constipation

Support and Advice for Dealing with a Constipated Baby

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Constipation

It’s hard to see your baby in pain from constipation. If your baby is constipated, most of the time it’s due to them not getting enough fluid. Try these tips and tricks to help your baby if they’re constipated:

  • If your baby is formula-fed, check the tin to make sure you’re making up the formula correctly. Always measure the water first and then add formula powder.
  • Offer them extra drinks of cooled boiled water, especially in hot weather. Don’t dilute formula if you are using it.
  • Perform a gentle bicycling motion with your baby’s legs to help stimulate their bowel.

Treating constipation in babies is different to treating it in adults. For example, increasing fibre in their diet is not always possible or appropriate, especially for babies who are solely breast or formula-fed. Here are some things you should NOT do if your baby is constipated:

  • Never use a laxative or other medication for your baby’s constipation without medical advice.
  • Don’t be tempted to introduce solids too early. This is not recommended to treat constipation as your baby’s digestive system may not be fully matured.
It’s hard to see your baby in pain from constipation. If your baby is constipated, most of the time it’s due to them not getting enough fluid. Try these tips and tricks to help your baby if they’re constipated: