By Grady Jones
Newborn Constipation is a very common problem for babies and it is widely believed that 50% or more of babies experience Newborn Constipation. It is very worrying as parents if your new baby is suffering from any sort of distress and I hope by reading this short article that you will get some useful information on how to relieve the problem.
Newborns will typically have a first movement of the bowels within 24 hours of being born. It is when the baby is starting to be bottle fed or breast fed that constipation will most likely occur although some studies have shown that breast fed babies are less likely to suffer from the problem.
Once the baby begins feeding it is very common for the baby to not have a bowel movement for up to 3 days and this can lead to parents thinking that their baby is Constipated. It is normal for a baby to strain when a bowel movement is taking place and this should not be taken as a sign that your baby is constipated. A Constipated baby will more than likely cry when making a bowel movement and will at times become very unsettled and irritable. These are signs that the baby may be suffering from Newborn Constipation.
The common causes of Newborn Constipation are changing of milk, introduction of formula milk or changing formula milks and not enough intake of fluids.
However please do not worry. There are steps you can take to alleviate this problem:
• gently massaging the baby’s stomach can help aid the passing of stools
• a hot bath or even take a bath with your baby can help
• adding some more fluids such as a bottle of water can help to soften the stools
• gently push the babies knees to their chest which puts pressure on their bowel and intestines
• nurse the baby especially if you see that the baby is having a bowel movement
• babies who have moved to solid foods may benefit by the introduction of foods and juices that are known to help with constipation.
If the problems persist have no hesitation in contacting your healthcare professional no matter how trivial the problem may seem.
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