Constipation in babies should not be confused with the way constipation happens in adults. It is normal for babies to go up to 3 days without passing stools. While bowel movements may not always be the best indicator of constipation in your babies, if they pass 2 or fewer bowels in a week, it may be a concern.
If your baby is going through any of the below, it probably means he is suffering from constipation.
- Passing hard stools
- Blood drops seen in stools
- Straining while passing stools
- Bloating of tummy
- Doesn’t eat enough
- Cranky and crying while passing stool
If you find it persistent, then consult your doctor. Here are some additional tips you can use which help in avoiding constipation.
- In case of formula feeding, talk to your doctor.
- Try adding fruit juices to his diet. Pear or apple juice will help with digestion.
- If he’s older than 4 months, start giving him some water (1-2 ounces per day).
- Gentle massage on the stomach and lower abdomen may stimulate bowel movement.
- Let the baby move around. Some form of physical movement helps in easy bowel movement.
- If you have started giving your baby solid foods, you may want to try softer foods or foods in puree form. Also, you can add more fiber in his diet.
If nothing works, then it is best to go to your doctor and they can help you treat it.