If your baby is not having regular bowel movements, less than once a day, and is finding it difficult to pass or is straining, it is likely that she is constipated.
Hard, pebble-like stools can also often be an indication of constipation within infants, many of whom will experience some abdominal discomfort and may pull their legs up and go bright red in the face when passing stools.
Constipation in babies is unpleasant for both the infant and the parents, who are naturally eager to get the problem rectified. If your baby is showing signs that she is constipated the following five home remedies could help alleviate the symptoms.
Prunes are high in fibre and prune juice can be a good way to get the bowels moving more frequently. Try giving your baby just one ounce of prune juice diluted with water a day.
Sometimes massaging your baby’s tummy can relax the bowel and help her to pass a stool. Warm your hands and gently massage her tummy in a circular motion.
A warm bath
Constipation in babies can be helped by giving your baby a warm bath which may help soothe any discomfort she may be feeling in her tummy.
As the warm water will relax her, it may make it easier for her to pass a stool.
For babies six months or older giving them plenty of fruit, particularly ones that are high in fibre, such as pears, plums, apricots and peaches, may help relieve the symptoms of constipation. Fruit juice that is made from natural fruits and is high in fibre may have a similar effect.
Lie your little one on her back on a cushion or blanket, hold onto her legs and quickly rotate them in a bicycle movement. The motion may relax the bowel and make passing a stool easier.