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Baby can not poo

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  • Posted By: mllejuliemarie
  • October 15, 2007
  • 04:27 PM

I have a five month old baby who has never been able to poo well. Perhaps once a week she can successfully poo on her own, but the rest of the time, she struggles and cries, and screams.
We have taken her once to the emergency room, and we bring it up at the doctor's office, but no one has helped.
We have done everything the doctors have suggested - she gets prune juice, karo syrup, gerber prunes, "gentle, easy to digest" formula, glycerine suppositories for when it's really bad etc.
It is not that she is, nor has ever been constipated - she poos daily, a good thin consistency - but she has very serious painful trouble getting it out. I am afraid there might be somthing wrong with her muscles etc.
Please help.

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  • Does your baby have colic? Try here: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/550420
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • October 15, 2007
    • 06:21 PM
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  • I can completely understand what you are going through! I experienced this with my daughter starting when she was about 3 1/2 months old. It wasn't only the fact that she wasn't pooping at first, but the pain she was in. She actually went for 2 weeks with pooping at all! That was scary! The doc kept telling me that it was normal and that all babies do this when their digestive systems are getting "normal". There was no blockage luckily, but I was SO frustrated! Even when she finally did start going daily she was constantly crying (no! not colic!!). The only thing that did work for me was prune juice with karo syrup in it twice a day every day, and at times the suppositories (even though she wasn't constipated). Eventually she has outgrown it (she's now 11 months), but she still has a very sensitive tummy. I have to be very careful and watch to see how she reacts to any new food. Apples are very hard for her so we just stay away from them.Hopefully everything is fine medically and she also is just a sensitive child also. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 15, 2007
    • 06:43 PM
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  • Does your baby have colic? Try here: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/550420 She doesn't cry at random times, for random reasons. Her problem is the actual bowel movement. She is not a fussy baby, and only cries during the actual process, when she seems to sincerely be in pain. She is growing fine (at 5 months about 25inches and 17lbs) - she is a very happy baby, except for when she needs to have a bowel movement - regardless of the time of day it occurs.
    mllejuliemarie 1 Replies
    • October 15, 2007
    • 06:52 PM
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  • mllejuliemarie - I am a mother of two, and have had this same situation. This is what I learned: 1. If she is going "poo" daily then there is nothing wrong with her. It is perfectly normal for it to be difficult for her to "poo". She is only 5 months old and it is difficult for her to do lots of things. 2. It takes a very long time (years!) for babies digestive systems to develop. And then we add strange new foods to their diets (this applies even if you are nursing exclusively.) 3. If she has other symptoms, such as rectal bleeding, etc, then you may have more reason to worry. 4. For now, focus your energy on something else - how wonderfully she's growing and developing, perhaps. Or how happy she is, or how much fun she is. *OR* take her out for a walk - it will lighten your mood and make you feel better about everything. 5. I highly recommend that you put the baby book away - only allowing yourself to read it once a month or even once every two months. I hope this helps - you want to be he
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 16, 2007
    • 00:04 AM
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  • Have You Tried Apple Juice Or Pear Juice My Son Was That Way And We Used Supostories And All But The Pear Juice Worred Better And Quicker Than Anything Else Apple Juice Was Good But Not As Good As Pear
    carolynmac4 7 Replies
    • October 16, 2007
    • 02:47 AM
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  • Our daughter (now 5) frequently had trouble with painful/difficult bowel movements/constipation. We tried prune juice, glycerine suppositories, etc. and nothing worked. Finally at one point when she was 2, a pediatrician suggested trying a small fraction of the adult dose of Miralax (mild laxative) in her milk every morning. Problem solved! We don't give it to her regularly, only when it gets really bad. I am not sure if that is appropriate for a child as young as yours however--ask your doctor!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 16, 2007
    • 03:27 AM
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  • I have a three year old grandauther who was not able to poop at all with out suppositories untill she was one year old, we have had her to three doctors, they just keep giving her laxitives-which she will not drink (because they taste like sea salt) , or they do not work .We have given her the juices, kroe, flax seed oil for fiber,-we have tried it all! We have had to give her xlax for the last few month to even get her to poop, thats the only thing that works. And we are afraid there is something seriously wrong with her. Just today my daughter called the pediatrician to get all her files so that we can take her to a specialist 400 miles away, but now we have been informed that a specialist from that town comes hear once a month, so we will find out tomorrow if she will be able to be seen here. I sure feel your pain too, it is frustrating and very painful to see a child suffer so (she too is in real pain trying to have a bowl movement).Our baby was 5 weeks premature, and she pooped in the hospitial before bringing her home, but never did again with out help untill her first birth day.
    grammie 1 Replies
    • October 16, 2007
    • 05:08 AM
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  • Video the baby screaming and show it to your pediatrician. Get some xrays. Maybe there is something structurally wrong.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 16, 2007
    • 08:40 AM
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  • My son is 8 1/2 weeks old and we are going through the same thing. It is so frustrating! He wakes 3 times a night, besides being hungry just to try and poop.. and he rarely goes at that time. I am getting up 4/5 times a night and it is utterly exausting. We just tried switching his formula to hypoallergenic to see if this helps.. heres hoping so!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 8, 2010
    • 01:03 PM
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  • Try Psyllium. It is very effective.You can buy psyllium powder, and mix it in drinks, such as fruit juice, and she can drink it.When babies become old enough to eat solid food, it is important that they have a good diet.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 8, 2010
    • 11:06 PM
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