3mth old baby who cant poop daily even after changing her formula to the one which is high in fiber

Nadia - posted on 08/04/2009 ( 127 moms have responded )

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I seriously need help..

Since birth my baby has problem passing bowels. last week she didnt poop for 5 long days and i had to pay a visit to the doctors. Its really troubling me as this is the 2nd time she didnt poop for 5 long days. But this time her stool was rili very hard.



I've changed her formula to Friso1 Comfort which the Doctor recommended and he highlighted that its high in fiber. Unfortunately it has been two days since she last pooped. I reallly reallly need help from those mums out there who've been thru smth similar...



how do i get my girl to poop atleast once a day!!!

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Carmel - posted on 08/30/2009

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I Know what you can use for that and they are Coloxyl Oral drops and that will help your baby poop ok

Amy - posted on 08/23/2009

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Halo here, hope this reply not too late.



i think most of the post reply here are from western countries. so i hope mine ways will be acceptable by u. goo luck



1) Give water thou i konw doc always say baby will have water thru milk but chinese always believe that drink a bit of water before n after the milk course will help to cleanse the body.



2) Try to look for chinese store to buy a type of drink call "Gripe Water" n let ur baby drink eveyday morning. This drink work similar like prune juice jus tat is for baby unlike prune juice may cause some gas or other problems. This drink taste sweet (as quoted by my niece).



3) Massaging the baby at the tummy every morning and night before sleep will also give some help



4) last but not least, visit chinese physician that do baby massage, they may can give u some help

Kristy - posted on 08/23/2009

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My Doctor and Child Health Nurse have both told me that it's normal for a baby to go only about 2 or 3 times a week. Their little systems are still trying to work themselves out. I don't think there's anything wrong with your baby at all!

My sister was concerned about her kids with this too.. and the Dr/Chemist suggested prune juice. Give that a go if you're worried, but if baby is still happy, and doing the things you want him to... like sleeping, and weeing, and getting to milestones like smiling and gooing, then nothing could be too wrong really!

Nadia - posted on 08/17/2009

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Hey everyone thanks so much for the advice and suggestions!!!



My lil baby girl initially pooped 3 days after i change her formula to Friso 1 COMFORT!

i feel like im in heaven now hehehehe...



She's pooping regularly, once everyday and the best part is i dont have to see her goin thru the pain of pushing a really hard stool out.



Aside to giving formula i make sure she drinks atleast 1oz of water to wash down the formula.



Thanks again all! =D

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Syarifah - posted on 09/11/2012

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hai,i just use Friso comfort to my 4 mnth bby,he poo every day now n his gas problem slow down abit...b4 i use Isomil he cant poo for 4 day n its vry hard n stad crying.u continew use its sure will help u..i try many brand its no work,..

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Have you tried Gentlease that seemed to really help with gas and everything for my son. It was a savior. It's the Iron that makes them not poop.

Jen - posted on 08/29/2009

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My daughter was also this way from day 1. So she was too young for prune juice. We tried the karo syrup added to 1/2 of her bottles and it seemed to work but I just thought it was way too much sugar so I switched her to similac sensitive at around 2 months and that worked.

Amanda - posted on 08/29/2009

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LACTALOSE HELPS FOR MY 2 MI 1ST SON WERE 5 WEE OLD WEN HE BECAME CONSTIPATED AND HOSPITAL GAVE ME THAT.ALSO IU CAN BUY IT OVER THE COUNTER AT CHEMIST IT WRKS WONDERS I HAD 2 USE IT LAST WEE ON MY 7 YR OLD

Amanda - posted on 08/29/2009

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LACTALOSE HELPS FOR MY 2 MI 1ST SON WERE 5 WEE OLD WEN HE BECAME CONSTIPATED AND HOSPITAL GAVE ME THAT.ALSO IU CAN BUY IT OVER THE COUNTER AT CHEMIST IT WRKS WONDERS I HAD 2 USE IT LAST WEE ON MY 7 YR OLD

Jennifer - posted on 08/23/2009

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My daughter was a preemie and after discovering her allergy to lactose actually her bowel movements got worse. Baby formula is thick and can cause constipation because it is iron fortified. I had to switch because she was allergic to my breast milk. She would go for days with out pooping and then when she did it was difficult for her and hard. We tried kayro syrup and rectal stimulation and nothing seemed to work. Finally my doctor suggested a prune and apple juice mixture from gerber. At first it was a 60/40 mixture of 60%-water 40%- juice in a 2 ounce bottle once a day. That actually worked then we slowly moved up to eventually a 50/50 mixture. Baby's taste buds are sensitive to the sweet juice. I would also let her sit in her bath tub for a while and just soak in the water and then for 20 minutes I would do leg exercises with her moving her legs up and down like she was riding a bike that all worked and she was normal after two weeks. It was mostly the juice that helped. Just be careful use a slow flowing nipple babies can choke on the juice it's a lot thinner then formula or milk.

