My LO hasn't pooped since about 6pm yesterday. She's groaning and grunting and seems to have a red face when she's doing it which makes me think she's either trying to poop, or has wind. I wind her and nothing. So I now think we may be constipated because before this she would have 4-6 dirty nappies a day.
Is there anything I can do to help move things along for her?
Did you recently switch to formula? Because most FF babies don't poo 4-6 times a day. I wouldn't worry at all. Occassionally my son skips a day and I've seen the little red faced grunts you are talking about! My boy is now 5 1/2 months and a few weeks back I started introducing diluted juice once a day and he is more "regular" now.
To begin with Josh would only poo when the MW came round (normally when I'd just begun the sentence: so "so he hasn't pooed for 4 days") which was every 3/4 days. After a few weeks he self regulated and now goes pretty much everyday.
The poster above is right, BF babies can poo several times a day but FF babies are more once-a-day kinda kids!!
my LO had bad constipation for a while till I chnaged his formula. He was on SMA, but I read on line that its the thickest formula a baby can have & can often cause constipation, so I switched to Aptimil which is the thinest and hes now going again every day.
When he was bunged up, I would offer him some aired water & rub his belly, within about an hour of doing this I got a poo every time. Iv also read that a bath may hel and cycling their legs
Hi hun, im having a similar problem with my LO, she was doing 4-5 poos a day and now im lucky if i get one out of her, a couple of days ago she didnt poo for 24 hours and after a lot of straining and high pitched screaming she eventully poo'd what looked like playdoh! I have spoke to the MW about this and she told me too give her half an ounce of warm water inbetween bottles but it dosent seem to be helping much. She hasnt poo'd since 5am this morning so this evening i have bathed her and given her a tiny bit of sugar in her warm water (some advice from my cousin who has had 3 constipated babies) so i will let you know how i get on and if it works. It breaks my heart too see her in so much pain!
Thats nothing to worry about even though it's not normal for her.. My doctor told me 3 days was nothing but he told me to get lactalose OTC it is a laxative all they need is 5mls if it's necessary and it will take half a day to set in. Also try giving 30ml of water between feeds just to get things running, My little boy was doing a poo at every feed during breastfeeding, but formula just blocks him up to the max. I stopped breastfeeding at 3 weeks, he is now 10 weeks and his poos are finally getting back to normal (one a day for him is normal).. Apart from the water, you can try moving her legs in a bicycle motion (as if she is riding a bike) and also bringing her knees to her tummy. I know how sad it is to watch them in pain, good luck with it hun
Ava goes once every 36 hours (although it is massive when it arrives), we were told by Dr this is fine they wouldn't worry until 5+ days!!!!!
If she's pained try some water in a bottle, a warm bath, bicycling her legs and rubbing her tummy. I would try all these and if still nothing you could try sugar water or 1tbsp fresh orange or apple juice in 1oz water x
dom also became constipated on formula, i was on SMA which really bound him up,ive swithced to cow n gate i get 1 poo a day, i found 'cycling' the legs,warm baths and baby massage on the stomach REALLY helped him when i was on SMA GL xx
I don't think you should worry jsut yet, Poppy would sometimes go a week without pooping! If it goes for a few days and still no joy, I put a few drops of prune juice in the formula and it worked a treat!
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