What to do when your baby has difficulty making poop? October 28, 2016 – Posted in: Babies – Tags: baby, care, medical tips
Is your baby having difficulty making poop?
There could be many reasons, the most common one being constipation. As parents, we are always monitoring our baby’s health and well-being. Another important thing that you should monitor is whether you baby poops regularly.
Normal bowel movements is a sign that your baby is getting an adequate amount of food, digesting it properly and excreting what is not needed by the body. So it can be a matter of concern when you find that your baby has difficulty making poop.
Know what is your baby’s pooping schedule.
While some breastfed babies poop every day, there are others that go without pooping for days.
Babies between the ages 0 to 4 months poop three to four times a day on average. After your baby is introduced to solid foods, the bowel frequency reduces to about one bowel movement per day. When babies don’t poop continuously for days, the general conception is that it could be constipation. Most of the time it will be, but there are times when constipation is not the reason.
If your baby is breastfed and he has had a regular bowel movement before, then may be he’s going through a growth phase where his digestive system absorbs all the milk he drinks. If your baby eats well and urinates as usual, then there’s probably nothing to worry about. However, if your baby is formula fed, then there’s a higher risk of constipation. When compared to breast milk,
However, if your baby is formula fed, then there’s a higher risk of constipation. When compared to breast milk, formula is harder to digest for babies. If your baby is suffering from constipation, there are a few things you could do help him find relief from the discomfort.
If your baby is formula fed, try changing the formula after consulting with a doctor. Also give him some extra water to drink. Help your baby get some exercise.
Move your baby’s legs in circular motion as if he’s pedaling a cycle.
Another way to relieve constipation is to massage your baby’s belly by applying gentle but firm pressure with your fingertips.
For babies less than 4 weeks old, add some prune juice or apple juice or pear juice to breast milk or formula. You can slowly increase the amount of juice every month as she grows
If your baby still has trouble passing poop, not eating well and losing weight, then it would be a good idea to consult a doctor.