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#1 of 5 Old 09-18-2004, 04:58 PM - Thread Starter
 
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OK, I am nott ECing, but I am interested in it. My 4 week old has a lot of trouble pooping. She grunts and groans and turns red, and I am sure she is trying to poop, but can't. The doctors have said that she just doesn't have the coordination down yet.

Anyway, when she does finally poop, it is usually once ever 36 hours or so. It could be 3 times in one day or only once every 3 days though - usually the latter. So, how would you deal with this? Especially when she really looks like she is trying to poop and then nothing happens?

Just wondering.
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When she looks like she's trying to poop, you could try holding her over a toilet or sink or something in a typical EC position - sitting with her back against your stomach/chest and your hands supporting her legs under the thigh/knee area. Being in that position has always seemed to help my dd poop.
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Thanks - I'll have to try that.
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Well, I tried holding her over the sink this morning when she was grunting. She did pass some gas, but no poop. I think she just has problems pooping, buut we'll keep trying this.
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My DS was really unhappy one night and he uses a Baby Bjorn Little potty. He pooped but was stll unhappy. He had some gas and that seemed to relieve things a bit. Maybe she just has gas some of the time. I always said that DS might be hard to do EC with because I couldn't tell the difference between gas and a poop. BTW: DS is only pooping every4-5 days.
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