My baby wont poop!

Jasmine - posted on 03/16/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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he is breastfed and formula feed. mostly formula and pumped breastmilk during the day. and breastfed in the evening and thru the night. how can i help him?

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Is he having trouble pooping (seeming uncomfortable) or simply not doing it? How long has it been? Especially w/ breastmilk it is reasonable for a child not to poop often. I've both read and check w/ my pedi about b/c my youngest is exclusively breastfed and doesn't poop much at all. It's ok as long as he has plenty of wet diapers (constipation aside I guess).

Mayteh - posted on 03/01/2013

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Im breastfeeding my three month old boy n hes not producing bowl movement i call the doctor and she told water n suger did that but nothing could be im stressing myself n its making the baby stress

Elizabeth - posted on 03/18/2010

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You didn't say how often he was going. If babies go once every 3 days or so, they are okay, especially with breastfed. They absorb most of everything from it. Depending on how old your baby is, you should talk to your doctor before adding any juice, water or anything like that.

Amie - posted on 11/14/2012

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I had this problem with my 6 month old when I returned to work and decided to mix feed with breast and formula. If bubs is finding it very uncomfortable, is grumpy and having a big issue then I recommend this.



Put 1 cup of water on the boil in a pot on the stove. Add 1-2 dried prunes and let it boil away until syrupy and the prunes are all mashed and mostly dissolved. Give bubs a teaspoon - a table spoon of this and wait an hour or two. They will go and it will be huge! My doctor reccomended it to me with my daughter and son and it helped so much. Don't do it all the time and use it as a last resort. baby has to develop its digestive track by them selves naturally. but it did solve the problem on a few occassions for us. everyone in my family does it, my mum and grandparents use to do it too for their bubs. also just add some high fibre foods to bubs diet too. bottles filled with warm boiled water always helps too.



Just a note on the the prune juice, be prepared and don't leave the house until they go. My babies would be laughing and smiling just after they went, with an over flowing nappy and all!



Good luck.

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Deanna - posted on 03/01/2013

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@Mayteh,
It can take a few days. If after 3 days still no poop, take him in to see his doctor.

Claire - posted on 11/23/2012

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warm water, is good. the formula is heavy in his system he needs something so it can passes. Try warm water but ask the doctor first if hes too young

Deanna - posted on 11/19/2012

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My daughter's doctor suggested a suppository. You get a kids glycerin suppository and cut it in half. Insert it and wait.

My pharmacist suggested liquid glycerin and an oral syringe. That worked wonders!

But, I would ask the doctor first.

Cynthia L - posted on 11/11/2012

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Jamison has been to the doctors and they are no help only 7 month's old and he won't poop

Angela - posted on 03/19/2010

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i had 2 start my 6 wk old on baby juice @ 3wks her doctor approved of it & it helped her half & half (juice & water)

Laura - posted on 03/19/2010

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apple sauce or apple juice avoid banana and rice. If still not working baby enama.. sucks but it will help. warm bath message belly and back pat bottom

Annie - posted on 03/19/2010

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My 4 mo old daughter has always gone 2-4 days with out pooping. When she starts to act uncomfortable we start with massaging her belly, then move to a Tablespoon of karo syrup in 4 oz of formula twice a day until she poos and if that doesn't work we do 1 TBLS of all natural prune juice in 4 oz of water. About once a month she has dry hard stools, but for the most part they are the normal soft seedy yellow....she's just not a frequent pooper! Her Pediatrician said as long as the syrup and juice work there is no need to worry. I feel we get better faster results with the prune juice and I'm not feeding her sugary bottles, like with the karo syrup. Talk to your pediatrician, ask for their advice and professional opinion. Every baby is different, just like we are all different. Good Luck!! It's no fun having a little one with an upset tummy!!

Lacey - posted on 03/19/2010

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I wouldn't give him anything without the docters consent but usually it's okay if the baby poops around every four days. I have four children and pne had sever digestive problems. I used suppositories for baby's that are over the counter and they worked great. I sliced them down in thirds just make sure you read the instructions.

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"How often is he going? Breastfeed babies sometimes only poop a couple times a week, or less. As long as the poop is not hard and dry he is not constipated. Breastmilk is a natural laxitive."
Exactly. And unless your pedi says so you shouldn't be feeding him water or anything else to help him poop. My youngest is exclusively breastfed and falls under that a couple of times a week category. If he's not uncomfortable and making plenty of wet diapers, he's fine.

Lizzy - posted on 03/18/2010

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Hey, i had the same problem! I mixed breast with Formula, as i was changing from breast to formula, as i had a hungry baby! The mix/change over caused my little boy to have constipation, he'd go the whole day without doing anything except wee. Though the midwife said that breastmilk is mostly water, so he wouldnt need water. I found it best when he was on formula permanently, even though i had breast fed him for 6 weeks. The best way i found to help ease constipation was giving him a nice warm bath, and to let him kick about. With his feeds, i add an oz more water, just so then he's getting enough water as well as feed, because he HATES water on its own, and gags!

I use Aptimil Hungry Milk,

and he's on 7 water and 6 scoops at the moment, every 4 hours.

His poo's are all flowing, and doing lots of wee's :)

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my daughter had the same problem for the first couple weeks after she was born. turned out to be the formula she was on was making her really gassy and constipated. so we switched formulas and boom! she started pooping everyday.

Jennifer - posted on 03/18/2010

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How often is he going? Breastfeed babies sometimes only poop a couple times a week, or less.

