Looking for infant constipation remedies?
Parents who worry about their babies sometimes wonder if they are pooping enough. Constipation is rare among breast-fed babies. It is more common in babies who are fed with formula or infants who have started to eat solid foods.
Because breast milk is almost totally digested, there is little left to move through the digestive tract. According to the Gale Encyclopedia of Children’s Health, infants who are still exclusively breast fed may go as long as seven days without a bowel movement.
Some infants have a slower but completely normal gut, which is why they don't go as often.
Moreover, according to Nationwide Children's Hospital, a baby must be given time to set its own schedule for having a bowel movement. Therefore, though an infant’s bowel movements may be irregular it does not necessarily mean that the baby is constipated.
David L. Hill says, "For constipation concerns I always come back to the question of how the baby is doing. If your baby is well, not having pain and is not vomiting, then long periods between bowel movements should not be a concern.
However, if there is a big change in your baby's normal bowel pattern with fewer bowel movements, it is time to look for other clues of baby constipation.
If your little one seems to be in pain or has repeated bouts of constipation, please tell your doctor. If there should happen to be a problem, early detection might prove very helpful.
If your baby is eating solids, check out these baby constipation remedies.