I just spent 20 minutes massaging my son’s rectum with a warm wash cloth to relax his sphincter to alleviate his constipation…
..... then cheered when it worked.
Blech….......Been there done that, saying a prayer for you as I type.
Ours got worse, and the Dr. showed us a brand new use for the little auto-booger-sucky-bulb-thingy, the perfect tot-sized enema giver…..ewwwwwww
By Reevesfarm on 2007 06 03
My mom is a labor and delivery nurse and works with newborns in the NICU. She always says to use a rectal thermometer and wiggle it a little when it is inserted before you remove it. You usually get results within 30 minutes after this little trick.
By MGM on 2007 06 03
OMG! You poor thing… and the comments….oh my. Okay- so I have my own stories as well (you can just call me a “poo midwife”) but seriously, it IS kind of traumatic. Hang in there, and at least it’s working!
By sarahgrace on 2007 06 03
Thankfully, I’ve never had that issue in this set of girls. But then, there are plenty of items I can think to add to a book. Seriously, we should make a whole curriculum designed specifically for teens who think having a baby is all fun and games.
By Elaine on 2007 06 03
Ugh, I had to do the same with Em… maybe it’s a preemie thing?? Except instead of a washcloth, I used a suppository. I didn’t stick the whole thing in, just the tip, and held it there for a few seconds and sure enough the floodgates opened. Not fun, no, but you have to imagine how relieved they must be finally getting it out! Kind of like that first post-c-section poo….
By The Mom on 2007 06 03
Yay!! I’m glad it worked… and I hope you never have to do it again. Poor little man probably feels a whole lot better now though!
By Paige on 2007 06 03
Oh my - I will have to say this is never a endeavor I had take . Although the whole circumcision / vaseline thing was enough for me and boys!
By Nicole on 2007 06 03
My poor son - had a ‘tight’ sphincter (another thing they don’t tell you a newborn can have) and I had to stick the first third of my pinky finger up his butt for 60 seconds at a time while he screamed bloody murder. That was fun on a first-time, PPD mom. Then, we constantly had to what we ended up terming ‘swabbing the deck’, where we put a lot of vaseline on a q-tip and put it a little bit up his bum moved it around some, , then waited for the flood. FUN TIMES!!
By Sharon on 2007 06 03
Now THAT is love. Make sure you mention it on prom night.
By Claire on 2007 06 03
(LOL @ Claire!!)
By Marie on 2007 06 04
By Skyzi on 2007 06 04
My daughter has had constipation sicne she was 12 month sold. Been there done that!
By Tuesday on 2007 06 04
Yum. The things we do for love!
By Traci on 2007 06 04
I never knew to do that…would’ve come in handy a few years ago! lol!
By jenny-up the hill on 2007 06 04
yep…rectal thermometer w/ Vaseline works, as well as a sliver of a glycerin suppository. I know first hand! Thinking about you, girl! It’ll be me very soon!
By Charla on 2007 06 04
Yup, you’re officially a mom.
By Lanna on 2007 06 04
I suppose it’s too early for prunes?
We used a slice of a glycerin suppository upon our pediatrician’s recommendation.
Also, I was astounded to hear that it’s not uncommon for breastfed babies to go 14 days without a poop. FOURTEEN DAYS! That? Is crazy.
By Liz on 2007 06 04
heh. heh. heh.
By Erin on 2007 06 04
That is surely one for the baby book!!! LOL. You just made my day
By Mary & Makena on 2007 06 04
I’m old school, too. A little Vaseline on the end of a thermometer and wiggle it around. Then, viola, poop!
By Friglet on 2007 06 05