Baby constipation

April 19, 2016

Is your baby being fussier than normal, crying more and looking uncomfortable and upset? If you've noticed that your little one is passing harder stools, has a tight tummy and has lost interest in eating you may be looking at a case of constipation.

Babies that are breastfed are unlikely to become constipated because breast milk easily passes through the body. Formula-fed babies are more likely to have problems with constipation because formula is harder to digest. Double check that your making up your baby's formula correctly to ensure your bubba is getting enough fluids.

The introduction of solid foods, like rice cereal, can also lead to constipation so be cautious of giving your baby too much too soon. High fibre soft fruits like pears are great to start with because they help other foods to move along the digestive system. Other suggestions include prunes, peaches and apricots as well as pear/grape/prune juice.

Sometimes a baby's constipation can be the result of dehydration. A common cold, ear infection and teething can all put a baby off their food, leading to a lower intake of fluids. This makes stools harder to pass. Give your baby sips of water or diluted juice to keep dehydration at bay.

A warm bath can help a baby to relax and may help to relieve constipation. You can also gently massage your baby's tummy and move their legs up and down (almost as if they're riding a bike) to get things moving again.

If your baby's constipation doesn't seem to be going away any time soon your doctor may prescribe a laxative in extreme cases.

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