A baby will typically poop around three times a day. If the frequency drops, and they’re fussy, they might be constipated. Notice the consistency of their poop. If your baby is pooping hard, round balls, that might also mean that they’re constipated.
There are three main ways to help alleviate their discomfort and get them back on track.
Method 1: Diet
If you change what goes in, you can change what’s coming out. Or rather, what isn’t coming out.
Breastfed babies get all their nutrients from your milk. Because of this, they almost never get constipated. If you notice a dip in the frequency of their bowel movements, you can try changing your diet, which will impact theirs. Try drinking more water, eating foods with high fiber content, and avoiding common constipation sources, like dairy.
Formula-fed babies often need to try a few formulas before you’ll find the most comfortable one for their digestion. You can swap brands, try dairy-free products, or formula designed for sensitive tummies.
For little ones that have moved on to purees or solid foods, try giving them whole-grains and high-fiber fruits and veggies. Here’s a quick reference list:
- skinless apples
Method 2: Exercise
Sometimes the best way to get things moving is to get the body moving.
A baby with a hard belly might find relief from a gentle massage or guided movements like bicycle kicks and gentle hip twists. Your goal is to help the body break down the hardened stool so it can pass more easily.
These movements are meant to flex and contract the muscles around the colon. Be ready to spend some time helping your baby kick and move, often several times a day, until their poop routine is back to normal. If your baby isn’t pooping at all, if there’s blood in their stool, or their constipation lasts longer than two weeks, contact your healthcare provider.
Method 3: Supplement
Sometimes when you’re backed up you need to call in a little backup.
Since the digestive system isn’t fully developed until about six months, probiotics like Mommy’s Bliss Probiotic Drops can help support your newborn’s gut as it matures. Adding this healthy bacteria to your baby’s diet can ease a lot of tummy issues.
For babies six months and older, Constipation Ease with prune juice can help get things moving again.. What’s great about Mommy’s Bliss Constipation Ease is that it’s made with ingredients, like organic fennel and dandelion extracts, and no chemical laxatives. It’s a gentle and safe way to ease your baby’s digestion.
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