Baby not poo'ing - invaluable tips

Becky - posted on 09/29/2009 ( 66 moms have responded )

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My friend has just posted a message saying that her daughter hasn't poo'd for four days. These are the tips I have just given her and wondered if anyone else has had success with them or anything else.



1. A teaspoon of freshly squeezed orange juice in a couple of ounces of warm water.



2. A tiny amount of vaseline on the end of a cotton bud rubbed around the baby's bottom - this can have an almost instant effect!

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Judy - posted on 09/30/2009

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How old is baby? Just had the same concern with my baby. She is my second. My first did not go days without pooing but this one went 6 days before the poo came. It is normal for breast fed babies as I noticed another mom commented.

Kristi - posted on 10/06/2009

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Depending on the age of the baby and whether or not they are breastfed or formula fed, it can be normal for some babies to go a couple of weeks without BM. Flax oil can be a great help if baby is really constipated. Look for it in the refrigerated natural foods section. Give it straight in a teaspoon or a baby syringe by mouth, about 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon. A wonderful supplement!

Heidi - posted on 10/05/2009

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if you lightly rub with a flat palm in a clockwise wise direction on her belly it will remind the bowels how to work and the same but anti clockwise for diarrhea. A proessional massuese told me this one careful too much and you'lll diarrhea!!! lol

Try letting the little one suck on a prune or a little bit of olive oil. Mostly fluids is the biggest thing or a bit of fibre like weetbix. I wouldnt suggest citrus mostly because it can be too harsh on a baby's digestive system. Mostly because my daughter cant have citrus without getting a rash though. It depends on the child and the age.

Roxanne - posted on 10/03/2009

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MY grandmother swore by molasses which I thought was crazy until my poor little peanut hadn't pooped for 3 days. I dipped my pinky in it and then put in her mouth. She pooped 3 hours later. Good OLD fashioned molasses.

Penny - posted on 09/30/2009

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The dr. had us put mineral oil in our daughters bottle, just a little. That helped alot
She had such problems going, I think we did it for about a year before she didn't need it any more.

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Emilie - posted on 10/05/2009

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3 days for a lil one is the "red flag" mark.I had some issues with my son when he was little. Usually a tablespoon of olive oil, if you can get her to swallow it, really works wonders...

Loretta - posted on 10/05/2009

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When my baby was having this problem, everything they suggested to help her made her even more fussy and uncomfortable. My gut told me to stop and let her system work itself out. She was breastfed only at that point, so I was not worried about constipationl She only pooped about once a week for a while, but eventually she went back to once a day. I'm glad I let it be.

Kristin - posted on 10/02/2009

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My daughter always had trouble pooping and I tried just about everything. After 4 days I would be concerned about the stool being too hard and large and hurting when she finally does go. I found these remedies to be successful: a small amount of soap inserted in her bottom; the Vaseline mentioned works well also; a tablespoon of corn syrup or prune juice in her water bottle or Sippy cup; and if all else fails I used baby enemas and found them to be completely safe as well as very effective! I hope this helps your friend’s daughter.

LEANNE - posted on 10/02/2009

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I did the Vaseline on a thermometer and it worked almost instantly. We also use Miralax and it seems to work well however, I think you need to give a steady dose of it consistently to get the best results.

Jessica - posted on 10/02/2009

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Depending on the age of the baby- a few ounces of straight apple juice or grape juice (can try prune if they'll drink it).

Megan - posted on 10/02/2009

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Well I just talked to my doctor about this last week. My month old doesnt go number 2 for like almost a week. She told me it is natural when breastfeeding. Also you can give your baby prune or pear juice. I gave her pear juice because it taste better. I gave her 4 ounces and the next day she was all cleared up.

Eileen - posted on 10/02/2009

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Post a reply! Advice from a reflexologist.
Stroke the middle of both feet across from left to right, starting with the right foot. Do this for only a couple of minutes but can be done more than once a day. If baby pulls her feet away she has discomfort in her tum. keep trying! If you think that the gut is in the middle of the body, the reflexology area is in the middle of the foot. be gentle. Good luck

Quiana - posted on 10/01/2009

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iI lways used apple or prune juice with m 3 kids nd it always worked, and sometimes the first piece is so hard they strain and u can take the pamper off and spread the baby's butt it helps alot.....Good Luck

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My daughter ended up on Enulose. She was very constipated and when she would finally go, it was very hard and HUGE balls. After her hiney tore, I had no choice but to take her in and see what they could do for her. Enulose is a lot like Karo, but without the sugars. There are also some glycerin suppositories that are completely safe. I just hate sticking things up there. :(

