Sometimes Constipation Signals a More Serious Problem - Woodmam

Healthy babies may skip a day or two between poops. However, less frequent BM’s may signal a more worrisome problem. If your baby goes more than two or three days without a stool, you should touch base with your doctor. He may consider evaluating her for three rare, but curable, diseases that can masquerade as constipation:

1. Hypothyroidism—This easily treated condition is caused by an underactive thyroid gland and may slow mental development if allowed to continue untreated.

2. Hirschsprung’s disease—This rare intestinal blockage happens when the rectal muscles can’t relax to let the poop out. Surgery can correct it.

3. Infantile botulism—This very rare disease temporarily paralyzes babies. It’s brought on by botulism spores that live in the ground and in liquidy sweets like honey or corn syrup (which should never be given to babies).

Feeding Problems—Babies Who Cry from Too Much (or Too Little) of a Good Thing

Fortunately, 99.9 percent of the time, your baby and your milk are perfect together. However, getting too little or too much milk may trigger severe crying.

Got Milk?”—Babies Who Cry Because They Don’t Get Enough Milk

It’s usually easy to tell if a bottle-fed baby is getting her fair share of milk: Count the number of ounces she eats. With breast-feeders, however, it’s trickier. If you are nursing, the following questions may help you to figure out if your baby is crying because she’s not getting enough milk:

Are your breasts making enough milk? If your breasts feel heavy when you wake up, if they occasionally leak, and if you can hear your baby gulping when she’s feeding, it’s likely that your breasts are making plenty of milk.

Does your baby become serene after a feeding? Well-fed babies are usually blissful, calm, and relaxed after a feeding.

Is your baby peeing enough? During the first few days of life, infants don’t urinate very often, but once your milk comes in, your baby should pee five to eight times a day.

Is your baby gaining weight normally? Many moms and grandmoms are always worried that theirs is the only skinny baby in town while all the other infants are little sumo wrestlers! To know if your baby is gaining enough weight, you need to put her on a scale. For the most accurate weighing, check her on the scale at your doctor’s office. Remember, babies lose eight to twelve ounces over the first few days of life, but thereafter they gain four to seven ounces per week.

Does your fussy baby become soothed and content by sucking on your finger or pacifier? Just because your fussy baby wants to suck doesn’t mean she’s hungry. Offer her your finger to suck on. If she sucks happily for a few minutes, she probably wants recreation, not nutrition.

If you answered no to any of these questions, you should call your doctor to discuss whether or not your tiny one’s cries might be a sign of hunger.
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