Babies arefragile little beings and their parents should always make sure not to introduceany sudden changes into their diet, which may come as a shock to their organismand result in the consequences, one of which is constipation. Constipation representsbowel movements which are not frequent enough and it’s basically the oppositeof diarrhea. And while sometimes there really isn’t anything that the parentscan do about the issue, it is important to get familiar with it as much aspossible in order to be able to prevent anything that can be prevented.
How doesone decide when to introduce solid food in the baby’s diet?
For the first half of the first year of theirlives, babies are not allowed to eat solid food under no circumstances.Naturally, milk is the primary and the most important for the babies up to theage of six months. At the very beginning of their life it is the only choice,but gradually, the baby starts needing the nutrients that the milk is notcapable of providing in sufficient quantity, such as iron for example. Thenadditional foods are introduced, but none of them is solid.
Besides thelimit under which no child should try to eat solid food, there is no fixed datefor the baby to switch to it. This is because every baby is different and thereare other factors besides the age per se that need to be taken intoconsideration. The decisive factor probably lies in the fact whether the babywas breastfed or fed milk from the bottle up until that point. The babies thatwere breastfed had the more quality milk, therefore, after the first 6 months,they can go on eating semisolid and solid foods, while the babies that were fedbottled milk first need to go on a baby formula, which is the known substitutefor breast milk, and some creamy smooth food kinds.
Why doesconstipation occur when switching the baby’s foods to solids?
When first introducingthe baby to solid foods, the presence of constipation or similar bowelirregularities is almost inevitable for the baby. This is because theirdigestive system is not at all used to that kind of food and it takes a whileto get there. Only when the constipation seems to persist for an unusually longtime and the stool, instead of being soft, is in fact hard and causes the babypain and discomfort, should parents consult a pediatrician for what to do inorder to relieve these symptoms.