Constipation in babies - is my baby constipated, and if so, what should I do about it? As long as their stool is soft and easy to pass, there is no medical harm for a baby to go between 4 or 5 days between bowel movements.
It certainly doesn't indicate that they are constipated. It can be difficult at times to tell whether your child is really constipated.
White rice. Choose brown rice, which contains both bran and germ.
White bread. Choose whole-grain instead of white bread.
Rice cereal can cause constipation in children.
If a child is eating rice cereal and is constipated, you may want to switch him or her to oatmeal or barley cereal.
When a baby is constipated, it may arch its back, draw its legs up toward sit abdomen, cry and strain.
Although patterns of defecation do vary in children, if your child has less than one bowel movement every three to four days and has hard bowel movements, he or she is probably constipated.
Increasing physical activity can help to alleviate constipation. If the baby is not yet crawling, play "bicycle" with your baby's legs.
If on baby formula, add in a little pear or prune juice to it.
For babies four months or older, try giving him or her an ounce or two of water.
Add a few drops of magnesium to the baby’s milk or formula. Three drops per 4 ounces seems to work well. Magnesium is a necessary nutrient, plus it helps to soften the stool.
A good magnesium product is concentrated sea minerals. It is low in sodium, plus contain numerous other valuable trace minerals.
Remember that most babies with less than frequent BMs are not truly constipated. If their stool is still soft, it is likely that nothing needs to be done.
If the baby is old enough to eat strained foods, fruits and vegetables are a great choice for helping with constipation. These contain fiber, which helps to keep the stool moist and bulked up.
Unless directed to do so by a doctor, do not give a baby the following for constipation:
These can be dangerous, and there are simply better ways to remedy constipation in babies.