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Thread: No B.M. for four weeks? Give solids?

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    Default No B.M. for four weeks? Give solids?

    I had every intention of not giving my daughter food for at least six months.

    When my daughter was born, she had normal, daily BMs for about 2 weeks. Then, she went 15 days with no BM. We called the doctor multiple times, and were repeatedly reassured that this was within the realm of normal. After 15 days, the Dr. did a rectal exam (normal) and she finally had a BM later that day. They did, however, advise me to start giving pear juice with a syringe, which I did, even though I didn't want to.

    So for the next couple of months, she goes anywhere from 7-12 days between BMs. Dr. assures me this is unusual but still normal, and she is just an efficient metabolizer.

    Now, she is 3.5 months old, and it has been nearly four weeks since her last BM. After 3 weeks, the Dr. told me to give her a glycerin suppository. I did--nothing happened. I brought her in to the Dr., and rectal & abdominal exams showed no problems. He said to give her Benefiber for a week, and if she still doesn't go, he'll do a barium enema to rule out Hirschsprung's disease, even though she has no other symptoms of this disease. Now, it's a week later, and still no BM. (Not sure how much of the Benefiber is actually going down, b/c she won't take a bottle and spits out or spits up the syringe.)

    With the exception of frequent foul flatulence accompanied by fussiness, she is a very happy baby who does not appear to be in pain. She is growing very well and urinating a lot, so I know she is getting enough breastmilk. She never cries for more than a few minutes at a time, and she is energetic and pleasant.

    I just don't know what to do. Let them give her the barium enema? Start her on some solids (which my backwards Dr. says I should do at 3-4 months regardless)? Leave her alone?

    And to make matters worse, my mother calls me every day reminding me that an intestinal blockage could kill her.

    And we just moved to a very, very rural part of the country, and our friendly-yet-paternalistic pediatrician is the only one in town. Specialists are four hours away.

    I apologize for the length of this post. Any words of wisdom or advice appreciated.

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    Default Re: No B.M. for four weeks? Give solids?

    I've never been in that situation and while I was adament about waiting until atleast 6 months before giving solids...I think I would cave and give prunes. I'd rather LO have solids early then have to go through medical proceedures but that is just me. I would try just a spoonful or two and see what happens. Hopefully someone will have some tried and true advice for you soon. Good luck, let us know what happens.

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    Currently milk, peach, peanut and tree nut free. DD has outgrown her wheat, cheese, egg, garlic, and citrus allergies

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    Default Re: No B.M. for four weeks? Give solids?

    You're right--I'd much rather give a little food than a Barium enema. But I'm concerned that if a glycerin suppository wouldn't make her go, than how would a little prunes or pears do it? And when she goes, it's not HARD. So it's not even really constipation.

    Plus, if I can hardly get this kid to take a little liquid from a bottle or syringe, I doubt we'll be able to get her to swallow very much prunes or pears. I just don't know what to do.

    My gut feeling is that there's nothing wrong with her. But logically, how can someone not have a BM for four weeks and be OK? It just doesn't make sense.

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    Default Re: No B.M. for four weeks? Give solids?

    Wouldn't you know it. Posting on this forum is the best laxative.

    SAHD just called me at work to tell me she blew a huge load in the diaper. Hallelujah. No Barium enema, and no food for now.

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    Default Re: No B.M. for four weeks? Give solids?

    I am not sure about what this situation means but I can tell you that solids contribute to constipation. After we started solids my son had long periods of time (not as long as a month but about 10 days) not pooping. I hope everything is OK with your baby.

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    Default Re: No B.M. for four weeks? Give solids?

    yay for the poop

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    Default Re: No B.M. for four weeks? Give solids?

    Congrats on the poop!

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    Default Re: No B.M. for four weeks? Give solids?

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    I am not a big fan of solids in a babe that yound either BUT in the future (IF it happens again) you can always do prune puree on a spoon...
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    Default Re: No B.M. for four weeks? Give solids?

    so only moms can for poop and not blink an eye!!! but anyway. glad things are looking up! Oh and like pp said, since my LO has had solids, he has had not quite constipation but close . . . even with pears . . .

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    Default Re: No B.M. for four weeks? Give solids?

    Yay for the pooping! We never went that long, but before solids, Josiah went 15-20 days average between poops. Our doctor here was kind of freaked out by it, but our old ped in California was unfazed. Like your baby, his poops were normal when they came out, just intensely stinky. He was rarely uncomfortable. Our doctor was most concerned about weight gain, hydration, and behavior. Hope you don't go quite that long again, it can be scary for us moms!
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