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When should I call the doctor about my newborn's constipation?

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Your newborn should have a bowel movement at least once a day during the first month. If they don't, call your doctor, as the baby may not be eating enough. After that, a formula-fed infant should have one at least one a day, but breastfed infants can go several days or even a week without one. If your baby is 1 month or older and is constipated (no pooping, or hard stool), you can try giving apple or pear juice (1 ounce a day for every month of life). If that doesn’t help after a day or two, call your pediatrician.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Newborn Baby: When to Call the Doctor.”

March of Dimes: “When to Call Your Baby’s Provider.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Infant Constipation,” “Infant Vomiting,” “Rashes and Skin Conditions,” “Baby's First Days: Bowel Movements & Urination,” “Waking Up Is (Sometimes) Hard to Do.”

Mayo Clinic: “Common Cold in Babies,” “Umbilical Cord Care: Do's and Don'ts for Parents, “Infant Jaundice.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Should Your Child See a Doctor? Fever,” “Should Your Child See a Doctor? Jaundiced Newborn.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “Breathing Problems.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Newborn Baby: When to Call the Doctor.”

March of Dimes: “When to Call Your Baby’s Provider.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Infant Constipation,” “Infant Vomiting,” “Rashes and Skin Conditions,” “Baby's First Days: Bowel Movements & Urination,” “Waking Up Is (Sometimes) Hard to Do.”

Mayo Clinic: “Common Cold in Babies,” “Umbilical Cord Care: Do's and Don'ts for Parents, “Infant Jaundice.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Should Your Child See a Doctor? Fever,” “Should Your Child See a Doctor? Jaundiced Newborn.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “Breathing Problems.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

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