How can I cure constipation for 11 month old baby? My son is 11 months old and is experiencing really hard dry bowel movements and extreme constipation.
Now I should mention he eats very healthy as well. He’s on all solids and no longer drinks formula but whole milk. He just saw the doctor and he’s the right weight and size for his age.
What can I do to make him go with some ease and give him more regularity?
Constipation for 11 Month Old Baby – Causes And Treatments
When an 11-month-old baby is suffering from constipation, it is usually due to his or her diet – unless the baby has recently had a stomach bug or other illness that made him or her eat and drink a lot less than usual.
You say that your son is healthy, so the first thing to do is to try to think back on when the constipation started and if you can connect it with any changes in his diet, such as for example the introduction of new foods.
From what you write, one obvious cause of constipation could be the cow’s milk.
A lot of babies and young toddlers become constipated by milk. If you try to cut down on the cow’s milk and at the same time offer a lot of foods that tend to soften the stools, your child’s constipation should disappear.
Foods to Soften your baby’s stools
Apricots, pears, prunes and kiwi are good to soften stools as well as some whole grain bread or oat meal porridge. (Rice cereal, on the other hand, is another common cause of constipation.)
Foods that can cause constipation in babies
Stay away from blueberries, carrots, unripe bananas, toast and dairy products. You’ll find a detailed list of foods that tend to soften or harden a baby’s stools here. Use it as a guide to help mitigate your son’s constipation.
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Helpful Resources on Baby Poop
If you want more in-depth information and tips on baby poop issues, here are a few books to check out. (Links to Amazon)
- Baby Poop: What Your Pediatrician May Not Tell You … about Colic, Reflux, Constipation, Green Stools, Food Allergies, and Your Child’s Immune Health.
- Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby’s First Year.
- The Ins and Outs of Poop: A Guide to Treating Childhood Constipation.
- It’s No Accident: Breakthrough Solutions To Your Child’s Wetting, Constipation, Utis, And Other Potty Problems.
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