Infants usually poop less often than newborns and some may only go once a week (how nice for those few lucky parents). In addition, they may push, grunt, and strain--all in the name of a poop. Their face may also turn as red as a tomato. As long as what comes out is soft, these behaviors are fine. So if your infant is drinking and eating (if already on solid food) well and the stool isn’t too hard, give him some time to let it come out. If the stool is large and hard or looks like small rocks, or if he hasn’t gone for a few days and is very uncomfortable, try giving him an ounce or two of water or prune juice to help soften the stool and make it easier for him to push out.
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