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Newborn and Infant Care

Newborn constipation

05/08/2000

Question:

What if my newborn has not had a bowel movement in three days?

Answer:

Constipation in a newborn is very rare. Constipation is present when the bowel movement is hard, formed and difficult to pass. Just because an infant does not have a stool for a day or two does not mean that they are constipated. During the first few days of life the number and color of the newborns stool of newborn change. If the infant is bottle fed the stool will also be different and less frequent than the breastfed infant. The stools of a breastfed infant are also affected by the mother’s diet. If your infant is straining when having a bowel movement, or the stool is hard and formed frequently you should consult the infant’s health care provider

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Response by:

Judy Wright Lott, RNC, NNP, DSN
Associate Professor of Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati

Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati