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Baby Gasps When Pooping and Makes Strange Squeaks – Why?

by Crista
(Albuquerque,nm)

My 3 month old just started making squeaky noises and almost a gasping sound during and after pooping.

He gets red and grunts while pooping then he makes this weird noise even while changing his diaper…

This is the only time he makes this noise, but the noise has me a little worried it just seems likes he isn’t getting enough air, although he isn’t struggling or crying…

Does anyone know what this is?

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Baby Gasping For Air When Pooping

I truly understand your concern. Even if your boy doesn’t have trouble breathing, I too believe that it can be wise to try and find the reason for his sounds.

One possible reason that comes to my mind is acid reflux. Some babies gasp or even throw up when pooping due to the stomach fluid being push up through their throat when pushing to poop. You can read about a baby that throws up when pooping here.

You also mention that he makes the sound when changing diapers. Again, this could also be due to reflux, since the stomach fluids may enter the throat when laid down and particularly when his legs are held up to change diapers.

Here is another discussion going on between several parents with a similar situation and you can start by reading about what they have done, and what the doctors have found in their cases: Read about other babies making gasping sounds when laid down here.

Another tip is to catch the gasping on film and show it your baby’s pediatrician. That way it will be a lot easier for you to explain why you do not think the sounds and behavior are normal.

Wish you good luck!
Paula

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Comments for “Baby Gasps When Pooping and Makes Strange Squeaks – Why?”

Dec 01, 2009

Have your dr check him

by: RoseMarie


My son did the same thing, my gut told me that he was in pain and seemed to not be comfortable at all. Turned out he had a mild bowel obstructions and was allergic to milk. Have him checked before you end up in the ER


Dec 11, 2009

My baby too

by: Amanda


My baby does the same thing, 99% of the time after she poops. She started doing it at about 2 weeks old and continues to do it now (a year old). I caught it on video a few days ago and am taking the video to the doctor today to see what she says. Let me know if you find out what it is.

I read the other discussion, which seems a little different. My baby doesn’t squeak/gasp when laid down, she does it when she’s pooping and after she’s pooped. Has your baby had long episodes? Mine had one about 2 weeks ago and it was really frightening. Anyway, I’ll let you know what the doctor says.


Feb 14, 2010

Same weird noise–anyone have more info

by: Ann


My daugher also makes this kind of noise usually during and after pooping. It’s worse if I move her or change her position during the pooping, and sometimes lasts on and off for 10 minutes. Also, she is treated with Zantax for her acid reflux. It started around 3 months and got worse before stopping around the 5 month mark. Now that she’s 6 months old, she’s back at it! We saw a pediatric GI doc when it started and he saw video clips of her doing it and said he saw “nothing alarming” and that she would “grow out of it.” Didn’t make me very happy. He offered NO explanation. It sounds a bit like the laryngeal malacia that my niece had but this is accompanied by a caving in of my daughter’s chest. She smiles and sometims sings/cries through it, so I know it’s not a lack of air. But she makes the worst noise. Anyone have any updates on how to treat this?


Mar 11, 2010

Weird noise

by: Anonymous


My daughter does the same exact thing!!! Her belly blows up,her chest caves in, and she makes a weird noise. It is so so scary. It only happens after we poop or eat. It doesn’t happen all the time. It use to happen about once a month starting at 2 months, and now it happens once or twice a week. I hate it!!! I have taken her to two doctors and they just tell me she will outgrow it. I felt so much better after reading everyone’s comments. I don’t think she is struggling for air because we make sure she doesn’t turn colors. She sometimes smiles when it happens. It is so weird!


Mar 11, 2010

Pooping?

by: Ann


Does anyone’s baby make this noise without pooping first? Mine only does it AFTER pooping and usually straining quite a bit. The GI specialist told us to try giving her 1 oz of prune juice in each bottle and we just started that this month. So far, it seems to help reduce the occurences, but it hasn’t eliminated them. She still makes the noise for a second or two but not as prolonged. And with the prune juice she is pooping ALL THE TIME! Wonder if anyone else has an update.


Mar 12, 2010

Update

by: Amanda


My baby only does it AFTER pooping too. It seems to be tapering off. She’s almost 15 months and she hasn’t done it in a couple months. Every now and then she’ll make one little gasp as I wipe her bum, but no episodes since January. I hope this means they’ll grow out of it. I went to 4 pediatricians trying to get it figured out and no one had an answer. It’s so frustrating, but she’s doing a lot better on that front. Hope your babies do too!


