As a parent, I enjoy every laugh and giggle of my baby, but at the same time I watch him carefully to see if there’s a sign of any health problem. When the baby starts crying, it’s pretty obvious that something bothers him, and the challenge is finding out why?
Bowel movements will change pretty often in your baby’s life, and sometimes, these changes may be a sign of constipation, especially if your baby consumes formula. They may be sensitive to certain ingredients in the formula.
Anyhow, if your baby has many bowl movements and you see any sign of constipation, you can try several strategies to get quick relief.
1. Change The Milk
- If your baby is breastfed, you can try adjusting your diet.
- Your baby may be sensitive to something you’re eating, which could be causing the constipation.
- Bottle-fed babies may benefit from a different type of formula, at least until the constipation clears.
- Sensitivity to certain ingredients can cause constipation.
2. Change The Solid Food
If your baby start eating solids, constipation may occur, so you better introduce to his diet some high-fiber foods, such as:
- skinless apples
3. Feed Him With Puree Foods
If your baby is over six months and has not made the transition to solid foods yet, try some of the foods listed above in their pureed form.
4 Bring On The Fluids
- Proper hydration is essential for regular bowel movements.
- Water and milk are great for keeping your baby hydrated.
- For babies over 6 months, occasional prune or pear juice may help speed up your child’s colon contractions, which may help your baby produce a bowel movement more quickly.
Offer your baby a gentle lower-abdomen and stomach massage to encourage the bowl movement.
!!! If these remedies don’t work, you may want to try some over-the-counter treatments such as: laxatives or glycerin suppository.