Constipation in babies and toddlers is completely normal and usually is not harmful. There are certain signs that you can look for in your baby to tell if they are constipated, and there are many different ways you can help your child have a bowel movement and lessen their discomfort. Learn how to get your baby happy and having normal stools again.
Signs of baby constipation
Hard stools that seem to be dry and pebbly
They haven’t had a bowel movement for a few days
The baby strains and/or has pain passing the stool
Blood in the stool
Crying and/or pulling knees
A hard abdomen
Your baby may or may not experience all of the symptoms.
Causes of baby constipation
Some foods cause constipation more than others, such as cheese, potatoes, yogurt, spaghetti, bananas, cooked carrots, etc.
Medication can cause baby constipation, such as antibiotics, iron supplements, and painkillers.
If your child has a diet low in fiber, It could be the cause of their constipation.
Breast milk is easier for a baby to digest than formula, and formula fed babies are more likely to become constipated.
Changing formulas, switching from breast milk to formula, or after introducing solids into your babies diet. New things can cause constipation because your baby’s stomach isn’t used to digesting such things.
Treatment of baby constipation
Lay your baby on their back and hold onto their legs and move them in a bicycling movement.
Give your child a nice warm bath, which will move the stools easier and relax the baby.
Try massaging the baby’s stomach, and move your fingers in a circular motion starting from near the bellow button.
Try giving your baby small amounts of prune juice, or dilute the prune juice with water. Prune juice is helpful for relieving constipation.
If your child is old enough, give them foods that have a lot of protein in them, such as prunes, peas, apricots, etc.
If your baby is fed with formula, make sure you are making it correctly!!
Once your child starts eating solid foods, be sure to start giving him/her more water.
Get your child to do exercises if they are old enough, by doing this the food moves faster in the intestines.
You should see a doctor if…
Your baby is constipated often and/or nothing seems to be working
You see blood in the stool or from the anus
Your baby is not gaining any weight
The baby’s stool looks abnormal
Always keep your physician informed about your baby’s symptoms, and what you are doing to help your child. Remember, do not panic because constipation is common among children of these ages.