Infant constipation, aside from many other causes, can often start when a baby is removed from breast milk and introduced into formula. Constipation which infants suffer from is not necessarily the lack of daily bowel movements but rather, the passage of dry and hard excretion.
If your newborn baby begins to suffer from constipation, it is recommended that you contact your doctor for advice. For an older baby, simple dietary changes may assist in relieving your baby:
In addition to usual feedings, offer your baby cooled boiling water. Initially, begin with 60 – 120 milliliters (2 – 4 ounces). As you gauge your baby’s response to the water, adjust accordingly.
If water doesn’t seem to provide relief, try a daily serving of pear, apple or prune juice. Supplement fruit juice in addition to usual feedings. Initially, begin with 60 – 120 milliliters (2 – 4 ounces). Trial and determine whether your baby needs more or less.
High-fiber baby foods
If your baby has started on solids, give high-fiber baby foods a try. This may vary from barley cereal (avoid rice cereal) and pureed fruits such as pears and prunes.
To help ease the passage of hard stools, apply a small amount of water-based lubricant to your baby’s anus. Having said that, be aware of which lubricants you choose and avoid mineral oil, laxatives or enemas.
Rarely ever is it found that infant constipation is a reaction to an underlying condition such as cystic fibrosis or Hirschsprung’s disease. Despite dietary changes, if infant constipation continues or is accompanied by vomiting or irritability contact your baby’s doctor.
It is known that bananas are one of the first baby foods that you offer your infant. You mash it up so that’s nice and soft and your infant will love it! However, be especially sure that the banana is very ripe. So much so, that you can almost see black spots appearing. If you offer your baby a banana which is remotely unripe it will bind your baby up and cause terrible constipation.