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#1 of 2 Old 03-05-2014, 07:51 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi! My son will be 3 next month, and we're concerned about his bowel movements.


Even as a baby being exclusively nursed, he hardly pooped! It would be like once every 2 or 3 days- and I didn't worry about it because I had no frame of reference (my only child) and he wasn't straining or having hard poops so I figured breast milk just didn't produce as much solid waste. He had literally one normal turd shaped poo when we first started feeding him solids regularly (at about a year)- and then he had a hard to pass stool that I blamed on his continuing infrequent poops. It really freaked him out, and you could tell when he needed to go and then watch him struggle to hold it back! We went through a spate of using glycerine suppositories to try and get him regular. After a week or so of suppositories he started going more regularly (every 3 to four days instead of 7 or 8) so we stopped those.


The thing is, except for those few normal to hard stools, he's always had a "soft-serve" consistency poop- even when he only went once a week!! We did check with his doctor that we set him up with to do 6-month well-baby checks (no vax), and she always said that as long as he's not straining or having hard painful poops due to his reticence that he's fine....but it's going on 3 years now!! He does eat a relatively high fiber diet, but still....he only goes once or twice a week and it's never formed- is this truly normal? I've been giving him Udo's infant probiotics on and off since he was an infant (regularly the last month or 2). Is this something we should be really worried about? I've wanted to take him to my chiro for an adjustment for a long time to see if that made a difference but his dad is rabidly against chiropractic. What are your thoughts?

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This isn't alarming, IF the child is healthy and doing well, and IF the stools aren't too foul or runny. Soft serve ice cream sounds ok. 

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