my one month ++ gal didnt poo for 3 days..
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My six mths old dear son hasn't poo poo for three days. What can I do? It all started when I increase his cereal feed to three times a day. Guess it's too heaty. When he farted, it was very smelly. Could there be stuck poo at the anus?
my one month ++ gal didnt poo for 3 days..
Mine didn't poo for 7 days when he was 4mths old. Check his tummy. Feel around the region. If soft, ok, no problem. If hard, try to give water or more watery milk(reduce the cereal), rub some ru yi oil after bath. And when he shows sigh of pooing or struggling, help him to push poo out by opening his anus, pressing lightly on the sides of the anus to help push poo out. massage his tummy in an invert you shape from left to right, lift him up instead of letting him sleep position to poo(gravity helps).. One of my twins had problem pooing and he was super terrified of pooing, so I tried all kinds of methods then to help him poo. Now at 15mths, he's better.
if he is not cranky, it's ok. sometimes dear son also poo after 3-4 days. but if you see him straining when he poo, means is constipation.. try to feed him more water..
Thank you mummies. If Im to reduce the cereal, how much should it drop to? Currently HE is taking 30ml only
For babies that are only on milk, it's fine for them not to poo for a 5-6 days... unless you find them pushing & nothing comes out. This would possibly mean that they are constipated.
For babies that just started on semi-solids (e.g. cereal or porridge), give them some time to adjust to their new food. They may not poo everyday yet because there really very much solids in their meals. Just make sure to give them some water after having each semi-solid meals.
need to change the cereal
6-9 tablespoons of solids makes up 1 full meal
(Giving 30ml of cereal over 3 times is not equivalent to 3 meals.)
For young babies, start with lunch and let his body adjust to digesting the food.
After about 1 month, introduce dinner.
Gradually, introduce breakfast.
Cereal is high in fibre. Too much fibre could lead to constipation, so ensure baby is well-hydrated.
It is normal for breastfed-babies to poo once in 7-10 days since all the milk is absorbed. When they start on solids, body needs time to adjust. After a while, poo-ing once in 1-3 days is normal range.
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My six month old girl started cereal 3 wks ago. Recently constipated for 3days. Saw d stool at d anus but she would cry everytime she sat on the toilet bowl to push. Had to bring her to doc and inserted the enema. She pooed 3 times within 4hrs. 1st 2 was watery but d last one was one solid strip and there was even blood, a bit though... And of course she was crying each time she pooed.
Anyway doc advised that she drinks 1-2oz of water each time, esp in this hot climate. Also papaya, prune (or juice) and banana are natural laxatives so must try feed them.
Carrot should be okay. No apples and bananas.
Banana and apple puree will worsen constipation. Suggest you avoid juice as it's sweet and encourages children to have a sweet tooth. Always opt for poo inducing fruits like peaches, plums, papaya, and pear. Sweet peas also help with preventing constipation.
Understand that fiber comes in two forms - soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is present in mostly grains and can lead to constipation because it requires water to keep it soft. If you give lots of this form of fiber but dont't give baby water or soluble fiber, you're only making things worse. Soluble fiber is present in mostly fruits and vegetables and it is what makes your poo soft and smooth. This is all the more reason to encourage babies to eat fruits and vegetables - the opposite of the traditional Asian weaning style which focuses more on meat and rice.
Some people believe that fruit is cooling and will give baby cough and phlegm. That's nonsense. My daughter has been eating fruit and fruit puree since she started on solids. And chilled fruits at that. Now, at 14 months, she has fruit at least twice a day. No sign of cough or phlegm at all. In fact, when she had the flu, she preferred eating fruits more than other things and her recovery was much faster than my hubby (who also had the flu and refused to eat much fruits). Fruits are important because they contain much needed Vit C (easier to absorb than supplements) which help boost the immune system. And it help keeps them regular - my daughter poos up to three times a day, only soft poo. Even my babysitter remark that her diet is very good (I'm providing her the food for my daughter) unlike her grandson who has to sit on the potty for ages coz of poo problems.
Changing cereal won't help so long as you dont't introduce or give enough fruits and veg (should be same amount as cereal). Also, condition of poo is more important than frequency. If it's hard and pellet shaped and/or accompanied by blood, it's constipation. dont't let it get to that stage because once it does, baby can get scared of pooping and will hold it in, making things much much worse.
Re quantity, when starting babies with solid, remember that this is only COMPLEMENTARY. Babies below 1 yo should be taking in more milk. If you give more solids, you can risk your baby cutting back on milk - bad idea because at this stage, baby cannot take a variety of food in order to get the nutrients he/she needs. What is the usual quantity? Actually it ranges from 1-2 tablespoons for beginners, and up to 4-6 for seasoned eaters (babies who have been on solids for a while).
Last edited by meiteoh; 24-09-2010 at 10:48 PM.
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