please help!!!

Stephanie - posted on 12/13/2009 ( 43 moms have responded )

50

9

0

I have a 2 month old baby that is strictly breastfed. Up until now I haven't had any constipation problems. He has not had a bowel movement for over 24 hrs so I figured I'd go out and buy him some laxative drops or gas drops..He is EXTREMELY fussy and uncomfortable..I'm not sure which brand to buy. I want the kind that REALLY WORKS...any suggestions???

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Jessica - posted on 12/15/2009

2

15

0

This may sound crazy to some people but my daughter got colic and had horrible gas at this age and after many nights of walking the floor exhausted and praying for her discomfort to stop I tried taking her to the chiropractor and amazingly within 24 hrs she was GREAT!!! No more sleepless nights, at least not abnormally sleepless nights!! But if you find a chiropractor that will adjust babies and btw it is very gentle and most babies sleep for several hours afterwards because of the relief of the pain they are in. Good luck...please research your chiropractor 1st...make sure they are well known and that they FOR SURE adjust infants!!

Courtney - posted on 12/14/2009

59

9

6

Quoting Samantha:

Before you do that you could try using a thermometer and take his temp rectaly, alot of times this helps for what ever reason I don't know, but this is what I was told to in a similar situation. Other wise I would try little ones gas relief drops, I have used them for my daughter and they seemed to work well.



My little one went 7 days and this was suggested to me, after taking her temp she went a little and I cleaned her up and put her in her bouncy chair, about 5 minutes later her diaper, onsie, and bouncer were full of poo! lol  She had gas problems as well, but I found that taking my fingers in a donward or circular motion usually helped relieve the problem and we never gave her drops.  The moving of the legs up and down that some one mentioned works well too.  I also found that some of the times that she was really cranky she was acctually going through a growth spurt and a gentle massage eapeccially the legs really calmed her.

43 Comments

View replies by

Rachel - posted on 12/20/2009

218

1

11

Baby bliss Gripe water. Its awesome and all natural. you can get it at walgreens. Its pretty unlikley that he is constipated but just call your pediatician on that one. its extremley rare for breastfed babies to get constipated. breastmilk is so packed with nutrients sometimes they absorb everything and don't have a bm. my liitle guy had the same problem. just remeber babies cry the most from week 8- week 12. but the gripe water was amazing!!! good luck :)

User - posted on 12/18/2009

10

0

0

I had the same problem with my daughter she went around 3 or even 4 days in the first couple months of her life without going but I took my daughter to the doctor and they told me that was normal for breastfed babies. Her movements came more natural almost everyday once she started on other foods but all babies are different. Ask you child's doctor!!!

Claire - posted on 12/18/2009

18

9

2

Quoting Samantha:Try gently pushing their knees to their tummy, doing gently bicycle kicks >the bicycle works for my little boy as does a bit of anal stimulation sounds gross but works. just a tickle mind. with a clean wet cloth animals do this to their babies too.

Briony - posted on 12/18/2009

6

24

0

My paed summed it up really well when we left hospital - breastfed babies will either have 10 poos in one day, or one in ten. Absolutley no laxatives required. you need to look for another reason for his fussiness!

Nikki - posted on 12/16/2009

78

47

7

some breastfed baby dont go to the loo everyday. some only go once a week. if you feel they're constipated though try coloxyl drops or prune juice they will help

Brittany - posted on 12/16/2009

26

3

2

When my daughter was 6mos old and just introduced to solids, she didn't have a bm for 5 days. I took her to the doctor and they said not to worry as long as she is still breastfeeding and her belly doesn't feel hard. She went 10 days and then...ugh..I don't want to experience the horror of that particular diaper ever again.

[deleted account]

It is quite common for babies to become constipated. As long as they are passing gas, things are likely ok.

My son went almost 2 weeks without a bowel movement. Being a first time mom, I was nervous, and on the phone with the doctor almost every day.

If you are concerned, consult your babies paediatrician before administering anything to your baby.

Leticia - posted on 12/16/2009

92

35

3

my daughter only went every couple days. dnt give him OTC laxatives. it mightbe too much for his lil tummy. try mylocin. its a gas drop they work decently.

Clarissa - posted on 12/16/2009

13

36

3

you might want to try some "gripe water" it is all nateral and when our baby seamed to have problems that worked lik a dream. We didn't use the full doseing amount and it still worked!!

Dawn - posted on 12/16/2009

12

55

0

When my son didn't have a bm for a few days and when he finally did they were hard, our pediatrician recommended giving him a bit of prune juice each day. About 1 ounce per day helped him going and helped keep his stool soft enough that he wasn't uncomfortable. Call your pediatrician, the nurses can give you lots of advice on what to do. And if you baby is being fussy and crying for several hours, she could have colic. Don't be afraid to call your pediatricians with questions, that is what you pay them for.

