Topic: constipated babys?
May 22, 2019 / By Salal Question:
i have heard that formula fed babies get constipated a lot more often than breastmilk fed babies. i have also asked my doctor and he said sometimes babies wont poop for a couple days.
my baby poops every 1-3 days. she never acts like she is in any discomfort or anything and she eats well. i was wondering if anyone else has a constipated baby like mine and what they do to help the baby.
someone told me to give her water, so i give her a couple sips now and then. what else can i do to help her? she is 5 weeks old.
Murphy | 4 days ago
At this age, my son was breastfeeding and he went 5 days without going for a poo and he wasnt constipated. sometimes babies do just not go for a couple of days. Its normal. If when she does poo she seems like shes having trouble or gets really upset or crys then give her some freshly boiled and cooled water from a bottle (but dont replace any of her feeds with water.) If shes not having trouble then i wouldnt bother with water just keep giving her her formula.
When my daughter was about 2 weeks old I had to switch from breast to bottle immediately so couldnt wean her onto formula and she was very constipated. She was really crying trying to go toilet. Water did the trick though.
If the poop is soft when it comes out it ISN'T constipation.
Constipation in fact refers not only to the frequency of stools, but also to the consistency. Therefore, if an infant poops every third day but it comes out soft, this would not be considered constipation, and no therapy is indicated. In fact, at 3-6 weeks of age, breast-fed babies may only have one stool a week. This is because breast milk leaves very little waste in the intestines to be passed. Again, if the stool, when passed, is not hard, this is completely normal. In general, it is almost impossible for strictly breast-fed babies to become constipated.
In contrast, formula-fed infants may have problems passing stool. Although uncommon, such problems can occur. Therefore, it is best if these infants pass a stool at least once every 24 hours, with a consistency no thicker than peanut butter. Occasionally, these babies will stool every other day and usually this is not cause for alarm. However, if you think your child is having a hard time passing a stool, and the stool is unusually thick, you should call your doctor. It is important to know, however, that almost all infants grunt, groan and turn red at this moment. Remember, they have to poop while lying down, without the assistance of gravity. Therefore, if they seem to have a hard time passing, but what comes out is soft, it is most likely to be normal.
Between 4 to 6 weeks of age, the pattern can change to less frequent bowel movements, Brown-Ginsberg says. The quantity per movement will be greater, though. "Some breastfed babies can have a bowel movement every few days or even once a week," she says. "As long as it remains soft, it is not constipation."
Be careful, because water can drop his sodium level and that can be VERY dangerous. You really should discuss this with your DOC. If you have a PPO maybe make an appt. to see a Pediatric Gastroenterologist. I found mine through Children's Hospital in Washington,DC. Also, my First and third born babies had issues with constipation, due to the fact they were allergic to the formula. My oldest was breastfed until 4mos. and after that he experienced constipation because he was alllergic to the soy formula. My second was born 36 wks and 5 days and had a minor constipation issue. The pediatrician instructed me to give him "Baby Lax" when he seemed to be uncomfortable. I only had to give it to him a few times and he was fine.
Now, with my third he has a milk and soy allergy and is on a formula called Neocate. The allergist and/Gastro both said that since he was allergic to the formula he was on at birth, it caused his intestines to swell and that's why he gets constipated. I'm not sure if your son will have the same issues or not, that's why it's best to take him to the doctor's office. It's also possible this may just be his routine. Some baby's only pass their bowls every few days, but if she is very irritable and seems to be uncomfortable, page your ped. and ask them what you should do.
Not to sound like a hypocrite, but sometimes you might have to get a second medical opinion or follow your own "mommy/daddy" instinct and ask about the baby lax. You can buy it from CVS.
I wish you all the best and Good Luck!
My son used to cry when he pooped but he pooped about 5 times a day... Some babies just cant deal with the milk they're receivingand they react differently to it.. If ur feedin her similac try giving her soy milk like isomil If she constipated alot.. The only thing that u can give her is water because she is so young...Try giving her an ounce of water a day for a couple days if shes still constipated alot try talking to ur doc about changing her milk it took about 3 doc appts for my son doc to change his milk he kept saying everything is fine listen to ur baby.. When I changed his milk everything was fine..
i have a 16 week old and he ppos every 4 days, he hates water on its own so what i do is i give her her bottle with one less scoop of formula that theres meant to be eg 5oz im meant to put 5 scoops but i put 4, it seems to help. dont worry about it she will get into a routine soon besides less poopy nappies to clean