Treating babies with constipation
Constipation in babies is common and can be caused by a number of factors. And while it can leave your little one feeling uncomfortable, it can be quickly eased with treatment.
Taking care of your baby’s constipation
All babies are different when it comes to how often they soil their diapers. Some may pass a stool several times a day, others may go once every couple of days. But if they’ve been less than three times in a week, then they could have constipation.
With a bit of time, constipation in your baby can be improved and even prevented by making simple changes at home such as what they eat and how much they move around. You may also want to try using an over-the-counter laxative like MICROLAX® for a quick and effective way to ease their constipation.
Getting to work right at the heart of constipation locally in the rectum, MICROLAX® can bring quick relief in around 5-20 minutes. It’s a gentle and simple-to-use micro-enema that you can use for infants, children and even newborns. For children under the age of 3, only half the length of the nozzle should be inserted (see indication on the nozzle).
If constipation persists, or you have any other concerns, contact your pediatrician for advice. Prolonged use of laxatives greater than one week should be avoided unless a special schedule has been ordered by a doctor.
Make sure they’re getting the right nutrients
Diet is often a key cause of constipation in babies. But don’t worry. Whether your baby is fully weaned or still on breast milk or formula, it’s easy to make subtle changes to their diet to help lessen the effects of constipation and the likelihood of getting it in the first place – from making sure they’re properly hydrated to feeding them the right balance of foods.
Motivate them to move
The benefits of extra movement can go a long way to helping your baby avoid constipation. Although babies can’t exercise or move in the same way as older children, you can still get them wriggling, shuffling or crawling to help prevent constipation.
In spite of your tight bond with your baby, it’s not always easy for them to communicate to you when and where they’re feeling uncomfortable. That’s why it’s important to regularly look at your baby’s bottom for irritation. Sore skin around the anus can cause pain when passing a stool and even inhibit the next bowel movement. Keep them well moisturized to help prevent this cycle.