Constipation is a disorder characterized by difficulty or inability to evacuate a person has. During the first months of a baby’s life , both coordination between their bowel movements and relaxation of the sphincter of her anus, is not very efficient or has not matured enough.
In these cases, it is normal that the small display annoying cry insistently, lift your legs and turns red to try to push the stool. These are some of the symptoms of constipation in babies.
When you can mean a baby is constipated?
Newborn baby crying
One can say that a baby is constipated when the small becomes fidgety and restless. Legs moving constantly, it turns red the effort, and does nothing to mourn, of course. The gases and colic are inevitable when the baby is in this state. According to experts, during breastfeeding babies often dirty diapers almost every time they eat feces sometimes small stools and more abundant.
Evacuation frequency decreases as babies grow. From 2 months old usually evacuate them only once or twice a day. Everything depends on the type of food you receive as well as its own nature, if the child has allergies, etc.
The constipation in baby requires rapid intervention by parents and pediatrician, to prevent the problem from becoming a chronic nuisance, or that complicated. The longer they are stool in the colon baby, but will become dry and hard, and their elimination will be even more difficult and painful.
When the baby’s bowel scarce, first rule out the possibility that he is feeding well; if the baby does not eat, it is not to be constipated but has nothing to evacuate. In the first days of life, the baby must be evacuated at least three times a day, if it does it must be because you are getting low on power.
If the baby stops evacuate one or two days, and when I return to do their stools are hard and dry, you may be left to evacuate by constipation. In this case, to tell your pediatrician.
To relieve constipation in babies, parents can add a little extra water in infant formula. The water will soften a little stool and prevent them from being retained in the small colon. Some pediatricians, in fact, recommend lowering bottles a little, putting 35 ml instead of 30 ml of water for each level scoop of milk. If constipation in the baby becomes persistent, it is advisable to ask for medical advice.
Exist in the market milks ‘anti-constipation’, suitable to alleviate the problem. Another option are the bathrooms with warm water. A benefit for intestinal transit baby. Massages are also very stimulating to help evacuate the baby.
You can bend the legs on the abdomen small, circular motion; position the hand on the baby’s tummy (up to the navel ) and give a deeper and horizontally, palm and base of fingers massage. A backrub baby with movements up and down, can also help the baby to evacuate.
Apart from the special milk, warm bath, the massage, and water, one of the remedies used by many parents is the glycerin suppository applied to the baby’s anus. Some parents choose to introduce the tip of the thermometer, although this method does not offer or a security type and present risk of injury to the baby. There are also those who choose to give an orange juice lowered in water very small.
In one or another case, it is recommended that the opinion of the pediatrician is heard. Anyway, it is good to know that constipation can stop bothering babies from the fourth month of life , when, for medical determination, start feeding with compotes, purees, creams and fruits and vegetables, rich in fibers.