6 months and poop concerns

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Registered: 09-10-2009
6 months and poop concerns
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Tue, 05-31-2011 - 4:23pm

My DS turned 6 months on Sunday, and in the last 6 weeks he's had major changes in his BM pattern. He used to be a full-diaper-every-other-day kid.

On 4/14, DS was given the wrong bottle at daycare. Someone else's BM. He had 2 swallows before the problem was caught. Before that, he had had a MAJOR poop on Sunday 4/10 and a poop at daycare on 4/12. After the bottle mix-up, he didn't poop again until 4/19. That morning he had "track marks" in his diaper but no actual poop. Later that day daycare reported that he pooped but "very little." 4/22 he had another poop and it was small (about the size of a quarter, liquid, no "seeds"). He got an EI and was put on antibiotics, which we started on 5/10. We were expecting some major poops from that but all we got was another quarter-sized poop (again, all liquid, no "seeds") on 5/14. And now we're on Day 17 with no poop again. We've asked the ped about this twice and both times she showed no real concern. Showed us how to feel if his tummy was hard (it isn't), he's peeing enough, and we've even given an occasional 1oz of prune juice. We did start solids last week but have only dabbled with it--nothing formal.

He started daycare 4/4. I'm worried that his lack of pooping is showing he's not getting enough during the day. I pump but only get 8oz/day over 5 sessions. When I add what I pump on the weekends, I'm gone from him for 9 hours/day and I leave anywhere between 9 and 11 oz depending on if he nursed in the morning before I left.

We go for his well-baby check on Friday and I'll be speaking to his pediatrician again, especially because on 5/20 when I took him to the ped and we talked about it, he had lost 1oz since 5/6 but they chalked that up to him being sick.

I just don't know if I should be feeling alarmed or not? I read that going up to 3 weeks without a BM can be normal, but I'm just not sure...

Also, if it matters, he's always been a gassy kid, but now his gas SMELLS!

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Registered: 12-21-2009
Tue, 05-31-2011 - 10:26pm

Some babies will go a few weeks wihout a poop and as long as they are peeing, the weight is ok, and the baby doesn't seem uncomfortable it's usually nothing to worry about. I agree that the illness can cause a baby to lose a little bit and if the ped isn't concerned about the weight and the lack of poops that's reassuring to me b/c the ped is looking at the bigger picture of your baby's overall growth and health pattern. So hopefully you can be reassured in that too.

While antibiotics can cause some folks to have loose stools it can slow things up for others. What sort of solids are you giving. Solids can definitely slow the poops down too, even if it's just tiny amounts.

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Wed, 06-01-2011 - 11:50am
kathywithivillage wrote:

The biggest concern I have in your post is that the daycare gave him the 'wrong' milk. YIKES. When I teach my working and bf class I teach the moms to check if the daycare has a system or policy to reduce the risk of a baby getting the wrong milk. I would want them to have things like marked bins for each baby and a uniform labeling system. I would also recommend that all daycare providers have another adult confirm they have chosen the right milk for the right baby.

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Fri, 06-03-2011 - 12:34pm

Well I thought I would update. Yesterday was Day 19 of no poop. We were supposed to have an appointment today for him but it was mis-scheduled so the doctor told me yesterday to try a suppository. Well, the floodgates were opened. He filled 5 diapers within 2 hours. I have NO CLUE what caused him to be so "stopped up" but I really hope that whatever it is, now that he's cleaned out, it will help.

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Fri, 06-03-2011 - 6:57pm

It's good to talk to the ped and ask what if any precautions should be taken but I don't want you to worry too much. Many moms are tested for hep B when they are pregnant and if the other mom works in health care it's likely she's been vaccinated. So I think the odds are slim there will be problems but b/c the potential problems would need to be addressed I think it's better to be safe vs sorry. Don't forget the daycare should pick up any expenses like doctor visits and tests that your pediatrician recommends. Save your receipts.

Hope all goes well. Glad he pooped!

Warmly,

Kathy Kuhn IBCLC

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and Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna and Maura

Kathy Kuhn IBCLC ivillage lactation consultant Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas, and Charlotte