Is your baby constipated?

Is your baby constipated?

As infants may go for extended periods without a bowel movement, it can be hard to tell when Your Child is constipated. 

Learning a few basic facts about your baby’s digestion can help you understand what may be going on.

Signs and symptoms of constipation in an infant
Constipation isn’t just about how often your baby poops but mainly about how tough it is for Your Child to do it. While infant constipation isn’t common, here are the signs and symptoms that can tell you if Your Child is experiencing constipation:

Keep in mind that a normal bowel movement varies among infants, depending on age and type of food they are eating. In addition, they have to push more to pass stool because of their weak abdominal muscles. So if your baby’s stool is soft, even after a few minutes of pushing, it’s unlikely that the little one is constipated.

Things you do to help
Most of the time, constipation occurs during the beginning of solid food introduction. If Your Child seems constipated, consider these simple dietary changes:

No matter how you think your baby is struggling, you should never give the little one mineral oil, stimulant laxatives, enemas, or any medications, unless your pediatrician advises so.

When to contact your doctor
If infant constipation persists despite dietary changes and other home remedies, contact your baby’s doctor. And if it is accompanied by other symptoms, such as vomiting and weakness, take the baby to the doctor. In rare cases, infant constipation may be caused by an underlying condition, such as Hirschsprung’s disease, hypothyroidism, or cystic fibrosis.


Dr. Piyawut Kreetapirom, MD. (26 August 2021)


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