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What causes decreased urination and bowel movements in an infant?

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Posted on Sat, 12 Dec 2015
Question: New Born baby slept for almost 6 Hours. She is not passing urine and stool.

She is yawning but not taking any feeding
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (15 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Your child needs a thorough clinical evaluation

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

Congratulations on having a baby. A newborn may sleep for about 20 hours a day and that is not a cause of concern. All you need to do is to give breast feed from time to time. Hold the baby on your breast at about two hourly intervals and the baby should suck. Yawning is normal and not a cause of concern. But if the baby is not feeding properly, it could be due to improper technique. Visit your doctor and evaluate the technique that you are using. Also get the baby checked as lethargy and not feeding well can be signs of infection.

The baby is normally expected to pass urine more than six times over 24 hours. A lesser frequency may indicate dehydration which can occur due to inadequate feeds. Your doctor would be able to make an assessment and comment in this regard.

It is normal for the baby to pass stool once in few days or even several times a day. So long as the stool is not hard and pellet like, it is not a cause for concern.

Hope that helps. Feel free to revert back in case of further queries, if any.

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What causes decreased urination and bowel movements in an infant?

Brief Answer: Your child needs a thorough clinical evaluation Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. Congratulations on having a baby. A newborn may sleep for about 20 hours a day and that is not a cause of concern. All you need to do is to give breast feed from time to time. Hold the baby on your breast at about two hourly intervals and the baby should suck. Yawning is normal and not a cause of concern. But if the baby is not feeding properly, it could be due to improper technique. Visit your doctor and evaluate the technique that you are using. Also get the baby checked as lethargy and not feeding well can be signs of infection. The baby is normally expected to pass urine more than six times over 24 hours. A lesser frequency may indicate dehydration which can occur due to inadequate feeds. Your doctor would be able to make an assessment and comment in this regard. It is normal for the baby to pass stool once in few days or even several times a day. So long as the stool is not hard and pellet like, it is not a cause for concern. Hope that helps. Feel free to revert back in case of further queries, if any. Regards