Childhood Diseases

Posted by: missy | 2012/03/27


Poop diapers

Hi doctor, my baby girl is almost 10 months old now. She will breastfeed once or twice at night and then eat a good, varied diet during the day consisting of cereal, yogurt, meat, veggies, fruit and some light snacks such as bits of cheese, teething biscuits etc. She has always had about one or 2 dirty diapers a day but sometimes she will skip a day but mostly she will make between 2 and 4 dirty diapers during the day. Is this normal for her age? She is definitely not constipated.

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4 dirty nappies a day is more than one would expect. This may be due to too much fruit or fruit juice in her diet. Her yoghurt may contain fruit as well.

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Posted by: purple | 2012/03/28

For a breastfed baby that is quite normal.
In the first few days they pass meconium, then up until 6 weeks they should wet 5 or 6 disposable nappies and soil 2 - 5 nappies (a poo at least the size of a R5 coin each time), and thereafter, they might continue to stool numerous times a day or only once every week or even every second week.

So long as she is not passing little hard round balls (that''s constipation), she''s fine. If you are with her in the day, continue to breastfeed on demand during the day and at night as you are doing. Give her cooled boiled water to drink from a cup at meal times as well.

As breastmilk has a laxative effect, most breastfed babies don''t get constipated when on solids (constipation is not the frequency, its whether its hard little balls or not), but if she has lots of denser foods like banana, butternut and so on, then it can happen. To help, offer breast more often for a few days, offer more water with meals and offer some prunes or other dried fruit, gem squash and other foods that have a higher liquid content and that will usually help things along.

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