My son won't poop....

DD - posted on 02/12/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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Unless I stimulate him with a Qtip. What is this? I know he has to go, because it's been days and he's grunting and squirming. When I do finally stimulate him with lots of vaseline and a Qtip, TONS of poop comes out. Why can't he just POOP? He's 5 months old by the way. Breastfed with very little solids. He LOVES real food, so I hate denying him but don't know if I'm doing more harm than good. He never acts like he's in pain or anything like that..he just doestn' go. Anyone?

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Kate - posted on 05/31/2013

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My daughter is 5 months now. She pooped fine for the first 2 weeks and then all of the sudden stopped pooping. I called my friend who is the RN at my family doctor's office and she said breast fed babies can go up to 9-13 days. So we let the poor thing go 13 days hoping she would poop.

In that 13 days I gave her the belly rubs, clockwise rub and tapping, downward strokes from belly button down, moved her legs like she was riding a bike, did the leg movements like squatting, and soaked her in a warm tub covering her little belly every single day and sometimes more than once a day. I also tried warm (brown) sugar water every other day, which is a technique that's been around for ages.

To no avail. So I called my friend back at day 13 and she said to use a Q-tip and Vaseline and stimulate inside the rectum. Well there we have it, a TON of poop came out.

We thought it was a one time thing... she went another 13 days, we did it again.

Then she went 9 days and I called my friend again (The RN) and she suggested a small bit of prune juice. So we tried that. All it did was make her crampy and gassy but no poop. So I did the q-tip thing and there was a TON of poop.

Her poop is not hard, at it's thickest I would compare it to toothpaste.

In going with my own mommy instincts and watching for signs from her I started on a routine of doing this every 4 days and she would poop. However I do the belly rub, warm bath and leg movements every day to try and stimulate her bowels without using the invasive method but to no avail.

I talked to my doc about it again and he asked me to try every 2 days instead of 4 in hopes of training her bowels to move more regularly. We do it every 2 days, and every 2 days she poops.

The poor little thing is 5 months and still can't poop without assistance. I have tried everything, we gave her oatmeal instead of rice for cereal, we tried prunes, prune juice, pear juice, apple juice, sugar water, all of this just makes her more crampy and miserable. She strains like crazy.

Our family doc is sending her to a pediatrician next week so hopefully he will have some answers. If he does I will be sure to come back to this post. A lot of bowel disease runs in my family so I hope it's not any of them and just a matter of growing into her bowels.

Bec - posted on 02/12/2009

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It may sound odd but try Slippery Elm Bark Powder. It's a natural product from any health food shop, some good pharmacys have it too. It normalises stomache and bowel function using a very small amount fairly quickly.



I gave it to my son as his first solid food and he loved it!! His eyes would fly open the second i opened the jar!



I'm no earthmother, but I would swear by this. Mix a level teaspoon of powder with enough water to make a gooey consistancy and just feed it too him morning and night for a week or two. You should see results in a couple of days, my Alex was better after 3 days but i kept it up for thenext couple of months.



It's the sort of thing you can mix into other foods as well, but it will thicken up fast so if you put it in juice, milk (soy goat cow or ricemilk),smoothies etc. drink it straight away or your spoon or straw will learn to stand up on it's own,lol.



Slippery Elm Bark Powder worked sooo well for us, but even if it doesn't work, rest assured, it won't hurt your little one either.



A friend of my mums suggested to me that the French Natives in New Caledonia(her own mother was french) would gently wiggle a small parsley stalk into their baby's anus, the leaves would tickle their bottom and the stalk would stimulate the inner wall. I never did try it, but if the slippery elm didn't work I might have thought about it...lol :)



Good luck.

Rachel - posted on 02/12/2009

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Have you tried giving him a warm bath when he starts grunting because i found that helped all of mine when they were having trouble pooing. Also ANY DAIRY when their constipated is not a good thing as it binds them. Banana's are also bad as they bind aswell. I also gave mine about 50ml of mango necta with a lot of boiled water once a day and that really helped mine. If none of the advise you recieve on here does'nt help most definately c a doctor as there could be a big problem. Good luck and i hope you find the answer that works for your child.

Jessica - posted on 02/12/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

I've heard of a few things that may help. One is to give him about two ounces of apple juice every couple days another is if you give a baby a spoonful of vanilla ice cream at night he will regularly poop every morning. Or my doc told me to put about a tsp of white Karo syrup in a bottle about twice a week. Good luck.



Ice cream stops you up. HELLO its dairy. What doctor are you going to? Sounds to me like they need to brush up on their skills because you ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO GIVE KIDS KARO SYRUP!!!!!!!