Missi - posted on 08/23/2009

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I used kayro syrupe or brayr rabbit mollasas, sorry about the spelling. I alson found out that my little boy was lactose intollerant

Marsha - posted on 08/17/2009

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My son is the SAME way. He will go a week and poop just fine and then the next week he won't poop at all. Because of it he is screaming all the time and puking his formula up everywhere. I have to give him an ouce of pear juice mixed with an ounce of water. Sometimes it has to be straight pear juice. If that doesn't work, you can try baby food pears. I know the doctor will most likely tell you not to, but it realy does work. Itf pear juice and pears do not work, try prune juice or prunes. If that doesn't work, you can go to the store and get children's suppository's. I know that doesn't sound appealing, but it works really good. Hopefully that helps! Good luck!

Aimee - posted on 08/13/2009

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1 tablespoon of Dark Karo syrup to a bottle. Works like a charm.. You'll be amazed.

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My duaghter, now 15 months old, had the same problem except not only did she not poop daily she pooped rocks when she did which would make her bleed. Her doctor told me to give her a few small bites of prunes which would losten her up and make her go daily. This worked like a charm and she grew out of it by 6 months old

Melissa - posted on 08/13/2009

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Nadia,



Forgive me honey, but I did not read through all the posts, so if I am repeating, I apologize.



We went through this with my son. Just when Colic was ending, the constipation was beginning. Our pediatrician said unless his stool was hard or it had been 3+ days not to worry about it. Easy for him to say. He wasn't the one having to see my poor boy screaming because his belly was hurting.



We tried the thermometer method, hoping that would trigger a movement, but no luck.



We also tried adding a Tbsp of DARK Karo Syrup to each bottle. The sugar in it will sometimes jump-start the intestinal tract. Sometimes it would work, sometimes not.



In all honesty, more times than not, we ended up having to give him Glycerine Drops rectally to stimulate a bowel movement. And there is NO waiting period. It is IMMEDIATE. As in, make sure they are on a towel and you are fully prepared with wipes, etc. We used the Fleet brand. They come in little individual doses. PLEASE remember, though, that they are dosed for older children. We would only use 1/4 to 1/2 of the liquid. The pediatrician said that these would not harm him in any way and that if that was the only way to give him some relief that there was no problem with that.



We literally went through this for about 2-3 months. Then he landed in the hospital with RSV and pneumonia. I'm not sure what (if anything) that changed, but he started going on his own and has ever since.



I don't know if this will help you or not, but please know that you are not alone. Best of luck!



Melissa

Chrissy - posted on 08/13/2009

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I had the same problem with my son who is now almost 6. We used to have to give him prune juice and suppositories pretty much daily. He now uses Miralax on occasion if he is having difficulty.

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I didn't read the other responses, so sorry if this is a repeat. But first - is she definitely constipated, or you are simply not seeing a daily bowel movement? Is she showing signs of discomfort or gas pains BECAUSE she's not producing a BM or is she mostly content, maybe a little gassy but otherwise fine? Reason I'm asking is because my first son produced a BM every 8 to 10 days well into his first year. He was a very long, thin child & thankfully I had a ped. who didn't stress about it & neither did I. When he did pass a BM sometimes it was hard, but other times it was "normal". Some kids simply use every ounce of breastmilk or formula & their body doesn't need to expel a BM on a daily basis. My son is now 3 years old & he still only passes a BM every 2 to 3 days, sometimes longer! His body just uses the nutrients of his food differently.



I say this only to give you the "other side" of the daily BM issue. Forcing fiber or laxatives on a child of any age, let alone a young baby, can be quite harmful to their system. I used a suppository once that first year & only because my son definitely showed signs of needing to pass a BM but couldn't. Otherwise, I just chose to not worry about it, made sure to feed him high-fiber veggies & fruits when I could (that I made myself, not the stuff from the jars) & let his body do what it needed to do.



