Baby or Infant Constipation is caused when the stool becomes harder or firmer. Your baby may become painful or knowledge some pain when he/she needs to have a bowel movement.
Constipation can also be caused by the bowels not being totally emptied as normal. This can cause a build up of stool, which may lead to constipation.
However, when real constipation occurs, you definitely need to have your baby checked by a fit practitioner. Constipation can be a symptom of a more serious physical or moving condition and may even indicate an intestinal blockage in younger babies.
Symptoms of constipation in children: -Some of the signs of constipation in children include:
• Saying that it hurts when doing a poor. • Showing signs of holding on – such as crossing legs, running around, crying or refusing to sit on the toilet. • Complaining of tummy pain. • Soiling their pants (with ongoing constipation).
The baby on formula could have infant constipation because of the formula that the doctor has agreed. The doctor should be able to supporter a different type of formula to get rid of infant constipation. If the infant constipation disappear, the mother and baby can rest at ease. If the constipation continues, another trip to the doctor will be in order. Home Remedies for Baby Constipation: -
• Formula-fed babies tend to have drier, less frequent stools than breastfed babies. Breastfed babies are rarely constipated. Just after birth it seems they have a stool every time they eat. Add pureed fruits or vegetables to his cereal. • If your baby is bottle fed, try different formulas to find the one that makes his or her digestion work the best. • Offer other foods that help soften stools - these include pears (a gentle but effective option that we recommend trying first), peaches, apricots, plums and peas. • If baby is bottle fed, offer him cooled, boiled water to prevent dehydration, particularly in warm conditions. • If baby is breastfed, increase the frequency of feeds. • Massage baby's tummy gently, in a clockwise direction, starting at his navel and moving outwards. • Bathe your newborn in an infant tub or sink with the water above the stomach level. While your baby is relaxed, try massaging his or her stomach and see if this stimulates a bowel movement. Watch out! Don't be surprised if the baby goes right in the tub. This can often help with newborn constipation. • Once your baby starts eating solid food, the pattern in bowel movements will change. Your infant will have movements several times a day or as infrequently as once every two to three days. • 'Cycle' baby's legs - this exerts gentle pressure on his intestines by moving the muscles in his tummy. Simply put him on his back, hold his legs and turn them gently, but quickly, in a cycling motion. • If hard stools have caused tears to baby's anus, alert his doctor and use Vaseline to protect his delicate skin.
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