i have a 4 week old baby that hasn't had a bm in 3 days, what can i do?

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Jill - posted on 11/20/2008

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That happened with mine as well. I was told to take his temperature (rectal) to stemulate his bowels. I was not sure I wanted to do it, but I did and it worked. The next time it happened I did not do any thing and after the third day he exploded and had several very messy diapers. I think we are in for more in another day or so.

Michelle - posted on 05/25/2009

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I've had the same problem since my son was 4 weeks, he's almost 6 weeks now and he's having about 2-3 bm's a day, I was told that if he seems overly bunged up, try a little bit of prune juice or apple juice (a teaspoon at the most) and add it into their bottle if your bottle feeding, I happen to be bottle feeding but he hasn't been bad enough yet to where we need to break out the juice, but just keep an eye on your baby and as long as there's a bm soon they'll be fine

Beth - posted on 11/24/2008

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I would just affirm what everyone else has said. My son, who is now almost 1, went through a stretch of a month or two where he went several days between bms--once as long as 11 days! I was told by my doctor that as long as wet diapers continued and the bm was not hard when it did come, it was absolutely normal. Their little bodies are just very efficient at using everything in the milk. I worried too, but there's no need!

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I am an old mother all mine are grown up and when they never had a bm for days they were very cranky, my mother and grandmother said 2onz boiled water 1/2 teaspoon sugar cooled of course will do the trick and by god did it. but then I always went with the old ways.

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At this age, wet diaper counts are more important as stated on another post. I was told that babies don't get constipated (this was my breast feeding specialist.) Look for signs of discomfort and pain like crying unconsolably combined with straightening of the legs, this tends to mean their bellies are uncomfortable, for lack of a better term.



The glycerin suppositories are safe to use, though I would check with the MD first. Some doctors don't like to use them. Gripe's water is good, too, carried at Walgreens for sure in the baby isle, again check with the doc so they know what you are using.



Jack would hold it in for 3 days every other bowel movement and I just did the "swoop baby, baby, swoop" --You hold the baby in "standing" position in your lap, on the "swoop" you sit the baby down in your lap while shifting them to one side then up to "standing" for the "baby, baby" part where you bounce them gently and then "swoop" them to the other side to bounce again. You are singing the words "swoop, baby, baby, swoop" while you are doing this. Worked wonders.



My sister in law, did the "bicycle" Lay the baby on the bed and gently bicycle their legs, after a few "pedals" push both knees up into the belly, gently then "pedal" again.



If your baby is crying uncontrollably give the advice nurse a call, it can't hurt. That's what they get paid to do.



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Michelle - posted on 11/25/2008

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My doctor said to give them some mineral oil with there formula(less than a teaspon)or you can try a baby enima (walgreens). It works wonders!!!! You can also try a rectaql thermometer with vasaline in it. My son had a very hard time going!!!!

Tessa - posted on 11/25/2008

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I see you've had a ton of responces....but I thought I would put mine in too. As an Neonatal ICU Nurse I have to agree that if you are breastfeeding your baby it is normal for your baby to go a few days without a BM. As long as when the baby does go it is a "normal" BM. Soft and seedy and yellow, orange, or green in colour. I hope by now your little one has gone, if not....I wouldn't do the suppoisitory yet but you can lubricate the tip of a Q-tip and only the tip and "tickle" the rectum. Do not go any further than the tip as you don't want to cause any harm. Sometimes a litte stimulation will get things going.

Kristina - posted on 11/25/2008

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I would try gripe water and I know this sounds weird but it's what my doc said take the babies tempature (rectal thermo) it helps alot if this doesn't work see a doc

Allison - posted on 11/25/2008

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My kids just didn't go very often (my son went for more than 2 weeks with no poop). If their tummies aren't distended (hard to the touch and bloated) and they don't seem upset or uncomfortable, then I wouldn't worry. Sometimes to force something out we would give a bottle of water with some karo syrup...but beware- explosive diapers sometimes occur from this mild intervention!

