Constipation in breastfed babies is far less common than the condition in formula fed babies. Breast milk is more easily digested, and helps increase a baby's level of the hormone motiline which increases the movement of the bowels.
Some formula milk brands are easier to digest than other, and therefore less likely to cause constipation. But what works well in one baby, may not work so well in another little one. Unfortunately, formula milk can sometimes be a cause of trial and error before you find one that agrees with your baby.
Baby constipation is also common during the transition to solids. Your baby's digestive system can take a while to get used to a such changes in her diet. This is why it's important to introduce solids very slowly, and not to overload her with different foods too quickly.
Constipation can also occur during the weaning process as a result of dehydration. It's very easy to fail to provide your baby enough fluids when you are replacing milk with solid food.
The main symptom of constipation in a baby is obviously a lack of stools or difficulty in passing stools. However, babies may also display colic type symptoms, and may not want to eat.
As well as giving your baby enough fluids, you can help with constipation by gently massaging her tummy and legs. A warm bath can also encourage your little one to relax and therefore pass stools more easily.
Although constipation in babies usually isn't serious, it can lead to more problematic issues. If you are worried, don't hesitate in contacting your local GP. A special laxative may be prescribed to get your little one moving again.
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