How to treat babies with constipation

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Dealing with a constipated baby can be difficult, as it will make the child frustrated and prone to crying. Parents will also become frustrated, as they cannot comfort the child. Here are directions on how to treat babies with constipation.

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    Determine if the baby is in fact constipated. If the baby is constipated, it will first have less frequent bowel movements. If the bowel movements the baby does have are hard, the baby also be constipated. Another sign of constipation are small amounts of diarrhoea. This is because liquid stool can get past a blockage caused by constipation.

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    Try to determine the reason for constipation. Think about what part of the baby’s diet has recently changed. Has the weather changed causing the baby to need more hydration? Is she getting enough water? If the baby is nursed, could the mother's diet be causing the constipation?

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    Alter the baby’s diet. You may be able to counteract the effects of constipation by altering the baby’s diet. Feed her more fruit and less baby cereal. Give her bottles of water. Add fruit juice to her diet

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    Exercise the baby. Exercise is very helpful in eliminating constipation. If your baby is mobile, get him to crawl or walk more. If she is too small to crawl, lay her on her back and rotate her legs yourself. Bend and straighten her legs and tickle them to get those legs kicking.

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    Massage the baby’s belly. Using a natural oil or cream, rub your baby’s tummy in the belly button area in small circles.

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    Give the baby a warm bath. A warm bath will help to loosen the stools and allow your baby to go to the bathroom. Do not let the water get too warm however so as not to burn the baby.

Tips and warnings

  • Always consult with a doctor before self-treating and diagnosing your baby.

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