Brittany - posted on 12/15/2009

24

2

7

Mylicon always did wonders for me, even if she just had gas. they worked like a charm, highly reccomended!!!

Holly - posted on 12/15/2009

3

50

0

I hope you little man has had a bowl movement by now. I was worried about that with my little one also. She would sometime go a week without one. She always came through for me though. I called the doctor when the constipation first started and they told me it was completely normal. They also said that she would have "blow outs", and man did she ever. Good luck. Enjoy being a mommy! :)

User - posted on 12/15/2009

2

26

0

This may sound crazy & I didn't do it with my first child (who had colicy-gassy-bowel problems) but I have done it with my 2nd one who is 7 mos. now, but if you find a chiropractor you trust who works on babies/ children there is a couple of nerves that they can press on on the muscles beside the spine that go to the bowels and another set that goes to the stomach (for colic). I was terrified the first time I took her in after 2 nights of relentless freak-out crying and the chiropractor basically massaged those muscles & she burped on spot and was great for the next 5-6 days. Every time I started seeing her turn into an unhappy little one I took her back in & she was great again for a number of days. I can't believe I have actually "beat colic" with this child. Similar thing happened again with the bowels when we introduced solids and he has helped SOOO much with moving things around in that department.
That aside - breast fed babies don't always go every day - their little bodies absorb every little ounce of your nutrition sometimes for up to 1 week. Talk to the pediatrician about it but mine said not to worry as long as they are EBF (exclusively breast fed). But you might want to avoid gassy foods like cabbage, broccoli, onions, & spicy just to make sure you aren't the reason for the fussiness :) Good luck!

User - posted on 12/15/2009

147

31

30

Try baby massage for the belly go left to right in a circular motion. Best you get a book or do a class but nothing else worked for us except that.

Lauren - posted on 12/15/2009

14

13

1

If your son is normally happy, it's not a spinal kink - though that's a great tip for parents of chronically fussy babies. Samantha's tips about baby massage and "bicycle legs" are great for wind. The thermometer thing is an easy, natural and free solution to constipation - IF that's the problem. Like KC said, check if his tummy feels full and hard.

My vote is a growth spurt. They often happen at 6 weeks/2 months, the baby cries from hunger, mother nurses frequently to soothe the baby, baby gets more milk after about 24 hours of these increased feeds, and all is well again. Until the growth spurt is over and you have too much milk! But 1-2 days is usually enough to adjust your supply to his demand.

Good luck!

Samantha - posted on 12/14/2009

47

14

4

I just had this same issue. My daughter went on Sunday and then nothing for a couple of days. She woke up screaming at 3 am Weds so I took her to the doctors later that day. They didn't find anything wrong so they told me to give her half of an infant suppository. That helped get it out of her and then Thurs she was fine. Friday - nothing so I gave her another suppository that night. Saturday - same as Friday. Sunday - I tried what my sisters ped. recommended which was a rectal thermometer with some vaseline (just the tip). That didn't seem to work but after an hour she had a BM, then a few more hours another one. Today she did great. Had 2 BM's. My sister did some research and sometimes babies don't know how to use their butt muscles. Try gently pushing their knees to their tummy, doing gently bicycle kicks and VERY GENTLY giving them a belly massage in a circular motion around their belly button. This is what I started doing as of Saturday and it seems to have helped. Also sitting my daughter in her rocker with vibrate on seems to help.

But as always, check with your ped. if you baby seems like something is wrong. My motto is "I'd rather be paranoid and there be nothing wrong, than assume everything is ok and be wrong."

GOOD LUCK!

Mandy - posted on 12/14/2009

62

22

2

Try getting some pediatric glycerine suppositories. That's what my doc told me to use. Cut it in half and wet it down... He should go within an hour. If not, there is something really wrong and get him to an ER immediately.

Deidra - posted on 12/14/2009

13

4

2

I had a lactation specialist for a few months and she said after about two months old the baby will not have a bowel movement everyday...there is NO need to worry up to seven days then start to worry. Do NOT give your baby anything for constipation unless the doctor or specialist gives the ok. Everything will be ok!!! :)

Romualda - posted on 12/14/2009

10

67

0

Don't freak out its perfectly normal that your breastfeed baby doesn't go everyday. Don't worry and don't subject him to harsh laxatives..that will only make him more fussy. You and he just need to keep hydrated so don't forget you have to drink alot of water, possibly more water than when you were preggo. And just give his bum time. Trust me my breastfeed baby was the same. And when the time comes you'll be elbow deep in it so just relax.

