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You’re starting to worry. Your baby is showing signs of occasional constipation, and you don’t know what to do. This was the case for me with my kids. I introduced cereal to my son, which seemed to change his digestion and bowel movements. Ever the first time mom, I panicked when he didn’t poop for several days and seemed extra fussy. This coming from a baby who pooped often.
What do you do if your newborn experienced occasional constipation?
Occasional constipation in newborns and infants can be tough. They’re so young that you worry anything could be wrong. And what worked for one baby may not work another. Let’s look at the behaviors of occasional constipation in a baby.
Behaviors of constipation in a baby:
Five signs can suggest your infant is constipated, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- More or fewer bowel movements than normal.
- Stool looks like pebbles or hard rocks.
- Stool has blood.
- Your baby is straining for 10 minutes or more without success.
- Your baby is extra fussy.
All babies are different, and babies differ from adults. For instance, it can be normal for babies to not poop for three days and not feel constipated, for example.
However, if you see signs of occasional constipation, consider the following tips on how to help your baby:
Give your baby prune juice and water in a bottle. Mix two ounces of prune juice in one ounce of water. Don’t use too much juice though because it does have extra sugar.
Add more fruits and vegetables to your child’s diet
If your baby has already been eating solids, offer more fruits and vegetables. High-fiber foods like pears and broccoli can help with digestion and bowel movements.
Do bicycle kicks
Help massage your child’s belly by doing bicycle kicks. Gently move one of his bent knees toward his belly, then straighten and move the other bent knee.
Place warm towels on his tummy
The warmth of the towel can help relax his muscles and loosen the stool. Test the temperature of the towel before placing it on your baby’s tummy.
Offer Enfamil® Reguline™
I breastfed and formula-fed my twins, and our formula of choice is Enfamil. Now, Enfamil offers a line of products that are designed to promote comfortable stools. Enfamil Reguline is an every day formula that is designed to help support your baby’s digestive health.
What makes the formula different? Enfamil Reguline has prebiotics—a type of carbohydrate also found in breast milk. These prebiotics help feed the good bacteria in a baby’s digestive system. Complete with nutrients a baby needs, you can use Enfamil Reguline as a daily formula.
It’s hard watching your baby go through occasional constipation. They’re uncomfortable, and we feel helpless and worried. With these tips, you’ll be able to help your baby pass comfortable stools and ease the discomfort of occasional constipation.
Your turn: Have your kids suffered through occasional constipation? What tips helped the most? Let me know in the comments!