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Constipated 4-week-old!

Posted by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 7:48 PM
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I just started my baby on Similac Sensitive, due to her intolerance of my milk, and she's taken to it well. Except, she won't poop! She is four weeks old and is constipated. She hasn't pooped in nearly 48 hours and I'm getting worried. Is this normal? What can I do?

by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 7:48 PM
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nicki.hemingway
by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Have your tried using vaseline and a baby rectal thermometer.  Pretty low tech but effective.

nicole2884
by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 7:56 PM
Give her some watered down prune juice
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chicbananas
by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 8:00 PM


I tried - no luck. :(

Quoting nicki.hemingway:

Have your tried using vaseline and a baby rectal thermometer.  Pretty low tech but effective.



nicki.hemingway
by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Have you tried a warm bath while rubbing the lower part of the tummy?

Quoting chicbananas:


I tried - no luck. :(

Quoting nicki.hemingway:

Have your tried using vaseline and a baby rectal thermometer.  Pretty low tech but effective.




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chicbananas
by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 8:54 PM


I haven't tried the bath, but I have massaged her tummy and did the bicycle leg movements. It helped her pass a poop the day after we implemented the formula, but we haven't seen poop since, and it's been 48 hours. She's farting a LOT though, so hopefully that means it'll pass shortly.

Quoting nicki.hemingway:

Have you tried a warm bath while rubbing the lower part of the tummy?

Quoting chicbananas:


I tried - no luck. :(

Quoting nicki.hemingway:

Have your tried using vaseline and a baby rectal thermometer.  Pretty low tech but effective.






lauratupper
by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 9:09 PM
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not pooping isn't a sign of constipation. When did you switch to formula? her stomach could still be adjusting to it.

kirstina
by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM
48 hours isn't that long. If she is constipated she will be screaming.
Things that will have are putting a warm blanket from the dryer on her tummy.
Move her legs as if she were riding a bike.
Tiny amount of apple juice with water(but I think she doesn't need this yet).
Ask her doctor about over the counter stool softeners.
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merryvoice
by on Feb. 10, 2013 at 12:53 PM
We put one ounce of apple juice in her formula and that does the trick.
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Monica_0812
by on Feb. 10, 2013 at 1:27 PM
her tummy might still be trying to adjust to the formula change. If she doesn't poop in the next day or so you might want to call pedi before trying anything just to be on the safe side.

Good luck!
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Salem2012
by on Feb. 10, 2013 at 1:39 PM

That's actually not that bad...some babies can go up to a week without pooping at that age and on formula.

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