Safest home remedies to treat constipation in infants
Breast milk can be easily digested by babies and is considered a natural laxative. Thus, constipation in breastfed babies is rare, but this doesn't mean it can’t happen. Breastfed babies have less chances of getting diarrhoea and constipation as compared to formula-fed babies.
Most of the times, it’s normal for a baby to go days or more than a week without a bowel movement. But if your baby has constipation, he definitely needs help.
Symptoms of constipation in babies
- Firm, tight and distended belly
- Hard and pebble-like stools
- Crying while having a bowel movement
- Not feeding properly
- Blood in the stool that is hard (caused by hard stool tearing some of the anal tissues when it passes).
Five safe home remedies you can try before going to the doctor
Movement can stimulate a baby’s bowels just like it can in adults. So you can gently move your baby’s legs and mimic the motion of riding a cycle. Doing this might help improve their bowel movement.
A warm bath
A warm bath can relax your baby’s abdominal muscles and stop them from straining. It can also relieve discomfort related to constipation.
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