What can I give my one-month-old baby to help with constipation?
Latoya (Harare, Zimbabwe)
Symptoms and Remedies For 1-Month-Old Constipated Baby
What a wonderful, loving picture of you and your daughter, Latoya!
Now to your question.
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 constipated, 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 also adding just a little bit of prune juice to the water. (Not much, start with a tea spoon in total.)
Other gentle home remedies are a comfortable, warm bath or baby massage.
You’ll find many more remedies if you scroll down a bit in this post.
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.
So to conclude, if your baby is fully breastfed and has pooped more frequently before, she is not likely to be constipated but simply growing.
If she is formula-fed, she might be constipated, so in that case, check the posts I linked to for lots of help!
I hope this helps!
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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