constipated???

Jessica - posted on 01/01/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 4 1/2 mth old is constipated. she went 3 days without pooing and then she is on 2 1/2 days. shes a breastfed baby only ,(no formula) and i have been giving her some carrots and sweet potatos. we also have been giving her some prune juice but its not working. is there anything else i can give her to help her go? we also do the Qtip trick but shes not going. i havent taken her to the dr yet because i've been waiting to see if its reacurring, and it is. help help help

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Laura - posted on 01/01/2011

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Jessica, it's not uncommon for babies, especially ones that are breast fed, to go days without pooping. That is a bit different than actually being constipated. Babies that are actually constipated often show signs of being in pain from cramping and gas as well as showing signs of straining (red face, holding breath, stiff legs) without actually producing anything. When a constipated baby does pass fecal matter, it is often very hard "marbles". If your baby isn't showing any of these symptoms, then I wouldn't worry about this, particularly if her stool is in any way soft or semi-formed. If, however, she IS displaying some of those actual constipation signs, then consider taking her to the doctor. It sounds like this is just normal BM's for a breast-fed baby though. Good luck!

Stifler's - posted on 01/01/2011

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This is normal. Breastfed babies can go up to 10 days without pooing.

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Stifler's - posted on 01/01/2011

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try baby massage before you try laxatives and other stuff. laxatives are very uncomfortable.

Amy - posted on 01/01/2011

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Exactly what Laura and Emma said not going daily and constipated are two different things. About 4 months is when you start seeing that transition from daily poops to 3-4 days or longer. Just be forwarned when they do finally go it's what we call "an explosion of poop" in our house!

Savannah - posted on 01/01/2011

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My son is the same way i mix 2oz prun juice with 2oz water this is what my doctor told me

Eliza Jane - posted on 01/01/2011

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it is normal when you start weaning for them to go longer i just give mine aired water with a little bit of sugar in it as well if she starts going for seven days or more then thats when you really need to take her to the docs, hope this helps

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