Babies can suffer constipation formula is changed, they are just starting on solid foods or they aren't getting enough fiber in their diets. Fiber is found in plant foods such as cereals, fruits and vegetables. Before adding more fruits to the diet, check with a doctor to find out if your baby is constipated. You could be seeing a problem where there isn't one.
Before finding ways to get a baby to poop more, be sure that he is in fact constipated. If the baby is straining, this is actually normal behavior for an infant and not a sign of constipation. Straining will most often occur in the first few months, especially as a baby passes a large bowel movement. As he adjusts to his body, the straining will most likely lessen. However, if the bowel movement is hard and dry, the baby might need to eat more fibrous fruits or vegetables. Also, if the baby cries while straining, this is not a good sign.
Causes of Infants Not Being Able to Poop
Constipation in babies can be caused by new foods, dehydration, low fiber, using too many different types of formula and some medications. Make sure your baby is peeing often and being given drinks with solid foods. Foods that might cause constipation if given in large amounts are cheese, yogurt, white bread, spaghetti, banana, green apples, cooked carrots, corn and potatoes. Some medicines cause constipation such as pain-killers (that contain paracetamol, acetaminophen and ibuprofen), antibiotics, antacids containing aluminum and iron supplements.
Fruits That Produce Soft Poop
Pears, peaches, plums, apricots and prunes tend to make bowel movements softer and easier to pass. A soft fruit that is easily digestible is the avocado (classified as a fruit because of its large seed). On the other hand, fruits like bananas and applesauce make stools more firm. Balance the diet to keep the poop at mid-range. Fruit juice can help with reducing constipation such as apple juice or prune juice.
Other Ways to Help Infants Poop
Have the baby try barley or a mixed grain cereal instead of rice cereal. Mix the cereal with prune juice, or give him the fruit juice diluted with water. Massage the baby's tummy in a gentle circular motion starting at the center and moving outwards. Give him a warm bath, which will relax him and help the muscles loosen. Cycle the infant's legs. This will put gentle pressure on his intestines.
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