Constipation In Infants - See Your Doc

Constipation In Infants – See Your Doc

By: - Babies - September 2, 2011
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When it comes to babies, constipation in infants is a common problem, but it needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. No matter if an infant is breast fed or formula fed, they can still get constipated, though breast fed babies tend to have a slight advantage and do not seem to get constipated as much.  You will know if your baby is constipated if they have not had an adequate bowel movement or if the bowel movement they have had is harder than usual. Newborns should go at least 4 times a day, so if your baby is only going once or twice, they very well could be constipated. Constipation in infants will also cause your baby to cry or stiffen when going to the bathroom.

Stopping constipation in infants should be a top priority for parents. This is not something you should try to fix at home unless your child is old enough to have some solid foods. Any infant that is a few weeks old should be evaluated for constipation by their pediatrician if they are showing signs of actually being constipated. Your doctor may have you give your infant a few ounces of water or they may advise changing formulas if that is the cause. Other things you may try is smaller feedings that are more frequent or giving your baby a warm bath. A tummy massage in the bath may help your baby go without any medication or other intervention.

Once your child gets a bit older, your doctor may suggest a suppository for constipation. Glycerin suppositories are available at most drug stores and can be just the ticket to get things moving. Easy to insert in most cases, using a suppository for constipation is only recommended for babies who are over 6 weeks old unless your doctor says it is ok.  It can be dangerous for babies to have a suppository for constipation if they have other problems in the area like a tear. This should be evaluated by a doctor only.

Toddlers have many more options for constipation including many over the counter remedies. Flax seed oil is a great all natural constipation remedy for all ages and can be given to infants as young as 6 weeks old. Mixing in their food or bottles can really help regulate their little digestive systems. If you ever have any doubt about any home remedy or medication you are giving your baby, see your doctor as soon as possible to ease your mind and help your child in whatever problem you are dealing with.