Amy - posted on 11/25/2008

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If you are breastfeeding, I wouldn't give your baby anything other than breastmilk. It's a natural laxative. It's normal for breastfed babies to go a week without a bm. If your baby seems very uncomfortable then I would call a doctor.

Sharon - posted on 11/25/2008

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I had the same problem with all four of my kids. When I became desperate at one point I called my mother-in-law. She told me about this old remedy she used to do. Just heat up water and put in the bottle with some sugar and shake well. within minutes he went and I did everytime after that. 99% of the time it worked.

Amanda - posted on 11/24/2008

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brown sugar and water works wonders just a teaspoon in a bottle. some formulas can cause constipation.

Nancy - posted on 11/24/2008

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I had to give my son half of a glycerin suppository... Consult your pediatrician

Ingrid - posted on 11/24/2008

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Some bubs don't go for up to a week or so, my little one was breastfed and would only go weekly. If your concerned there are two tricks diluted prune juice or if bottle fed a little brown sugar in a bottle. You can gently push legs into tummy and do bicycle movements with the legs. If all else fails see you baby health professional. Babies have there own schedule so I wouldn't worry too much.

Chloe - posted on 11/24/2008

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this happened to my little girl at 4 weeks awell she didnt go for 6 days and the doctor sent me to the chemist and got coloxyl it worked a treat and i use it until she was regualer again and all was fine :)

Lucy - posted on 11/24/2008

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I wouldn't worry about unless your baby is in pain. Some babies digest milk very efficiently. While it seems very wrong that your baby hasn't gone yet, it is normal for a baby to go even longer between BMs. One of my babies used to go 2-5 between BMs until he started solids.

Crystal - posted on 11/24/2008

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I spoke to a pedeitritian when my daughter was born because she had a lot of trouble pooping as well...I was told brown sugar and water...just plain water...or watered down prun juice I found worked the best!

HelenJane - posted on 11/21/2008

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I breastfed and my son went 4 days without a BM and we tried sterile water. I only gave him 2oz, and within minutes he let had a BM. We tried gripe water and that didn't seem to work for him.

Maria - posted on 11/20/2008

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AHHHHHHH!!! Whatever you do.... DON"T give you baby juice or water! If you are exclusively breastfeeding this is very normal after first few weeks. In fact b/f babies can go as long as 20 days. Something a lot of Dr's who don't know much about breastfeeding either won't know this becuase they have the big corporate FORMULA or should I say artificial milk companies pushing formula down their throat. I learned a lot from the LaLeche league. Give them a call they helped so much and I learned so much from them. Babies don't need water wither because they get what they need from breastmilk...formula is 80 percent filler that is why formula babies poo more than b/f babies.b/f babies bodies are so efficent in using everything in the milk that sometime sthere just is no waste. Hope this helped.

Erin - posted on 11/20/2008

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Are you breast feeding? It is normal for breastfed babies to go up to a week+ without a BM. Breast milk is absorbed & used so efficiently that babies don't need to get rid of as much as often. If you're formula feeding, your baby might need water. It could be dehydration. Good luck & don't stress. Their little bodies are still figuring out how to do these things.

Dana - posted on 11/20/2008

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You can go as long as 6 or 7 days and then you will have an explosive diaper. Try taking his temperature with a rectal thermometer (vaseline it) and let it stimulate the bowel. That generally worked if I didn't want to wait it out.

Nichole - posted on 11/20/2008

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if you are breast feeding it is normal for babies to go up to two weeks without a bowl movement...longer than that is a concern & you should then talk to your dr.

TiFFANY - posted on 11/20/2008

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OH YEA. WHEN iT COMES iTS GUNNA COME!!

