Is this normal for a 3wk old

Michelle - posted on 06/06/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )




She only poops once a day but when she does she fills her dipar...this has been goin on for a few days now and im starting to worry. I asked her doc about it last week cuz it happened for a day last week, and her doc said that its fine becasue of how their organs work and to just work her legs and have them tucked to her tummy and if needed give some apple juice in with the formula. she does eat about 3 to 4oz everytime she eats and she gets both breast milk and formula but has been eating more formula lately. she dont fuss either so shes not in pain.

is this normal..


Kimberly - posted on 06/09/2010




as long as she is having a bowel movement a day and it is normal for the baby then she/he will be fine. i am a mother of 4 and have been through it alot and i know how you may be worrying being a mother for the first time. all my kids range from 18 yrs to 2 yrs old, my youngest daughter is 2, my son is 7 , my other daughters are 16 and 18 so when you have questions feel free to contact me and i will help in any way possible. from one mom to another:)


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Zoe - posted on 06/10/2010




hiya i new on here but my 10 week old son did that when he was born he didnt take much milk either it will pass some i worried aba it and the doctor told me it will pass by soon now my son does 2 to 3 poops a day and drinks 7oz bottles

Nicole - posted on 06/09/2010




I would say it's the increase in formula. As long as she is not in pain and is going I think she is ok. Good luck!

Sherry - posted on 06/08/2010




no no no not apple juice Prune nector (it will litterally say PRUNE NECTOR) apple juice can actually make constipation worse.. a little brown sugar water should also help... about 1T brown sugar to 2-4 OZ water in a small bottle should be slightly sweet... the mollassus is a stool softener/laxative effect only give her about 1/2 an oz 1 or 2x a day.. no more then that until she's older

yes, it's very normal especially with baby's that are formula fed.. my son Xander was notorious for going 2 or 3 days without a poop then filling his diaper up 2 or 3 times in 48 hours.. not to worry.. perfectly normal..

you can also try adding just a little more water to her formula it will help it soften the stool as well... so for an 8 oz bottle instead of 5 scoops goodstart use like 4.5 scoops that's what we did for the most part.

any juice you give at this age make sure it's severely watered down... I personally suggest prune nector mixed 1 to 4 water one part prune nector to at least 4 parts water or formula it does help..

Your babe is fine... and nope can't see anything to worry about at the moment ;)

Jane - posted on 06/08/2010




as long as she's pooping she's fine. i wouldn't mess w/her feeding and include apple juice when she's so little. it takes their little bellies a week to adjust each time their feeding is changed.

Kim - posted on 06/08/2010




Yes!! When my infant was only pooping once a week, that was normal too. As long as she isn't uncomfortable, it is fine.

Of course she is drinking more formula than breastmilk. It is MUCH easier to get it from the bottle than from the breast. Formula flows with every effort. It takes a little more for the breast milk to let-down. I would give up the formula first. Adding apple juice is just setting yourself up for later trouble, like not eating vegies because she is used to the sweetness of fruit juice. Also it is empty calories. Until they are 2 years, they need lots of fat and protein to build healthy and abundant brain cells.

Filling the diaper is what they are for. My son used to blow out his diapers! That was my clue to move up to a larger size. I found that when my kids reached to minimum weight for the next size up was the time to move them. Even though they cost more, the extra laundry from not moving up was even less cost-effective.

Happy Mothering!

Jenna - posted on 06/08/2010




i think if she poops once a day and not fussy then shes okay. My daughter had colic, colitis, and acid reflux when she was born. When she had colitis(inflammation of the colon) her belly tightened up and she would scream uncontrollably. As long as shes not hurting i think its okay.

Renae - posted on 06/08/2010




Its perfectly normal. Exclusively breast fed babies often go days without pooing. Once a day when having both breast and formula is completely normal. All it means is that your baby is using up all of the nutrition in her milk and does not have any "left over" to need to poo out. That is why breast fed babies can go for up to a week - the milk has only good things in it, no "rubbish" that needs to be pooed out like other food does so the baby uses it all up. -Hope that makes sense. If your baby goes more than 3 days without pooing when having half formula feeds then see your doctor; or if baby appears to be in discomfort when pooing; or if the poo is harder than a paste consistency (if it is currently runny it will turn to paste over the next 3 weeks and that is also perfectly normal) otherwise she is fine.

