I’m a doctor – here’s how the rule of 7s will reveal if your baby is pooing enough

IT'S something all parents will spend a lot of time obsessing about – how much their baby poos.

The issue is a topic that will come up a lot, especially for first time parents.

What is normal and what is a worry is a constant theme for mums and dads.

But an expert is here to save the day, and stop a lot of fretting.

Dr Carole Keim, dubbed 'doctor at your door', gives parents advice and tips on TikTok.

A worried mum had asked "is it normal for a seven week old baby to not have a bowel movement for five plus days?".

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Dr Keim told her to not be concerned and to go by the rule of sevens.

She explained: "The rule of sevens is that anything from once in seven days or once in a week or up to seven days times a day is considered normal when babies are on a full formula or breastfeeding diet."

The NHS says babies do an average of four poos a day in their first week of life, but this tends to drop to around two a day by the time they are one-year-old.

Newborn babies who are breastfed may fill their nappy at each feed in the earlier weeks, but after about six weeks may not at all for several days.

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Babies fed on formula might poo up to five times a day initially, but then go down to around once a day in a few months.

It's also worth remembering even if a baby hasn't had a poo for a few days, they don't count as constipated as long as it is soft.

Last year we told how a baby guru revealed an easy massage to relieve babies with constipation.

Elina Furmanm, who is a mum and certified massage instructor, shared a video on TikTok showing her useful parenting tip. 

For children who are constipated, Elina, who is the CEO of Kahlmi which specialises in baby massage, explains that pressing a few pressure points on the soles of their feet is all you need to help your little one out. 

While demonstrating her movements, she said in the video: “First with reflexology just rub across the small intestine and the large intestine, then make small circles in the middle of the foot.”

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