BUT WHEN MY SON WAS ABOUT 4 WEEKS i WOULD HAVE WORRiED CRAZY ABOUT THAT. BUT HES STiLL LEARNiN HOW TO GO. i USED TO PUT MY SON ON HiS STOMACH OR HOLD HiM UPRiGHT AND LET HiM THiNK HES WALKiN AN iT HELPED HiM. HES A BREAST FEEDER SO i DONT KNOW ANYTHiNG ABOUT FORMULA....

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the doctor told me that no syrup is good for a baby they gave me this syrup and tole me to use it when ever he did have a bm and the baby doctor told me to stop becuase hi body wanted to it for him to go with it and not him slef

Irene - posted on 11/20/2008

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A baby lax will work a supository! At least that's what my mom did. Or try some Similac Sensitive Formula!

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hi there my son had a bm prob from 3mnt to 6mnt and wouldnt go for up to 3 days so the doctors got me to use low iron forulma i was also breast feeding to becuase he was getting to much iron.. just keep a close eye on it because it not a nice thing for them i was in the hospital every week.. and juice is not good at that age or any syrup.. they told me to give him juice and he broke out in heves and they told me he has alrgeys from it now and might not be able to give him apple or pears anymore so just take it easy and talk to your doctor about it

Kerri - posted on 11/20/2008

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There are a couple things...first talk to your doctor. Some suggestions that I got were prunes (there are baby prunes) and I found an apple prune juice for babies and gave it to him a few times a day. It seemed to help.

Karen - posted on 11/20/2008

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My son is 6 weeks old and I have problems with him. He was breast fed and now we're supplementing formula too to help him gain weight. Hes seemed a little stopped up to me because I was used to the breast fed diapers. What I have learned is as they get older they will have less BM, but make sure there are plenty of wet diapers. Also, Gripe Water has worked wonders... I like Baby Blis Gripe Water!! Helps with gas and colicly times too...

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My little girl is bottle fed and does get constipated from time to time and believe me you'll know it. If you are worried I suggest a little massage or, my favourite, little baby bicycle legs (peddle or simply scrunch them up toward the belly). I wouldn't give your baby ANYTHING (unless your Dr says to). Remember with babies constipation refers to the consistency (hard/soft) not frequency of bowel movements. You would notice them struggling to push it out or find a hard little nugget if they were constipated.

Kim - posted on 11/20/2008

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I didn't read all of the comments, so it may have already been mentioned, but my daughter was having similar problems when she was a bit older, but we put Miralax in her bottle (the dr. told us to, just a tsp.) and it really worked for her - hope the problem goes away. :o)

Courtney - posted on 11/20/2008

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Our Dr had my son on prune juice...doesn't sound good but started with just like a half an oz and then went up if that didn't work....

Lori - posted on 11/20/2008

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nothing it'll work itself out, another m om also mentioned that its normal for new babies to go without bms because they are using the nutrients and arent secreting them.everything will be fine. ;)

Sasha - posted on 11/20/2008

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Wow thank you for all the great responses...I am breastfeeding and before he was going after every feeding and then all of a sudden he just stopped and hasn't gone since. But he has a wet diaper every change, and he doesn't seem bothered, he still sleeps well and doesn't seem like he's in pain. I just don't know at what point do I call the doctore cause he said that sometimes a few days without a bm is ok.

Thanks again for all the great responses!

Sasha

Jenny - posted on 11/20/2008

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My Dr. told me to use Karo syrup as well...being bottlefed. Dr was never concerned as long as my son wasn't showing any signs of being uncomfortable. We would give him some karo syrup in his bottle and within a couple of hours we'd magically have a poopy diaper!

Alix - posted on 11/20/2008

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if ur formula feeding its normal as im formula feeding my second boy now. if ur baby goes 4 more than 4 days go docs straight away.my youngest used 2 get all clogged from havin both formula n breast, so i cut out d breast n now just giving formula n he goes regularly every day now.

Jeanne - posted on 11/20/2008

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It's really normal for a baby to stop having a bm as frequently once they reach 4-6 weeks. I wouldn't worry too much, it's hard not to I know! You can give some juice, try prune juice with some water in it. My oldest went 7 days around that age and we gave 1/2 of a child's glycerine suppository and he went immediately! Good luck!

