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When it comes to baby poop, all little ones are different! Some will have more or fewer dirty nappies than others.
But if your baby is finding it difficult or painful to poop or is unable to pass a stool, they could be constipated. If they're constipated, their bowel movements will be more infrequent than what's normal for them. We're here to help you with some tips on how to relieve baby constipation.
The signs that a baby is constipated include...
It's common for breastfed babies to have more frequent and softer bowel movements than babies who are formula fed. But before your baby is weaned onto solid foods, their poop will normally be soft and easy to pass.
Once they begin weaning, their poos will be firmer and less frequent, and this is usually when constipation becomes more common.
If your baby is constipated, it could be because of the following reasons:
No one likes to see their little one in pain or discomfort. The following points may help to relieve their constipation:
If you're able to spot the signs of constipation early and make sure that your baby is well hydrated and getting enough fibre in their diet, you should be able to treat it at home and get things back to normal in a few days.
But if you're concerned about your baby's constipation, it's always best to speak to your doctor or health advisor as early as possible. Persistent constipation should always be checked out by the doctor. They will be able to prescribe a laxative if needed and check for any underlying conditions that may be causing your baby to become constipated.
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