Sep 10, 2010

squeak toy noises

by: Anonymous


We have been experiencing these noises with our baby girl for about a month now. It almost sounds similar to the noises of a squeak toy, like a distorted inhaling squeak/gasping. She goes in for her two month check-up in a few days so I will try to find out why this is. She does this after she poops every time, and sometimes while she poops. It doesn’t matter if it was a soft or hard stool, nor how long it took her to do it. We giggle at her when she makes the noises, but I can’t help but feel bad in case this means something is wrong. As soon as the diaper is getting changed though she starts to stop. Perhaps its her way of saying gross change me:)I will be back with my doctors feedback next week.


Apr 10, 2011

only with nestle good start

by: Anonymous


my baby makes these same noises but,a while ago i changed her formula and she stopped…i now have her back on the good start and she is making these noises again. i’m not sure if maybe it’s the iron content or what but she is also having a struggle when she is pooping. i feel very relieved that i am not the only mom with this problem… i was starting to get a little worried. if anyone else has their baby on nestle good start and they are making these noises could you please let me know so that i can think about switching formulas again? thank you.


Apr 10, 2011

Good Start Too!

by: Amanda


Wow, I never thought about it being her formula. I had mine on Good Start while the noises were at their worst. I switched to soy (Similac Isomil Advance) and it got better, but I never made the connection. She still made the noise after switching her formula, but it was better.


May 11, 2011

mine too

by: Anonymous


my daughter has just turned a year and was fully breast fed when she started to do this shes on tones of med and stuff to help her poop still doing got it on video GI doctor says its nothing but she does red then purple then blue then back to reg color so frustrated


May 12, 2011

GOODSTART TOO

by: Anonymous


My son is 9 months old and does the same thing. He’s done it for a few months now. He has always had issues with pooping, he grunts and acts like he’s pushing for hours before he finally poops and its always hard!I don’t think he’s constipated because he does go every day but its just hard and he screams and cries everytime he goes. He makes the noise as he’s pooping and for a little bit afterwards. I figure its probably from the poop being hard and it hurts his bottom. He is also on the good start and im beginning to wonder if the formula is whats causing him to have problems.


May 13, 2011

Update

by: Amanda


I’ve posted previously about my daughter growing out of it, but then lately (She is 2 and a half) she’s started doing it again. I can’t figure this out! She told me “Mommy, hurts! Poopy! Owie!” And she had a crazy diaper rash when I changed her. Same symptoms she’s had for her entire life. She didn’t get the diaper rash until around 6 months, but she’s squawk like crazy. She’s had mild episodes, but yesterday’s was like an attack. Poor thing. I took videos to the doctor who said she was producing the noise for who knows what reason…hmmm. Don’t think so.


May 13, 2011

UPDATE: 21 months

by: Ann Price


I wrote when my daughter was about 4 months old since this had just started. She is now 21 months old, and all I can say is that it would happen on and off until about 3-4 months ago. I don’t remember any episodes since around Christmas but it’s possible. Certainly I haven’t heard any since about February. I know she was never on Good Start formula (she was actually on Nutramigen) and the Pediatric GI tested her for a bunch of things and said that she had no bowel issues or anything else that would make this noise. He wasn’t troubled by it, even when I showed him video. But I have to say it was always disturbing for me as a parent to watch and wonder if she was in pain. She would ALWAYS get very red-faced when pooping. Now she still strains to poop but it’s not as bad. Hope you all outgrow it too!


Jun 23, 2011

mine still does it!!

by: elizabeth


my daughter will be 2 in oct and she has made that same noise too… now she even does it when she hurts herself! we have had her checked everything was fine…infact it seems like she has perfected doing it,lol..she makes the noise when she tries to show she is shocked or suprise!


Jun 27, 2011

I am so happy I found this…

by: Anonymous


My son has done this since birth ( 2 years ago). It went away between 12 – 18 months and came back. The doctors say there is nothing wrong.
I know that he has diaper rash when ever it happens and it always is a loose stool. Does anyone think it is the acid level in the stool that may cause a burning sensation? I tried everything he was on liquid gold (Enfamil Nutramigin)until a year and then I did Lactaid now I am on Silk. One thing I did figure out, instead of using wipes when I see the yellowish bowel, I put him in the sink and wash him with warm water it doesn’t happen. If I use a wipe it is automatic. I’m so glad to know I am not alone. 🙂


Jun 28, 2011

Strange link

by: Amanda


Well, I’ve recorded the things she eats every time this happens with my Nora and it seems like it’s always on days when she has toast with butter and cinnamon-splenda on top. Bagels are fine, but the bread or the margarine or something must have some allergen in it. That’s all I can think of. It happens sometimes on other days, but almost always happens on days when she has toast for breakfast.

This doesn’t make any sense because she’s done it since birth. And like the last comment, she got better around 18 months and now it’s back (at 30 months). It seems like it must be an allergy because the diaper rash is so immediate. She’ll be completely clear in the morning and then when she poops it’s an out of control rash.

