Constipation is one of the very general problems seen in babies. It makes them fussy and they undergo a lot of discomforts. Signs that baby is constipated are:
It is important to notice the early signs and give the required treatment. One thing I want to mention here is that formula fed babies are constipated more as compared to breastfed babies. My baby was combination fed (breast milk+ formula milk) till six months. Once I started semi-solids and now solids, I stopped using formula milk and that solved the problem instantly.
Baby younger than 6 months:
If the baby is less than six months of age, nothing can be given to him/ her, not even water. However, there are few remedies a mom can follow (breastfeeding mothers).
Baby is Six months plus
As semi-solid food is started after six months, there are some foods that can be given to baby for an easy bowel movement.
Cut down on constipating foods like rice, bananas, and cooked carrots. The fruits can also be given in a combination of twos. Prunes are dried plums and should be given in small quantities. The fruits contain a lot of fiber and antioxidants, which are very helpful to cure all digestion related problems.
Apart from these, light massage on stomach in a circular motion, moving baby’s legs in cycling motion and tummy time prove to be very helpful.