Posted by: MOM | 2004/10/29


Crying when doing number 2

My baby (5 months) cries every time he does number 2. He is not constipated (but as a preventative measure, I give him a light suppository every week). As soon as it is ‘that’ time and he needs to start pushing, he gets red in the face and cries from pain (even tears start rolling). What can cause this and what can I do?

Expert's Reply



By far the most common cause would be constipation, which is reflected by the difficulty with which he passes the stool. Giving suppositories as a preventative measue is definitely not indicated and may even worsen the problem. Trying a non-stimulating laxative like lactulose syrup would be my initial advice. This medication often takes dialy dosing for 2-3days before it works, but it is safe and effective. Discuss this with your doctor or pharmacist.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/02

I presume that he is bottle fed, as a breast fed baby under 6 months isn't having solids and doesn't get constipated.

Perhaps try changing his formula. Try one with less iron in it, as iron can cause constipation.

When he starts on solids at 6 months, give lots of fruit, especially prunes. Offer water to drink as well, as keeping well hydrated helps with constipation.

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Posted by: dr anonymous | 2004/10/30

Dear mom,

It seems as if your baby has developed a fissure in his anus.( A crack).
A very common condition & easily treatable.
Apply a zinc based cream to his anus from outside and just a litle inside after EVERY nappy change. A good cream on the market is "Fissans bum cream".
If it does not settle in a day or two, then visit your peadiatrician. You might need a precription of glycerine suppositories to soften his stools.
This advice does not exempt you from seeing your doctor.

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