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Question about baby's poop

Sorry if this is TMI, but I'm a little concerned. We have gradually switched DS from breast milk to formula over the last 6 weeks or so. He is now exclusively on formula, and this had led to longer stretches in between bowel movements and their consistency is a bit thicker than when he was on breast milk. However, this past week, he went 5 days before pooping this morning and it seemed really hard for him to get it out (he started to go when I was changing his diaper). He strained a lot and it happened very slowly and the consistency was still soft but very thick.

He has been acting compeltely normally so I know nothing is majorly wrong, but I'm wondering what's going on. Should I call the pediatrician, or just wait and see if over the next few days he goes more frequently and it is less tough on him? Any ideas?

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Re: Question about baby's poop

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    I took my LO to the Pedi about a week ago because she hadn't had a BM in 2 days. (I thought that was a long time). My pedi told me that nothing was wrong, and some babies actually can go 5+ days without having a BM. Feel your LO's stomach.. just make sure it's still soft and not too hard. Also, my pedi told me that as long as the poop was still soft, and not "hard pebbles," it's okay. When they have hard pebbles, that's when you worry!  However, since I was so concerned about her not having a BM, the pedi told me it would be okay to give her 1-2oz of prune juice a day, AS NEEDED.

    My LO is still only having 1 BM a day, if that. She acts normal, but sometimes I can see that she's really uncomfortable. It breaks my heart. Anyway, I hope this helps a little. Good luck! :)
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    LO goes once a day, and sometimes it's longer than 24 hours between them. They are mushy (TMI) but darker than they were when she was on BM. I would give it a couple of days and see what happens.
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    My LO goes several days between bowel movements usually. When we were discharged from the hospital, until the first at-home poop, was 5 days. We went to the pediatrician after 2 days and they said it is normal. Plus Wyatt wasn't eating the best right then so that was part of the problem.

    Since then, he has had BMs about 2 days, sometimes 3. He does seem to struggle a bit with them, as far as straining to get them out but they are normal in appearance and such, so I think he's ok for now. I will ask the pedi next week.

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    imageKarenin:

    However, this past week, he went 5 days before pooping this morning and it seemed really hard for him to get it out (he started to go when I was changing his diaper). He strained a lot and it happened very slowly and the consistency was still soft but very thick.

    Aack!  Nasty!!!

    Peeeyoou!!!!


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    Thanks for answering my question everyone! Sorry for the TMI! I told myself I would never be a mom who spent time discussing this type of thing but here I am! Embarrassed

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