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Mary - posted on 01/10/2015

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So My son is now 2 and ever since he left the hospital he didn't poop like my oldest did (strictly Breast Fed). I took him to a specialist they can me a cathfiter to stimulate his muscles.. After Vaseline and dipping it in his bottom the poop would pour out sometimes explode. Gastronologist said to feed him pears and prunes and apples. It worked but after little stimulation. Miralax didn't work at all.. Now he's two and still having the same problem. The poop is not to hard and is soft If I put my pinky in the poop is right there.. its just a matter of the rectum being stimulated.. wish their was a name for it!

Jennifer - posted on 09/20/2013

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Hey Kate my name is Jenn. Your situation sounds exactly like mine with my son. It's every single day I have to help him to poop and he will be 8 months old next month. It's been this way since he was born and I've been brushed off my doctors left and right. I finally have an apt with a specialist in November. I am praying for the day when he can poop on his own. I am very curious as to what happened at the specialist apt you went to. If you could get back that would be great. Thank you.

Tracy San - posted on 06/16/2013

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Daughter is 3 months and was told to stimulate as well as the juice but to use white grape as it gives less gas than the others. After starting the juice still so much gas so stimulated alone and worked great. Dr. did warn that they can become dependent on this and their bowels will not start their own work so I have stopped "going in" and just gently rubbing and cheering her on to push and clapping and making a big deal when she doesn't need the full deal. It is working so far!

Tracy San - posted on 06/16/2013

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my doc said white grape juice instead of pear or prune, it gives much less gas! Also, suggested I stimulate and it has worked wonders and I have been able to cut out the juice altogether and avoid ANY worry of the gas from it. They my after awhile just get used to the stimulation and NOT try on their own so I was told to just start touching gently with legs up to chest and encourage her to push herself and big claps if we dont need insertion LOL

Ashley - posted on 02/12/2009

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another thing that worked for my son just today is i gave him 2 ounces of pear juice twice today and he had quite the poopy diaper for me. the doctor told me to give my baby as many ounces as he is old so 3 ounces a day for mine(my dr told me to do a little more cuz my son was have really hard stool) so your baby would be allowed 5 ounces. let us know how your little guy is doing and what worked the best.

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i would talk to your doctor  he might have a bowel issue  i know someone whos daughter  was the same way as a baby and still has  some troubles. but if it continues i would ask the doctor. when my kids were small my mother told me to give then extra water when ever they were constipated, you could see if that helps at all. hope things work out  for you

Kelly - posted on 02/12/2009

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Miralax is a safe laxative powder you can mix with liquid for your son. You should also talk to your pediatrician.


My son won't poop....

Unless I stimulate him with a Qtip. What is this? I know he has to go, because it's been days and he's grunting and squirming. When I do finally stimulate him with lots of vaseline and a Qtip, TONS of poop comes out. Why can't he just POOP? He's 5 months old by the way. Breastfed with very little solids. He LOVES real food, so I hate denying him but don't know if I'm doing more harm than good. He never acts like he's in pain or anything like that..he just doestn' go. Anyone?





 

Sharon - posted on 02/12/2009

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hi huni



how wud u feel if somebody did that to u if u didnt poop?   put alittlfresh orange juice in boild water or brown sugar a quarter of a t spoon to 3 ounces of boiled cooled water amd have a nappie read lol...or put baby between ur legs with his back to your stomach bring his knees up to his check and bounce his about 15 20 times this stimulates the bowels. good luck i know it is a worry  for you. it works trust me



mother of 3 granmother of 3



sharon....london.....p.s. he looks a handsom happy little man ur blessed

Jessica - posted on 02/12/2009

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Quoting DD:



You ladies are all so awesome!  Thank you so much! I will try it al!!!






Welcome! :-) Good luck!

Jodi-Rae - posted on 02/12/2009

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I was worried about that with my son as well. He is 5 months old and only poops about once a week. I called the nurses hotline and they told me to play with him and move his legs as though he is riding a bike, also to use baking soda in his bath, and massage his tummy. When I do all of these it really helps him poop. My doctor also told me to use colace drops. I have not had to use them yet but the doctor told me that is will soften his stool. Good luck!

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Quoting DD:

My son won't poop....

Unless I stimulate him with a Qtip. What is this? I know he has to go, because it's been days and he's grunting and squirming. When I do finally stimulate him with lots of vaseline and a Qtip, TONS of poop comes out. Why can't he just POOP? He's 5 months old by the way. Breastfed with very little solids. He LOVES real food, so I hate denying him but don't know if I'm doing more harm than good. He never acts like he's in pain or anything like that..he just doestn' go. Anyone?



