If your baby is straining, constantly pushing, and having only very small or infrequent stools; your baby is constipated. Your baby from newborn to 6 months old is exclusively having breastmilk or formula, so there are less things to do compared to when an infant is eating solids, like giving them more fibrous foods. So I’ve outlined 5 suggestions to relieve your newborn baby’s constipation!
If you’re using formula with your baby, you may decide to change brands or types if your baby is constipated. Most formulas are iron enriched, but it might be too much iron for your baby if already taking iron supplements. There are also formulas that are easier to digest and easier on babies tummies.
Reevaluate Your Breastfeeding Diet
Whatever you eat, your baby eats essentially. So if your baby is constipated and you are breastfeeding, you may consider reevaluating your diet. For example if your baby has an intolerance to cow’s milk, he may have constipation, diarrhea, and colic if you’re drinking cow’s milk and breastfeeding. Always consult with your doctor before changing your diet.
Babies need iron supplements or iron enriched formula to prevent and treat anemia. But iron has a side effect of constipation. Never stop or alter your baby’s iron dosage without speaking to their paediatrician. However, perhaps altering the dosage to every second day or stopping it can be discussed.
Massaging your baby’s tummy in a circular pattern can help their digestive system to start moving. Try massaging their tummy by doing bicycle movements with their legs too.
If all else fails and it’s been several days of no stool, it may be time to relieve your baby’s constipation with a glycerin suppository. You can get these suppositories at any pharmacy, speak to your doctor for the appropriate size and frequency to give the glycerin. It easy to use and doesn’t have any medicinal ingredients in it, just glycerin!