That dang formula really backed my little guy up. The doctor said it was “normal” for him to not poo for up to two weeks, but he would get pretty miserable after a couple days. I could see his little face scrunching up and turning bright red, but nothing was coming out. His tummy would get hard and sometimes he would cry after trying to push one out. So the doctor suggested we try glycerin suppositories. She said to cut them into thirds lengthwise and stick them in his pooper and wait for it to come. And boy did it come!
I’d put his changing pad on the floor and lay with him and read to him while we waited (about 5-15 minutes). It wouldn’t take too long before the whole mess came flying out. And my little guy felt so much better! There were a couple times when I actually had to, um, manually extract the poo. Not fun for either of us! But I know in those cases especially, those suppositories were a necessity.
Glycerin is a by-product of the interaction between fat and lye and is extracted from both the soap- and bio-diesel-making processes. It may or may not contain animal by-products depending on the manufacturer. The suppositories are similar in size and shape to a multi-vitamin and are pure glycerin. They are almost a wax-like consistancy, which makes them very easy to cut up to a safe size for baby’s bum. I got the store brand for about $2. Cheap, easy, and works great!
Please ask your doctor or call an advice nurse before trying this. I only use the suppositories when it’s been at least two days since the last bm and my guy is clearly uncomfortable. Especially if you’re little one is formula-fed, I’d say keeping these on hand is a must.