Jessie - posted on 06/08/2010




this is normal!! when my son was a newborn he had major gas issues and troubles pooping. if she seems to be in pain from it try gripe water or mylicon gas drops. the gripe water will help her poop and it's all natural and can be found at walmart by the company "little tummies" i do believe! good luck and as long as she keeps pooping there shouldn't be anything wrong. when my son was a newborn (he's almost 3 now) his pediatrician said at his 2 week checkup he would start pooping once every 1-2 days and the next day like clockwork that's how he started pooping.

Nikki - posted on 06/07/2010




Perfectly normal for that age

my son still only goes once a day at one years old, the odd time two. But as far back as I can remember it was only once. As long as she isnt bothered by it there is nothing to worry about. You would know if she was constipated trust me.

Christina - posted on 06/07/2010




My youngest is 4 months old and my 2 1/2 year old both do that exact same thing... They poop once a day, and they fill their diaper... I really wouldn't worry about it! My 4 months old will skip the occaisional day, but mostly he poops everyday!

Jennifer - posted on 06/07/2010




I have the same issue witrh my three week old son, his docter said that it is completly normal, he said that its not how much that he goes but what the consistency of his bowl movement is. He said some babies go only once a week and others will go everyday, so it just depends on your child i guess...

Laurie - posted on 06/07/2010




My son and daughter used to go up to a week without pooping then have massive poop explosions (or so it seemed!). They were not straining and were growing well so it didn't seem to cause any problems. After a month or so they started to get more regular but even at a few months old they tended to have poopy days where they would go two or three times that day then not at all for a couple days. As long she does not appear to be in pain I wouldn't worry about it.

Susan - posted on 06/07/2010




my daughter is almost a year and she usually only poops every other day she is only breast fed not sure about formula i wouldn't be worries unless she seemes to be in pain

Tina - posted on 06/07/2010




My granddaughter is 5 weeks old and has the same problem. Though, I believe that she has a hard time baring down, she has to learn how to use those muscles properly. She is getting better now. Talk with your Dr. about diluting apple or prune juice or using an infant suppository. You don't want to use suppositories too often because they can become depended on them. You could also try just stimulating her with a rectal thermometer. Use just as you would take her rectal temp. Sometimes they just need a little urging. And after you do that exercise her legs and see if that helps her go. Good luck!

Louise - posted on 06/07/2010




My daughter used to go a few days without pooping at all I gave her some organic apple juice heavily diluted with boiled water and that did the trick. Lots of formula fed babies have problems pooping it tends to stay in their system longer. As long as your daughter is not in pain and is pooping at least once every two days don't worry she is fine.

Amber - posted on 06/06/2010




Totally normal. Start to worry only if your daughter hasn't pooped in a week. As long as she is pooping on a daily basis, she is doing great!

Amanda - posted on 06/06/2010




Mine was like that, Sierra's now 8 weeks and still only poops once or twice a day...but when she does, you know it right away!! She screws up her face and makes a "unhhhhh" grunt!

The biggest thing, says our doctor, iis that food goes in, and poop comes out...this means that she is using all the nutrients she needs, and expelling the rest, so she must be doing ok. When we (as adults) poop, amount and consistency can vary a lot too, right??

She did (not so much anymore) have a lot of tooting, I worked her legs (like she was riding a bicycle) in the middle of her bottle, after her burp, and she was fine.

She's been eating about 5oz per feeding, and 4 to 5 feedings a day, and sleeping for 8 or 9 hours at night since she was 3 weeks...she is now 2 months, and doing great!

FYI, around 6 weeks, Sierra started having 6 bottles every day, for about a week...I think that was a growth spurt! So if yours is similar, you may want to expect this!

Hope this helps!

Samantha - posted on 06/06/2010




hi im new on here but we had the same thing with my daughter and she only a month old and her dr told us as long as they go every other day then you are find and he also told us to do the legs things to help her go if need , so i think everything we be just find with you little one

Melinda - posted on 06/06/2010




Kids are differnt. My first pooped once a day. My second still goes a few times a day. My baby (10 months) goes about every 3 days. I asked his dr about this. She says it is alright as long as it isn't any longer than that. He has his fomula and baby food. I thought he would poo more since he has been eating solids, but it hasn't changed. It may be normal for her. Just keep an eye out. You are her mommy and know her best.

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