My baby hasnt done a poo!!!! for 6 days. how do i make him do one?

Danielle - posted on 10/24/2009 ( 73 moms have responded )

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i do know breastfeed babbies can go up to 10 days, but im really worried. he has been really grumpy. Rhys is having alot of wet nappies. why ont they poo?? he was having a dirty nappy almost every second feed, now nothing!! what do i do to get Rhys to poo??

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Suzi - posted on 04/15/2013

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Quickest and safest ways are the glycerine suppository and inserting the sliver of soap (must be natural soap, no artificial perfumes). If at any time you need to make your child do a dooh immediately, this is how.

Kristeen - posted on 10/29/2009

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My second daughter (breastfed) went 20 days without a poo once. She did 10 days, 12 days...it went on for almost 3 months. She was using everything up and had nothing to poo out I guess! Unless they are in pain or are trying to poo I wouldn't worry about it.

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Actually, I have talked to moms who breastfeed and their babies go up to 2 weeks without pooping. Mine has gone 7 days at a time, its because breastmilk has virtually no waste, so everything your babies is eating is being used in the body, having no by-product to pass. Need not to worry. If you are exclusively breastfeeding, everything is fine.

Rachel - posted on 10/30/2009

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I am having this problem too my babie is 11 week olds almost 3 months and she went 2 days without pooping and i got really worried. i had an apt for her at the dr anyways so i asked my dr and she said that it is normal for babies bathroom habits to changee with age and especially if theyre eating differently.

AnnMarie - posted on 10/29/2009

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Hun it's simple just go to the pharmacy and get baby suppository's for the baby or make ur own out of a bar of Ivory soap......That will make him go he needs to get that plug out now when that get's soft end up and comes he will go believe me....:)

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Boone - posted on 11/01/2009

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I would look at your diet and see if something has changed. Otherwise, I think babies will be babies and it CAN be normal for them to go a few or several days between poops. If they are wet and eating normally, then I really wouldn't worry. I think the advice for tummy massage is a great one as well as moving their legs. I like to put them on my lap and sing to them and pretend like they are walking/running/pedaling a bike with their legs. I personally don't think it's normal to use suppositories in an infant and I wouldn't encourage that.

Kerryn - posted on 10/30/2009

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my daughter didnt poo for 3 days, on the third day i realised somthing was wrong casue she was trying to poo but was projectile vomiting instead...we rang the hospital and they told us to come straight in. They gave her all up 4 anenemia's and had to help pull out golf ball sized poo's. She advised me to regulary give my daughter brown sugar and water as did my gp and CAFS nurse when i questioned them about it...they dont need much but as long as it is regular it will keep them regular...i havent had a problem since



i was also advised to help stimulate bowels, lay baby on back and hold their legs and move them like they are walking running or swimming and laying down then legs in the air....this is also good for gas

Alyshia - posted on 10/29/2009

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Dont worry my daughter did the same. If your breastfeeding, pump some milk (2 oz)and put it in a battle with a little (1/4 tsp) of "M. O. M., Milk of Magnesia. Do not give your child more than a tsp a day. Dont give karo syrup it makes gas worse. Stimulate your babies buttom (like animals do to their young) when you change diaper, it helps them think about it.

Sarah - posted on 10/29/2009

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By the way, when you give a young baby juice, they' can't digest the sugar in it, that is why they poop with it. It is not recommended to give a young baby juice, because they can't digest it, the baby can end up with diarrhea which can lead to dehydration. It also provides empty calories that they can not use. Try baby massage if they genuinely are constipated (not necessarily so if breastfed), then if that doesn't work, a suppository (but take to the doctor first to determine if it really is constipation or just breastmilk stooling infrequency).

