Constipation in a neonate

Patient

Q: My 2 week old grand daughter is having trouble making a bowel movement. She strains until she can't breathe and then she cries. Her stool is normal. She can go as long as you put something in her rectum. What could be wrong with her. I keep getting told that this normal. I do not think that it is.

Doctor

A:   Constipation in a newborn might be considered normal but certain recommendations might help. Increasing the fluid intake might be the most important one. If your baby is breastfeeding, every 4 hours must be attempted at that age.
However if your baby is taking formula, this might be the cause of the constipation and I would suggest you talk to the Neonatologist for better advice. In any case the fluid intake is the key to soften the stools and decrease the strain. I wish you the best.

Related Q&A

Q: I had back surgery back in 2011 he nicked my spinal colum causing a leak he went in to repair it and went back in and...

Q: Hello, I am 35-year-old female. 5'2" 135 lbs. I feel healthy. I applied for life insurance in the spring and ...

Q: I've been constipated for about 5 day. I finally made a BM, I had to strain but I made one. When I wiped my vagina, t...

Q: A few weeks ago I had vomiting after a bad restaurant meal and last week very severe diarrhoea and vomiting after ano...

Q: I was taking Amitiza about a week ago for constipation. All of a sudden, I get diarrhea. I stopped taking Amitiza a...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews