Breastmilk is a natural laxative, so continue breastfeeding even if the baby is constipated. In a exclusively breastfed baby, consult a pediatrician if the baby has any of the above signs and does not poop even after 7 days.
If your baby is formula fed, then try changing the formula.
For babies who have started solids, the following can be tried P ” Food Prunes Peaches Peas Plums aPricots Prune juice is very effective. Also increase the fiber intake of the baby.
Avoid the following foods, carrots, rice cereal, bread, potatoes, apple sauce (remember apple juice may help relieve constipation) , squash, yogurt. The foods that cause constipation varies between babies, maintain a food dairy and make a note of foods that cause constipation in your little one and try to avoid them.
If your baby is on solid food, give water in between the feeds which helps in prevention of dehydration and also increases the water content of stools and softening the stools.
For Babies above 4 months, try to make them sit in a squatting position to facilitate the easy passage of stool.
The baby can be placed in a tub of warm water, the warmth will help to relax the muscles and aid in easy defecation.
Mix ” ONE DROP ” of castor oil with a few drops of breastmilk and apply it on the babies tongue, take care to wash your hands properly before giving the mixture.
Massage the belly lightly with either castor or coconut oil.
Using laxatives and suppositories should be the last resort, as the baby may get used to it, and pass stools only when they are used.