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My 4 month baby has not passed stools. Please help.

My 4 month baby has not passed stools. Please help.

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Dr. Sneha Kannan

Published At January 13, 2016
Reviewed AtJanuary 16, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My baby is 4 months old and is vomiting in between while having breast milk. His belly is not much hard, but there is more swelling when compared to the breastfeeding days. He has been switched to formula feed from Sunday night and till now he has not passed stools. I am worried about this. Please suggest anything natural.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

It is common to have a decrease in stool frequency or constipation after switching from breast milk to formula feed. As long as your child is feeding well, passing gas from below, has no vomiting and has a soft belly, there is nothing to worry about.

It is normal to pass stool once every 2 to 3 days. Also, you may notice change in stool color (green) after switching to formula feed.

In this scenario, you can try using a cotton Q-tip (cotton swab). Apply some lubrication on it and stimulate the rectal area to see if your child passes stool. If this does not help, then try seeing your local pediatrician who can help with rectal stimulation and passage of his stool.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Lalit R. Bansal
Dr. Lalit R. Bansal


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