I know it's normal for bf'd babies to go once per week or less frequently, but he has been arching his back, grunting, waking in dicomfort through the last few nights, spitting up after every feeding, AND his little tummy has been getting harder and harder. Tonight, we read our Dr. Sears book, and gave him a glycerin suppository. He pooped a fair amount, very loudly, and screamed and cried while going. Again, soft--more like softened peanut butter. My dh, in the meantime, called our ped. We ended up getting the RN on call who told us to take him to the ER in case of an impacted bowel/obstruction.
WTF--Do I go? He filled a diaper. I know there is more to come--his tummy is a lot softer, but not completely soft...what do I do? The poor kid is also cutting 2 more teeth, and so miserable about that!
You would never believe this is my SECOND child. Advice?
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Since he pooped a fair amount, I would wait and see how things go, unless something is happening that is worrying you. (I'm an RN too.) Often just stimulating him to go will help him to go more, so I would expect him to poop again later on. Even though the poop is soft, he probably had some cramping when he was going, and that can hurt. It sounds like his poop is nice and soft though, so that's good.
Was there anything new that you fed him recently, or over this past week? I would go back and try to figure out what he ate, and just go back to the basics for a while. Breast milk is a laxative and that will help him pass the rest of whatever has backed up.
And please don't hesitate to either go to the ER, or call the doc again if you are worried! It is never wrong to call.
That said, because of my experience with my dd who actually did have a bowel obstruction, I would take the doctor's advice and go to the a children's hospital ER and demand that you will only speak with the attending physician (no students, residents, etc.)
Actually, it sounds to me like your pediatrician is on the ball. The pediatrician on call for my dd's pediatrician totally missed the signs of bowel obstruction and we were just lucky.
Good luck, and I hope that they are just being overly cautious.
If there is any vomiting that is dark green or bright yellow, go straight to the ER, do not pass go, do not stop here for advice first.
I just decided he wasn't ready for solids.
Every once in awhile he gagged on foods too. Yet another sign he wasn't ready. They don't need solids this early anyways. We stopped solids for about another 3 weeks - so he was a little over 7 months - and tried again. Of course the constipation resolved after a couple of days of stopping solids. Beginning a little after 7 months, we tried again, but much more slowly. He wasn't gagging anymore and we would feed him once a day, a few bites at a time. I also made sure he had a few sips of water. You don't want to go overboard with the water- they don't need that either, but a few sips with each sitting seemed to keep things moving smoothly. He wasn't eating a full small jar (or the equivalant of something homemade) until he was 10 months. Now he's 13 months is finallly up to something like 3 tiny meals and a snack.
If you've read this far, sorry for the novel. I just wanted to emphasize, back off on the solids for a bit longer, and when you do, start even more slowly, and give a couple sips of water too. Some people here don't offer solids for a year and their babies are growing just fine.
Every baby is different. My first was eating steak by four months.
Just kidding....but really, he followed a very traditional schedule and was eating like a trucker with no issues from the beginning.
Golden --you are right. No solids for us for awhile!
Good luck, I hope it is a simple solution like that.
Originally Posted by inezyv
My dd's case was very rare, just one in five hundred babies.
Yes, she still pooped. I don't remember what her stomach felt like, there was no constipation, I took her in for vomiting.
I am SO GLAD you got it diagnosed! Thank you for the info.
I'm glad your baby pooped! I went through years of constipation with my daughter and it was horrible. Thank God that's finally over.
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