Baby Constipation And How To Fix It

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Constipation in babies is quite a common and heartbreaking problem that many parents are faced with at some point during a baby’s first year of life. It’s not fun at all. Baby constipation occurs more with bottle fed babies or with babies who are just starting out with solids. Exclusively breastfed babies almost never get constipated but might however still get constipated with the introduction of solid food.

Constipation is when a baby has difficulty in passing stool and experiences pain or real discomfort while doing so. The stool usually looks lumpy or like dry little pellets.

One cannot say that a baby is constipated simply because she or he has not pooped in 24 hrs. Some babies can hold it for a while and then make a huge one at the end of the week with zero problems! Usually, you’ll know when your baby is constipated.

Baby Constipation – Causes

Different things can cause constipation in babies. It can be, for example, a result of a low fiber diet. Foods such as rice can also easily cause constipation in some babies so adjusting a baby’s diet (with the help of your pediatrician) might help.

Constipation can also be caused by medication that a baby might be taking and also by low fluid intake which by itself, can lead to dehydration. Incorrect preparation of baby milk formula can cause constipation too, so make sure the formula measurements are accurate.

Remedies To Help Relieve Baby Constipation

All the foods that you would normally avoid giving to a baby with diarrhea can prove useful here. The fiber and the sorbitol in these foods will help relieve constipation in babies who are already on solids.

Offer your baby either some prune juice, apple juice or pear juice diluted with cooled boiled water.

Foods that help relieve constipation include

  • Prunes
  • Peaches
  • Oatmeal
  • Plums
  • Pears
  • Fruit Juices

More Liquids

Increase your baby’s fluid intake to help to prevent and mitigate constipation.

Foods To Avoid Giving To Baby With Constipation

A baby with constipation should not eat foods that are binding. These foods will also include the foods in the BRAT DIET. Try to avoid giving foods such banana and rice cereal.

You may even want to find out if its the milk formula that may be causing constipation in bottle-fed babies and that the milk powder and water measurements are right.

Foods to avoid giving to a constipated baby will include

  • Bananas
  • Rice
  • Applesauce
  • Processed foods
  • Toast
  • White bread

Baby Constipation Tips (Every Bit Helps)

Massage baby’s tummy with the palm of your hands with some Weleda of baby oil. Make sure your hands are not cold, or baby won’t like it (you don’t want to crank up a constipated baby!). Massage her tummy in gentle circular motions. Then move her legs like she was cycling, up and down and also in a clockwise direction.

A nice warm bath may also be a good idea in helping the tummy shift things.

If constipation continues to trouble your little one, call your pediatrician so she can be examined to rule out any underlying causes.

Learn More and Resources

Mayo Clinic – Infant constipation

WebMD – Your Baby’s Bowel and Constipation

Ask Dr. Sears – Constipation

Baby Constipation

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