There are three things you can't make a child do: eat, sleep & poop!! You can try with all your might but if they don't want to do one or all of those things, then they WON'T. Let your baby's body do what it's going to do unless it is clearly evident she needs assistance. Good luck! :)

Caroline - posted on 08/13/2009

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Ive got a five year old and she also struggles with that. About a year and a half ago she had to go for a tummy flush and spend two days in hospital. She's got low mucle tone and that's the reason for her constipation. Shes been on movacol ever since. Works like a charm. Speak to your doctor about movacol. It really works!

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We use infant probiotics supplements that we add to the formula. Given the night before usually results in some movement by the next day. It is great since your baby is so small and can't really have juice or yogurt yet. Ask your doc what they think though or you can get carnation good start with probiotics but I think the supplement is better since it is refridgerated and has a whole spectrum of infant specific cultures. I mimics the cultures that you would give through breast milk. It is not habbit forming like a laxitive and you can give it every day. Good for immune system too! Hope that helps.

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We use infant probiotics supplements that we add to the formula. Given the night before usually results in some movement by the next day. It is great since your baby is so small and can't really have juice or yogurt yet. Ask your doc what they think though or you can get carnation good start with probiotics but I think the supplement is better since it is refridgerated and has a whole spectrum of infant specific cultures. I mimics the cultures that you would give through breast milk. It is not habbit forming like a laxitive and you can give it every day. Good for immune system too! Hope that helps.

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We use infant probiotics supplements that we add to the formula. Given the night before usually results in some movement by the next day. It is great since your baby is so small and can't really have juice or yogurt yet. Ask your doc what they think though or you can get carnation good start with probiotics but I think the supplement is better since it is refridgerated and has a whole spectrum of infant specific cultures. I mimics the cultures that you would give through breast milk. It is not habbit forming like a laxitive and you can give it every day. Good for immune system too! Hope that helps.

Johnna - posted on 08/12/2009

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Formula can be hard for some babies to digest. I would agree with the lady that said to add prune juice to each bottle. That should draw more moisture into the bowel so that the stools are not so hard for your baby to pass. My baby is two months old and has the opposite problem. She is on breastmilk and has those runny gross breast milk stools. She will not get constipated, but we wash alot of clothes around here.

Andrea - posted on 08/12/2009

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My son and daughter were both constipated as infants. I took them to the chiropractor for spinal adjustments and this worked for both of my kids. We would not even get out of the chiropractors parking lot and my child would have a bowel movement. After a few adjustments the kids became regular and did not require further visits in order to make their bowels move.

Melinda - posted on 08/12/2009

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I have used prune juice and Karo syrup with both of my boys. My oldest had a prescription for Glycolax--mixes with water and he got 3 oz. per day. The best thing I found was Miralax--add 1-2 capfuls to 28 oz. of formula (I always mix my formula in the blender--28oz of water and the 14 scoops of formula made 32 oz container). Miralax is like Glycolax and increases the amount of water taken to the bowels, which should help with pooping.

Beth - posted on 08/12/2009

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you can either add a little prune juice(which didn't do anythign for my little one) or her doctor said to add some benefiber and it worked also get her thyroid checked out. after months and months with dealing with severe consipation we found out she has hypohyriodism

Cassandra - posted on 08/11/2009

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here is where you are just going to have to go against the doctor...i think lactose intolerant can cause constipation...but give her a little juice...like say 3 ounces...my 18 month old did the SAME thing..doctors gave her some med to soften it...and finally i got her off of that and she does great now.. sometimes if she just cant get it out...take her knees and push them into her belly gently...it makes her want to push...she is going to scream....so be prepared...but would you rather her scream a little OR be constipated..?!

Lynette - posted on 08/11/2009

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Yes! Miralax!! Works like a charm. Our pediatrician put my son on it for a good amount of time. Gave it to him every other day and boy did it work! My son suffered from HORRIBLE constipation which even resulted in a fissure when he was 8 months old. It broke my heart to see him in so much pain. Prune juice did work for him also but not like Miralax did...

Good Luck!!

Ana - posted on 08/11/2009

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Her problem may be a food allergy. She may be allergic to casin (dairy) or lactose intolerant. The fiber content may not be the issue.
Have you tried a formula that isn't milk based such as soy? Have you tried a lactose free kind?

