Babies are very sensitive, that much we all know. But, what to do with a very small baby when she (or he) has some medical problem is another matter, and many parents are confused and worried not to do anything wrong or harm the baby.
Infant or newborn constipation is one of these situations, when you are not sure what you can and can’t do. This condition is very common, and almost 50% of all babies experience it. The treatment is not difficult and you don’t have to worry if you notice the signs of constipation.
Usually, constipation is caused by the milk formula. When the baby is fed with formula milk, he or she has problems digesting it and thus comes the constipation. Dehydration, changing baby’s diet or switching from breast milk to formula milk can lead to constipation as well.
What Are Constipation Symptoms in Babies
If your child is crying or grunting before passing the stool and the stool is hard and dry, looking more like pellets in the diapers, the baby is constipated. Also, bloating of the stomach, reduction of the bowel movements and blood streaks in the stool can indicate the same condition in your baby. Sometimes, you might see cracks and fissures in the anus, and if you notice that – your child is very likely suffering from constipation.
How to Treat Constipation in Babies
Breast milk is the most natural thing that could relieve constipation in infants. It contains natural laxative substances and every baby should be fed with breast milk, if possible, to avoid constipation.
When the baby
is fed with baby formula, it is often recommended to give the child another
bottle of water, to prevent constipation. Your child can also benefit from
additional fluids during the day. Give him/her some boiled and then cooled
water or diluted juice to drink, every 3 to 4 hours, to relieve constipation. Sometimes,
parents find that increasing the number of meals and decreasing the amount of
given food works for their child. If the baby eats more fiber and
iron rich food, constipation should be relieved very easily.
Prune juice is known as excellent remedy for constipated infants, and the same goes for milk of magnesia and flax oil in small quantities.
Pears, plums, apricots, peas and vegetables such as spinach and broccoli are always recommended for infants suffering from constipation, as well as oatmeal and barley. While having constipation, avoid giving bananas, dairy products, apples, carrots, pasta and white bread to your child.