Constipation in babies can have many causes. One of the most common causes of constipation in babies is the introduction of solid foods.
Babies who receive breast milk are only very rarely constipated because it is 100% digestible by the digestive system of a baby. Breast milk leaves very few "leftovers" that can cause constipation. Many babies who are breast fed have irregular stools, but that does not mean they are constipated.
Babies nourished with milk formula tend to suffer from constipation more often than babies breast-fed. Unlike breast milk, formula milk is not easily digested and absorbed by the baby's body.
When solid foods are introduced, breast-fed babies can constipate much more easily and often than formula-fed babies.
The most common causes of constipation
• Introduction of solid foods. Breast fed babies are more often constipated when solid foods are introduced. This is because their bellies are used to breast milk which is very easily digestible.
• Poor fiber diets.
• Diets that contain lots of dairy products (yogurt, cheese, milk)
• Foods such as bananas, apple sauce, cereals, bread, pasta and white potatoes may contribute or cause constipation.
A change in diet can help the baby suffering from constipation.
Remedies for treating constipation in babies
There are many things you can do to help the constipated baby. You can change his diet or you can help him with some exercise.
Exercises that help the baby suffering from constipation:
Belly massage: Gently massage the baby's tummy clockwise. Put your hands under the baby's belly and make circular movements around the stomach.
A warm bath: Some experts recommend as a remedy a warm bath made for the baby suffering from constipation. Bathing can be followed by belly massage.
Bicycle: Have the baby sit on his back. Grab your feet in a semi-bent position. Gently move his legs as if he were riding a bicycle. You can alternate the exercise with the belly massage.
Remedies for treating constipation in infants under 4 months
Try to give your baby 60 grams of diluted fruit juice, like grapefruit or plum or plum apples, twice a day, and try the exercises above. Always consult with your pediatrician about administering treatments for constipation of infants less than 4 months old.
Remedies for treating constipation in infants 4-12 months
Try foods high in fiber, such as:
When it comes to older babies who are just starting to eat solids, it is advisable to avoid foods such as rice cereals, apple sauce, toast and bananas, as they can aggravate constipation.
Fruit juices help, but use them sparingly because they are not as nutritious for baby as breast milk or formula.
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