Hi, I found this also, with my wee man. Everyone told me that babies can go days without pooping. The doctor gave me a baby friendly laxative and that helped him (he is now over 8 months and I've only used it once as its not good for baby if its used often).



My son often gets constipated I was recommended COLOXYL DROPS, that wonders. You put 30mls into a bottle and it comes  flavoured.



Otherwise good old prune/kiwifruit juice does the trick!



Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 02/12/2009

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i just took my son to the dr for the same thing. she told me to let him soak in the bath for about 15-20 min a day and put baking soda in it with him and it will help soften the butt hole so it's easier for him to go. i tried everything and that finally worked. but i told my dr i don't want to always have to assist him to go poop and she said it should get better. it might be something you're eating too that's causing him the constipation. my son is only 3 months old and this is the 2nd time we've gone to the dr for him not pooping. hopefully it will start to get better. my dr also told me to do baby pear juice or white grape cuz my sons stomach can't handle the apple juice

Tasha - posted on 02/12/2009

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Try apple juice with his foods, also massage his stomach and it helps them have a bowl. The juice works well though

Jessica - posted on 02/12/2009

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Quoting DD:



Thanks for everyone's advice...how about more info?  He won't take the bottle..even with juice in it!  Today I gave him a little bit of cereal with prunes and he LOVED it!  Still had to help him along.  Poor baby.  I feel bad for him, but like I said, he's not acting like he's in any pain what so ever..






I would mix the juice in the cereal for the next 2 or 3 days and wait and see if he goes. Give it a few days. He can go 3-5 days and be okay. Try it!

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I gave my son  a warm bottle of water with a teaspoon of Dark Karo Syrup and he was good to go within 15 minutes. Hope everything works out!

DD - posted on 02/12/2009

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Thanks for everyone's advice...how about more info?  He won't take the bottle..even with juice in it!  Today I gave him a little bit of cereal with prunes and he LOVED it!  Still had to help him along.  Poor baby.  I feel bad for him, but like I said, he's not acting like he's in any pain what so ever..

Alaina - posted on 02/12/2009

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A tsp of kyro syrup in the bottle (as per my ped) works very well for little babies.



 



 

Jennifer - posted on 02/12/2009

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I put my kids on children's acidophilus ( at any health store). If they are constipated, it regulates them, if they are "loose" it regulates that as well.

Stephanie - posted on 02/12/2009

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I've heard of a few things that may help. One is to give him about two ounces of apple juice every couple days another is if you give a baby a spoonful of vanilla ice cream at night he will regularly poop every morning. Or my doc told me to put about a tsp of white Karo syrup in a bottle about twice a week. Good luck.

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yes, babies can go days with out pooping, but if he has been going regularly for 5 months, and now having a problem and straining to get it out, you have a little problem.  My son had this and there were many time that I had to "help" him poop (not plesant).  But now going through nursing, have you changed anything in the last couple of months? Formulas or cereal?  It may not be setteling with his stomach.  Like Christine said, include some watery juice! Even just some extra fluid will help to loosen the stool.  prune is not always good at this age becuase it may cause cramping, but apple apple and white grape are great.  Hope this helps!

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my daughter bottled up when she started foods too...until then she was strictly breastfed. I give her an 1/8th of a teaspoon of miralax once a day and it's made her regular. there are no directions for infants other than consult a dr. i gave it a try since my nephew is the same way, and still is at 1 1/2. his dr advised to give it a try and it worked like a charm and he still takes it but every other day now instead.

Jessica - posted on 02/12/2009

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Sometimes babies can go 3 to 4 days without going. Its a normal thing. If he isnt in pain, I would wait a few days and see what happens, if he still doesn't go, I would call your doc and let him/her know whats going on. They may want you to bring baby in to make sure he is okay, and that there is nothing blocking it from coming out or anything like that. Seeing as how he is 5 months, I would probably let him have some solid food now. Keep up the breastfeedings though, but let him have some solids and he may poop without you stimulating him. :-) Good luck!

Christine - posted on 02/12/2009

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Sounds like something you might want to bring up with your pediatrician. My son is the same way, only 2 months old. Our ped told us apple juice, white grape juice both diluted about a half 'n' half mixture(since he doesn't like prune). It's helped soften the poo. But, did you know infants can up to 8 days without pooping and that's considered normal?!? I thought that was insane :) Good luck and hang in there :)

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