There are several things you can do to relieve your baby’s constipation quickly:
Babies over six months who have started on solids can eat foods containing fibre which will help overcome constipation; puréed or chopped apples, apricots, blueberries, grapes, pears, plums, prunes, raspberries and strawberries are all high in fibre.
Give your baby extra drinks of cooled, boiled water in between feeds if she is being bottle fed. Never add sugar or rice cereal to formula milk – it doesn’t help constipation and could cause choking.
If your baby is being bottle fed, check her bottles are being made correctly – too much baby milk powder will make the feed too concentrated.
Gently massage your baby’s tummy in a clockwise direction. Some baby oil on your hands may help. But if your baby seems tense or doesn’t like the sensation stop immediately.
Gently move your baby’s legs in a cycling motion. Sometimes this gentle ‘exercise’ can help move the poo through her system.
Give your baby a warm bath and apply some cream or petroleum jelly around her bottom to soothe and prevent soreness.