no poop

Melanie - posted on 02/13/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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my 4 month baby did not poop for 2 days now? what should i do? is it harmful for a baby not to poop for number of days?

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Dorothy - posted on 02/14/2010

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if you are breastfeeding, it is completely normal for babies to go days without pooping. breastmilk is so good for babies that there is not a lot of "bad stuff" that their bodies need to break down, therefore, not as much waste. i heard from a pediatrician that he had a very healthy breastfed baby once that went 21 days without a BM. obviously this is the extreme, but don't worry if it's been a few days. if your baby seems very uncomfortable (pulling legs up and grunting a lot) and their belly seems a bit "swollen", then i would talk to your pediatrician.

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Ashley - posted on 02/14/2010

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Is ur baby fussy? If so try mixing a little prune juice with some water and give it to him/her... Thats what I do with my 3 month old and it works like a charm... If ur baby doesnt seem like he/she is in any pain then I wouldnt worry about it... Good luck!

Ma. Yvette Heart - posted on 02/14/2010

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A newborn can have as many as eight to ten bowel movements a day, but as long as she is having at least one, she's probably all right.
One day without a bowel movement is usually no cause for concern. As long as your baby is feeding well and wetting her diaper five or six times a day, then she's most likely getting enough to eat. If he/she starts to become uncomfortable or has a persistently swollen abdomen, then she may need some help with pooping, and you should speak to your pediatrician about how to facilitate this. ;)

Karina - posted on 02/14/2010

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Like the other mums have said it depend on whether or not your breast feeding or using formula. If you are using formula, I use to water the formula down a bit by adding an extra 20 mls or so of water to the bottle for a day or so to see if that helps. I did this because my kids hated other options of boiled water or watered down prune juice. They also might be worth a try. Hope this helps :-)

Alicia - posted on 02/14/2010

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My baby is breastfed and only poops once every 4-6 days. He might poop three times that day but then I don't have to worry about it for a while. Both my pediatrician and my mom (who is a breastfeeding consultant) said it's perfectly normal. Please consult a dr. before resorting to suppositories. Both my pediatrician and my mom said that a little bit of Karo Syrup (high fructose corn syrup) in a bottle of breast milk will make a baby poop if it's absolutely necessary without causing discomfort. I believe the ratio is 1 tsp syrup to 4 oz milk or formula. Doesn't take much. But take a deep breath and know that it's completely normal for breastfed babies.

However, at 4 months,it appears that your child has a regular bowel movement schedule that he/she has deviated from. Try calling the pediatrician if there is nothing produced by 4 days. There may also have been something in your diet that you changed. Caffeine and dairy products consumed by the mother in excessive amounts may cause an issue. You should evaluate your diet in the previous 48 hours before the symptoms presented and look for any significant differences from normal diet behavior.

Hope that helps.

Sarah - posted on 02/13/2010

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you can get baby suposatorys at any drug store put some vacline on it and insurt hold for a few min so it melts a little and wait it will soon come i had to do this every few days it works

Crystal - posted on 02/13/2010

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Formula fed babies are different they say they should go every day or every second, my pediatrician told me as long as it is coming out like toothpaste texture, all is fine.. my little one usually goes 2 days without..

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Is he/she exclusively breastfed? I don't know what they say for formula fed babies, but if your little one is breastfed then you have absolutely nothing to worry about. A breastfed baby can go days and days without a poop and it's totally normal. Most doctors won't even intervene unless it has been 10-14 days. The reason it's not a concern is because breast milk is the perfect food. A baby's body can absorb almost all of what it consumes...therefore, producing very little waste. And since breast milk is largely made up of water, the output will be mostly water. As long as your baby is having plenty of wet diapers still, and doesn't seem to be in any discomfort, then it's A-OK. I don't imagine the same goes for formula fed babies though so if your baby eats formula, just ignore all of that info.

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