A paediatrician may suggest trying home treatments for baby constipation before recommending medical intervention. Alterations in one’s eating habits, physical activity, and massages are all examples.
Babies typically have extensive intervals between nappy changes. Babies often don’t have a bowel movement for several days, sometimes even up to a week. A baby may occasionally experience constipation and require assistance.
Here are Some Natural treatments:
Baby constipation treatments you can try at home include:
Movement and exercise can have the same effect on a baby’s bowels as they do on an adult’s. Constipation can be alleviated via activity, but a parent or carer may need to assist a baby who isn’t yet walking or even crawling.
While the infant is resting on their back, the parent or carer can move the baby’s legs to simulate the pedalling motion of a bicycle. This action may improve bowel movement and ease constipation.
2: A warm bath
A warm bath helps ease the strain on an infant’s developing digestive system. It may also help ease the pain associated with constipation.
3: Modifying One’s Diet
Depending on the baby’s age and diet, several dietary adjustments may assist relieve constipation. A mother who is breastfeeding her infant may choose to avoid dairy and other products that may interfere with her milk supply.
It may take some experimentation to figure out which dietary adjustments help, and those made may have no effect on the baby’s constipation. A parent or caretaker of a baby who is being given formula may want to experiment with a different brand.
Changing to a mild or dairy-free formula should be avoided unless advised to do so by a paediatrician. If a single adjustment does not improve things, more iterations of the same formula are not likely to do so.
The introduction of high-fiber foods should begin as soon as possible once a baby begins eating solids. Due to their higher fibre content, several fruits and vegetables can aid in bowel movement stimulation. Babies with constipation can benefit from eating foods like:
- Apples without skin
- cereals, breads, and pastas made from whole grains
Breast milk or formula provides sufficient fluids for infants, therefore giving them additional drinks is usually unnecessary. Babies with constipation, however, may benefit from a slight increase in their liquid intake. When a baby is over 2–4 months old and constipated, doctors may suggest giving them a tiny amount of water or, rarely, fruit juice.
Babies with constipation can be helped by massaging their tummies in a few different ways. Among these are:
- Performing a series of clockwise circular fingertip massages on the stomach.
- Clockwise finger walking around the navel.
- Baby’s knees and feet are held together, and his or her feet are pushed gently towards the mother’s abdomen.
- Using the rounded end of a finger, gently rub the area between the ribs and the belly button.
6: Fruit juice
Juices made from entirely fruit, such as prune or apple juice, can be given to infants as early as 2 months of age. Constipation could be eased by drinking this juice. A initial dose of 2–4 ounces of 100% fruit juice may be suggested by experts.
Juice isn’t easy to stomach because of all the sugar. This causes an increase in fluid intake, which in turn helps to break down and soften the faeces. A parent or carer should consult a paediatrician before giving fruit juice to a baby for the first time.
7: Thermometry of the rectal region
If your infant is constipated, you might find relief by taking their rectal temperature with a clean, lubricated thermometer. Constipation can be made worse with repeated uses of this approach.
The infant may start to cry or fuss more during bowel movements and may even refuse to do them without assistance if they become associated with pain. If you find yourself using this technique frequently to encourage a bowel movement in your infant, it may be time to consult the paediatrician.
Symptoms of a Constipated Infant:
It might be difficult to detect if a newborn is constipated since they may go for long periods of time without a bowel movement. Some of the warning signs of infant constipation include:
- stools that are hard and occur seldom
- Stools with the consistency of clay
- stool that forms hard pellets
- prolonged bouts of distress while trying to defecate
- bloody stains in the toilet
- absence of hunger
- a rock-solid midsection
Constipation symptoms in infants can range widely based on factors including age and food. Before a baby starts on solid food, he or she should have bowel movements that are very soft, approaching the consistency of peanut butter or even looser.
Babies who are constipated typically have hard stools before they start eating solid food. Since breast milk is easily digested, a breastfed infant may have frequent bowel movements at first.
However, until a newborn reaches the age of 3 to 6 weeks, they may only have a huge, soft bowel movement once a week, if at all. Babies who are fed formula get diarrhoea more often than those who are breastfed.
Babies who are fed formula typically have a bowel movement once or twice daily. Babies who are formula fed, on the other hand, may go longer without becoming constipated.
Constipation in infants is sometimes seen after the introduction of solid foods to the diet. Introducing cow’s milk (as opposed to formula) to a baby may also increase the risk of constipation.