My sons have food allergies and they cause a myriad of issues. how long ago did you change her formula? Sometimes it may take a week or so to really allow her little body to adjust.

Jaimie - posted on 08/11/2009

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my daughter and son get the same way try apple juice and prune juice... works like a charm

Marcia - posted on 08/11/2009

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My son was exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months, but whenever he stopped pooping we gave him a 4 ounce bottle with 1 oz apple juice and 3 oz water. Hope that helps.

Rebecca - posted on 08/11/2009

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I have heard that the karo syrup does work for constipation, however my doctor said that it could hold the same bacteria as honey and should NOT be given until at least 1 year old...

Myranda - posted on 08/10/2009

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My daughter is 17mths now. When she was born we was at the doctors it felt like every other week. She wasnt pooping. She could go week sometimes a week and a half without pooping. I was so scared. But my doc. kept feeling her stomach checking for hard masses which would be a sign of constipation. Was none, and she was happy, it was like nothin was wrong. Finally After about 4 or 5 mths of worring I just stopped, they said she was healthy and she would eventually poop daily. Well she is 17mths she still goes about 2-3 days between poops, the doctors still say she is fine and she is always smiling and happy so I leave it alone. So its not normal but it is. If your child is happy and their stomach is not hard based off my experiance I wouldnt worry.

Kim - posted on 08/10/2009

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My 3 month old has the same problem I either give her two ounces of pear juice a day or if your doctor will prescribe it Enulose syrup which you add to the formula and just have to experiment how much a day will make them regular. My daughter has gone 7 days and it was absolutely horrible and when she finally went it looked so painful I wanted to cry so I feel for you but you'll get thru it:)!

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My son had that problem and my Dr. told me to give him Gerber stage1 prunes in a feeder bottle. It took till the next day to work, but boy did it work. From then on I would feed him the prunes anytime he went 1 whole day with out pooping. He 15 months old now and I still have to give him prune juice about once a week to break thing loose.

Jennifer - posted on 08/10/2009

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Both of my babies had this problem I added a lil extra water 2 the formula and before long the problem solved itself! But I also had to 'help' them along for a while I would lay them on a comfy spot use some vasoline on a rectal thermometer push up their lil legs and proceed 2 take the temp it ALWAYS helped them 2 start with the pushing out of the stool. I wonder if some babies just need 2 learn how 2 poop? Anyway it worked and before long they were pooping on their own! Try it when you know they are crabby and uncomfortable because they havent pooped it worked great for us!

Ma. Nympha - posted on 08/10/2009

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how old is ure baby girl? after giving her formula milk or after every meal give her water with sugar just let her drink, this was prescribe to me by the pedia of my son...this will help her poop or honey juice...

Haley Louise - posted on 08/10/2009

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my son has the same problem i ended up taking him to the doctors about it he put my son on some lactalose medicine and tht doesnt work he has now got to go to hospital for check ups every so often but my son has had sepositrys the lot he is now pooping daily it does get better with age he's not turning two and he still gets his bad days for pooping but not as much now my advice is to go see your doctor

Kylie - posted on 08/10/2009

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Oh i forgot look in reflexology my mother in law dose it and every time she massages caydens feet shortly after he starts pushing and poos

Kylie - posted on 08/10/2009

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I would suggest to go see a doctor that specializes in children my son has problems with pooing too since he was born to now and he is on a daily dosage of 10mls of parachoc which is like a laxative. I found Karricare helped (formula) prune juice, water, or brown sugar and water, there are these drops too (choloxial) this is spelt wrong but i am not sure what age? They help too.Docs have said to me in the past no longer than 5 days is when you to worry but i think that is crap i found lots of doctors didn't take me seriously because it is so common in children. So find a good doctor best of luck kylie

Liz - posted on 08/10/2009

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My first child had horrible problems from birth, we tried different formulas and everything. The truth was the iron that is in formula can cause constipation and for some babies this supplement (which is needed) is too much for their little bodies when they don't have any other source of food but formula. He would go a week without a bowel movement. We finally got Lactalose from our Dr. and that helped a lot and when he starting eating jar food, we fed prunes, a jar a day kept him very regular. When he hit 1 year and went off the formula he had normal bowel movement from then on. I give Prune Juice with water now if they start to get a little constipated and it works wonders as well.

