From time to time, you might be concerned that your baby is experiencing constipation. Constipation can be accompanied by tummy pain, a swollen belly, and more. You never want your baby to be in pain, so searching for fast-acting solutions is only natural. Baby constipation is fairly uncommon, but there are things you can do to help your baby experience more normal bowel movements.
How Many Bowel Movements is Normal?
For breastfed babies, a bowel movement at least once per day is normal, though three to 12 can be common in the first month. If they don’t have at least one, it could also be a sign that they’re not eating enough. Even still, breastfed babies may also go days or even one week without a bowel movement. This is simply because they’re using all of that food to grow. After they begin eating solids, they may have even more bowel movements than what was previously normal for them.
Formula-fed babies typically have one to four bowel movements per day during the first six weeks, but may sometimes go one to two days in between. After the first month, it’s more common for them to poop every other day. When they begin eating solids, it’s typically for them to go one to two times per day.
Signs and Symptoms of Baby Constipation
There are several signs of baby constipation. The first is hard or pellet-like bowel movements - this shows that the stool is passing too slowly through the body. Your baby may experience tummy pain and cramping. They will also likely show that they’re straining more than normal when they do go, which may result in them arching their back or crying. Your baby may also have a swollen, bloated belly that is full of gas.
More than anything, it’s important to notice changes in your baby’s normal routine. Do they seem fussy? Are they having fewer bowel movements? Have the stools themselves changed? If yes, it could be baby constipation.
Baby constipation is common when you begin adding some solid foods to their diet. You can try a couple of simple dietary changes to help things move along:
- Baby food: Try giving your baby pureed prunes or peas.
- Fiber: Give your baby barley, wheat, or multigrain cereals.
- Fruit juice or water: Two to four ounces of water, 100% apple, prune, or pear juice, in addition to regular feedings, can help with baby constipation and tummy pain. The juices contain sorbitol, which can act as a laxative.
Your baby could also benefit from QBaby IntestoEase drops, a proven formula of botanical extracts that gently, but powerfully, stimulate and enhance proper bowel function. It targets the liver, bowels, and associated organs to promote healthy elimination. You may need to start with more to nudge the baby back into a good routine, but then you can reduce and eventually stop giving the drops once the baby is no longer experiencing tummy pain and constipation. You may also consider BioCeuticals Baby Biotics, which promote healthy gastrointestinal microflora for babies.
Whatever you choose to treat baby constipation, know that you’re taking important steps toward giving them proper bowel function, one of the cornerstones of good health.