As long as the poop is not hard and dry he is not constipated. Breastmilk is a natural laxitive.

Dr.Lindsey - posted on 03/18/2010

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First I would express your concerns with his pediatrician they may be able to help. Other things that you may look in to are he may be getting too much iron which can cause him to be constipated so you may need a change of formulas. His pelvis may be out of alignment which can result in constipation as well (a chiropractor can help with this), HE may also be having some digestive issues that may need a little extra help such as pro-biotics or enzymes. Hope this helps.

Jessica - posted on 03/17/2010

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I do baby massage for constipation when my little one has this issue. It's really easy. Just make CLOCKWISE circular motions with your hands on the belly for about 15 minutes. It works really well for him!! Good luck!!

Natalie - posted on 03/17/2010

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At healtlh food stores they have baby digestive enzymes that you can put in the baby's milk to help them poop. Or you can use a baby colostrum which helps with the gut:) These are thins that my shop sells a lot of for baby's who have a hard time pooping!! They even make some formulas that have colostrum. Hope that helps.

Dominique - posted on 03/17/2010

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how old is your little one?? mine is 11 months now....BUT he has had problems since he was 6 weeks old or so!! when he was 2 months we started giving him juice. 3-4 oz everyday...and it was adult juice non diluted, and he was getting dark karo syrup in his bottles. we also had to switch his formula, we switched it to Similac alimentum....its exspensive...but suppose to be easier to digest for the baby. NOW, that he is older, we have found that he has a slow colon so he is now on a high fiber diet. He gets 8 oz of prunes everyday....usually prune juice, and i make him smoothies made out of fresh strawberries, bananas, apples, or pears. DEFINITLEY try the prune juice, that alone works wonders, and the karo syrup, my ped said that you could put a tablespoon of karo per every oz of formula/breastmilk, you dont have to put that much in there...but she said thats what i could do, so hope something works for you i know how hard it can be and frustrating....my son use to scream when he tried to poop cause it was so hard and it ended up causing tears in his rectum!!! hope it works for ya!!

Lindsay - posted on 03/16/2010

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Here's my question: My 7 week old son has the same issue with pooping and he is pumped breastmilk and formula fed. We use similac sensitive powder (mixed in a dr. brown's pitcher) or rtf versions. (I had a cyst/mrsa infection on my breast when he was 2 weeks old and since then I cannot produce enough milk even though it is healed and I take fenugreek four times daily). He eats anywhere from 3 to 4 oz per feeding and we are on a 3 hour during the day and 4 hour at night schedule. He gets constipated alot and has since he was 3 to 4 weeks old. I've used glycerin suppositories (childrens size cut in half) about 3 or 4 times and I've been reading that if used too often, it will lessen child ability to poop on their own later in life. I put dark karo syrup in his bottle at least once per day, if not twice a day. Even with the karo syrup, he still does not poop daily. Is this normal? How often should he be pooping- he seems like he is straining and gets really gassy and trying to poop but just alot of wet diapers. He lately only seems to poop when I give him the suppository. What do I do? I've told my hubby that it's okay if he goes more than 2-3 days without pooping but he disagrees, it's ok if he goes up to 5 since he does eat formula. Do I need to change formula? Any suggestions?

Cara - posted on 03/16/2010

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My oldest daughter had the same problem. We tryed all of that stuff and it didn't work for us. We ended up talking to the ped and he said enemas. Just talk to the kiddos Dr. and see what they have to say!!!

Cheri - posted on 03/16/2010

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I had the same problem with my youngest son, he is now 4. Like your little one, he was breastfed and formula fed also. I would definetly suggest adding more water to his diet. Prune juice will only work so much, unfortunately, even after drinking prune juice it was like my son intentionally stopped his bowel movements. We also tried the karo syrup route, and like the prune juice option it worked until he would stop himself. There are products out there to assist with creating a bowel movement; root-beer flavored drops that you can add to his water, etc. That also worked for awhile.

Another option that you can use, if all else fails, would be to get the kiddie enema. Unfortunately, we had to resort to using this quite often. I would suggest using citrus, as it's a natural diuretic for some folks, however, I tried it once but the acidity left a rash on my sons' bottom. I never used citrus juices again.

You may also want to talk to your childs' pediatrician about the matter, and see if the formula may be causing constipation. He may need some sort of stool softener to make his bowel movement easier to pass. Hope you are able to find a solution to your sons' constipation issues.

Ashley - posted on 03/16/2010

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In his formula put kyro syurp. the darker one.. For example if its his first time ever having it put just alil in his bottle.. Thats wat I had to do with my oldest because she always had problems going poop..

Shakeeda - posted on 03/16/2010

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Today my son was having a hard time pooping and it had him very uncomfortable, so i took a piece of soap and put it up his but, I know I know but mom it works and it works fast, just make sure its a lil piece and keep it wet, did t today and my son is in la la land

Rachelle - posted on 03/16/2010

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A little bit of pear juice works great and they usually drink it right down.

Alisha - posted on 03/16/2010

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dark karo syrup about 1/2tsp in the bottle do that about 3 to 4 times a day!

Meghan - posted on 03/16/2010

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anything with prunes! i don't know how old he is but my son was 5 months old the first time he was constipated and I gave him an oz of prune juice and out it came!

Ann Marie - posted on 03/16/2010

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if you give him a little water to drink it helps. i'll usually give my son 2 to 3 oz and he'll poop once it digests. my son will play with and doesn't really love it but he'll drink it it may take a little while to get it down though.

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