7 Week Old In Pain Passing Soft Stools??
My son is 7 weeks old and is suddenly not pooping every day. Mainly breastfed, except one bottle of formula each evening.
He is now going up to 3 days without passing a stool, becoming increasing irritated and seemingly in pain from the 2nd day - with real smelly gas.
When he does poo it is his usual soft yellowish poop. So I presume he isn't constipated?
What's going on? He is being more sicky in the evening since he stopped going for a poop each day?
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7 Weeks Old And Not Pooping - Constipated?
Being 7 weeks old and breastfed, it is quite normal both to not have bowel movements every day, to pass lots of wind and to strain and be somewhat uncomfortable wihle trying to poop. At around 2 months old, a baby's digestive system has matured and most breastfed babies go from several bowel movements per day to much less frequent pooping - even several days in between the bowel movements.
Since the stools are soft, the baby is not constipated. (You can learn about signs of constipation here.
What you could do (if possible), is to take away the formula
for a while, since that could be causing some extra pain and straining for him. Babies are much more prone to tummy issues on formula than on breast milk.Baby massage is also an excellent way to help babies suffering from pain trying to poop.
Also remember that at around 6 weeks, a baby's crying spells
are peaking, unless the baby is suffering from infant colic. So being cranky in the evening and crying without you being to figure out why is very common at this age. Exhausting for sure! Have a look at these different ways to soothe a baby
, and see if any of the techniques may be of help.
If your baby appears to be in severe pain, talk to his health nurse, to rule out any illness or for example milk protein allergy or lactose intolerance.
I hope this helps,
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