Constipation (infant)

Baby health

Constipation (infant)

As infants may go for extended periods without a bowel movement, it can be hard to tell when they are 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 them to do it. While infant constipation isn’t common, here are the signs and symptoms that can tell you if you infant is experiencing constipation:

Keep in mind that the normal bowel movements in infants vary, depending on their age and what they are eating. Infants usually strain during bowel movements because they have weak abdominal muscles. So, if your baby passes a soft bowel movement after a few minutes of straining, it’s unlikely they have constipation.

Things you do to help your baby with constipation
Usually, constipation begins when you start introducing your baby to solid foods. If Your Child seems constipated, consider these simple dietary changes:

No matter how you think your baby is struggling, you should never give them mineral oil, stimulant laxatives, or enemas, or medications, unless your pediatrician tells you to do so.

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

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