A 1 Month Baby Does Not Defecate For 2 Days But Does Not Have A Lot Of Food?
At night I want to ask my child who is only 1 month old and has not been (defecating) for 2 days but she has a lot of urination frequency. Why is that?
Hello Iin Yulia
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I understand the worry you have. It should be noted that babies have different bowel habits from one another. Babies who are exclusively breastfed tend to have more frequent bowel movements per day than babies who are breastfed or non-breastfed. Based on the Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI), it is stated that babies aged 0-2 months who receive breast milk directly from their mothers experience defecation up to 10 times per day on average. This is because the gastrocolic reflex is still quite high. Do not worry if you find that the stool looks runny, frothy and smells sour, this is because the baby's digestion is still developing and its function is not yet fully functional like that of children or adults.
At the age of 2 months and over, the frequency of defecating in infants will decrease, and it is even reported that 5-7 days the baby can not defecate. This can be caused by the gastrocolic reflex begins to decline and digestive function begins to develop. Lactase enzymes to digest milk sugar are available so that babies can process lactose properly. However, the muscles in the anus are still not fully functional, so it is rather difficult to pass solid stools.
In addition, the frequency of urination in newborns varies, but often babies will pass urine 6-10 times per day. Checking the color of the baby's urine is very important, because the color of urine can indicate a disease or disorder that is being experienced and knows whether the baby is hydrated or not
Regarding your complaint, there is no need to worry too much. Your baby has not defecated for 2 days because the baby's digestive function is not yet fully developed. In addition, the content of breast milk that is easily absorbed by the baby makes it rarely possible to cause a lot of waste to be disposed of into feces. This is still considered normal, considering that every baby has a different bowel pattern. Frequent urination in babies is normal for babies. All you need to do is evaluate the baby's urine color. Normal if the color is clear and not thick. If it is thick or brown to reddish, your baby may lack fluids.
If the baby is still unable to defecate for the next 5 days, accompanied by the child who is often fussy, crying loudly with a long frequency, bloating, accompanied by vomiting, do not hesitate to check with the nearest health worker or to a pediatrician for proper treatment. That is the information that I can convey, hope it helps