Effective Home Remedies to Treat Constipation in Babies

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Effective Home Remedies to Treat Constipation in Babies

Constipation is a condition when your newborn baby is unable to pass stool easily. The motion is not regular as often. Constipated babies poo like firm dry pellets that do not soak in the diapers. On the contrary, if the baby’s stool is soft, your baby is not constipated despite a gap of 1 or 2 days.

Constipated newborn babies strain themselves by crying when they are constipated. While pushing, their face becomes red, and they may grunt or make other noises.

How do Newborn Babies get Constipation?

The exclusively breastfed babies rarely get constipated because breastmilk contains a natural laxative that keeps the digestion process easy.

Formula-fed babies tend to have bulkier poops, and they poop more often in comparison to breastfed babies. To avoid constipation in formula-fed babies, you need to ensure that you add the correct number of formula powder’s scoops to water.

Don’t

  • Do not swap scoops between different sizes of formula milk.
  • Do not skip reading the information shared on the pack. Always follow the instructions to use while preparing formula milk for your baby.
  • Do not add anything extra. Not even sugar.

How to Treat Newborn’s Constipation?

Give your baby a warm bath to relax their bowel movement. You can also gently massage your baby’s tummy in a circular motion, preferably clockwise.

Let your baby relax and move their legs back and forth in a cycling motion. This motion helps them to relieve stomach pain and other discomforts. Do NOT give your baby any laxative with your doctor’s permission. And lastly, make sure your baby is getting their daily fluid needs by breastfeeding or formula feeding.

When to See a Doctor?

If your baby does not poop for 2 to 3 days and feels very distressed, talk to your doctor. The signs like fever, vomiting, bloodstains in stool, etc., are some of the ‘red flags’ that need doctor intervention. 

 


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