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Infant constipation relief
As a parent of a newborn baby, it is very common to worry about the most seemingly minute changes in your babies behavior and health. This sense of worry doesn't mean that you are over protective or over anxious as a parent, it means that you love and care for your child. This feeling of protection, although can lead to premature diagnosis on the parent's part and unneeded visits to the pediatrician, is perfectly natural and even appreciated by most doctors. A babies health is a fragile thing and must be taken seriously. One of the first things a new parent will notice is that their child does not have bowel movements very often. This fact is often mistaken as baby constipation causing them to look for infant constipation remedies as soon as they can. In most cases a remedy for baby constipation is not actually needed. A babies digestive system is sometimes slower than we expect which is perfectly natural. A baby is also more efficient at using the food its parents give it. Milk, the primary source of an infants diet, is an extremely healthy substance and is almost entirely absorbed by a babies digestive system which causes bowel movements to be very infrequent. Baby constipation relief should only be sought if the infants stool is of a very hard and dry consistency and is causing your child a good deal of pain while it is being passed. If this is the case, talk to your doctor about a baby constipation remedy.
Treatment options for infant constipation
Infant constipation is characterized as the passage of dry and hard bowel movements that cause an infant a good deal of pain. Unlike adult constipation, infrequent bowel movements do not constitute constipation in infants. Infrequent bowel movements in infants is actually quite normal and rarely something to worry about. If you baby does seem constipated there are a few tried and tested baby constipation remedies that consist mainly of dietary changes. This condition rarely requires any kind of medication or chemical intervention. In fact medical intervention is rarely prescribed for babies due to their sensitivity to medication.
Water. Try to offer you baby a daily serving of water in addition to their daily meals. You only need to start with only 2 to 5 ounces. Waters acts like a natural laxative for babies and can stop the infant constipation. Pay attention to how your baby is responding to the intake of water and alter their water feedings as needed. Water should never replace breast milk or formula.
Fruit juice. If it looks like water is not helping you can offer your baby a daily dose of apple, pear or baby prune juice in addition to usual feedings. This juice should replace the water. Start with only 2 ounces and adjust according to how effective it appears to be. These juices are very healthy for the baby and act as a baby laxative.
Baby Food. If your baby is already eating solid foods and is experiencing constipation try offering it prunes or pears as well as cereal made from barely.
You should always start treating constipation with small dietary changes instead of doing something more severe. But if more help is needed in a babies bowel movement, you can consider applying a small amount of water based lubricant to your babies anus. This can help make the passing of dry and hard stool a little more easier to bear. Never use laxatives or karo syrup infant constipation remedies. These work well for adults but can actually be detrimental to a babies health. In only a few rare cases is baby constipation the sign of a more serious underlying condition such as hypothyroidism, cystic fibrosis or hirschsprung's disease. Because of this it is in your best interest to seek medical advice if you believe your baby is constipated and not responding to the above treatments