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Curing Constipation In Your Baby Over Six Months

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Curing Constipation In Your Baby

Before I had kids, I swore to high heaven that I would never EVER become one of those people who talked about poop in social circles.

I feel I have mostly kept my promise – but does writing about poop count?

It’s too late. I have already committed to the article. (Sorry, past self.)

At first, my breastfed baby did quite well with the bowel movement moments of life. When it was time to introduce him to the wonderful world of solids, I felt confident. I had a pretty healthful, whole foods diet. I mashed up some bananas and although he spit most of them out, we were on our way.

Rice cereal. Applesauce. All baby friendly, vegetarian, digestive friendly options.

When it came to parenting, I was ready to buy the t-shirt that said, "I’ve got this."

Maybe I didn't...those three things that I was lovingly spooning into my little one’s mouth were causing constipation. When I started introducing more table foods, the little one was so clogged up that he was getting grouchy. I was determined to get my happy baby back, so I started learning.

Before you have a baby, you don’t think you will ever care about the bowel movements of another human being. After you have a baby, it is hard to remember if you have had a bowel movement, but you sure as heck will know the intimate details of your baby’s used diapers.

Here’s the worst part: you don’t even mind. Love is a crazy thing.

If you are scouring the Internet as I did for how to get your baby (and let’s be honest, yourself) out of this conundrum, then let EmpowHER empower you. Here are the foods and techniques that will get things moving again and hopefully get you reacquainted with your sweet and happy baby:

1) Foods. Foods that can help are prunes, pears, peaches and peas (conveniently, they all start with “p”). Some also claim that broccoli is helpful, but in my experience this can cause gassiness and more discomfort. If you are buying pouches or baby food, make sure that you are getting pure ingredients. I found that many prune packets had applesauce as the main ingredient, putting me right back where I started.
2) Hydration.

 

 

1.     Henry, Anita. Constipation in Babies: Signs, Causes and Cures. Parents. Retrieved 7 September 2018. https://www.parents.com/baby/health/constipation/constipation-in-babies-signs-causes-and-cures/

2.     Howland, Genevieve. Baby Constipation Remedies: Natural Ways To Get Your Baby To Poop. Mama Natural. Retrieved 7 September 2018. https://www.mamanatural.com/baby-constipation/

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3.     Hoelker, Jay L., M.D. Infant and toddler health. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved 7 September 2018. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/expert-answers/infant-constipation/faq-20058519

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