my 3 month old is not having regualr bowels...

Amanda - posted on 06/23/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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She went six days without pooping then she pooped once and its been two days since that.. she seems uncomfortable when she farts and they smell really bad.. I feel like she is too young for certain things and i dont believe in using suppositories because then she will just be dependent on them to poop later... any ideas how to help?

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Rachel - posted on 06/25/2009

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A three month old's digestive system is too immature to introduce any real foods or juices, like prunes juice. Listen to your doctor. IT IS PERFECTLY NORMAL FOR YOU BREASTFED BABY TO POOP ONLY ONCE A WEEK. It is not normal to feed on so young something other than milk however. If you want your baby to poop more, breast feed her more. The reason she isn't pooping much is because breast milk has virtually no waste (unlike formula) -- everything she is eating she is using. Poop is waste -- stuff the body doesn't need. She is growing more so she is using up everything now. If you want poop, again just nurse more. If she is uncomfortable with her gas, use the Mylecon drops. Mine went through this not pooping. It is NORMAL.

Melissa - posted on 06/28/2009

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this sometimes mean they have too much iron. Warm water helps and brown sugar in the bottle will help with the tummy aches. And don't feed your baby any kind of food other then there formula or breast milk. If this dosen't work i would ask my doctor. They are not suppost to have hard poops until they are on solid foods.

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Brittany - posted on 06/28/2009

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my daughter has trouble some times and our doctor told us to dip a q-tip in vasaline and just putting the tip of it into her but and pulling it in and out it will stimulate her rectal muscles and help her poop also apple juice prune juice and pear juice are good try giving her 4-8 oz. a day for a few days and see if it starts to loosen up

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Hi. Actually my son had that same problem when he was an infant. He would struggle ALL day and cry most of the day because he was so uncomfortable, finally go & then go through the exact same process again...every day. It was horrible! I got different suggestions from many but I finally took him into his doctor and she said to add between one-half ounce to one ounce of pear juice to each of his bottles (so he was getting about 4 ounces of pear juice a day). Within a couple of days, he was going regularly and he has never had a problem since. She said do not do apple juice, it actually has the opposite effect. She was very specific on it needing to be pear juice. She also was very adament about not adding Karo syrup (I had gotten that advice from someone else). She said that can cause botchilism. Anyway, hope this helps!

Toyin - posted on 06/26/2009

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I had similar experience when mine was a month plus but the ped said it was normal with breast milk; even not pooping up to 7 days is allowed in the medical book so dont snuff the small angels with juice. one can only be worried if they are living on formular.

Lydia - posted on 06/26/2009

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My daughter got a little prune juice in her bottle to help with constipation which worked well. But babies dont necessarily poop that regularly so if she has soft poop then she may not need anything to help - even if she is only going every seven days or so.

Millicent - posted on 06/25/2009

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my daughter had the same problem, and we tried karo syrup and suppositories. Once she started eating solids, we would give her prunes at night and pears in the morning, and she poops twice a day like clockwork. Good luck!

Connie - posted on 06/25/2009

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Try about a tablespoon of corn syrup in each bottle you give her. Just watch out though in a few hours she might explode. Used it on my son, worked great and he loved the taste.

Kim - posted on 06/25/2009

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I see you tried the prunes. That's the way to go. Or you could give her prune juice and dilute it a little. Just an ounce or two at a time. My daughter had the same problem and when she started eating solids her stool was very hard. The more you get prunes/prune juice in her, she'll get to like the taste. Pears/pear juice too! taste's a little better. Good luck!

Erin - posted on 06/25/2009

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try giving her a bottle with warm water and dark kayro syrup. that is what the dr recommended for my daughter at 4weeks old. they told me that it wasn't considered a bad thing to only have one bowel movement a week, but she was miserable. we put one teaspon of syrup in about 2 oz of water. then increased the syrup until we noticed what would work. we only did it once a day. i think we ended up with about a tablespoon and a half for 2oz of water. it worked great.

Tracey - posted on 06/24/2009

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If you are breast feeding exclusively, that can be normal to go up to 7 days without a bowel movement. I had this same problem with my son...he went 11 days...but I tried prune juice, pear/apple juice and then I took him to the Dr. and everything was fine...they just said BF (breast fed) babies sometimes absorb all the nutrients and don't have enough to excrete yet. If the baby's tummy is pocking out and hard -I would call the ped b/c you probably will need a infant suppository just to get her going...If her tummy is ok and she dosen't seem fussy or uncomfortable just keep up the good breast milk!

If you are bottle feeding...I would call the Ped and ask...the formula usually is heavy enough to produce at least one bowel movement every day.

Lyndsey - posted on 06/24/2009

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This happened with my son! (He's now 5 and the problem's gone) He chose not to go to the toilet from 10 days old. We think he had gone and it had hurt - so rather than be hurt again - he stopped going!!