Erica - posted on 08/10/2009

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watered down fruit juice always worked for my daughter who also had the same problem. I also invested in a vibrating chair. Also my doctor told me to rub her belly in a clockwise direction and to bicycle her legs, it is supposed to help the digestion system work.

Rosa - posted on 08/10/2009

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Hi My little one also had pretty bad constipation issue when she was a couple of months & we tried a lot of the things people have already suggested to you, but what we found that really help was when I took her to an osteopath and this has worked wonders, she still get a little constipated but not as bad as she used to & we try to control this by adding 1/2 a teaspoon of non-flavor fiber supplement into her milk or cereal, which was recommended by the pharmacist.
Hope this help.

Christina - posted on 08/09/2009

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My daughter had the same problem.. she still does sometimes and shes 2 now. See if you can give him Plum Smart.. Its prune juice but my daughter actually loved it, and you can always put half water so its not too strong

April - posted on 08/09/2009

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1 oz of prune juice in the baby food isle mixed with the formula. it helps. i had to do the same for my daughter around that age. for an example, if she was talking 6 oz of formula. make 5 oz of formula and then the last 1 oz, use prune juice. hope that helps.

Nikki - posted on 08/09/2009

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Go to your local health food store and get some baby acidopholis. It's about $20 for a jar and will last a year and by then everything should be working correctly. It's a vitamin kind of like yogurt that has good bacteria that helps their digestive tract.

Secrett - posted on 08/09/2009

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I agree...I tried several different formulas. They are all pretty much the same. Right now my daughter is on Good Start and she eats a variety of veggies and fruit (baby food) at least 3 times a day. We started this about 2 months old and we have not had a problem since.

Lucy - posted on 08/09/2009

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My son had the same issue and once he didn't poo for TWO WEEKS!!! the doctor kept telling me not to worry, which was very hard and i also used baby suppositorys when he didn't go for a week (which happened several times) that the doctor gave me.
It is really horrible but it seems to be something lots of babies go through. My son started pooing much better when he started on solid food - at about 6 months old.
The most important thing was that he was growing really well and gaining weight well too.
I wouldn't bother with expensive remedies at this point - it can be very distressing (I was out of my mind after two weeks!!!) but it's best to let nature take care of itself unless she is clearly hurting, then i'd seek more advice from your doctor.
good luck with the poo! xxx

Jamie - posted on 08/09/2009

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Mine doesnt sit has been 5 days also. I give her pear juice and that is the only thing that helps her. Prune juice doesnt even help her. Her formula was the Nutramigen, which cost 26.00 a small can. That seemed to have helped alittle but now it still isnt that often. If you find away let me know. I even had her go to a speaclist and they say she is fine.

Secrett - posted on 08/09/2009

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The prune juice does work but you will not want to feed your child prunes everyday. Try adding other fruit and veggies to her diet. Feed her with a spoon. My daughter has had the same problem. I have been feeding her baby food 3 times a day. She sits at the table and eats her meal just like the rest of the family and she goes like clockwork. Also stay away from rice cereal. Rice water is used to ease loose bowels and it can cause constipation.

Kelly - posted on 08/09/2009

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I had this concern with my 1st born child. I thought he needed to poop constantly and was under the expectation that every time he ate he would poop...of course not the case. I learned very quickly that it's not unusual for a baby to poop once a week, it just depends on the child. They may not go to the bathroom very often. What I was told by my doctor that if it's been over a week take him to the doctor to make sure there is no blockage in the bowels. Once it's been determined that there isn't a medical reason for it there are two things he recommended for me to purchase.



One was a product called Lactulose which is an lightly orange flavored laxitive that's good for babies and adults alike. Follow directions on the bottle. Great thing about this product is that it works over time, it's not like some where you take a pill or drink a liquid and it's instant. It's gentle for babies and takes a couple days to work but it's easy and pain free on them.



The second thing I was recommended to buy is a stool softner for babies. A couple drops in their milk a couple times a day will soften it up so it won't be hard and lumpy when it comes out and it won't hurt them either.



But don't be too concerned over the not pooping once a day issue, any good doctor should tell you that it's not unusual for them to go a week without having a bowel movement. :)

Ridhima - posted on 08/09/2009

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i dont know weather u will agree or not.but back in india my sons pedo told me that its totally ALRITE if babies poop 10 times a day or once in 10 days.so i really advice u stop worring and stay relaxed.she is gonna poop if she wants to.ok.tc.

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