not pooping. We had to give him glicerin supositories. The doctor said it was ok. If you are strictly breast feeding it is because he is taking in all the nutients and not producing any waist. No worries.

Sandra - posted on 02/20/2009

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Rice cereal hurt all 4 of my kids tummys, when I started oat cerael it seems to solve the problem. I also found giving a nice long bath and massage would help ease any gas pain. Apples and beans also gave my kids tummy trouble, they did better with squash,

sweet potato and bluberrys and strawberrys. My youngest is 9 months and if I give him apple sauce I mix it with strawberry or blueberry, it seems to help.

Kristin - posted on 02/20/2009

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Quoting Soffie:

I've been told that any kind of Sugar water or that karo stuff i hear alot about is really not good for ur baby!



my doc has given me alot of great advice and I sure she wouldn't tell me to use something that wasn't good for my baby.  The karo syrup helped her poop and there is nothing wrong with her now at 14 months old.

Soffie - posted on 02/20/2009

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I've been told that any kind of Sugar water or that karo stuff i hear alot about is really not good for ur baby!

Soffie - posted on 02/20/2009

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Okay! here goes... My son started off after he was born everything was on time... Just before he turned 2 months he started off by not going poop for 4 days then he pooped. Then after that poop he went 7 days then after that one he went 10 days. then after that one he only poops every 9 days on the button, even the same time of day every 9th day. I went to see the doc a few times about this pooping thing and my best friend is also a nursr at CHEO and they both said if he is eating well ,passing gas and seems happy then it's totally safe for up to 14 days (2 weeks).. If ur baby's stool is hard like little rocks then she is constipated and that is not a great thing but if it is like my son thick like peanutbutter that is considered Inconsistant pooping and everything will figure it self out.The only difference is that my son is only breastfed he is not on any cereal yet or solid food. But i here that rice cereal doesn't help the situation to switch to the Oat cereal instead. Hope this helps I know how worried this kind of thing can make a mother feel.

Kristin - posted on 02/19/2009

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My little girl at 3 months old didn't go for 12 days straight. we did prune juice and it helped a little, and my doc also told us we could put some karo syrup in a bottle with milk and that worked a little too.  but she still didn't go regularly. Turned out she wasn't getting enough milk.  I had gotten pregnant and it messed up my supply.  But if your little one seems happy after every feeding then I wouldn't worry either.  My little girl would be happy during the day but get really fussy at night before bed since she was so hungry.  when switched to formula she was the happiest baby ever!

Aleycia - posted on 02/19/2009

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It's normal for a breastfed baby to not poop for longer. I wouldn;t be worried if she's not irritable. You may want to cut out the cereal, bananas and apples for a while, they're known to bind you up. I was told to give my son 2 ozs. of water mixed with 1 tbsp. light karo syrup, it's worked everytime. Have you tried giving her a sippy cup since she refuses the bottle?

China - posted on 02/19/2009

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Thanks for all the input! She has really bad acid reflux so the ped had me start her on rice cereal at 3 months (since she won't take a bottle had to give to her on a spoon but she picked it up in about a week) and at our 4 month visit she said to go ahead with a few fruits and veggies at 4 to 5 day intervals. It has helped with the spitting up (slightly) but I guess not so much with the other end! Thanks again!

Kelly - posted on 02/19/2009

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My son did the same thing when we introduced solids. Rice cereal, applesauce, and bananas are all constipating foods! And of course it's what we all usually start with... You could try just a couple ounces of lukewarm water in a bottle for her to drink. Sometimes that can help. We finally had to use a glycerin suppository for my LO, and he still has issues with constipation, no matter his diet (he's 19 months now). I worry that it may be caused by us starting him on solids too early, we also started at 4 months, but they really don't need anything other that breastmilk that young. I hope the issue corrects soon. If she doesn't seem bothered by it, she may just go on her own soon, but I still get bent out of shape when my DS doesn't go regularly! Good luck!!

Melinda - posted on 02/19/2009

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My 5 month old son is BF and I have just started him on rice cereal and veges. Before I started on solids he would only poo every 10-14 days. I was told by my child health nurse that BF babies don't get constipated. But since I started him on a lil solids he is pooing every 7 days. If she is not in pain and irritable I wouldn't be concerned. Sometimes if he is getting towards the 14 days i put some cooled boiled water into a sippy cup/bottle with 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar and apparently that helps with moving it along.

Scottie - posted on 02/19/2009

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The doctor told me on my last visit that BF babies can sometimes just not poop for many days (she said they had one go as long as 21 days) and as long as the stool is soft when it finally shows up, there is nothing to worry about. Breast milk is just so processed and broken down to begin with sometimes their little bodies don't have to do much. However, that was for exclusively BF babies so since you are giving food as well you can look into glycerine suppositories at the pharmacy. They have a liquid form that look like a mini nasal aspirator and are easier than the wax bullet-looking type.

Honestly though if she is happy & doesn't seem upset, I would stress about it.

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Wondering if there is a medical reason that you introduced solids...it isn't recommended until 6 months at the earliest. Bananas can often constipate kids...

Andrea - posted on 02/19/2009

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my LO is 4 months and I started cereal at 3.5 months and she got clogged. She went 11 days before she finally pooped. The thing that worked for me was a sopository(infant). You cut it in half and stick it in their butt and hold ther cheeks together so they do not push it out(it only takes a couple seconds). My dr. said they are fine because they are just glycerine. I think it helps them know where to push because normally within minutes she will poop and sometimes it comes out whole.

Ramona - posted on 02/19/2009

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Hi,



 My oldest went through this at around 6 months. I ended up giving her a baby suppository (with Dr's supervision). I she has not gone by like 7-9 days, you may want to call the advise nurse. They say nursing babies can go up to a week. 

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I would cover the tip of a q-tip with vaseline and gently insert it into her rectum just until the tip disappears - gently swirl it around each time you change her diaper.



You can also attempt to give her some prune juice with a medicine dropper. She doesn't need a lot, just about 1/4 ounce.



Also, take your baby and lay her on your lap, facing up - her head on your knees. Bend her legs at the knees and gently move them in circles to help stimulate her system. You will need to do this several times a day until she has a dirty diaper.



If she hasn't pooped in 6 days, I would definite at least call the nurse at her pediatrician's office and see what they say.

Nicole - posted on 02/19/2009

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i had the same problem with my daughter. she is olny breast fed and my doctor said its fine up to two weeks

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