Dealing with poop is one of my least favorite parts of being a mom. Unfortunately, it's just another stinky part of the job. When you're on diaper duty, you'll come in contact with your fair share of massive blowouts. But if you haven't changed a poopy diaper in a few days, while your nose may be relieved, you may be a little worried that something more serious is going on. If your diaper pail is lighter than normal, you'll want to know the signs your baby is constipated.
For babies, constipation has less to do with frequency of their stools and more with the consistency. As WebMD mentioned, it is not uncommon for breastfed babies to poop once a week, as they are absorbing all of the wonderful nutrition contained in their mom's milk. Dry, hard, or bloody stools that are painful to pass are some of the indicators that your baby may be constipated.
Constipation is not only uncomfortable for your baby, but it can lead to bigger issues with passing solid waste. As Dr. Sears mentioned, if passing stools becomes uncomfortable for your baby, he may hold on to them. The longer he holds on, the more difficult they become to pass, which can stretch the intestine and even tear the rectal wall.
If your baby is constipated, you can help. According to Baby Center, a gentle tummy massage, switching formula brands, or adding a little prune juice to your breast milk or formula can help get things moving again.