Trouble pooping

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My sweetheart was just discharged on Sat after spending 56 days in NICU & ICN (she was born at 29wks). When she was just born she had couple of times where she had trouble pooping but as she got a little older she had no trouble & sometimes would go 2 times a day. She is low on hematocrit so she is on Iron. When she was in the hospital she was on the NeoSure ready to eat formula. But since she got home she is on the power NeoSure formula. She is having trouble going pooping. You can see she is trying but having trouble. She is pretty quiet baby but because of this problem she is somewhat getting fussy. I did call the Ped office & was told to buy the Glycerin and thats works but at the same time I dont want her to be dependant on that. Anyone experience this & what did you do?


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Kylie - posted on 11/15/2009




I would take her to the doctor and just get them to check whether she has an inguinal hernia. Its not so common in girls but does happen. My son was born at 27 weeks, and has had trouble pooping too.

He was diagnosed with a hernia three months ago, he finally had the surgery this week, and is pooping four times a day now! He looks loads better and happier.

It may not be anything as drastic as a hernia, but if its only just started happening, it would be a good idea to rule it out.

Natalie - posted on 11/15/2009




my son was born at 33weeks and was on neo sure also but i had to which him to isomil and had problems pooping my docotor told me to put kayro syrup in his bottles the dark kind and that did really work so then he said to try apple juice and prune jucie and that worked but now that he is 8 months and eats baby food we really don't give him all that much jucie because it fixed itself so it will get better i even sometimes had to help him go by stimulating his rectum

Jessica - posted on 11/14/2009




my son had constipation issues right from birth they used ednemas, suppositories, you name it they used it. When he came home he was on miralax, it used to be a perscription but now it is over the counter. It worked amazing and he never became dependant on it. When he stopped using it he was able to go to the bathroom completley on his own.

Aaron - posted on 10/27/2009




I did!!! My girl had to have several enemas (don't know if I spelled that right) while she was in the hospital. She was 27 weeks and stayed in the NICU for 2 1/2 months. We had to be on the NeoSure formula and we just had to keep track of when she went potty and everything. Now, she's 4 and has to drink prune juice every day along with another kind of juice (100% juice) so that she doesn't have constipation. the doctors say no more than 9 ounces a day for babies, but with her, I had to give her more just so she wouldn't be uncomfortable.

Melissa - posted on 10/24/2009




My oldest daughter was born at 30wks.She had to take iron supplements as well. And she had alot of trouble havung BM's what worked for her was puting her in her baby bath tub and running warm water over her belly and doing leg exercise's with her, she would usually poop in the tub! Also the Dr. said we could give her a little bit of pear juice, so that is what we did and it worked for her, I also recomended those to some other mom's and it worked for them, hope I helped!

Lindsay - posted on 10/23/2009




My daughter(27weeker) had/has problems with constipation. When she was little (under a year), we would take her temp (rectally) and it worked everytime. Now that she's older (21mos) she gets 1/4 tsp of Benefiber in her milk 3 times a day (per the NICU dietitian whom I still keep in contact with). It does the trick and then I know she is getting plenty of fiber too!

Roxie - posted on 10/22/2009




My son is 4 years old and sometimes have trouble going or his bm is hard. I was 33 weeks when I had him. He just started having this problem. When he gets constipated I will either give him pediasure with fiber or miralax( just like Andrea says dont give miralax without talking to the dr) and it works. Lots of fiber keeps them regulated. Sometimes i wld give him apple juice or put Karo light syrup in his pediasure( only a small amount). Sometimes this wld work.

Andrea - posted on 10/21/2009




My DD (30 weeker) used the poopy when in the hospital and then when she got home didn't (this also happened to my husband niece who was a 30 weeker). We went to specialist and everything but our best advice we got came from her peds (a mother of two preemies herself)... she told us that sometimes babies born early have problems like this because of immature nervous system in the anus area causing them to have problems opening up to push out the bm, so she had us take a q-tip with Vaseline on it and gently in a circle motion rub the area just slightly inside (just the tip) and boy oh boy it worked!!! We had to do this for till she was six month corrective. Her Gastroenterologist told us also it can take that long before the nerve system is ready to take over. After all that she started to us the bathroom by herself and then she got constipated from the iron, so her peds put her on miralax for two weeks to help her go (don't do this without talking to the peds)... We also, when the time came, didn’t give her any baby cereal because that is a constipater. We started her out on baby foods like prunes, sweet potatoes and squish. She is now 19 months and is doing great, she still get constipated every once in a while but I give pedisure with fiber and that helps her along pretty good!!! Hang in there!!!

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