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Curing Constipation In Your Baby Over Six Months

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Curing Constipation In Your Baby

Just like with adults, a lack of fluids can make it hard for your baby’s eating efforts to make their way through their intestines. Try giving them a sippy cup of water (when they are quite young, a little goes a long way!). Breastmilk is a good source of fluids, but you must also make sure you are hydrated. I know this can fall to the wayside when you are exhausted, so you can consider putting a reminder on your phone.
3) Probiotics. A little bit on a nipple (yours or a bottle) can help restore the balance of flora in the gut of your baby.

4) Exercise. If your little one has been strapped to a stroller or carseat for some time, use constipation as an excuse to let them move around more. If they seem dramatically uncomfortable, then you can always bicycle their legs, which they will enjoy a lot more if you sing a ridiculous song at the same time.

If you feel something is wrong, you as the parent know best and should follow your intuition to the doctor’s office.

Note that if your baby is consistently straining, he or she might not yet be ready for solids. It may be a point of discussion with your pediatrician (who, by the way, doesn’t count if you are also in the class of people who don’t like to make poop a conversation starter).

Back to my life of more acceptable forms of conversation.

 

 

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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