Treating Infants With Constipation

Constipation is a term generally used for infrequent, hard and painful bowel movements. Although constipation is a common problem in infants but it is a major concern for parents.

Constipation leads to various stomach related problems like abdominal pain, discomforts etc.

Therefore, parents can try some of the natural  remedies for their kids to help them come out of this problem. Generally, infants who are breast fed have an infrequent bowel movement and it may be every two-three days. They even sometimes strain or groan during their bowel movements.  But if their stool is soft then they are not considered to be constipated.

During this phase , when infants are on breast milk, poor feeding can lead to dehydration and constipation. So, moms should keep a check on the amount and frequency of milk they are feeding to their babies.

They must keep their babies hydrated. Parents must keep a check on their infant’s weight and there should be normal increase in weight .In case of formula fed babies, milk is not entirely digested or absorbed and is not entirely used by baby’s body.

Therefore, formula fed babies have more chances of constipation than completely breast fed babies. To treat constipation in older babies who are more than 6 weeks old, mix equal quantity of prune juice or apple juice and water and feed it twice a day

Mother’s milk is easily digestible, hence when solid food is fed to the breast fed babies, they become more prone to constipation. The digestive system of the baby react differently to the solid foods and hence there is change in the bowel habits.

So,parents must include diet rich in high fiber like  barley cereals,oat meals cereals, apricots, prunes, peaches, spinach etc.They must avoid food items like bananas, rice cereals,etc which contributes towards constipation. Parents must also see that their kids drink enough water and are fully hydrated.

One can massage stomach of constipated baby in circular movement .Even a warm bath with baking soda, promotes bowel movements in a constipated baby .By including these simple exercises in the lifestyle of constipated babies, parents can  helps them provide relief and comfort.

Parents can prevent and treat their baby’s constipation by modifying their diets. A kids diet must  include vegetables,fruits,juices ,soups and high fiber diet food items.Thus,by adjusting baby’s diet, one can prevent and treat their constipation.

Raka Raghuvanshi