my baby isn't pooping..

Casey - posted on 01/25/2010 ( 36 moms have responded )

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my daughter (4m) hasn't pooped in a week.. i called the pedi and he said to give her a glycerin suppository.. i've done that twice and still nothing... has anyone else been through this.. or have any advice on what to do?

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Kimberly - posted on 01/25/2010

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According to my pediatrician, it's not unusual for a baby to go up to weeks without a BM. If the baby is not in distress or uncomfortable, then I'd wait and let nature take its course. If your baby isn't feeling well, then call the doctor to see if she should be examined. My son (3 months) didn't have a BM for 13 days, but wasn't overly fussy, so I just left him alone. Boy, was it a mess when he finally did go to the bathroom!

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Truthfully, I understand that as a mom its concerning when you think your child isn't pooping when you think they should, however it's not uncommon. As other moms have stated it's actually quite common for infants not to poop for a week or more. As long as she doesn't have a swollen abdomen, or is straining to have a bowel movement I would leaver her alone. Doing too much to try to move things along could upset her system and make things worse.

Julie - posted on 01/25/2010

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White grape juice (about 2 to 4 oz. undeluted) worked well for my little guy that had troubles. Also was told that taking the baby's temp rectally can help. Be very careful, but it can be done very safely as long as they are relaxed.

Rachel - posted on 01/25/2010

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About the woman saying you could put Karo syrup in the bottle, I was told by a pediatrician that it can cause bauchulism. Or however you spell that. Basically it works the same as botox injections do for your face. Their muscles won't relax, they'll become paralyzed and could pass away from it. Needless to say, I didn't do that anymore.

Stacy - posted on 01/25/2010

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Oh, have I been thru this, and AM still dealing wtih this, my daughter is almost TWO! What we had to do is give her prune juice, we started by watering it down. Then as she got older, we gave her prunes to eat! And now that she is pretty much immune to the effects of prunes, she takes miralax when she gets backed up. I would ask your Dr. about that stuff, cause it isnt like a medicine, it just goes in, then out! He said its completely safe, and I cant over dose her. Good Luck!!

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Alvina - posted on 01/23/2016

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By using babies magic tea my baby who was not pooping for less than 2 to 3 days, now started with his normal bowel movement 2 to 3 times a day.

Kristen - posted on 01/25/2010

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i have a 4 month daughter and ive had problems sence shes been born with being consitpated and just all that ..... i say juice or milk of mag no more then 3 mil a day put in the bottle that works just dont over do it ...... you pretty much have to be your own babies doctor cause they never have anything helpful to say

Robin - posted on 01/25/2010

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I have the answer and it works if you are breastfeeding. My doctor said to put little bit of A&D on that area and all breaks loose. Yes, It did for my littlest son!

Michele - posted on 01/25/2010

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Put a little bit about half of ounce of clear karo syrup in her milk or even warm water. My son done the same thing and my grandmother did this and he went. Make sure that the milk or juice or water is a lil warm to dissolve the syrup.

Cindy - posted on 01/25/2010

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My daughter was like that and I gave her a bottle of water(mixed with a little bit of corn syrup), everyday in between a feeding and that fixed the problem quiet well :)

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Not to alarm you but please do not let this go unattended. My son was breastfed and was awful with constipation. Doctor kept brushing me off and one night my 4 mo old tried to pass a bm as huge as his fist. He bled. We both cried. I rushed him for an xray and he was impacted completely. Had to have a barium enema at the hospital and almost had to have surgery. Doctors need to realize that constipation is a real problem. Now my son is on Miralax every day and it has really, really helped. He's almost 4 now ! He needed it really bad even as a baby. The typical solutions did not help him.

Belinda - posted on 01/25/2010

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the bicycle movements like serena said does work good also you might try some dark karo syrup in the babys bottle not a lot but it does work too

Alicia - posted on 01/25/2010

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You can give her prune juice to help her go and u can put her in a warm to somewhat hot bath to help loosen it up. Make the water hot but not to hot just so she can lay in it without cryin.

Brooke - posted on 01/25/2010

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Its completely normal for a baby to go awhile without having a bowl movement. My son is 4 months old and has been only going once every 7 to 10 days. Giving your baby water can make the sodium levels in their body drop and that will make them very sick. Its best to just wait it out and eventually she will go, most likely when you least expect it.

