Q: Good morning ma’am. I want to ask what to do if a month-old baby couldn’t excrete for 3-4 days. The baby only sighing, you know when a baby is making uncomfortable sound,”hmmmnnnn”. The baby is sucking as usual. He sweats normally as well. Someone suggests I parboil waterleaf and give the baby. Please, what do I do? Reply please ma’am.
A: You didn’t note whether your baby is being exclusively breastfed or not. If your baby is exclusively breast fed (as he should be from birth to 6 months of age), the baby can sometimes go days without defaecation and is due to the fact that practically all the nutrients in breast milk are completely absorbed during each feed, such that there is little or nothing to excrete. However, it is expected that when baby does poop, the faeces should still be soft in consistency as opposed to hard, dry, pellet-like stool as occurs in constipation. If the stool is hard with exclusive breast feeding (?), please visit your baby’s paediatrician. On no account, should you give your baby parboiled waterleaf fluid or any other concoction! Please don’t! Where in doubt, always consult your doctor when in doubt.
Formula fed babies, on the other hand, suffer from constipation because it is more difficult for a baby to digest formula than breast milk.
If your baby is dehydrated, perhaps from not taking enough fluids as may occur if she has a cold and is refusing feeds due to difficulty with breathing when feeding, ‘constipation’ may also occur. Other causes include food allergies and/or introduction of complementary fees as the body learns to handle these foods.
If your baby is on exclusive breast-feeding, passing out dry, hard stools is unlikely. For formula feeds, try to give your baby more water and be sure that you are adding the right amount of formula to make the baby’s meals. If this continues, please see your baby’s doctor.
For more on this subject, please click on https://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/05/20/daily-health-tips-can-my-diet-cause-my-baby-to-have-diarrhea-while-breastfeeding/
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