Q. My newborn poops once in a couple of days. Should I start giving Enterogermina?

Answered by
Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 05, 2020
My baby was born premature at 34 weeks now he is 1 month old and weighing +3kg. He doesn't poops until 2 to 3 days but stools are soft. He keeps making straining noise all time and gets irritated and cries. He is taking colicaid since 4days but yet no good result so doctor asked to take enterogermina for 5days 5ml. I want to know is it used for gassy baby treatment and will it help him getting cured. He is also taking Protectis. He is quiet only when i give him colicaid and after few hours he starts straining again. Should i start giving Enterogermina or not?
# Please note that it is normal for children below the age of 6 months to pass stools wither 10 to 20 times a day or once in 2 to 3 days. Both are fine and is not labelled as constipation or diarrhoea. No treatment is required in such cases. Treatment is only required when there is documented fever,  lethargy or refusal to feed.

As regards to the noises being made and the intermittent crying and irritability, this is typical of reflux which is common in preterms. Treatment consists of using a reflux pillow with syrup perinorm for 7 days and syrup aciloc only for 14 days. Unless there is poor weight gain, there is no need to start treatment.

Giving enterogermina and colicaid is harmless but i still do not feel the need to do anything if the child is gaining weight.

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