Caring for you baby is an exciting and stressful time. Though you’re excited to spend as much time with this new member of the family as possible, you also find yourself stressed about why your baby is crying or about his or her general health.
Causes of Constipation in Babies
The most common cause of constipation in babies is a lack of food or nutrition.
Since babies eat an all-liquid diet, it’s uncommon for most babies to experience constipation. When a baby does not get enough nutrients or food, the body can hold on to the nutrients in the digestive track, making it difficult for baby to pass stool. If your baby is experiencing constipation, do not worry: it is not your fault. Many mothers find breastfeeding difficult at first. Many mothers are unable to convince their children to latch on to their nipples and many mothers are unable to produce a healthy amount of breast milk.
If your baby is experiencing constipation, you should talk to your pediatrician immediately to find out the source of constipation and determine a treatment plan.
If your baby is already eating baby food, he or she might experience constipation if not given a well-balanced diet.
Many baby foods contain rice that can cause your baby’s digestive system to slow down. Other baby foods like apples, bananas and cereals are notorious for causing constipation.
On final cause of constipation could be an allergy to different foods—especially milk or dairy. If your baby has a dairy or protein allergy, this allergy could cause constipation. Talk to your doctor about treatment methods to help your baby’s digestive system stay active so your baby can continue to receive nutrients.
Symptoms of Constipation in Babies.
Babies have strange ways of expressing themselves and it’s often difficult to diagnose your child.
Many babies will not pass stool or pass hard or dry stool when they are constipated. Often babies cry or make straining faces while passing stool when they are constipated. Your baby might also cry when you touch the stomach or intestinal area, alerting you to the fact that there is an issue in the digestive system.
Treating Constipation in Babies
One of the ways your doctor might suggest easing constipation is by changing baby foods. Switching to fruit and vegetable based baby foods and steering clear of rice or cereal based foods for a while might help to ease your child’s constipation. Your child might need to be tested for an allergy if your doctor suspects that your child is allergic to dairy or certain proteins. If you’re breast feeding, you may need to change your diet to include more broccoli or high-fiber foods that help to aid in digestion.
Though ensuring your child has the proper nutrients and food can feel stressful—especially if your baby is experiencing constipation, there are plenty of ways to make sure you baby is getting all the best nutrients while maintaining a healthy digestive system. Remember, you always need to consult your doctor or pediatrician before diagnosing your baby or starting a constipation treatment plan.