Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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Constipated Baby

Breastfeeding a baby is a great start to getting a baby healthy, unfortunately it can cause baby to be constipated, too.  I’m not saying that my breastfeeding has caused Levi to be constipated for 2 days straight, but I’m leaning towards the idea that this is probably the case.  I’ve been eating more whole wheats and fruits, so he should be getting enough fiber in his diet, so maybe I’m going too strong on the dairy?  I’m not sure, but I am sure that my poor Levi hasn’t pooped in two days and that’s not normal.

Levi at 3 months old.

Not to sound gross but normally Levi’s bowels mimick mine, that is EVERYTHING is the same (color, smell…), are we on the same page, because I don’t want to have to get graphic!  The only difference is that he has his own poop schedule:  When you gotta go, you gotta go, and he goes when he’s gotta go.  This amount is usually more often than me, so healthy baby has healthy bowels, just not for the past two days.  I’ve tried feeding him pears (from the jar, we’re not on table food, yet), I’ve made his legs move in a running motion, I’ve given him gas drops and I even took a rectal temperature in hopes that the vasoline-covered tip might ignite an explosion in his bottom… the Internet reads that it can work.  Not in this case, though.

So, I called the Nurse Advice Line and first made sure that I didn’t need to go to the emergency room for a backed-up baby. The woman said not yet and asked what all I’ve tried, so I told her.  She then told me to try a tub bath with about a quarter cup of baking soda (not a baby bath tub but an actual bath tub, otherwise you would only use about 2 tsps of the baking soda).  The warm water and baking soda can help to relax the baby’s bowels and make a poop happen. No luck here either. His gas hasn’t gone away but we need more than gas in two days.  She told me to try half water and half apple juice, too, but I didn’t bother telling her that Levi’s on bottle strike… She said to call back in the morning to see a doctor if he hasn’t pooped by then because if he needs a laxative or stool softener the nurses aren’t able to prescribe those, but I’m hoping I find a present in his diaper in the morning!

Have you dealt with a constipated baby, before?  If so, what home remedies did you try before going to the doctor for a prescription?

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