Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Concerned mom | 2011-12-19


constipated at 1st week of birth

Hi, please can you help me, my son is now 10days but since last week he cries a lot when he wants to relieve himself n he becomes red in his face.

A friend of mine suggested that I buy him " supposetry glycerine"  it will help immediately, n another frieand bought me umuthi wenyoni is it safe at his age???

I am breasfeeding exclusively and I try to eat healthy and drink lot of water and eat fruits and veggies everyday

Expert's Reply



If you are only breast feeding your baby of 10 days he should not be constipated. There must be a reason for this problem. One condition that really needs to be excluded as a possible reason is called Hirschsprung's disease. Here there is a problem with the nerve supply to the last part of the baby's bowels. It is necessary for you to take your baby to be examined by a paediatrician. Ask the paediatrician whether your baby has Hirschsprung's disease

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Posted by: Purple | 2011-12-20

Some babies do cry when they poo in the early weeks, just check with your clinic sister. Exclusively breast fed babies don''t get constipated. Constipation is when they have little round balls of poo, instead of the soft, mustard colour poo.
Hse should be have 2 - 5 poos per day, each about hte size of a R5 coin.
Sometimes babies want to suck at the breaste a bit for comfort when they pass a stool.

What you eat and drink won''t be affecting this.

I would suggest that you contact La Leche League for some advice.

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