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My Newborn Turns Bright red/Purple When she Tries to Poop and Gets Really Fussy, is she Constipated?

Sara Connolly, MD, FAAP, Board Certified Pediatrician
January 3, 2019 . 1 min read

Newborns spend their time doing two things: growing and digesting! If we think of digestion as the “work” of a baby, then it makes sense that producing a stool can sometimes be difficult. The important thing is not how the baby poops but what the stool looks like!

A constipated stool is firm, like little balls. Even if the infant squirms and turns rosy when working to poop, if the result is a soft or even liquid stool then constipation is not the issue. Nevertheless, we want our little ones to be as comfortable as possible, so a gentle tummy massage, gently bicycling the legs, and gentle bouncing can sometimes help the passage of the gas that might accompany or precede a stool.

Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, December 2018

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