Newborn Cries When Pooping: Should You Be Worried

By Christina Simpson | Baby

Aug 27
Newborn Cries When Pooping Should You Be Worried

Moms are usually very observant about what is going on with their babies, especially if it’s their first time. Sometimes, even the littlest and most reasonable things can seem suspicious, and that’s perfectly okay. Of course, you only want your baby to be in the safest and most comfy state ever, right?

One of the biggest things that moms obsess over is their baby’s poop cycle and other details related to it. Believe it or not, there are tons of blogs and websites out there dedicated to baby poop. You’ll even find a comprehensive but detailed guide about it.

It sounds funny, but it only shows how much moms consider poop as an indicator of their babies’ health, especially during the newborn stage. Some newborns cry when they poop and, often, this makes moms worried.

If your newborn cries when pooping, you might be feeling a little flustered just seeing her look so uncomfortable. If you’re wondering if this should be a cause for concern, read on below to find out more about why this happens and whether or not you should be concerned.


Why Does Baby Cry When Pooping?

Freaked Out by the Sensation of Pooping

While you would most likely associate your baby’s crying to pain, it’s important to remember that it could also mean other things. Crying is your baby’s way of communicating, and he is probably trying to tell you something, but it’s not always that he is in pain.

For newborns, everything is practically new and strange, and that includes pooping. The sensation of something leaving your body through one of the exits may feel normal for us but, to a newborn, it might feel terrifying. After all, he doesn’t have a clue as to what is going on.


Another reason why your baby is crying when he poops could be constipation. Newborns can go several days without pooping, especially when they’re breastfed, but that does not mean they are constipated.


There are several ways to tell if your little one is constipated, and checking out the consistency of the stool he is passing is one of the most reliable ways to do so. To treat constipation, you must first know what causes it.

For infants, constipation could be caused by anything: the kind of formula you use to lactose intolerance, and everything else in between. While you find ways to remove what causes constipation in your baby, you can try looking for solutions that will ease the pain.

Excess Gas

With all that sucking and gulping during feeding and crying in between that they do, babies tend to be super gassy. Trapped gas in the stomach can cause discomfort in your baby and could very well be one of the reasons why he cries when he poops.

When he moves his bowels, the gas moves around, too, creating that unsettling feeling. The good news is that gas in babies is very common, and there are tons of easy ways to get rid of it. The most common way to relieve a baby from gas pains, however, is to give him a nice massage.



Colic could be another thing that’s making your baby cry while going number 2. Just like gas, colic is also very common in babies. It’s not exactly a disease, so there are no cures for it, but there are remedies that you can try to keep it at bay.

A colicky baby is super gassy, but gas is not the only reason one could say a baby has colic. If your baby has colic, you might want to check out the various ways to relieve it here. The most common remedies for gas include the “I Love You” massage and giving your baby some gripe water.

Should I be worried?

So, should you be worried that your newborn cries when he poops? I would say not so much. Just because your baby is crying when he poops does not mean he is in pain. If he actually is, though, there are probably things that you can do to help him through it.

Instead of worrying, try to figure out why your baby is crying when he poops by observing him and taking notes of his stool details. Keeping a poop journal might help you with this. You can simply write down the details on a piece of paper, download an app on your phone, or buy an actual poop journal.

If you notice some blood in your baby’s poop, however, then it’s time to get in touch with your pediatrician.


All babies will cry while pooping at some point before they outgrow their newborn stage. While it can be quite alarming for you, why don’t you try and do the following instead?

  • Observe your baby’s distress signals (this will give you a clue as to what is wrong)
  • Figure out what is putting your baby in pain
  • Try remedies to relieve him of the pain
  • Keep track of your baby’s poop
  • Watch out for blood

Does your baby cry when he poops, too? What do you usually do to give him relief? If you have any questions about this topic, feel free to leave a comment!


About the Author

I’m Christina Simpson and I am a mother of 2 little princesses and a dear little boy. I like to write stuff on PassionMommy, a blog about parenting and motherhood that aims to help other moms in distress (that is, when I’m not at a tea party with my girls or looting treasures with my little pirate boy).