Do a lot of babies have trouble with hardened stools?

Laura - posted on 02/20/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )




My son is 5 weeks old and he has extremely hard stools. The doctor said its definitely not good but that it happens a lot. Is this true? I am a first time mommy and it kills me to watch my son cry his little eyes out because he is trying to poop...


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It happens a lot, especially to babies on formula. Try giving him watered down Gerber pear juice. I added water to 2 oz. every other day for my son. It softened his stool and made it comfortable for him to go. Once he was older and eating solids I would feed him Gerber prunes or pears every day. If he is on formula, then you could try switching him to a different brand and see if that makes a difference.

You mentioned giving your son Pedialyte. Try giving him less of it, or only give it to him every other day. I had to play around with how much pear juice would help my son without making his stools too runny.

Valerie - posted on 02/20/2010




Very common. Their digestive tracts are still maturing, so any change in diet, even by the slightest can throw them off. If we switch to formula, it takes a few weeks for her to adjust, if we switch brands of formula, it takes a few weeks to adjust. As we introduce food, and with each new type it can start to cause her to plug up. I just remember being so relieved when she was past the point that pooping was distressing. :)


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Theresa - posted on 02/22/2010




At 5 weeks I don't think it is common. They're on nothing but a liquid diet and therefore should have pretty much liquid poops. All 3 of my babies had very runny, alomst like curdled milk, poops. I have also done day care and do foster care. I've nver heard of a baby thatyoung having those issues and a doc thinking it's normal. That doesn't start until they start solids. i would get a second opinion if I were you. My neice has problems with hard poops. I don't remember if it started that young, but they put her in Miralax (sp?) so help soften it for her. Ask another doc.

Debbie - posted on 02/22/2010




try watering down .his formula my son was like this and wouldnt drink the water so i put an extra half once of water to the formula and this softened his stools. sometimes the formula can be too concentrated try this with a days bottles and see how he goes.

Kayla - posted on 02/22/2010




My son has the same problem. We saw a gastroenterologist about it. They took an x ray to see how backed up he was and it turned out that he is very backed up. His ped put him on miralax to soften his stool. You can get that at any store in the health section. When we saw his GI he told us to give him a fleet enema. You can get that at any store in the health section. He wanted us to give him that so it can clean out what he has backed up so he doesnt get sick. It will soften his poo and get it out. You can also ask to your doctor about putting him on lactolose. It is a stool softner.

Hope this helps

Amanda - posted on 02/21/2010




if you are breastfeeding, make sure to feed him ever two to three hours, making sure you are eating lots of fiber and drinking lots and lots of water! also if YOU take a Doctor approved laxetiv it should also soften his stool

Laura - posted on 02/21/2010




I tried the water, and he wont drink it. The doctor recommended pedialyte so I tried that and now his stools are waaaay too soft. Its like diarrhea stained the color of his pedialyte. Baby poop is bad enough without it being runny and tinted either pink or purple! And I know his little tummy hurts because he cries soooo hard when he poops. He cries even harder then he did when he was born. I also tried putting a bit of vaseline on a qtip and helping him out, however, his little butt got really irritated because I guess he is really backed up from being constipated. He is not a very fussy baby, he is actually a really good baby, so when he cries you can really tell something is wrong...

Jamie - posted on 02/20/2010




my daughter is 6 months and she had the same problem, and still does sometimes. I ut some Karo Syrup in her bottle when she gets like that, and it helps A LOT! I also would lay her on her belly on my legs and rub her lower back, it helped calm her down. After she drinks the bottle with Karo, I lay her on her back and bring her knees up to her chest and kind of massage her belly, but the Karo really helps soften the poop up and makes it easier for her!

Jade - posted on 02/20/2010




My oldest daughter did from a change of formula, at 3 months I gave her a bit of coloxal and it seemed to help. My youngest is 4 weeks and she does get a bit constipated now that I have taken her off the breast and put her onto the bottle. For her I give her a warm bath and massage her bum cheeks when she is trying to pass a stool. It seems to help. Also try giving him about 20ml of water in between each bottle.

It is common as there bodies are still adjusting to milk.

Lynette - posted on 02/20/2010




if hes getting problems pooping at his age its probably due to what hes having , either his forumla is making him constipated so either changing it or giving him water inbetween feeds would help or if your breastfeeding then what your eating could be making your milk harder for him to digest.

Stevie - posted on 02/20/2010




my son would have hard stools mostly when he got constipated i know just how you feel try giving him some prune juice deluted in either his formula or water probably better with his formula cuz of how young he is or you can get some supositorys break one in half and hold it there so it can desovle a little idk know what age they really start to recomend supositorys ive already forgetten since ive had to use them on my son so dont just leave it all there just let some of it desovle for a min but id stick to the juice for right now idk how much he drinks but id say a little less than half of what he drinks juice and the rest his formula or another thing that can help i think is the same with gas lay your son on his back and push his knees up to his tummy and do a bcyicle motion or you can rub his tummy or lower back and ive also heard about stimulating his butt hole with a qtip i hope some of these help

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