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Child is not having motion from 3 days. Passing gas and frequent urination. Suggest? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 04-Jun-2013
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User:Hello Doctor
User:good morning
User:need some advice regarding my 6 month old daughter
User:in our discussions with paedriticians we have been adviced that the baby should pass out motion once in every three days
User:it has been 3-days now since my kid passed the motions
Doctor:Since when has this problem been?
User:this is the first time
Doctor:Is it recent in onset or is she having this problem since birth?
User:no its the recent onset
Doctor:Is there any distension (bloating)of the abdomen?
Doctor:Is she having vomiting?
User:she is doing absolutely fine..i mean she is playing, sleeping and feeding well
User:na nothing of that sort
Doctor:Any fever, excessive crying / irritable, or excessive drowsiness?
Doctor:Is she feeding well?
User:she is passing out the gas as and when required and urinating a bit frequently
User:no irritation, drowsiness or any other symptoms...
User:she is taking the solids and mothers milk well
User:so eating is also not a problem
User:i am just concerned that she has not passed out motion for 3 days
Doctor:Since when have you started solid food?
User:it has been more than 20 days now
User:we are giving here solids only in the morning
Doctor:Constipation is related to the type of food one consumes.
User:we are giving her rice and pulses
Doctor:In the absence of vomiting and abdominal bloating, no stools for 3 days is not concerning.
User:oh k
Doctor:It becomes concerning when there are other symptoms (that I asked earlier).
User:so how long should we wait until she passes a motion i.e. before taking her to doctor
User:oh k
Doctor:So I would suggest you to wait for a day now and see if she passes stool.
User:oh k...
Doctor:You may consult your pediatrician tomorrow / if she develops other symptoms.
User:do we need to take any special care
Doctor:He/she can give evacuate stools through other techniques.
User:i mean i read it on one of the articles on the net that baby need to be given extra supply of water if on solids
User:i tried moving her legs in the cycling motion...
User:the articles says it helps in passing the motion
Doctor:Since laxatives are not advisable in new born and children, I would not want to prescribe her any medications.
User:yes thats true..
Doctor:Yes, the amount of fluid consumed will matter here; since it's only been 20 days
Doctor:since you started weaning.
Doctor:I would suggest you to reduce the quantity of solid food she consumes with breast milk or other top up milk.
Doctor:Those should take care of the fluid intake.
Doctor:supplement solid food between her feeds.
Doctor:You can gradually over a period of week increase the amount of solids as per her tolerance.
User:so far she has not shown any in tolerance to solids
Doctor:Discuss about the process of weaning in detail when you visit her pediatrician the next time.
Doctor:I understand that, but probably the reduced fluid/milk
User:i will wait for a day before taking/consulting the doctor again
Doctor:when compared to solid food might be the reason for no stools.
Doctor:You can wait and observe for another day.
User:thanks again for your time and advice...appreciate it...
Doctor:Your daughter seems fine and not uncomfortable.
Doctor:You are welcome.
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:no thats all
User:sure...i will leave the chat window now..
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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