3 Month Old Baby Has Frequent Bowel Movements?
My child is more than 3 months old, has had continuous bowel movements for 6 days and can even have bowel movements every 2-3 hours for 24 hours, even though my child usually has bowel movements every 2 days. My child is not fussy, has a fever or shows symptoms like normal diarrhea, thank you Thank God, the breast milk continues as usual, even the weight continues to increase and is active as usual. I have checked with the midwife and DSA, but until now there has been no progress. Is this condition harmless? I bathed it until the bowel movements returned to normal, he said, just wipe it, but I’m a bit doubtful because it’s a shame if the child has to be wiped all the time, if I’m sick, I take a shower and wipe it and it’s not good to want to splash around and finish the water. he..
Hi Mother. In general, in a child's early life cycle, there is often a change in the working pattern of the intestine where in the early weeks of his life he can defecate 5-10x. Then when he is 1 month old, it can decrease to 2-5x, while then around the age of 1.5 months it can become irregular, like once every few days. Then after that there are also babies who then start to have smooth bowel movements but often change back to frequent or infrequent. If your child is still showing strong signs of breastfeeding, is actively moving, and has no other symptoms such as fever, swollen stomach, crying loudly during bowel movements, bloody bowel movements, nausea and vomiting, then you can still carry out further surveillance.
However, considering that every 2-3 hours, you yourself must ensure that the child is avoided from the risk of dehydration by continuing to breastfeed the child, make sure the conditions around the child are clean, bathe the child as usual because if it is only wiped, then there is a risk that bacteria from the child's skin can enter to digestion when the child puts his finger or hand in his mouth.
If the child's condition does not improve, then you should see your pediatrician, especially if it continues and the frequency of bowel movements is more frequent, lazy breastfeeding, weakness, bloody bowel movements, fever, crying loudly before defecation, nausea, vomiting, decreased frequency of urination. Next about diarrhea in infants. Hopefully helpful, and thank you. Greetings, Dr. Alyssa