Thanks for the tip about the bath though. The wipes seem to make it much worse for mine, I’ll try a bath next time.

I’ve seen 6+ pediatricians and no one has an answer…it’s obviously scary for my little one. She cries and cries. I wish we knew what was going on.


Jul 30, 2011

Baby making noises as well!

by: Worried


My daughter just had a baby on 07/09/10 she was breast fed for about 5 days then we went to Good Start the gentle plus. She would not burp at all but would pass gas alot. It was upsetting her stomache i think she started getting poss colic signs. The doctor adv us to change to soy. We did switch to the Good Start soy plus and thats when she started making the wheezing noses when she poops. Her bowels were very loose and yellow as well. She has been doing it for 2 days now. Im not saying it is the formula but now im starting to wonder! Another poss is.. we have given her the malicon drops for gas and upset stomache. Any one else use them? please et me know!

Thank you


Jul 31, 2011

Mylicon

by: Amanda


We used Mylicon, but not until after the wheezing had begun. We used gripe water and it worked wonders.


Aug 01, 2011

Thank you

by: Anonymous

Thank you, I’ll have to try that tonight .. well this morning were up and it is 3:27 am. called the doctor they adv us to switch back to the regular formula that they adv us to take her off of…She doesnt seem to get into a deep sleep cause her stomache she is so gasy. But thank you for your responce.


Sep 03, 2011

not so bad

by: Anonymous


My little one done this from the time she was 2 weeks old. It scared me, but the doctor said nothing was wrong and she made the squeaky noise while she was pooping and then while I changed her. She always strained with red watery eyes and a red nose, but the doc said a little prune juice would take care of that..it did, but she still squealed. It turned out that as she got older (now 3 years) she started doing it before she had to go which made potty training easier! She doesn’t complain that it hurts or anything, just squeals then yells “I got to go!”


Apr 20, 2012

HELP

by: melissa


My daughter is 6months old and hardly poops because its so painful for her. She screams for ages and then when she’s finished she only done a pea sized amount. I took her to the doctors today and he’s just give me some cream for a slight nappy rash and said see if that’s what’s wrong but i know its not. Her problem is inside but no-one will listen to me. She holds her poop in because she doesn’t like it hurting. How do I get through to the stupid doctors?


May 09, 2012

babies that don’t have regular bowel movements

by: Anonymous


My grandchild was not pooping for six days at a time.A pediatrician told my daughter that some babies rectal sphincter ( opening to the anus ) is clamped shut and that they will hold their stool in.

To help the baby go poop, use a vaseline covered baby q-tip and gently push it into the anus maybe a centimetre or so. This will usually get things going. You could also use a pediatric glycerine suppository to gently open the anus to allow things to start moving. Insert it into the anus about a centimetre and hold it in place for about 10 minutes.


Jul 01, 2012

Good Start Also

by: Anonymous

My daughter is 7 weeks old and has been making these noises for the past 5 weeks or so only after she poops. I am glad that I found this because she is also on Gerber Good Start and it seems to me maybe that is the problem.

She goes for her 2 month check-up next week so I am going to ask the pediatrician anyway but I’m glad I’m not alone and it seems from everyone else’s responses that she is not in any danger.


Sep 06, 2012

i used to be the baby going through all this now my 2 month old son gets it from me.

by: Anonymous


My mom told me when she came over to see us that I used to act the very same way when I was a baby. Fussy, grunting, red face, screaming, high pitch squeal, gassy, bloated, wouldn’t have a bowel movement that often and hurt when I did.

Acid reflux, heart burn and milk allergy. The put me on meds for the Heart burn and acid reflux and tried to tell my mom to try all sorts of different things…

None of them worked till she bought a nanny goat and gave me goat’s milk. You can buy it at a grocery store you don’t have to buy a goat lol.

Yes it worked perfect for me and my son. But the bad news it never goes away I still have to take Pills and can not have cows dairy products or even soy.

As for the bowels that to is the same but a doctor will help once they are old enough to have to take something for it but right now like I said the goats milk worked wonders on me and for my son right now. He sleeps through the night and is now a happy beautiful boy. Hope this works for anyone else other than us. 🙂


Nov 18, 2012

My son always makes the noise!

by: Kelly

My son is 4 months old and since he was born he has been making a weird noise after he poops. His face turns so red but his poops are normal consistency. Then I wait to here that noise to change him because usually that means he is done. It sounds like he is wheezing. As soon as I lay him down to change him he is all smiles. He does not seem in distress or pain at all. I asked the doctor and he said he just hopes he doesn’t do it when he is 13! We are going back for his 4 month checkup next week. I plan on taking a video and showing him. After doing research and reading all your comments I want to find out what it is!

Any comments welcome!

Thanks


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