What To Do If Your Baby Is Constipated?

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If your baby has irregular bowel movements, or not being able to poop regularly – then this might be a sign of constipation. Depending on your baby’s age and whether he/she is being breastfed or formula-fed, the average normal frequency of bowel movements can be different. Also, baby constipation is likely to happen when he/she starts solid foods.

Signs Of Constipation To Look For

Consult with the pediatrician if :

  • your baby is not passing stools for more than 5 – 10 days
  • he/she is being uncomfortable when passing stools
  • the stools tend to be hard vs soft
  • he/she strains or pushes while passing stools
  • he/she might experience pain while passing stools
  • he/she feels bloated

Helpful Ways To Relieve Your Baby’s Constipation

Water or Fruit Juice With Feedings

If your baby is younger than 1 year old, consult with the pediatrician if it’s recommended to start fruit juices.

  • If your baby is older than 4 months, you can add a small amount of water into their feedings.
  • 100% fruit juices contain sorbitol- a sweetener that acts as a laxative.
  • Prune juices, apple, or pear juice are good examples of fruit juices to include in the feedings.
  • Start with 2 to 4 ounces of fruit juice and then keep monitoring to see if your child needs more or less.

High Fiber Solid Food

  • If your baby is starting solid food then you can try to include high-fiber solid foods. Fiber can help in loosening up your baby’s stool and help in his/her bowel movements.
  • You can include pureed peas, pureed prunes, and whole wheat cereal.

Warm Bath

  • A warm bath can relax your baby’s abdominal muscles and soothe any discomfort related to constipation.


  • You can massage your baby’s stomach with your fingertips in a clockwise motion. This will help relax the stomach’s muscles.
  • Bend their knees to their chest or in a bicycle motion

To Wrap Up

If your baby finds it difficult to poop and feels uncomfortable, then it might be a sign of constipation. Although constipation is common among children, it depends on your baby’s age and whether he/she is being breastfed or formula-fed.

Consult with your baby’s pediatrician if it’s suitable to add 100 percent fruit juices into the feeding along with high-fiber foods. Also, check if you can change the milk formula brand in case your baby is sensitive to it.

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