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How is constipation defined for a baby?

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Constipation isn’t just about how often your baby poops. It’s also about how tough it is for him to do it. If he has soft, easy-to-pass stools every 4-5 days, he’s probably OK. On the other hand, you should talk to your doctor if he:

  • Has a hard time going or seems uncomfortable
  • Has hard stools
  • Has poops that are bloody or black
  • Doesn't poop at least once every 5 to 10 days

From: Your Baby's Bowels and Constipation WebMD Medical Reference

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"Clinical manifestations of gastrointestinal disease." Wylie R. in Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 17th edition. Behrman R, Kliegman R and Jenson H (eds.), Saunders: 2004.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 8, 2018

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"Clinical manifestations of gastrointestinal disease." Wylie R. in Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 17th edition. Behrman R, Kliegman R and Jenson H (eds.), Saunders: 2004.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 8, 2018

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