What You Need to Do When Your Baby Hasn’t Pooped In 2 Days
If you are currently raising an infant, I’m sure you have partaken in countless diaper changes every day. A healthy baby can leave you changing diapers up to 10 times a day, which is why it can be quite alarming when your baby hasn’t pooped in 2 days.
It’s only natural to become a bit frustrated when your baby hasn’t pooped in a day or two, after all, babies are highly fragile creatures that need to be carefully taken care of at all times.
If you find your baby not being able to poop for the past 2 days, don’t panic just yet, because this article will tell you about all the things you need to know if you ever find yourself under such circumstances.
How Often Should Babies Poop?
It’s really funny how such little babies are capable of producing so much stool. A healthy baby that is at least a week old will leave you changing diapers at an average of 8 up to 10 times a day. Yes, they can actually poop more than grown adults do. You’d even think to yourself sometimes where does it all come from.
However, the number of times a baby poops can also be affected by certain factors, one of which is their diet. A breast-fed baby for one, will be able to poop approximately 4 times a day once they’ve become 4-weeks old. Babies on a formula diet on the other hand, poop a lot less at this age since a formula diet is not a natural laxative like breast milk is.
Once your baby has become 8-weeks old, he will normally poop at least once a day if he is formula-fed. Formula-fed babies tend to have wet stools that easily find its way to the diaper, while breast-fed babies at this age tend to have firmer stools that can be a bit more difficult for your baby to poop out.
But do take note that not all babies poop the same. Some can take even up to three days without pooping, especially if they’re breast-fed.
However, if your baby hasn’t pooped in about half a week or so, it might be time to take action by seeking the help of a medical professional.
How Long Can Babies Last Without Pooping
As I have mentioned before, a baby’s pooping schedule can be significantly affected by his diet and age.
An infant that is about eight weeks old, regardless of diet, can go from 4 up to 5 days without pooping. Unless your baby is showing signs of discomfort, you ought to not worry about your baby being constipated when such circumstances occur.
Older breast-fed infants at 2 up to 3-months old can go without pooping for a longer duration, especially when they haven’t started eating solid foods yet. Breast-fed babies at this age can easily last up to two weeks without pooping.
How To Know When Your Baby Is Constipated?
Constipation is a condition that’s caused by the lack of water in your baby’s stool and the failure of your baby’s rectal muscles to relax and contract in the attempt to push the stool out. When constipation happens, the digested food that travels down your baby’s intestines become stools that get piled up, leading to discomfort and even pain.
Fortunately, knowing whether your baby is suffering from constipation is not really that complicated. To figure out whether your baby is suffering from constipation, try to look out for these following signs and symptoms:
- If you’re baby is a newborn and is showing difficulty while pooping
- If you’re baby is a newborn and hasn’t pooped at least once a day
- If your baby has dry and hard stools
- If your baby has hard and small pebble looking stools
- If your baby is grunting, getting his face red, or drawing his legs up while he is pooping
- If you find blood in your baby’s stool
- If your baby has firm and infrequent stools
- If your baby is younger than 4 months old and hasn’t pooped for approximately 4 up to 7 days
When To Seek Medical Help
Knowing when it’s time to seek a doctor’s help can ultimately save your baby’s life. Although some parents you know might tell you about home remedies that you can try to provide your baby with relief, you must not administer anything to your baby without consulting a professional pediatrician.
Even though constipation may seem like a minor health issue, it can pose serious health complications for a young infant. This is why it’s very important to not hesitate to seek medical help once you see any signs or symptoms that suggest your baby is suffering from constipation.
When your baby is constipated, his intestines will become completely back up, leading to waste water being absorbed back into his body. This would not only cause your baby to feel pain whenever he tries to poop, but can cause other more serious diseases as well.
A healthy baby’s stool will have a yellow, brown, tan, and even a green color. Once you find your baby’s stool to be firmer than usual, and smelling fouler than ever, it can be a sign of a disease. This means you should see your pediatrician as soon as possible.
Also seek immediate medical help when your baby is younger than 4-months old, and hasn’t pooped in 4 up to 7 days.
Remember, whenever you are unsure of what is happening to your baby, do not try any type of medication that you think is fit for the situation. Always seek out the help of a medical professional first. Even if looking to experienced parents might seem like a good plan, nothing can beat the added safety that a licensed doctor can provide.
A Quick Recap
Being able to figure out whether your baby is constipated or not is very essential. It can save your baby from pain, or it can save you from a lot of worries. Know that if your baby is not a newborn, going a full two days without ending up with a dirty diaper is nothing to worry about.
Unless you see a couple of signs and symptoms that suggest your baby is currently suffering from constipation, you can rest easy knowing that in a day or two you’ll have a dirty diaper to change.
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