Overcoming infant constipation by making modifications in his/her diet and massaging etc.
Infant constipation is a rare occurrence in breast-fed babies as natural breast milk contains a large portion of water. Formula fed babies may experience difficulty in passing stools as milk powder is highly concentrated in chemicals in relation to the water content. It is good to introduce boiled, cooled plain water to babies to get them used to drinking water to help them in their bowel movements.
An infant may not have a regular schedule for emptying his bowels. If the constipation is regular and you see him straining to pass motion, then it is advisable to take him to your doctor. The doctor may test your baby for problems in his nervous system or test for structural problems in his lower larger intestine.
You can tell if your baby suffers from constipation by his facial expression. He will be straining and hugging his legs towards his tummy. he may also cry as he stretches himself in his attempt to aid his bowel movement. When he does pass motion, his stools are likely to be like small, hard pebbles. Sometimes, stools may be soft and mushy at other times. Other symptoms of constipation are infrequent stools. Your baby's abdomen may appear tight and tense which is a sign of being swollen with gas. He will definitely suffer from cramp pain and discomfort. Look up some instructions on how to massage baby's abdomen. It helps to relieve his discomfort and relax him. Some techniques even boast of helping baby in his bowel movements.
Mothers can try to relieve constipation in babies by modifications in their diets. If your baby is old enough to eat strained foods, give him fruits and vegetables daily. If he's too young to eat jar baby food, give him fruit juices from apple, pear, prune or cherry. Make your own juices or buy those suitable for consumption by babies. If the reverse happens and his stools become watery, reduce the quantity of juices.
Rice cereal can cause constipation in some babies. Switch to barley or oatmeal cereal. Please don't give baby laxatives, enemas or suppositories unless prescribed by the doctor.
For severe cases of constipation, it's advisable to visit the doctor. If baby is fussy and cries continuously as if in pain, go to the doctor immediately. Another bad indicator is presence of blood in baby's stool.
Usually, infant constipation disappears with the intake of fruit juices. Bear in mind that when baby graduates to solids from a sole milk diet, he does not need to pass motion as often as he did when he was on milk alone. Just once a day is normal. Prunes are especially effective in dealing in constipation for infants and adults alike. This is a tried and true food to relieve constipation for infants. In fact, a jar of prune baby food will make baby relieve himself after about 2 hours!