Posted by: Ursala Opperman | 2012/10/17


multiple small bowel movements in an infant

My baby boy is 8.5 months now. When he was 5 months old he had an anoplasty operation. I currently have him on soy milk, as I found he got a rash while on Nan HA. Since the operation I have noticed he has multiple bowel movements a day. But the feaces that comes out, is a very small amount, and by multiple up to 5/6 times a day. With each bowel movement, he strains terribly. But the faeces is moist so I am not sure if he is constipated or not. My concern is, is the amount of times he " goes"  normal? Is there a way to encourage his bowels to " work"  once or twice a day but with larger results? What could be the cause of these small bowel movements.

Expert's Reply



It seems that your baby son is constipated despite the slightly moist stools he is passing.This is probably due to the soya formula. As he is allergic to cow's milk the alternative to the soya formula is not going to be a simple choice.He may do best on Similac Alimentum Advance.It is likely that your baby is rather more constipated than what he appears and it important for him to be seen by a paediatrician.

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