Is this considered constipation??

Jamie - posted on 11/20/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )




We have a 4 week old that only seems to poop once a day. That poop fills the entire diaper. However, he is constantly straining to go. This isn't considered constipation, is it? They are definitely not hard in any way. We were talking with friends of ours and they mentioned about a low iron formula. I'm wondering if we would need to switch him over to something like this? How often do formula fed babies poop? Does anybody have experience with this?


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Amy - posted on 11/25/2009




my son has the same probblem and yes its constipation doc sugested a teaspoon of karo surup if that doesnt work try minneral oil, or baby prune and apple juice the karo helps them go the minerail oil lubes them up so its eaiser for them to go so they dont strain . regardless babys should poop acording to their intake my son is at five oz. and the pedatrition said he should poop in maybe in not every dyper every other i hope this helps. oh ps. that will be karo 2 times a day and mineral oil once a day!

Tiffany - posted on 11/24/2009




I wouldn't switch formulas. My son has been on formula(or supplemented with breastmilk until he was a month) since the day we brought him home from the hospital. In the beginning I don't know what his pooping schedule was but now that he's 5 months he's been pooping every morning, every day. And for the straining, I thought that was completely normal if your son's poop is not hard. It only makes sense to me...Your son won't poop if he doesn't push just as I'd hope for any adult. I actually think there would be a problem if there was no sense of any strain.

Stephanie - posted on 11/21/2009




It's normal for formula fed babies to have a little bit more trouble pooping than breastfed because it's harder to digest. as soon as I got off the boobie with my daughter, I started her on Enfamil Premium because it's got triple health guard. If you can find a formula with higher magnesium, it should help his digestion too. If his poop ever does become hard, try pear juice or a baby electrolyte such as pedialyte (the store brands work just as well, just pop an ounce in a bottle and have him drink it. Dehydration can also be monitored by looking at the lips, if they appear rough or bumpy {chapped} ) Hope this helped!

Alison - posted on 11/21/2009




dont worry you dont need to switch formula its perfectly normal! my daughter only poops once a day and its been that way since we came home from the hospital and i asked my dr about it because i was concerned also and she said it was perfectly normal. If it was constipation it would look like hard little pellets like rabbit poop

Iysha - posted on 11/21/2009




Oh, and to help with it I would hold her against me and upright while I rubbed her back. i also would lay her down and do "bicycle legs" My mom told me to do it and I felt like it helped...If it did really, i don't know..but i felt like I was helping. lol

Iysha - posted on 11/21/2009




When I told my daughter's pediatrician that I thought my daughter, Kylie, was constipated...he rolled his eyes, laughed and asked, "Why do you think that?' I mentioned the same things you did. This is what he told me:

Most parents think their children are constipated because they strain to go poop. If the poop is not hard and pallet like, then they are not constipated. What is happening is that babies are pretty new to pooping, and they don't know which muscles to relax and which to contract. So they have to push with their abdomen and relax their anal they are keeping the sphincter tight and pushing...when you push something against something hard, it's not going anywhere. lol. so that is what the pushing and crying and funny faces are...

My daughter has been formula fed since day one...and doesn't struggle to poop anymore. It sto[pped around the time she was about 2 1/2 months...she is 4 months and poops about every couple days. It isn't the formula, it's your baby getting the concept of how to poop correctly.

Crystal - posted on 11/21/2009




If his bowel movements aren't hard, then I don't think he is constipated. As previously stated it some children have a harder time going but that doesn't mean constipation. I wouldn't switch just yet.

Ashley - posted on 11/20/2009




that is normal. formula fed babes go about 3 times a day, but can not go for up to 3. dont switch any formula without talking to yr doc first.

Hadleigh - posted on 11/20/2009




My bub went from going 6-7 times a day on breast milk to once a day when he switched to formula. He used to grunt like he was trying to go but nothing would happen. The doctor said it was completely normal. Hope this helps!

Andrea - posted on 11/20/2009




That is normal for formula fed babies.. I would talk with your doctor if you are really worried about it.. I know that some babies do have a harder time pooping.. My son he only went once a day.. and my daughter who was breastfed went once or more times and then might be 3 or 4 days b4 we would get another one.. My daughter is miralax for her belly.. She had Gastrochisis when she was born so we have to help things a little.. I like the miralax cuz it cause her no pain at all because it is not a laxitive.. Well i sure hope this might be helpful.. Take care Best wishes

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