IT IS something all parents will spend a lot of time about – how much their baby poops.
The topic is a topic that will come up frequently, especially for first-time parents.
What is normal and what is a concern a perennial topic for mums and dads.
But an expert is here to save the day and avoid a lot of trouble.
dr Carole Keim, also known as the “doctor at the door”, advises parents and Tips on Tiktok.
A concerned mum asked: “Is it normal for a seven week old baby not to have one? bowel movement for more than five days?”.
dr Keim told her not to worry and stick to the rule of seven.
She explained, “The rule of seven states that anything from once every seven days or once a week or up to seven times a day is considered normal when babies are on a complete formula or a breastfeeding diet.”
The NHS says babies make an average of four poops a day in their first week of life, but this drops to around two a day by the time they are one year old.
Newborns who are breastfed can fill her diaper with every feeding in the earlier weeks, but after about six weeks maybe not at all for several days.
Formula-fed babies may poop up to five times a day initially, but then drop to about once a day in a few months.
Also, keep in mind that a baby who hasn’t had a bowel movement for a few days isn’t considered constipated as long as it’s soft.
Last year we shared how A baby guru revealed a simple massage to relieve constipated babies.
Elina Furmanm, mom and certified massage teacher, shared a video tick tock shows her useful parenting tip.
For children with constipation, Elina, the managing director of Kahlmi which specializes in baby massage, explains that pressing a few pressure points on the soles of your feet is enough to help your little one.
While demonstrating her moves, she said in the video, “First simply rub reflexology over the small intestine and large intestine, then make small circles in the center of the foot.”
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