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Infants and ConstipationThere is not a more helpless feeling than when your infant is crying, looking like he or she is in pain and discomfort and you don't know what to do about it. Unfortunately this is all too common in infants, and very often the cause of the discomfort and pain is constipation.
The first thing to know when it comes to infants and constipation is that all infants vary when it comes to the frequency of their bowel movements. Some are one or two times a day babies, while others may go every other day or every third day. So, when do you worry about whether you have a constipation problem? If it is been four days and your baby has not gone, it is time to call the doctor. It is possible there is some sort of bowel obstruction or constipation issue they need to look into. The tricky thing with infants is that you cannot just try many of the things you do for adults. Your laxatives and stool softeners are not made for babies, so it is important that you get a doctor's advice instead of trying to self-treat.
What if your baby is going, but you think there may still be a problem? Well, it is time to take a closer look at that poop. Some people are overly worried. They see their infant straining to make a bowel movement and think there must be a problem and are wondering what the constipation cause is. But often babies strain and there is no problem. Instead you need to look at what is coming out. Is it soft? If so, you don't need to worry, that is just typical BM straining that babies often do. On the other hand, if the stool is hard, you may need to talk to your pediatrician about constipation remedies.
When it comes to causes, there can be many. Often times, babies who use milk formula are more prone to constipation than those who are breastfeeding. Other times, it is an illness or a baby's lack of drinking enough milk to remain hydrated that is the cause. The best way to find out is by taking the baby to the doctor and having them help you.