Constipation in babies

How to know if my baby is constipated ?

There is often no normal number or schedule of baby's bowel movements. Like in adults, babies bowel movement patterns vary. Poo can also change in texture from day to day. By the signs as given you can see if your baby may be constipated:
  • Crying and discomfort, irritability or pain before doing a poo.
  • Dry, hard poo that baby has trouble passing.
  • Fewer than three bowel movements a week.
  • Foul-smelling wind and poo.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • A hard belly.
Don't assume diarrhea with constipation if  very liquid poo baby is having. Liquid poo can slip past the blockage of hard poo in the lower intestine.

What are the Causes of Constipation in babies ?

Few possible reasons for Constipation in babies are :
  • Dehydration

    Your baby may be refusing milk because of teething, a throat infection, a cold, or an ear infection. Or your older baby may not be drinking enough milk or water with their solid foods. Whatever the reason, if your baby isn't getting enough fluids, baby may become dehydrated. This can cause dry, hard poo that is difficult to pass.
  • Formula milk.

    A formula-fed baby is more prone to constipation because formula can be harder to digest than breastmilk, causing poo to be firm and bulky. A breastfed baby is unlikely to get constipated. Breastmilk produces poo that is almost always soft, even if a baby hasn't done a poo for a few days.

    Introducing solids.

    Babies often become constipated when they start solids, as their bodies learn how to manage new foods. Low-fibre foods and not enough fluids also contribute to constipation.

    Illness or any medical condition.

    Sometimes food allergy, food poisoning  or a problem with the way the body absorbs food, known as a metabolic disorder can cause constipation.

Treatment for Constipation at home

It is advisable to visit Doctor before giving or doing anything, one should consult the concerned doctor. few home and small remedies are like
  • Gently move your baby's legs in a bicycling motion to help move the hard poo along her intestine.
  • If baby is not on breast feed or using formula as substitute then give your baby extra water in between feeds, but don't dilute the formula. Make sure that you are using the recommended amount of milk powder when making up a bottle. Too much powder can dehydrate your baby which causes constipation.
  • For older babies start giving fibre food if solid food you have already started chopped apples, apricots, blueberries, grapes, pears, plums, prunes, raspberries and strawberries are all high in fibre. You could also add a small amount of high-fibre cereal to your baby's usual breakfast cereal.
  • Consult your Doctor for any laxative and we advice you not to give any laxative without proper subscription from Doctor.
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