When your kid does not poop the way you expect, it is likely to be worried about constipation or even worse. This article will focus on the reason why your kids have not pooped and proper solutions for constipation in most kids.

In fact, it is really common when a kid hasn’t pooped as usual way. Before becoming a mother, I have never thought of spending much time being worried about the movements of my child. But many things occur in his first year, and the movements of bowel would change a lot when the kid grows and the diet changes.

Formula-fed or breastfed baby?

In general, there is a key difference in the risks of constipation between a formula-fed kid and a breastfed one.

If your kid has normal poop with breast milk earlier, then it is possible that she or is just going through a period of growing and thus absorbs most of foods. In addition, at about 4 weeks of the development, the amount of bowel movement often decreases and the digestive system of a kid starts to mature, particularly if he is breastfed. Therefore, maybe there is nothing that you need to do if your kid still eats and urinates as normal.On the other hand, a formula-fed kid is more likely to be constipated as it is much harder to digest the formula than breast milk. Also, he or she would have rather frequent bowel movement because the formula could not be digested fully as breast milk. Therefore, it could be a symptom of constipation if your formula-fed kid hasn’t pooped for a couple of days.

Common symptoms of constipation

Here are several common symptoms of constipation that you would look for:

  • In an infant, solid stool less than 1 time each day with difficulty and straining passing her
  • In older kids, solid stool usually less than 4 days for a bottle-fed kid and 1 week for a breast-fed kid
  • Hard, dry stool and pain when passing them
  • Pebble-like, hard stool passed by the kids who strain in the movement of bowel
  • Sign of blood on the outside of a poop
  • Infrequent and hard stool alongside with belly pain

How to alleviate constipation for your kid

While it would be usual for kids to strain when moving the stool through the intestine, crying hard would be not. You would mitigate this by holding her or his knees against the chest to help the kid squat easily. In addition, this would be really effective for tummy strain to make gas release.

If your kid is bottle-fed, then you could test various forms of formula to figure out the one with least possibility leading to constipation. In general, soy based food would be better for several kids.

You could also frequently give your kid smaller quantity of formula so that the intestine would be used to this formula. In usual, twice is usually a good option.

You could also try to provide your kid extra amount of water, around 1 ounce for 1 or 2 times each day.

If your kid is totally breastfed, you could attempt to increase the amount of breast milk that you give him or her. In fact, breast milk is a perfect food for children.

In addition, there is kid glycerin or laxative available, but you should use them as the last resort. As usual, it is always much better to alter the food that your kid digests rather than applying a temporary solution like that.

Another temporary choice is to put a Q-tip to the anus of your kid in really gentle way. This is sometimes enough to make the movement of bowel happen. However, do not make it become a habit because the kid has to learn how to poop without support.

How often does the baby poop?

The deciding factor of how often an average kid would poop includes her or his age and food (formula-fed or breastfed).

An infant, from day 6 or 7 after birth, might poop after each time of feeding. After 1 month, this number is about 4 or 5 times each day. And when your kid is about 2 months, the average would decrease to 1 time each day.

At 3-month kid with completely breastfed might not poop from 10 to 15 days because he or she grows quickly and digests virtually everything he or she is fed. And this could keep continuing until the kid starts to eat solid food. However, this is would be not correct for a formula-fed kid, who goes on pooping almost every day.

Bear in mind that the difference could be rather striking and your kid is not possible to have constipation if you do not notice a couple of the common signs mentioned above.


If your breast-fed kids are a couple of days old and have not pooped normally, then you should probably contact the doctor to be sure that your kid eats properly and exclude any blockage.

For any newborn infants that have pooped and then immediately stopped for a few days, then you need to call a pediatrician, regardless of you kids being formula-fed or breastfed. By doing this, you would get useful advice on suitable treatment method for the constipation, and also to be sure that the kid is totally healthy.

For an older kid, if he or she is suffering from pain, whether due to blood or solid poop or not, then you should have the doctor assessed the situation.

Eventually, if your kid keeps being constipated in spite of your attempt to change the diet, it is another reason to ask for advice from the doctor or pediatrician. Maybe your kid is allergic to lactose intolerant or milk protein and requires a new kind of formula. Remember not to use baby glycerin or laxative suppository without consulting the doctor because it might be totally unnecessary.

Nancy D. Richardson

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