Sarah - posted on 10/29/2009

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It is completely normal for breastfed babies not to poop so much. There are no additives in breastmilk and it is digested almost completely. Don't worry about it unless it goes 10-14 days. Then take him to the doctor

Sandi - posted on 10/29/2009

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When I breastfead my children there were times when they didi not go for longer periods and that was ustully when they were going through a growth spert. They were hungrier also so they were a little fussier. Hang in there it useally gets better but if you are too worried call your doctor they are there to help and reassure you . Sandi

Krystal - posted on 10/29/2009

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Try some baby yoga. I do this with my little one now when she is a little constipated.

1. Lay him down on his back and do bicycles with his legs.

2. Put your thumbs in his hands and make inward circles with his arms.

3. Put your hands on his thighs and push his legs in and out (as if sitting in a chair then standing.)

4. Tummy time. (on your legs preferably)

5. Then turn him onto his back and rub his belly.

Do each for about 8 counts.

Jenny - posted on 10/29/2009

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You just have really good milk. It means it is being completely digested. It would be different if your baby is very young and if he is spitting up more than usual. If your worried take him to the doctor. But it really is normal in some cases.

Consuelo - posted on 10/28/2009

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My son is 11 weeks old. When he was first born he pooped every other feeding. Now he only poops once a week. PERFECTLY normal. My pediatrician says to give him 2 ounces of apple juice if I worried (which, just like you, I did) The apple juice did make him poop

Linda - posted on 10/28/2009

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I was told that it's not how frequent they go but the consistancy of it when they do go. I gave my 1 month old 2 oz of juice and that works. I didn't try the suppositories or the Kyro syrup but was told that the kyro isnt that great. Juice worked for me,

Lindsey - posted on 10/28/2009

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i agree, i had to use suppositories on my daughter and it worked every time!

Justine - posted on 10/28/2009

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having the same problem try an ounce of prune and ounce of wanter and give it to the baby. also fleet makes a liquid supositories for infants just follow the directions

Kristi - posted on 10/28/2009

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I was having the exact same problem, yes according to the doctor a breastfed baby can go up to a week without poopy diapers but in my opinion it's not healthy for them and they can get extremely fidgety and have an upset tummy with gas and pain!! My daughter has the exact same problem - most of the issues in my case have been related to my diet - you might look into food allergies that your son may be developing which could cause him to get constipated. I had to quit eating all wheat products, no fresh fruit as well as drinking only lactose free milk! There might be things that you are eating that are okay for you but not okay for him...

There is a product found at health food stores like Sprouts, Whole Foods etc... that is called PRIMADOPHILUS FOR CHILDREN - it is a powder acidophilus that helps your baby digest food so their little insides can work properly... I simply put 1/4 tsp in a bottle first thing in the morning and it helps my little one digest her food!

If that doesn't cure it - try PediLax liquid suppositories for kids - you can find them at Walgreens... the box says for children ages 2-5 yrs but I have used them since my daughter was about a month old and they are not harmful - they are not addicting and do not prevent a baby from going on their own.



Biggest thing I can reccommend would be try the Primadophilus and see if that helps :)

Karmen - posted on 10/27/2009

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Try a little prune juice diluted, and after he finishes lay him on his back have him "run" pump his legs and put them up to his belly. It helps and gives you another way to play a little!

Jamie - posted on 10/27/2009

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it's totally normal...my daughter poops like once a week...well she's pooping more now that she's on solids too...fyi- when they start solids their poop STINKS...

Summa - posted on 10/27/2009

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its normal for young breastfed babys tp go upto 3 weeks between poos my son used to poo about every7-10 days (this wen he was younger n exclusively breastfed) dont stress its normal

Melissa - posted on 10/27/2009

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A warm bath always makes my little guy have a good poop! but BF babies don't have to poop every day or every few days just relax it'll happen and probably be an up the back big poop!!!

Kathryn - posted on 10/27/2009

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My daughter did the same thing, pooped all the time and just one day stopped. It was due to the breast milk not having alot of waste. My doctor told me that when she seems constipated to give her a little bit of cooled boiled water it always seemed to help my Sophs. I also did baby massage, i just rubed gently in a clock wise motion around her tummy as that follows the bowels it was a sure fire way to get her to poop, just make sure you dont put too much pressure on his wee bladder. Good luck :)

Amanda - posted on 10/27/2009

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it depends on the age of your baby. if they can have the pureed foods then gerber makes prunes and when the baby gets to stage 2 they can have prunes mixed with apples. also when the baby can have juice give some prune juice and mix with apple juice too. i have been doing this for my baby at every stage and she will go the very next day and a LOT. but if your baby is younger than 4 months talk to your doctor before doing anything. babies that little are a lot more sensitive and need extra TLC.

Michelle - posted on 10/27/2009

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2 suggestions: i know this sounds gross but use a warm wet cloth and massage his anus, for some reason this stimulates them to poop (you can do this in the bath and it's easier) or try pear juice from the baby food aisle (when we put my son on soy formula he became constipated and this is what our pediatrician recommended-my two month old gets 1-2 oz a day)

Nicole - posted on 10/27/2009

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also. i dont know how old the baby is, but, when baby is pushing (more than likely the pushing is really in the intestines, thats what they do to force things down), help by drawing knees in toward stomach, sit baby upright-gravity will work wonders-(especially when baby is pushing), rub his or her belly, let him or her sleep tummy on your chest while you sit and watch tv, thats what i did when my little one had problems.

Nicole - posted on 10/27/2009

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i know this may sound wierd but every time i take her temp rectally, she poops, and it helped when she got sick with the stomach virus.. whatever works :)

Jen - posted on 10/27/2009

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I think you should take your kiddo to the doctor and see what they suggest. They are suggesting now not to use suppositores on babies, unless otherwise specified. Prunes do wonders too! (Prune puree that is)

Irma - posted on 10/27/2009

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Mom.. maybe you can try to eat more vegetable and fruits. Especially papaya.. it is very useful .be calm.. My baby Naisha had on this situation. and try to give Rhys a smooth massage..

Natasha - posted on 10/27/2009

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You could try taking off his nappy and putting him down on the carpet, or better still something really expensive he is bound to go then ;-)

Aideen - posted on 10/27/2009

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Well don't panic anyway! It is quite common.

You can use baby massage to help him! rub his tummy downwards about 10 times, don't press too hard, just like a gentle message. then push his knees up to his belly gently and straighten them out again. Repeat 3 times each nappy change.
This worked for my little fella and doesn't involve any meds! At least you feel you're helping. Don't do this immediately after a feed...could be sick.

Also be sure he's feeding plenty... breast milk is a natural laxative I'm told.

any poos yet?

Elizabeth - posted on 10/26/2009

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Hi, I had that same issue with my daughter, but it was a week! I talked to my doctor and she said to do 4 teaspoons of prune juice a day so 4 x a day 1tsp. then after I took my daughter to her after another week of not going she said she would on her own time and breastfeeding babies sometimes only poop once a week and that was the case for my daughter! my doctor said never ever do a supository it just hurts their stomachs more than anything.

Antoinette - posted on 10/26/2009

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Give him a bottle of half prune juice and half water. About 2-4 ounces. That's what my doctor recommended for my son. BUT since it's been more than 4 days, go to see his doctor. I had that same problem with my son, but the prune juice & water mix worked!

Andrea - posted on 10/26/2009

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Looks like you have gotten alot of advice and I didn't read all of them to see if these suggestions were already posted...if they were, SORRY! I would suggest 1/2tsp of Karo Syrup in a bottle. My Dr also suggested some prune juice & water mixed together. I did the Karo Syrup with Brody's formula and 4hrs later he pooped. Hope you found/find something that helps your little guy! Good Luck!

