Baby constipation is a problem that a lot of parents want to eradicate. The knowledge that you’ll obtain from this site will help to prevent and relieve the symptoms associated with this digestive disorder. Those of us who’ve been around babies know how much they eat and poop. It’s a cycle that is continuous all day long. It’s important that we help the baby move things along again.

What causes infrequent bowel movements in babies?

This form of digestive disorder can be quite common and is usually attributed to the same as adult cases, including dietary choices, improper fluid intake or stools that accumulate in the intestine become difficult to pass. Breast-fed babies rarely experience constipation over those who are bottle fed formula. This is because newborns have an easier time digesting breast milk than formula. An infant’s large intestine can break down more of the proteins in breast milk making for easier stool passage.

Just because newborns may not have a bowel movement for several days or a week doesn’t mean that they should be diagnosed with infant constipation. Babies up to six weeks old could have varying degrees of bowel movements. Infrequent bowel movements in babies tends to occur with the introduction of solid food.

What are symptoms of baby constipation?

· Stomach -ache

· Diarrhea

· Soiled Underwear

· Hard Stools

· Refusal to go to the bathroom

· Loss of appetite or not eating much despite being hungry, which frequently happens with children who withhold bowel movements.

Also holding back bowel movements happens quite frequently with infants who don’t understand why they should let it pass. Below are signs to look for in your child:

· Squatting

· Rocking

· Showing a red face

· Clenching buttocks

· Crossing legs

Baby constipation can be of great concern to parents, but the information in this site will answer some if not all of your questions.


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This content was created September 16, 2003 and modified February 2, 2004