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Do I need to bring my toddler to see a doctor if she is on formula milk and has not pooped for 3 days?

LO hasn’t pooped for 3 days and is on formula milk – is this ok? Or should I bring her to a paeds? She is on a lactose free formula. Occasionally, she will drink Express Breast Milk (around 3 ounces per day).

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Dr Paul Ang
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Dr Paul Ang
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Answered on Thu Jan 25 2018 08:28:44 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Thank you Dr Ethan,

Absolutely agree with your comprehensive answer.

To add on:

  1. Breast Milk tends to be the best for children.
  2. There is a difference between foremilk (the first portion) and the hindmilk (the last portions).
  3. If your child is having difficulty passing, you can try giving more foremilk.

Certainly a visit to the PD/GP will be great as well to make sure we are not missing something serious.

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Dr Ethan
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Answered on Thu Jan 25 2018 08:29:57 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Dear Shereen,

Welcome to our QnA! Unfortunately, you didn’t mention the age of your toddler/infant. This makes it difficult to provide more tailored information, as the “normal amount of time” between each bowel movement depends upon:

  1. How old they are
  2. What they eat

It’s worth noting in your case (if you recently switched her from breast to formula milk) that formula-fed infants commonly have less frequent stools than breast-fed infants.

By 4 months of age, most formula-fed infants average 2 – 3 bowel movements a day. This also depends on what type of formula you are using.

Even though constipation is typically defined as “less than 3 bowel movements per week”, it’s important to first establish what’s “normal” for him or her.

Eg. if he/she used to go 2 times...

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