Prevent your newborn baby from having a ‘hard’ time, by adopting the proper treatment for constipation. Find out how to cure constipation in infants & babies, through this article.

How To Cure Constipation In Infants & Babies

How many of us have been to a hospital that has a long queue of patients waiting to be treated! Almost all, right! It is agonizing to wait while in pain, but it is impossible to compare the degree of anguish with other patients. If it is so much tormenting for adults, imagine how your infant would fare in a similar situation. Many new parents face challenges when their babies fall ill or have a health problem they find difficult to express. This is especially so when the infant is growing and there are change in the routines, such as diet, sleeping patterns, medications, etc. Now, one of the biggest concerns of parents is whether their infant has passed proper stools or not.


Passing stools is important, as it affects functioning of the rest of the body. In other words, constipation has to be kept at bay. In infants, constipation usually occurs when they are just introduced to solid food and are unable to adjust to the sudden change in diet and digest their food. So, gradual introduction of the same, in the form of mashed potato or vegetable, along with breast milk has to be adopted. Constipation can be very uncomfortable to infants, as they cannot communicate the same. So, parents of an infant have to constantly make sure that their baby is not suffering from the problem. If he/ she is, then rather than running to the doctor or hospital every time, it is better to try home treatments, Read on to know how to cure constipation in infants & babies. 

Some children pass stools daily and some once in two or three days. If the stool appears to be normal and soft, it is fine; but you should be concerned when the stool appears to be dry and small pellet-like. Even when your child strains and then passes stool that seems to be watery, it could be categorized as severe constipation, as the hardened stool might still be inside. Constipation usually occurs when the breast milk is reduced and baby is put on external nourishment. Some of the other reasons behind are:
  • The baby has not been able to adjust to cow milk, especially un-diluted one.
  • There is excessive use of milk formula, with the misconception of better nourishment.




You can treat mild constipation in a newborn baby at home also. However, if your infant has had constipation for more than two days, it is strongly advised that you consult a pediatrician. Some of the remedies are:

  • There is no better digestive for a baby than breast milk. An infant can drink breast milk up to 9 months. So, do not be in a hurry to get your infant off breast milk, even if you have started with solids (which need to be introduce gradually).
  • A small spoon of flax oil could be mixed with breast milk and given to the baby.
  • Massage you infant’s stomach in gentle motions, from left to right and in a circular direction, for as many as ten times in a day.
  • Increase the amount of fluid and fiber content in the diet of the mother.

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