Whilst it is unusual for breastfed babies to suffer from constipation, it is relatively normal for formula feed babies to experience some digestive problems, which can lead to them passing irregular, hard and painful stools.
Babies, who do suffer from constipation, naturally become distressed and their consistent bouts of crying can be extremely difficult for parents to cope with. Whilst there is no ‘magic cure’ for constipation, there are several ideas, methods and products that may help give your baby some constipation relief.
If you are at the end of your tether, the following baby constipation relief tips may help you and your baby get some well overdue rest.
* Some parents swear by swaddling their baby to help relieve the pain and discomfort caused by constipation. Simply wrap your baby, including his arms and legs, fairly tightly but obviously not too tightly, in a soft blanket. For many babies, the feeling of warmth and security, reminds them of being in the womb and can comfort them immensely.
* Giving your baby a warm bath can sometimes help a constipated infant. Many experts believe that the warm water helps to relax baby and help him pass stools more easily.
* Gently rubbing your baby’s tummy in a clockwise direction can help relieve irregular bowel movements in a baby. Warm your hands and place them on your baby’s tummy button and massage in a circular motion.
* Laying your baby on his back and gently rotating his legs in a ‘bicycle movement’ may help loosen up baby’s bowels.
* Give your baby small sips of cooled boiled water in between feeds. Whilst water should not be necessary for breastfeed babies, if your little one is formula feed, he may need some water added to his diet, to help ‘get things moving’ as normal.
* If your baby has started on solids, modify his diet so that it includes more food that is high in fibre. Oatmeal cereals, apricots, peaches, plums, prunes, pears and most vegetables are high in fibre and can help relieve constipation. Avoid bananas, rice cereal and excessive diary consumption, as these foods will only aggravate constipation.