Here’s Everything You don’t Know About Your Baby’s Constipation
Does your child suffer from constipation while breastfeeding? This doesn’t usually happen if your newborn is breastfeeding, but they might suffer from this problem later on, starting at six months old. This occurs due to the new diversity in their diet. But what does it mean if they have constipation before that month?
Indicators of Constipation in a Newborn
What You Want to Know about Your Baby’s Constipation
- If you’re giving your newborn breast milk, you’ll notice that they have multiple bowel movements every day in their first few weeks. The stool is soft or semi-liquid.
- As the months pass, they may become constipated and defecate only a few times a week, or cry any time they want to defecate but can’t.
Symptoms of Constipation in Babies
Your breastfeeding child can’t speak up to say they have a problem, so it’s up to you to figure it out through these indicators.
- Constant crying even when they’re full
- An abnormally swollen tummy
- Compact, ball-shaped stool
Causes of Constipation
If you want to get rid of your baby’s constipation, you must first know the reasons behind it.
- The problem may be due to not getting enough liquids.
- Constipation may be occurring because they have sluggish bowels.
- In rare cases, constipation may be caused by your baby’s refusal to defecate because they are afraid it will hurt. This applies to newborns suffering from any problems or injuries in the rectal area.
What’s the Treatment?
Of course you won’t leave your child to suffer from annoying, painful constipation. It’s normal to consult a pediatrician first, but you can also take a few simple steps.
- Lay your child on the bed and try simply raising and bending their legs against their belly. This stimulates the action of their bowels and helps them get rid of waste.
- Try gently massaging their belly, as well, in a clockwise motion.
- If your child eats food other than milk, temporarily remove certain foods from their diet that cause constipation, like rice, bananas, and carrots.
- Don’t forget to feed them purees of vegetables like green beans and spinach. This will meet their need for constipation-fighting fiber.
- And, of course, it’s essential to make sure they drink enough water.