Constipation in Newborns
Stool can cause great problems for the newborns and their parents and in the following text we will discuss about the treatment options associated with this problem. The hard and pellet looking stool is a problem described with a term constipation and it can develop bleeding and pain in the rectal region. Most parents are concerned with the constipation and they usually visit pediatrician to treat this problem. These dry and hard stools can sometimes even lead to the tear of the rectal wall, which develops bleeding. Constipation is developed due to several factors, such as insufficient fluid quantity, low fiber diet and excessive use of cow's milk. Infrequent bowel movement caused by the passing of painful, hard and large bowel, can also cause constipation. This is a circle that looks like this. The child usually holds the stool back due to the hard and painful bowels, and this makes them even bigger and more painful, and all of this causes constipation. But this problem can easily be eliminated so it is nothing parents should be too worried about.
The problem of constipation may not even be present since newborns do not pass stool very frequently. Constipation is not present if the baby is having watery and loose stool of whatever frequency. So, only when painful, dense and hard stool start to come out, the baby may be having a constipation problem. In these situations, there are remedies that can be used. Breastfeeding a baby is maybe the simplest home remedy possible. Constipation can be avoided due to the laxatives in the mother's milk. Make sure your baby is taking a lot of fluid and increase extra bottle if your baby is formula fed. The schedule of feeding can be changed in order to eliminate the constipation. Frequency of the feeding may be increased with the use of smaller concentration of the baby formula, since this may cause better digestion among babies. The baby's diet may be altered and this may bring results. Low fiber foods, cooked carrots, cheese, yogurt, bananas and cow's milk are some of the foods associated with high chances of constipation, while soy milk is advised in these situations. Barley cereals, prunes, pureed pears are some of the foods with high level of fiber, and this kind of food need to be introduced in the nutrition of the new born. One home remedy for constipation in newborns is made by mixing breast milk, or formula milk, with little of prune juice. You can also try moving the baby's legs in the motion of riding a bicycle and massaging the baby's stomach clockwise. Also, you can use flax oil, liquid glycerin, glycerin suppositories and other rectal laxatives. Consult a pediatrician before you start using such items. Also, see a pediatrician if the problem is persistent and the home remedies we have stated in the text give no results.