Unfortunately is constipation in a baby a common baby ailment. Especially for babies who are bottle-fed. Babies who are breastfed generally suffer less from constipation. The cause is often not known, but it is probably because the stomach-intestinal system of your little one is still fully developed. In most cases, constipation can not hurt a baby, but it is very annoying. In this blog you can read what causes the constipation and what you can do about it.
What is constipation in a baby?
Constipation is also called constipation or constipation. It means that you can defecate less than normal. To be able to get to the toilet properly, the stool should be soft and moist. When constipated, the stool is dryer, harder and will accumulate in the intestines. The longer it stays in the gut, the more difficult and painful it is to get it out. This can make your baby more restless and weepy.
Symptoms constipation in a baby
The amount of poo diapers that babies produce varies greatly per child. Infants between 0 and 3 months of age who are breastfed have between 5 and 40 faeces per week, which is on average 2 to 3 per day. If you give your baby bottle-feeding, then you are 5 to 28 times a week with a poop-diaper, which comes down to 2 per day. Baby from 6 months produce about 1 to 2 dirty diapers per day. So there is a very wide spread.
Your baby is likely to suffer from constipation if you notice 2 or more of the following symptoms:
- Your baby poops less than 2 times a week.
- Your baby will keep the stool.
- Your baby's stools are dry, sticky and hard.
- When changing clothes there is a large amount of stool in the diaper.
- In an examination, the doctor can feel the faeces in your baby's intestines.
If there is constipation in a baby, the baby will therefore less often defecate and probably also cry more.
Constipation baby 3 months
Constipation in a 3 month old baby may be caused by a switch from breastfeeding to bottle feeding. Or maybe you switched to a different formula. Every time the diet of your baby is changed slightly, the intestines need time to adjust. So even when your baby starts with the exercise snacks from the 4 or 6 months. Give it a little time and keep in mind that your baby can suffer from this.
Causes constipation baby
In about 90% of babies who suffer from constipation, there is no clear cause. Probably the gastrointestinal tract still needs to be developed and that is why everything does not work properly yet.
Constipation in a newborn baby occurs regularly because the intestines are not fully developed yet. This manifests itself in annoying intestinal cramps. Sometimes it seems like your baby has trouble pressing because the head turns into a tomato. That is very normal and is just a sign that your baby is still under development. As long as the stool is soft, there is no constipation.
In very rare cases, there is a medical cause of constipation in a baby. For example, Hirschsprung's disease, cystic fibrosis and a too slow-acting thyroid gland. In addition, there may also be a cow's milk allergy. Cow's milk allergy can be attributed to a combination of symptoms such as constipation, poor growth, eczema or respiratory symptoms. Your doctor will investigate this and will see if your baby suffers from this.
When to the doctor?
You can almost be sure that in your baby period you will have to deal with constipation with your baby several times. You do not have to go to the doctor every time. Do this if your baby has a diaperpipe less than twice a week, falls off in weight or visibly has a lot of pain during the pooping.
If you go to the doctor, he or she will ask how often your baby has a shit, how the stool looked like and if you noticed any other symptoms. It is therefore good to be immediately prepared for your appointment by keeping a 'poepdagboek'. In some cases you have to go to the doctor immediately. That is when:
- Your baby has bloody diarrhea.
- The baby must vomit and the vomit has a greenish color.
- If your baby has a fever
- The baby is suffering from eczema
- Your baby has had certain symptoms since birth.
Fix baby constipation
If you go to the doctor, it will first check whether your baby is getting enough fluids and fibers. You can take care of this yourself by following the tips below. If the constipation in your baby can not be remedied by adjustments in the diet, the doctor may prescribe a laxative. This is a powder that can be dissolved in water. It ensures that the stool becomes softer. It is a very mild remedy that is not absorbed by your baby's body, but goes directly to the intestines.
In most cases, the treatment takes a while (2 months). Never start using laxatives for your baby yourself and do not buy them at the drugstore. Always go to the doctor first.
Baby trouble with pooping tips
Is there constipation in a baby than that is very annoying for your little one. If you are hiding yourself, that is also anything but fine! Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to hopefully remedy it or to ease the suffering of your baby. Of course, it starts with offering lots of comfort and giving love. Beside:
- Make sure your baby gets enough fluid. Your baby needs 150 milliliters of fluid per kilogram of body weight every day. Children from 1 year old need 1 to 1.5 liters per day.
- Does your baby already get exercise snacks? Then provide fiber-rich snacks with vegetables, fruit or wholemeal products. Incidentally, it is normal that your baby suffers from clogging in the beginning because the intestines have to get used to the diet. Look at this for 2 weeks.
- If you are breastfeeding, constipation in a baby is rare. But if that is the case, make sure that you get enough fluid (1.5 liters per day) and eat enough fiber from vegetables, fruit and whole grain products.
- Give your bottle-feed check that the ratio of food and water is correct and that you make the bottle exactly as indicated on the packaging. Constipation is more common in bottle feeding than breastfeeding!
- If you switched from breastfeeding to bottle feeding then your baby's bowel needs to get used to. Then wait 2 weeks before you take action.
Baby constipation olive oil
Some people think it helps to add olive oil or other oil to the diet, but unfortunately that is not the case. In fact, it can cause the constipation to get worse!
Does your baby always draw from those hilarious faces when he has to fulfill his great need? Take a look at this video with pooping babies