Tonya - posted on 01/25/2010

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I have found that the glycerin suppositories do not work that well on younger children. The brand Fleet makes a liquid glycerin suppository called Pedia-Lax. This product will produce a bowel movement within 5-30 min. Let me know if you have any more questions.

Casey - posted on 01/25/2010

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thanks everyone! i think i'll wait a few more days before i try any of these ideas because she doesn't seem uncomfortable at all.

Alicia - posted on 01/25/2010

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If You're nursing her that's normal, if not try apple juice or a dab of karo mixed with water in a bottle

Angela - posted on 01/25/2010

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prune juice, mashed corn, or applejuice always works for me...even in combination through the day. Babyfood plums works too. Also, as Tanya said, karo syrup seems to work with most babies.

Tanya - posted on 01/25/2010

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ok my son who is 5 months had the same problem my Mother inlaw told me to put just a drop pf Karo Syrup ( you can find it in any bakery department in the grocery store)
in just one bottle it takes a few hours but trust me it works, I still use it if i find him uncomfortable also i don't know if you are feeding him solids yet but the baby food prunes also works

Joann - posted on 01/25/2010

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try a teasoon of sugar for ever 4 oz. of formula...like 3 times a day is what the doc's told me for my son.

Kristina - posted on 01/25/2010

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my son had the same problem i swiched his fourmula to simalac sensative no problems at all after that. but to get her to go now apple or white grape juice. best of luck

Erika - posted on 01/25/2010

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try doing the bicycle massage on your baby, not only does it helps your baby poop but it also elliminates gas problems...you can also give your little one with a bottle of 4oz water mixed with 2tbsp of clear (light) Karo Syrup, this one works wonders.

Melissa - posted on 01/25/2010

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my son is formula fed for the past 2 months. He just turned 4 months old recently, and he also has trouble pooping. He goes every 3-4 days. He doesn't seem to be uncomfortable, but I have asked my doc and some other moms about what to do to get him to go more often. My doc suggested to boil 3-4 dried prunes in water and put a couple tablespoons into his bottle (with formula). Another mom told me that she put kayro syrup in her son's bottles and it worked for her. I have also tried it, putting about 2 tbs in each bottle. I didn't find that either method worked very well for my baby, but everyone is different.

Tricia - posted on 01/25/2010

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try takeing her temperature. put vasaline on the end then hold it close to the tip and it acts like a enima. i used that trick for all my babies. i had them regular that way..

Jamie - posted on 01/25/2010

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We had to start using two ounces of apple prune juice each day. And the heating pad that is my husband to relax everything and make it flow. We also put a roll under his legs when he lays down to hold his legs in a sitting position. However, we have a nicu baby so things work very differently.

Susanne - posted on 01/25/2010

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Have you tried a teaspoon full of fresh orange? That worked a treat with my little one. If that doesnt help ask ur Healthvisitor for a tip.

Kristal - posted on 01/25/2010

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My little guy is 6 months and whenever he has went a day or two without going I get the baby lax. they come with six in a box. It;s just a little tube that you insert in their bottom injected the liquid and in a few mins they are flowing free and youll have a very nice big naughty dipper.

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My daughter did the same thing and just like you I was very concerned. Is her abdomen swollen? Is she grunting and trying to have a BM and is unsuccessful? Is she immediately pushing the suppository out or is it staying in and desolving?

Serena - posted on 01/25/2010

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I found that doing the bicycle(let baby lie on back and move babes legs in the motion of riding a bike ) it massages the tummy and aids in helping work the right muscles to get the poop movin... works great with gas as well...

Stacey - posted on 01/25/2010

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my pedi told me that we could give white grape juice or apple juice and there is also pear juice (2 oz a day at 2 months) and sometimes that helps she could probably have 3-4 oz and be okay since she is 4 months. If she hasn't gone by 10 days I would call back and tell her pedi. That's what our pedi told us..hope it helps.

Tcordukes - posted on 01/25/2010

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Giving them water can sometimes help, if she is breastfeed it is common for them to go a week without doing one, u could try things like a warm bath aswell just to try and relax her...

Tcordukes - posted on 01/25/2010

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Giving them water can sometimes help, if she is breastfeed it is common for them to go a week without doing one, u could try things like a warm bath aswell just to try and relax her...

Tcordukes - posted on 01/25/2010

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Giving them water can sometimes help, if she is breastfeed it is common for them to go a week without doing one, u could try things like a warm bath aswell just to try and relax her...

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