Christina - posted on 11/20/2008

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If you are bottle feeding add a half of table spoon of karo syrup (the dark one) to their formula for every 2 oz of formula. Babies can go for up to a week without pooping and it'll be ok. They'll just do it. If that doesn't work, you may want to consider a suppository. I never had to go that far but a friend of mine had to do it. Both ways are perfectly safe and recommended by our pediatricians! :) Good luck.

Meg - posted on 11/20/2008

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I think at about this age, their bm's start slowing down. As long as the baby doesn't seem overly fussy or is not gaining weight, i wouldn't worry about it.

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You can also use a bit (1 teaspoon or so) of mineral oil (available over the counter) mixed with water or diluted juice. But ask your dr. first.

This is not a stimulant or a laxative. It just lubricates the colon so bm's move easier.

If you do get glycerine suppositories, make sure you look for the child sized ones. And even they'll seem big for an infant. You can make them narrower by cutting the suppositories in half length-wise with a sharp kitchen knife (just be careful not to cut yourself in the process).

Tabitha - posted on 11/20/2008

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check with your doctor first, but as many others said, breastfed babies often skip a few days between bms and that's totally normal. if your baby is still having wet diapers that's good. if your baby doesn't seem particularly bothered, as in by cramps, then don't worry. if your baby is acting like it bothers them, your doc will probably recommend a glycerin suppository. they make baby-sized ones, you can find them by the adult ones in the store. i breastfeed and my little guys has gone 3 days without a bowel movement before. if you use the suppository - only if the doc ok's it - then use youre pinky finger to push it in, try to wear gloves please, and make sure your fingernails are trimmed as short as you can and aren't sharp anywhere.

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I agree with the one mom who said not to worry if you are breastfeeding. Having breastfed 3 kids myself, just be glad when they're not pooping LOL as when they do it's a lovely yellow mess.

otherwise it sounds like you got some pretty good answers already

Corie - posted on 11/20/2008

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If you're breastfeeding, your baby is fine. As long as there's wet diapers. Sometimes they're absorbing all of the food they need. My baby went a week once and my doctor said a lot of times it can go up to 10 days without. As long as they have wet diapers (which would mean they're still hydrated).

Heather - posted on 11/20/2008

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My Doctor advised Glycerine suppositories, he was only a few days old as well at the time

Dinnae - posted on 11/20/2008

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Hi Sasha,

One question - is your baby breastfed or formula fed?

If breastfed, don't stress - he/she will have a bm soon (and chances are good it will go EVERYWHERE!) Sometimes bfed babies can go up to a week or more (my public health nurse once said 14 days!!!), as they don't get constipated.

If your baby is formula fed, that is another thing, and to be honest, I can't help you with that one, as both my boys were/are bfed.

Any other mums want to contribute to that one?

Good luck dear!
Dinnae :)

Jessica - posted on 11/20/2008

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I don't know whether you are breast or bottle feeding. If you are bottle feeding add a small amount of Karo syrup to a bottle. 1/4 tsp may work and see if that helps. If you are breast feeding increase your water and your fresh fruits for example prunes, apricots that will help the baby too. Watch them closely. Don't wait too long and keep your doctor closely posted.

Angie - posted on 11/20/2008

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Nothing, the same thing happened to my little guy I went to the doctor and everything.It was 4 1/2 days then all of sudden he went and went like 3 times a day.They have there own little schedules just to freak new moms out.

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have u massaged her lower back, pushed her legs gently up towards her tummy, given her a bath to help relax her body, maybe use gripe water to see if that helps a lil

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i would talk to your doctor first, but my doc had me either feed my son a little apple juice, but you have to dilute it with a little water, and you can't give any more than 2 oz, or feed them a little bit of prunes, but since your baby is only 4 weeks, i would make sure to ask your doctor first.

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