Best thing for us was a drink of prune juice and PLENTY of cooled boiled water between feeds.



Hope this helps xx



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Just curious as to whether your daughter drinks formula or breast milk. I know that my daughter was quite regular, however, have read that it's completely normal for breast fed babies to poop anywhere from 1 time per week to multiple times per day. I also remember my daughter for her first few months just acting uncomfortable in general, along with a lot of other babies when it comes to pooping. I read "The Happiest Baby on the Block" and the author describes how infants will simultaneously push to poop and clench themselves so that nothing will come out. Just my thoughts. Good luck! I hope you find your answers soon!

Belinda - posted on 06/24/2009

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I wouldn't worry at all as long as when she does go it is soft and not hard and dry. Babies that are being exclusively breastfed can go up to 2 weeks without pooing and it can be completely normal!! As long as they aren't really miserable and as long as the consistency of the poo isn't hard and dry it's probably normal. My baby girl poo'd several times a day until she was about 10 weeks old then all of a sudden didn't poo for 11 days!! I saw a doctor and was really really worried because it seemed so abnormal for her but they said she wasn't constipated and didn't have a sore belly so not to worry. When she did poo it was huge but soft and normal looking. Then from 10 weeks til 6 months, when she started solids she would usually only poo every 7-10 days. Breastmilk is so perfect for babies that there is very little wastage and so it can be normal for them to not poo very often when that's all they are having because their efficient little bodies use everything that is in the milk. Formula fed babies apparently should poo every day as there is a little more in the milk that their bodies can't process..... that's what my doc told me anyway. So try not to worry, your bub is probably fine.

Pam - posted on 06/24/2009

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If your baby is fully breastfed, apparently it's normal for some baby's to have one bowel motion even up to 7 days or more...it happened to my baby around that age...some days she'd poo every day, somedays she'd poo once every three days, and then there was once or twice it was up to 5 days. by the 5th day she was uncomfortable (for obvious reasons) but not in pain. helping to massage her tummy area including the area just above the groin with the palm of your hand with a little baby massage oil in a clockwise circular fashion for as long as she'll let you might help her to feel a bit better. If you are really worried, some diluted prune juice might work. but for fully breastfed babies, irregular poos are normal.

Mel - posted on 06/23/2009

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try prune juice, water between feeds, coloxyl drops from the pharmacy, change of formula, adding 5-10 mills extra water to the formula, apple/orange juice, vaseline on a cotton tip when you change her nappy and eliminate iron from her diet so dont use rice cereal if you are. mine was constipated for 11 and a half months badly and i never resorted to rice cereal either. the prune juice works best but the more natural ways are warm baths and lower tummy massage. you can also try about half to one tea spon of raw sugar in the bottle

User - posted on 06/23/2009

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Sounds like a possible food allergy. I know the baby is breastfed, but she may be allergic to something you are eating, look online for an elimanation deit to find the culprit. Hope this helps

Amanda - posted on 06/23/2009

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yeah its tough and her farts smell pretty bad.. i gave her prunes before they seemed to work i just havent given them to her this time.. she doesnt like the unfamiliar taste.. but im gonna pick some more up today...

Eva - posted on 06/23/2009

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my friend did it with her boy at two months and i did it with mine at two months but you are your babys first doctor you can always try if she spits it up or seems to have trouble with it dont give it to her again i just know how hard it is to see your baby be miserable

Amanda - posted on 06/23/2009

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no she is exclusively breast fed.. i did give her some apple sauce the other day to try and help her poop..

Eva - posted on 06/23/2009

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i was having the same problem with my 2 month old i tried everything, apple juice mixed with water, karo syrup, and even suppositories and then my friend told me to give him one baby spoon full of prunes a night and that it would regulate him and it worked amazingly, he went from having one bowel movement a week to one or two a day and is a much happier baby and no longer has to strain to go

Amanda - posted on 06/23/2009

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she went to the docs yesterday he didnt say anything about i asked about it and he said not to worry. but im a mother and of course i worry... and her poop is still liquid because she is breast fed and only three months

Brooke - posted on 06/23/2009

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My son would go long stretches without pooping at this stage... I never worried too much as long as his poop was a normal consistency. If it seems dry and she is straining very hard to poo, I would call the doctor to see what they think you should do to relieve her. Good luck!

Guggie - posted on 06/23/2009

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Is she exclusively fed milk or formula? That sounds like she has been given other foods and her body is trying to digest it.



It can be a rocky beginning when they start eating other foods, especially if their GI tract isn't able to digest and break down foods yet.

Margaret - posted on 06/23/2009

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take her to a doctor he will provide suitable options, and she will require treatment how old is she and is she having solids yet? and if so how much?



there are conditions effecting the development of the nerves in the bowel amongst others which can cause this and they do need to be addressed

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