Kay - posted on 10/01/2009

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BFbabies can go 10 days...depending on age, blueberries worked with my daughter. the best thing i did was bring my babe to a pediatric chiropractor, she was in a lot of pain and was really suffering, with two visits to the chiro she was a differnt baby...also if babe has colic, chiro is a godsend. the entire body is attached to the central nervous system, chiro can help aleviate so many things

Johanna - posted on 10/01/2009

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I am a certified infant massage therapist (CIMI) through the International Association of Infant Massage. Has she tried the "I love You" rub? You follow the ascending transverse and descending colon with your fingers to move any trapped gas and/or bowel movements and encourage passage. Good luck! Johanna

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Try apple juice it works wonders just don't give her too much. I let my 3 year old have about 8 oz a day and then water all day long and it has worked very nicely, my 10 month old gets 4 oz a week and it keeps her fairly regular.

Brandi - posted on 10/01/2009

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My son had constipation problems at about three months old and his doctor suggested Benefiber. I added a little to his formula once a day and it worked great. Benefiber is a good choice because it has no flavor and you can add it to anything. I was a little concerned about giving him anything but the doctor explained "it's just fiber",

Dawn - posted on 10/01/2009

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Quoting katie:

what i did with my daughter, when she was having pains, first move her legs like she was riding a bike. bring them to her belly and back down. i would massage her lil belly as well. the doctor told me to take a rectal thermometer, and use a covering of some sorts, add some Vaseline, and stick it up there a lil bit. it would always work. she just needed some help getting it out. by the way she was a breast fed baby



Try apple juice it seemed to work for my daughters...

Amy - posted on 10/01/2009

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Quoting constance:

they have suppsitories for babies that you buy otc.i had to with my baby and it worked great.



We had to do this with my oldes who, as a baby, somehow seemed to forget hoe to go for a couple of months - it felt like years ,but this always worked like a charm and was rec and monitored by the pediatrician.

Eronda - posted on 10/01/2009

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All she has to do is get some kero syrup from the store it is sweet but just put a good amount in some warm water it works like baby laxative I just did it with my Goddaughter when she was four months and having trouble poopin'

Danielle - posted on 10/01/2009

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I give my sons Mandarin oranges. You can either bye them in a can or individual fruit cup size. They work great. My 5 yr old had alot of problems with this when he was younger and the oranges usually made him go within a couple hours or the next day. Hope this helps I know how horrible this situation is.

Platz - posted on 10/01/2009

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A great tip is to remember that pretty much all of the fruits that start with a "P" help to loosen the bowls (ironically) So, pears, peaches, prunes etc = Poop....dietary fixes are generally the best solution!

Julie - posted on 09/30/2009

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A small aoumt of pure prune juice mixed with a couple of ounces of warm water.Also depending on age a rubarb yoghurt is also good or even some stewed cooled rubarb.

Alice - posted on 09/30/2009

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What does the pediatrican say? Four days is a long time I think for a baby to not go.

Shannon - posted on 09/30/2009

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Is the baby breast fed? if so, not pooing for up to 9 days is pretty "normal". The milk that we give our babies is so perfect for them that they may use most of it for growth without "leftovers" that we get from regular food, or from formula. If the baby is not breast fed, stimulating the rectum by gently wiping, or using a small amount of vasaline on a cue tip may work.

Laura - posted on 09/30/2009

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whoa, this is the BEST. Put a tablespoon of KARO Syrup in each bottle till the have 2 large bowel movements. Absolutely worked on both of my kids...

Pennie - posted on 09/30/2009

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I always gave mine a little bit of apple juice, not as harsh on the tummy as prune juice and they seemed to like it better. Always worked pretty quickly

Rebecca - posted on 09/30/2009

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my baby is 15 months and holds his poo in it can be very painful for him this is really helpful thankyou!! x

Vicki - posted on 09/30/2009

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The old ways of karo syrup and water were a wonder with my kiddo's but also it depends upon what the pediatrician recommends as well. Water, water, water is really the best method for infants. If it continues and seems to not improve or she doesn't have a bowl movement for a week I would really seem medical help.

Michelle - posted on 09/30/2009

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If the baby is breastfed, it is totally fine for her to not poo for several days, but if you're that worried about it, make sure she gets lots of water, maybe some prune juice in there, that will get things moving pretty quick, but you could also call her dr. and get some suggestions, they don't always have to check out the baby to know what is normal and what is not. See if he/she has any advice as well. Good luck.

Vicki - posted on 09/30/2009

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My son had problems too. We talked with his Dr and she suggested Miralax. She should talk with her baby's Dr, maybe they'll suggest the same thing.

