When your baby starts to consume solid food, she may have a problem in her bowel movement. It is usually known as constipation. This condition may concern you as a parent. But you don’t have to worry. There is always a solution to every problem that you face.
What is constipation?
Constipation is a condition where your baby has more dense feces and is having difficulty emptying the bowels. Therefore, it results in infrequent stooling.
However, constipation in babies is not just about how regularly your baby poops. It’s also about how difficult it is for her to do it.
How tough and often your baby poops may have something to do with what she consumes. If your baby still consumes formula, she usually stools at least once every one or two days. The routine is different if you still give her breast milk, which depends on age. Both intakes will result in soft and easy-to-pass poops.
However, if your baby’s stools are hard or like pellet, she has difficulty in releasing the feces that cause her to cry often, and has less frequent bowel movements, it may be an indication of constipation.
Home remedies for babies constipation
Simple dietary changes can help constipation. As a complement for her usual food, provide your baby with a daily serving of water or 100 percent apple, prune or pear juice.
The sorbitol that is contained in those juices acts as a laxative that helps your baby empties her bowel easily.
Start with a small amount of them (about 60 to 120 milliliters). After that, see if she needs more or less of that juices.
Pureed peas or prunes can also help your baby’s digestion. There is more fiber contained in that food than other fruits and vegetables. Food that contains more fiber such as whole wheat, barley or multigrain cereals, are also suggested.
Your baby daily position already makes it hard for her to poop. Imagine trying to release the stools while you’re lying in bed. Therefore, some exercises or movement can stimulate her stomach, thus helping the stools to come out easily. You can do this by moving her legs while they are lying.
A warm bath
A warm environment can relieve the discomfort of your baby due to constipation. Giving her a warm bath can relax her muscle and trigger her stomach to release poop.
Giving your baby a massage can also help with constipation. There are many ways to do this but you can try first by placing your fingertips on her belly button while she’s on her back. Massage her tummy in a clockwise movement, creating bigger circles each turn. Another thing you can do is holding your baby’s knees and feet together. After that, mildly push the feet toward the belly.
Should you call a doctor?
Calling a doctor won’t be necessary. By doing the home remedies and changing diets, your baby bowel movements will come back to normal.
However, it is suggested to call a doctor if the below signs appear.
- There is blood in the stool
- Your baby looks irritated
- Your baby has abdominal pain
- The remedies and dietary changes don’t work.
When you bring her to a doctor, he may give you medicine to help her ease her stomachs such as laxatives, enemas, or suppositories. You cannot give your baby that medicine unless your doctor has prescribed them.
In exceptional cases, severe constipation can be caused by a medical problem, such as the digestive tract is blocked. Other than that, constipation is common and easily treated.