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  • Help, My Baby Has A Hard Time Pooping! 4 Ways To Help Ease Your Child's Constipation

    Make sure he eats lots of fiber-rich foods.
    by Kate Borbon .
Help, My Baby Has A Hard Time Pooping! 4 Ways To Help Ease Your Child's Constipation
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  • Recently, one mom on our Facebook group Smart Parenting Village asked other moms what food to give her seven-month-old son, who sometimes experiences constipation. This condition, defined by KidsHealth as “not having a bowel movement (pooping) as often as you usually do or having a tough time going because the poop is hard and dry,” is a common occurrence among children.

    In a previous SmartParenting.com.ph article, pediatrician and intensivist Dr. William C. Bayhon says that a constipated baby has difficulty passing stools for at least two weeks. Pediatrician Dr. Ina Atutubo adds that constipation is more common in formula-fed babies because formula milk is more difficult to digest than breast milk.

    How to ease your baby’s constipation

    1. Have him drink more fluids.

    If your child is over six months old, make sure he drinks more fluids, like water and small amounts of 100% fruit juices in addition to his usual feedings. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that apple or pear juice contain sugars that aren't easily digested, so they can draw fluids into the stool and loosen it. The AAP suggests giving him one ounce of fruit juice for every month of life until he is four months old (i.e., a three-month-old baby would need three ounces). If his stools become too loose, lessen the amount of juice you give him, says Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

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    2. Adjust his diet.

    If your baby has started eating solids, provide foods that are rich in fiber, like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Examples of recipes you can try include pureed prunes, mashed squash and broccoli, and a peach cinnamon blend (click here for the full recipes). Mayo Clinic also suggests giving your baby whole wheat or multigrain cereals.

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    3. Encourage him to stay active.

    Give him the space to crawl or walk around. You can also try to assist him in doing simple exercises, like bicycle movements where you raise his legs and move them in circular motions. Try giving him a massage, like rubbing his stomach in circular motions and the upper-middle areas and heels of his feet.

    4. Seek medical help.

    Mayo Clinic says it is rare for constipation in babies to signal serious underlying conditions. However, if your baby’s constipation persists even if you try the tips listed above and is accompanied by symptoms like weakness and vomiting, call your pediatrician immediately.

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