Jennifer - posted on 09/30/2009

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I heard adding a tablespoon of dark Karo syrup to bottle.
How old is the baby? If it can eat finger foods. Mini marshmallows will do it too.
Dr. Pepper has prune juice in it. Try a little bit of that. It tastes better than prune juice.
Always makes my kids go.

Andrea - posted on 09/30/2009

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Definitely try some prune juice or the 1st stage baby pureed prunes. This usually works within a day or two. It's a miracle fruit for when you want baby's to poop. It worked for my baby when she went almost a week without going, once she had prunes...bam! she went poop. Good luck!

Laura - posted on 09/30/2009

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If the baby is old enough to chew on a teether- this will sound crazy but works everytime for teething and constipation-let the baby chew on a cob of corn it is an old farm recipe for success and always works the corn won't hurt the baby if for teething put the corn cob in refridgerator to cool it first. let me know how it works for you

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We had a friend whose son didn't have a bowel movement for 14 days and the doctor wasn't worried. If it's painful I would try the bicycling that worked with my daughter. Also Miralax is really good for getting kids to go as well as softening stool. It also doesn't affect the body's natural ability like some chemicals do.

Renee - posted on 09/30/2009

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Try kiwi fruit. I used Kiwi fruit juice / fruit for my three kids and it works really well!! My brother is a paramedic and he suggested it to me one day when one of my twin girls was having problems trying to poo. Good luck!

MARCELLA - posted on 09/30/2009

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hi ladies it's marcella i just joined. not to scare anyone but if your child has not had a bowel movement you may want to yakbe him/ her in to the doctor. there may be something seriously wrong. i seen on real trauma the tv show. this lady had a baby and her son could not have a bowel movement for nothing so she took him to the doctor over and over and they couldnt find nothiing wrong with the little boy, but as he got older his stomach got bigger not knowing y. so take the baby to th e doctor and see what they have to say. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Karen - posted on 09/30/2009

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Talk to the dr. if this continues, if she holds it and it gets painful you run into problems. Mine could hold it for a week or longer at that age! There is a juice on the market called plum smart (kind of prune juice for kids), you could water it down. My daughter takes a small dose of Miralax every day, it's over the counter and the dr. says it just softens things up, doesn't become absorbed.

Brianna - posted on 09/30/2009

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When I had this problem my peds office told me to put vaseline on the end of a thermometer and insert it in my little guys bottom (not very far). It worked every time. Hope this helps.

Susan - posted on 09/30/2009

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My now 23 year old son was breastfed and would often go for days without going. Sometimes apple juice would work but two different pediatricians told us not to worry about it unless it was making him uncomfortable which it didn't seem to be. We were told that if you started them on enemas and such that they would become dependent on them. Of course I had a big hassle with my mother in law over it since she was sure she knew more than either of the doctors did.

Karlien - posted on 09/30/2009

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3.go to the market and buy the purity plum bottle and give it to the baby everything.

a small bottle.

Bridget - posted on 09/30/2009

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get some prune juice immediately and give it to the baby, or get some mirlax from the store or drug store and put it in the prune juice. Trust me both of them work bc that is what we did for my son when he was that young and it works like a charm. also you may want to give some tyenlol for the pain for when it all comes out! and keep up with the mirlax for a few days afterwards, after all of it comes out to keep her regular. and also get a perscription for it,so you wont have to pay the high cost of mirlax. it is the best thing that works out there today! let me know how it works and if everythign is ok

Bonnie - posted on 09/30/2009

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Sometimes babies don't poo. Especially if they are breastfed. My son, who is now nine, was a couple of days old, breastfed, and didn't have a bowl movement for eight days. He was just getting what he needed and nothing needed to be voided. Not that I didn't freak out, because what baby doesn't poo?

Natalie - posted on 09/30/2009

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Try malt in with the bottle or a teaspoon of brown sugar with water in a bottle.
I regularly use brown sugar with water and it works everytime, my local gp recommended this and I haven't looked back since.

Suzanne - posted on 09/30/2009

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that came out wrong, it done the trick for my twins haha well at least u can have a giggle. by the way that mixture is to be mixed in the bottle. if its an older child some stewed apple

Suzanne - posted on 09/30/2009

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ihave twins and i found that 2 ozs of cooled boiled water, 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and freshly squeezed orange juice done the trick for me.

Irene - posted on 09/30/2009

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Put about a teaspoon of corn syrup in the baby's bottle (6-8oz) mix well, voila.

Constance - posted on 09/30/2009

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they have suppsitories for babies that you buy otc.i had to with my baby and it worked great.

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