Constipation happens when someone is struggling to pass hard stools which also causes him to have irregular bowel movements. This could sometimes be hard and uncomfortable for adults, so how much more to the little ones?
What really causes constipation? There are lots of reasons why babies experience constipation. Let us discuss them one by one in order to prevent your baby from experiencing this. Or if not, then at least you could have an idea as to what might be causing constipation for babies.
This specifically means that your baby’s sensitive tummy might not have suited well with the brand of milk he is taking.
•Change or Introduction to new food.
Some food might be a little too starchy for his tummy. If your baby is not getting enough water, this could lead to constipation.
•Iron Supplement Intake.
Some iron supplements make stool a little bit hard, especially if your baby isn’t drinking plenty of water.
Once your baby doesn’t have enough liquid intake, this might cause him dehydration, thus making stool hard and dry.
Ways to help your constipated baby:
•Change his formula milk.
You might need to consult your pediatrician with this action in order to have best brand recommendations that your baby might suit well. Make sure that your baby don’t have soya or dairy allergies as these might also cause trouble in passing stools and might also cause gassy tummy for the baby.
•Eating fruits and vegetables.
Broccoli, prunes, plums, other fruits that are rich in fiber, fresh citrus fruits, spinach and other leafy vegetables are known remedies for constipation.
•Massage your baby’s legs and tummy.
Move your baby’s legs in a bicycle motion and press his knees to his tummy to help him easily pass stools.
•The Water Therapy.
Make your baby drink water more than his usual intake. Water is one of the best way to cure constipation. If your baby gets to drink plenty of it, the formation of stool would go from hard to pasty.
•Make pooping relaxing.
When your baby is constantly constipated, he might fear pooping and would become hesitant and his body might not cooperate. Make sure that you spend time to soothe him and make pooping a regular and fun activity.
When you have already done some research, did what you could, but still your baby is constipated, make sure to consult a doctor to be given proper cure that he might need. Above all, constipation is hard for babies so extend your effort and time to support him with this struggle so he will be able to get through this phase.