My six-month-old has been waking up at 3 AM needing to poop since he was born. He poops at least half a dozen times every 24 hours so it’s not that he’s constipated, and he’s barely eating solids so it isn’t that.
It just clearly is uncomfortable for him starting around three am and he lies there and moans and sometimes he poops within an hour or so but sometimes he doesn’t do it until six or seven and we’re all exhausted.
He also has a perianal abscess, could that be related?
6-Month-Old Baby Gassy And Pooping At Night
It sounds as if you all are having a tough time!
At six months and only breastfed, it is completely normal for a baby to poop several times per day, but the pain at night does not seem quite right. Same if he is formula-fed. (You don’t mention is he is on breast milk or formula.)
Newborn babies often build up gas during the night and have built up enough to become really uncomfortable at around 4 am. By that time the newborn starts making sounds that make it impossible for anyone to sleep. When my babies did this, I used to press their knees towards their bellies gently and wriggle left and right until the gas was released. Your baby is older now, but if such a movement doesn’t wake your baby up, certainly try it!
Have you considered lactose intolerance or some kind of allergy; milk allergy or soy allergy for example? Since he’s had these problems right from the start, you should definitely discuss the situation with a pediatrician.
Other things you could do is baby massage and try to reduce the amount of feeding in the evening if possible. (But I realize with a six-month-old mainly breastfeeding or formula, that can be hard. They need their nutrition!)
Regarding his perianal abscess, it can certainly make the pooping painful, but probably not affect the frequency of his bowel movements. A perianal abscess may come from an anal fissure (common in babies), which in turn can lead to painful bowel movments. So treating your baby’s abscess and possible fissure may very well take away some of the pain.
I really wish you good luck!
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