Constipation is a condition where stools (poo) are not passed as regularly as normal, the stools are large, and going to the toilet is painful. Sometimes a baby can have frequent loose stools that also can mean constipation, according to Pregnancy Birth and Baby. It is quite rare in the case for breastfed baby. On the other hand, it is more common in babies who have been introduced to solids and sometimes formula.
Here’s what you can do to alleviate your baby’s constipation.
1. Increase water consumption
If your baby is showing signs of constipation, try giving her an additional 2-4 ounces (1/4-1/2 cup) of water after each feeding to help bowels flush properly.

2. Change your baby’s formula

If your baby is on formula, you may want to consult your doctor in switching to a different brand. Every baby reacts differently to the ingredients of different type of formula.

3. Massage your baby’s belly

Gently massage your baby’s tummy. With your baby on her back, place your hand on her belly button. Using a clockwise motion, massage your baby’s tummy in ever bigger circles.

4. Offer fruit juice
Prune juice has a natural laxative effect. Pear or apple juices also work well to relieve minor constipation. You can add a little prune juice to formula or breast milk if your baby is at least 4 weeks old.
5. Some exercise for your baby

Gently move your baby’s legs in a cycling motion as if she were pedaling a bicycle. This may help stimulate her bowels. Alternatively, if your baby’s a crawler, encourage her to do a few laps.

6. A warm bath

For babies that are constipated, a warm bath can relax the rectal muscles that have been tensed from the pain of constipation.

7. Consult your baby’s doctor

Talk to your baby’s doctor about other treatment options. Ask about using an over-the-counter stool softener to make it more comfortable for your baby to have a bowel movement.

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