Pattern Of Bowel Movements In 3 Month Old Babies?
Afternoon, my son is now 3 months 2 weeks old. Thank God it’s still exclusive breastfeeding. At first, my child had chapters quite often up to 10 times a day. However, as he got older, it began to dwindle. But now it’s been 4 months, why is the chapter still 2/3 times a day? Is that still normal? Or my child has an illness. Explanation please
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The frequency of defecation of babies with exclusive breastfeeding nutrition varies widely, babies with breast milk at the beginning of their birth defecate very often, but with increasing age the frequency decreases, namely some 2-5 times a day, some once a day, some even once a few days with an amount of which is a lot, this is because the composition of breast milk is all utilized for the nutritional needs of the baby, so very little is excreted from the body. Breastfed babies rarely defecate are still considered normal, as long as the frequency of urination and weight gain is not a problem. However, there are several possibilities if your baby's bowel movements are less frequent than usual, namely:
Insufficient breast milk intake Constipation or hard baby stools Lack of fluids or dehydration The mother's nutritional intake is reduced, so the amount of milk production is reduced So you don't have to worry if your baby's bowel movements are only 2/3 times per day at this time, as long as the baby is still wet or urinating and weight gain, but If your baby has difficulty defecating with a painful expression, his face is flushed when he defecates, accompanied by hard stool consistency, and he rarely urinates, you should immediately consult a pediatrician. To find out the exact cause, the doctor will perform blood tests and stool examinations.
Some suggestions for you
Continue to give exclusive breastfeeding. Avoid giving additional food or formula before the age of 6 months. Continue to monitor the growth and development of your baby by diligently bringing him to the posyandu. Thank you, I hope this is useful. dr. Nurmarwiyah