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newborn hasn't pooped in two days?

my newborn is two weeks old and hasn't pooped since tuesday night i feel his tummy and its hard my sis says it his formula but i also breastfeed anything i can do to help him go?

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Asked by firstimemommy21 at 12:23 PM on Feb. 3, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • is he really irritable/cranky?

    if not, then its probably normal. my pediatrician once told me that newborns can sometimes poop several times a day and then go days without a bowel movement. as long as theyre otherwise content, theyre likely not constipated.

    Answer by tnm786 at 12:25 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • yea he passes gas alot but for the most part he seems okay

    Comment by firstimemommy21 (original poster) at 12:26 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • It is normal for a newborn (formula fed or breast fed) to go up to 5-6 days without pooping.

    If you are switching back and forth, it could very well be his formula. You should look into a different type.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 12:26 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • I'd start by eliminating the formula and only nurse... a breastmilk baseline really will make a difference. Breastmilk is a natural laxative.

    I think your sis is right, sorry.

    If he's not in any discomfort, DO NOTHING... no putting things in his butt and especially no Karo.. it's a botulism risk. Just nurse him.

    Answer by gdiamante at 12:26 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • u might what to try to give him a liitle water or pull his legs up 2 his chest my daughter didnt poop for 4 days i thought ther was something wrong the doctor said to give her water with a little juice

    Answer by sophia237 at 12:27 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • water with apple juice and rub the lower part of the back - breaking up blockage

    Answer by nettalou at 12:30 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • take his legs and move them up to his stomach and back worked wonders for my two boys wehn they couldnt poop

    Answer by Littleguysmommy at 12:30 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • Do NOT give that baby water or juice. I fully agree with dropping the formula and breastfeeding more. If he's not uncomfortable he may not be truly constipated - it's normal for formula babies to not poop daily.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:31 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • I recommend moving his legs in a bicycle motion, or folding his knees up toward his tummy. If that doesn't work, you can also try a warm bath..and if that doesn't work, you could drink some prune juice yourself, or put a very small amount of prune juice into the formula. My SIL has to put prune juice in her son's soy formula every time they make a bottle.

    Answer by BisketLiss at 12:34 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • As long as he's happy don't worry about it. Newborns can either go a few times a day or go a few days between BMs. As long as the poop itself isn't "poop pebbles" it's totally fine.

    Answer by LuckyPlusOne at 12:46 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

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