If your baby is straining, constantly pushing, and having only very small or infrequent stools; your baby is constipated. There are several different ways to relieve their constipation, I’ve outlined 5 below!
1. Change Formula
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.
2. 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.
3. Reassess Iron
Babies need iron supplements or iron enriched formulas 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 pediatrician. However, perhaps altering the dosage to every second day or stopping it can be discussed.
4. Tummy Massage
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.
5. Glycerin Suppository
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 is easy to use and doesn’t have any medicinal ingredients in it, just glycerin! Before changing something in your diet or giving medication, even a natural one, it is best to consult with your doctor or child’s pediatrician.