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Newborn Constipation...

Posted by on Mar. 6, 2010 at 7:18 AM
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My daughter will be 4 weeks on Tuesday and I'm a little concerned because she didn't have one bowel movement yesterday. However she was passing gas. How long can she go without one before she is constipated? And what is usually done with a baby that is constipated?

by on Mar. 6, 2010 at 7:18 AM
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by on Mar. 6, 2010 at 7:23 AM

I just had my 1st baby, a little girl, 7 weeks ago. I worried about the same thing. The pedi told me it is just fine if the baby goes a day or 2 without pooping. After that, you would need to contact your pedi. In the meantime, if gas continues to be a problem, I really suggest getting a bottle of "Little Tummies Gripe Water." You can get it at any RX or even walmart. It is all natural and safe. Your pedi will tell you that it is safe to use if you call and ask. Or you can use Mylan if your baby needs something stronger....if the gas is causing a lot of pain. Hope this helps.

by on Mar. 6, 2010 at 7:41 AM

There are a lot of misconceptions about what constipation is and its significance in babies.

Since milk (and formula) is such a nutritious substance, sometimes almost all of it is absorbed and there is little left to move along, and stools become infrequent. For example, some perfectly normal breastfed infants only go once a week. Other infants just have a slower (but completely normal) gut, so they also go infrequently.

Prolonged, severe constipation can have a medical cause (for example, if the muscles in the intestine don't work or there is some sort of blockage), but that's a very rare occurrence, while infrequent, hard stools, on the other hand, are very common.

There is no medical harm in the stool staying in the body for a long time, and the frequency of your baby's bowel movements (BMs) does not really define true constipation. True constipation occurs when the baby's stools cause significant difficulty and discomfort when being passed, because they are very dense and hard. This definition excludes the baby who has soft, easy-to-pass stools once a week, even if he seems to strain a lot in the process.

Good luck and congrats on the new LO!

by on Mar. 6, 2010 at 7:57 AM

If she's formula fed and doesn't go after awhile call her ped cause she's probably constipated.  If your breastfeeding you probably don't need to worry about it.  Usually people put juice in bottles for constipation, but she's so young so call her ped first.

by on Mar. 6, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Constipation is not defined by frequency of BM but CONSISTENCY. If she strains to poop or it comes out in little pellets or nuggets as I call them, then she is constipated. If she skips a day or two...she's fine. As long as there is no physical signs she is having trouble pooping, don't worry!! Some babies poop 3 times a day, others every 3 days.

by on Mar. 6, 2010 at 9:41 AM

I agree with the previous posters.  When my son was constipated, he would scream forever trying to get it out and then it would be hard as a rock.  That's constipation.  He ended up having to be on miralax daily.  I would talk to your pediatrician if you're concerned.

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