Posted by: Angela | 2007/04/02


Bowel movement problems

My 3-month old baby has had problems passing stools, even though they are very soft, since he was about two weeks old. At 5 weeks, the paediatrician said it was because at his age, he can't control his rectal muscles, so he doesn't relax them when he needs to pass stools and will only do so when relaxed. He sometimes goes for, at worst, 5 days without bowel movements & will be obviously uncomfortable until he does. What can i do, if anything? And at what age will he be able to co-ordinate the need to pass stools with relaxation of the rectal muscles?

Expert's Reply



I think that this is a very real problem and your child must be tested for a condition called Hirschsprung's Disease which is a defect in the nerve control of the lower bowel. Please go back to your paediatrician and insist that your baby is tested for this condition. If you are not happy please get a second opinion.

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Posted by: sugarbee | 2007/04/03

Hi Angela
is your son breast fed or bottle fed?

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