Babies may experience constipation from time to time as a result of reasons, though mostly as a result of their diet. But because of their inability to communicate, it's up to the parents to keep an eye out for signs and to improve their understanding of how they can help. Constipation may be apparent not only from the frequency of a baby's bowel movement but also from signs in the texture (hardness or softness) of the poo. Here are some signs to look out for.
Signs of constipation
1. Infrequent bowel movements
Bowel movement for babies, like their adult counterparts, may vary from time to time, usually as a result of their diet.
For babies who are breastfed exclusively, they might go up to a week without bowel. This is because breast milk contains many nutrients that their little bodies absorb most of it, and as a result, going number 2 may be delayed. That said, some babies who breastfeed might poo after every meal. Both are normal. Formula fed babies, on the other hand, might go number 2 as much as 1-3 times a day. When your baby does not poo for some days and eventually does and it comes out looking like pallets, or the baby strains and fusses while going, it's likely he's constipated.
When the baby strains while going number 2 and the still all appears hard, this could be a sign of constipation. A baby might also star in without being constipated but because she's learning how to work her muscles. Before making conclusions, be sure to always keep an eye on the texture of the poo.
3. Bloody stool
The hard stool might cause some strips of cut in the babies anus, bringing about the presence of blood in the babies stool.
4. Pallet like Stool
A good sign of constipation is when a baby's poo comes out hard, looking like pallets.
5. Bloated stomach
Constipation might make your baby's stomach swell and firm. This can cause some discomfort for your little one, making her cry and fuss.
6. Refusal to eat
Constipation can make your little munchkin feel full and therefore, making her unwilling to eat.
What can be done
1. Engage the P fruits
Transitioning to solids isn't always 100% for every baby, as their bodies try to adjust to the change. Monitor the quantity of the ABCs, Applesauce, Bananas and Cereals, because they are known to cause constipation. What you can do is to introduce either prune, peaches or pears into the child's diet, typically in their juice forms, and in little quantities at a time, to help loosen the stool.
Sometimes, easiest way to ease constipation is with an introduction of some water. Because babies have a higher metabolic rate than adults, their ability to reason water is relatively lower than adults. Little sips of water after meals might just be what the baby needs.
3. Massage belly
Gently massage the baby's stomach when you notice constipation to help stimulate bowel movement.
It's important to note that when transitioning fro. Solids, breast milk or formula should not be discontinued because they contain all the nutrients the baby will need, at least for their first year.
If none of these remedies works, ensure to seek medical advice from the baby's doctor.