Niqee - posted on 10/26/2009

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Breast milk and growth spurts will cause seldom BMs. It also depends on age. I didn't want to give my young infants any of the sugar or juice to stimulate. I just didn't think their bodies should have it. After I started solids I had to incorporate applesauce everyday. Diluted of coarse for younger babies. There are a couple reflexology spots to apply pressure. 2 fingers width below belly button and in the middle of the arch of the foot. You dont have to push very hard but constant pressure for about a minute. If they fuss when you push on the foot, that is a good indicator of constipation. Wait about 15 min and you will be amazed. Bottom line though, is this is your kid and only you will know what will work the best. Take all advise and use what you need to for the situation

Shyra - posted on 10/26/2009

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Depending on the age of the baby give him stage 1 prunes or pear juice. My parents couldn't figure out why my daughter wouldn't stop pooing until I asked if they were giving her the pear juice instead of apple...lol

Colleen - posted on 10/26/2009

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I freaked out at first when my little boy didn't go for 8 days. The Dr said it was normal for babies to do that but suggested 1-2 spoons of katrinplummon (prunes) if he seemed to have discomfort from it. You can find jars of it in the baby food aisle. Within 30 minutes, he went and was back to his normal self.

Sarah - posted on 10/25/2009

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Try bicycling his little legs for a while, then 1oz. pear juice mixed w/ 1oz. of water, a stomach massage is helpful as well. It is quite scary when babies don't poo but think of it this way, breastmilk is the perfect food there is no waste to it. If your baby is going through a growth spurt he needs all of it, if he is not struggling to "go" he will be fine. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 10/25/2009

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Try some cold apple juice sweetie..My child mis also breastfeed and didn't have any problems until I gave her formula so daddy could feed at night one weekend..When they start eating baby cereal it makes them stop up too. Anything with apples or pruns should work.

Lisa - posted on 10/25/2009

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I heard that a q-tip with vasoline on it, used to massage the rectum helps. but expect a mess right away. or you can try a warm cotton ball. EVERY single time I got a cotton ball and dipped it in warm water and rubbed my baby's anus he'd poop. it relaxes the muscles and allows for everything to come out. no suppositories and no sugar or foods needed.

Chonty - posted on 10/25/2009

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My daughter was the same, so I ate more fibre rich foods...kiwifruit, prunes, and sweet thai tuna helped heaps, as did eating yoghurt and drinking lots of water.

Debra - posted on 10/25/2009

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Don't worry. Babies poo a lot at first, then it slows down as they get older. My son would poo every 6 days, when he was breastfeeding only. That was his cycle : ) Breast milk is such a perfect food, they can obsorb almost everything.

Heidi - posted on 10/25/2009

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my son has gone 9 days without a poo. it is normal. just wait it out and rub baby's belly in clockwise motion.

Moria - posted on 10/25/2009

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Just add water (to a bottle), that should do the trick and keep breastfeeding. Also, massage helps relax the baby. Foot massage will help and gently bring and hold the babies legs up to it's tummy like a frog or a budha sitting position.

Stacy - posted on 10/25/2009

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I can only assume from your questions that your baby is still an infant. If that is the case, you can try a few things. Yes, they do say that up to 10 days is "normal" if the baby is not uncomfortable, but if the baby is uncomfortable, it is best to help them along (I'm a pediatric nurse in a children's hospital - we wouldn't wait 10 days and I don't let my son go that long either!)
First of all, glycerin suppositories are not harmful. You just don't want to use them on a regular basis as the baby can become dependent on them to move his bowels. Brown sugar is NOT a good way to produce a BM - you really shouldn't be giving your baby sugar. Try a few teaspoons of pear juice or prune juice, they will usually take it very nicely from an oral syringe. If that does not work after 12-24 hours, you can also try some rectal stimulation with a rectal thermometer as one person mentioned, or go ahead and try a glycerin suppository. Make sure you get the pediatric size, then cut that in half. If that doesn't work (and it almost always does for a healthy child with no underlying GI issues) then call your pediatrician. Good luck.

Jennifer - posted on 10/25/2009

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Perfectly normal!!! They can go over a week when you nurse without a bowel movement.

Carol - posted on 10/25/2009

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yeah, I dont really think theres any way to answer this question without knowing the babies age.
just go to your doctor, better safe then sorry. get your doctors advice and go with that.

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