Kirsty - posted on 12/14/2009

9

2

0

sometimes they save it up and you get the big explosion. if your really worried coloxyl oral drops are ok for babies. but just give it time, it WILL happen and you sure will know about it lol

Traci - posted on 12/13/2009

556

25

63

I had a friend who had to give baby enemas to get her daughter to poop.

That said, I like many of the other mothers here, have experienced days without pooping. He will eventually go, but I'd consult your doctor first before giving him anything, especially younger then 3 mos.

Nicole - posted on 12/13/2009

3

8

0

Hi Stephanie, I have a daughter who is strictly breastfed as well and she doesn't have a bowel movement everyday either, which is perfectly normal. If you're concerned about gas, gripe water helps or if you're more into natural tactics, try warm water and brown sugar to aleviate the gas. Also when your little one finally does have a bowel movement (and he will), it will be definitely be a big one!!!! Hope this helps.

Samantha - posted on 12/13/2009

6

18

1

Before you do that you could try using a thermometer and take his temp rectaly, alot of times this helps for what ever reason I don't know, but this is what I was told to in a similar situation. Other wise I would try little ones gas relief drops, I have used them for my daughter and they seemed to work well.

Rebecca - posted on 12/13/2009

595

37

74

try putting your baby on a probiotic. Its called Biogaia and it comes in liquid form. But as other moms have mentioned it is very normal for a bf baby to go 7-10 days without a bowel movement. This usually happens after 6 weeks. That is because there is less colostrum in the bm which is the laxitive property of the bm.

April - posted on 12/13/2009

3,420

16

263

our pediatrician told us that 9 days of not pooing is still considered normal. but of course you don't want him to be uncomfortable, so i suggest mylicon. it works so well that my husband uses it for his gas too!! haha!!

KC - posted on 12/13/2009

41

13

4

Mylicon drops are a lifesaver. Is your babies tummy hard or still soft? I don't mean flexing muscles because he will do that automatically when you go to feel his tummy. I agree with the other moms about not worrying, unless his little tummy is swollen and hard. Also, his abnormal fussiness could be due to something you've been eating that is giving him more gas. some foods are known to give babies more gas. There is no harm mentioning it on your next Dr. visit, but honestly babies start pooping less around two months normally. It's a good thing... less poop to clean. =)

Amanda - posted on 12/13/2009

218

8

24

This may sound horrible but support the baby's head and neck with one hand, put the other hand under his bum, and GENTLY shake him up and down. It will help the gas rise out of the fluid in his stomach. You can also try to keep him fairly upright, or lay him on his back and push his knees toward his tummy. That will help push out gas. As for not pooping, don't worry, my daughter used to go almost a week between bowel movements, now you could set a clock by her. Just have patience, oh and I found that sometimes warm baths worked but that may just have been my baby.

Eve - posted on 12/13/2009

43

5

1

I wouldnt be too alarm if my baby didnt go for 24hrs, I ve heard that some breastfed baby didnt go for a week and its normal. I would not give him any drops and just observe him closely for the next few days, If he still doesnt go, call your dr. and have your dr. tell you want to get.

Sarah - posted on 12/13/2009

145

23

4

What should I do for my baby? She is 2 weeks old and gets really fussy for several hours of the day, I think its due to gas.

Stephanie - posted on 12/13/2009

50

9

0

he IS very fussy...I should have mentioned that =)
Normally this baby is happy and content and now he is just really fussy

Natasha - posted on 12/13/2009

149

29

16

you dont need to buy anything to make him poop !! maybe something for gas if he is fussy but if he isnt fussy then there is no reason to give it to him. breastfed babies can go up to 7-10 without pooping there is little or no waste with breastmilk cause the there body uses every ounce of the nutrients up. dont worry he will be fine. im a first time mom so i know it can be stressful but i promise he will be fine :)

Sara - posted on 12/13/2009

23

37

9

mylicon just found the spelling.,They are great gas drops but any generic is fine too.

Samantha - posted on 12/13/2009

18

13

0

hum when i had my son it took him 8 days to have a bm then i freaked out and went to the dr! she said that breast feed baby dont poo as much since its waste that comes out of us and what them take in it good ! then it seem like once a week he would have ha bm., in a book i read it said it takes them longer to become normal. im not sure if it is a good idea to get him laxative. a liitle water in a bottle is ok

Sara - posted on 12/13/2009

23

37

9

You don't need to get anything trust me breastfeed babies don't go everyday..My daughter would go 3 days without and it wasn't that she was constipated it was just that her body absorbs everything. I asked my doctor and they said it is perfectly normal! Gas drops are a life saver however I don't recall hwo to spell the name it starts with an m and you can get it from walmart or go to your local pharmacy and get generic baby gas relief. It was very helpful with my two breastfeed babies! Good Luck!!!

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms