What can I give my one-month-old baby to help with constipation?
Latoya (Harare, Zimbabwe)
Remedies For 1-Month-Old Constipated Baby
The first thing to consider for such a young baby is if she really is constipated.
Is if your baby is breastfed or formula fed? If she is breastfed, she is not likely to be constipated; breastfed babies almost can’t produce any hard stools, because the breast milk is so easy to digest. At around one-month-old, babies usually start passing stools less frequently, so in such case, it can be that your baby’s digestive system is simply maturing.
If your baby is formula fed, the risk of constipation is higher. Unless you are sure that your baby really is contipated, you can review the symptoms of baby constipation here.
If your baby is truly constipated, you can try giving him or her a little bit of boiled water, possibly adding just a little bit of prune juice to the water. (Not much, start with a tea spoon.)
To prevent constipation going forward, make sure you don’t add too much formula powder when making the formula (don’t pack the scoop).
If the problems continue, you can try feeding your baby more frequently, but less formula every time.
If your baby is in great pain or doesn’t pass stools for several days, you should contact her doctor, to make sure she is not ill. Also, it can be wise to discuss changing to another type or brand of formula, if your baby continues to have problems with constipation. Sometimes babies need formula that is more easy to digest.
I hope this helps!
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