Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Syl | 2009/05/22



Hi Doc

I am feeding my 4 month old baby breastmilk and NAN 1 (one formula feed per day - the rest breastmilk).

She only seems to pass a stool every 3-4 days. Initially she used to pass stools several times a day when she was younger! Could she be constipated?

My mother in law has told me to add a teaspoon of sugar into my baby' s milk, to help her stomach pass a stool. I did this once (and it worked), but I am concerned that this (sugar) is bad for her and have resisted doing it again.

My baby does not seem to have any cramps, as is generally quite content.

Kindly advise what action i should take (if any)?

Thank you so much for all your advice in this forum!


Expert's Reply



Thank you. Your baby is indeed constipated and this is probably due to the one formula feed per day. Stop this and breastfeed her exclusively.Adding sugar to the formula is a well known trick if babies become constipated but why continue with this when she will not need any sugar if you simply breastfeed her?

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Posted by: Syl | 2009/05/24

Hi Doc

My daughter passed a stool on Sunday morning. The previous stool was passed on Tuesday last week - a 5 day time lag. I was getting desperate so I added a teaspoon of sugar to her 1 formula feed on Saturday - not sure if this did the trick?

Kind regards

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