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my daughter is 1 week old and has not a bowl movement in 3 days. what can i do to help her? Sad
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replied December 30th, 2007
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I had that problem when my daughter was born. My best friend who is a nurse told me to lube up a thermometer and take her temperature rectally.
She said they did that in the clinic to stimulate a bowel movement.
You can massage her intestinal area too.

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Don't be alarmed when it looks like tar either. That is normal.
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replied December 30th, 2007
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My daughter was like that when she was a couple weeks old too... I knew when they got older to give them prun juice but not that age.. But I called her dr. office and talked to the nurse and she told my if you bottle feed to put like a table spoon or 2 ( I started with one ) into her bottle.. It seemed to do the trick.. Smile Hope this works for you...
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replied December 30th, 2007
MiraLax! Works wonderful and it is safe for newborns yes
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replied December 30th, 2007
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dont give ANYTHING to her unless a dr okays it

CALL THE DR ASAP for this
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replied December 31st, 2007
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A lot of babies experience this though. It's definitely not uncommon.

It takes a little while for the first bowel movement because they've never made one before. Think about it. 9 months without poo.
It's the consistency of tar too... that makes it a little hard to get things going. It takes time.

I would try the thermometer trick. It worked for us and you don't have to worry about giving her something you need to ask a doctor for.
If that doesn't work, ask the doctor.
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replied December 31st, 2007
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Also if your baby is breastfed it can be alsmost seven days between bowel movements for newborns. Does she appear to be trying? Strining and uncomfortable?
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replied August 2nd, 2008
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Marianne0558 wrote:
A lot of babies experience this though. It's definitely not uncommon.

It takes a little while for the first bowel movement because they've never made one before. Think about it. 9 months without poo.
It's the consistency of tar too... that makes it a little hard to get things going. It takes time.

I would try the thermometer trick. It worked for us and you don't have to worry about giving her something you need to ask a doctor for.
If that doesn't work, ask the doctor.


I am not trying to be mean, but babys do have bowel movements while in the moms tummy. Just in a different way. It goes threw the cord.
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replied August 2nd, 2008
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Sarah12892 wrote:
Marianne0558 wrote:
A lot of babies experience this though. It's definitely not uncommon.

It takes a little while for the first bowel movement because they've never made one before. Think about it. 9 months without poo.
It's the consistency of tar too... that makes it a little hard to get things going. It takes time.

I would try the thermometer trick. It worked for us and you don't have to worry about giving her something you need to ask a doctor for.
If that doesn't work, ask the doctor.


I am not trying to be mean, but babys do have bowel movements while in the moms tummy. Just in a different way. It goes threw the cord.


not to be mean either, but it wouldnt be a BOWEL movement then... because no bowels are moving .... the cord is not connected to the bowels, but the belly button... so obviously her little bum woulsnt be doin anything... so she is right, the baby doesnt have a bowel movement for 9 months... if they had a bowel movement in utero it could be life threatening
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replied August 2nd, 2008
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lagringarican787 wrote:
Sarah12892 wrote:
Marianne0558 wrote:
A lot of babies experience this though. It's definitely not uncommon.

It takes a little while for the first bowel movement because they've never made one before. Think about it. 9 months without poo.
It's the consistency of tar too... that makes it a little hard to get things going. It takes time.

I would try the thermometer trick. It worked for us and you don't have to worry about giving her something you need to ask a doctor for.
If that doesn't work, ask the doctor.


I am not trying to be mean, but babys do have bowel movements while in the moms tummy. Just in a different way. It goes threw the cord.


not to be mean either, but it wouldnt be a BOWEL movement then... because no bowels are moving .... the cord is not connected to the bowels, but the belly button... so obviously her little bum woulsnt be doin anything... so she is right, the baby doesnt have a bowel movement for 9 months... if they had a bowel movement in utero it could be life threatening


Okay I was wrong on that but all the babies I have helped deliver have had bowl movements while they are still in the hospital.. Some one said it would take a week I think.. I am sorry but I have been around tons of new borns and I have never seen it take a week.
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replied August 5th, 2008
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consult your physician or call a nurseline to get the best advice.. Is your baby constipated or just not having a bowel movement? Because those are two totally different things. The advice given about using a rectal thermometer lubricated of course does help a constipated baby but it wouldnt help a baby who is not trying to pass a stool at all... Anything else as far as all the suggestions as to what to give the baby would have to soley be up to your pediatrician..
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replied September 8th, 2008
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You can also buy glycerine suppositories for infants. They are very tiny. You can find them at the local pharmacy and will not harm your infant. Make sure you cut one in half however even though they are small. Better to use the least amount you have to. I still suggest calling your pediatrician.
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replied September 21st, 2008
few bowl movements
my son is now 2months old and still only goes every two - three days and even then i have to use vasaline and hold him infront of me in a sitting position but this way he does not seem in any discomfort, and according to my health visitor and GP it is perfectly normal for some babies to only have one or two stools a weekas long as it is not like rabbit droppings ?
I have also used brown sugar or a tea spoon full of orange juice in water but only seem to have reaction with sugar and that does nt always work.
if any one no's more about this please reply.
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replied October 23rd, 2008
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I wouldn't recommend orange juice for babies. The high citric acid in orange juice can irritate the baby and give him a pretty good rash. Giving the baby any kind of sugar mixed with anything is not recommended....try 100 percent fruit juices or prune juice if you want to try that theory.
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