Babies get constipated sometimes. It’s just a fact of life. My second son, however, got constipated a lot! My Hbomb was a mess trying to pass a stool they were often hard and dry.
Hbomb’s constipation went beyond just the general straining to poop, which all babies do due to their weak abdominal muscles, posture and general immaturity of their digestive system. He was uncomfortable!
I want to thank Enfamil® Reguline™ for sponsoring this post and allowing me share my tips on baby constipation options and help some moms (as well as babies) out there.
To try to help your baby have a bowel movement, you can use physical movement, such as bicycling his legs or gently pumping his legs toward his body (like he was doing squats, but on his back). You can also put a warm towel on your baby’s tummy. Both of these tips help relax the muscles and loosen the stool.
Another trick is to use rectal stimulation. The first time the doctor mentioned this to me, I had a “what the” moment. Basically, you stimulate a reflex that causes the baby to stool. We used a dab of petroleum jelly and a rectal thermometer.
Another way to get your baby to have a bowel movement is to use nutrition to draw fluid into the intestine, which helps loosen the stool. If your baby isn’t on solid foods yet, you can use fruit juices, such as prune, apple or pear. My Hbomb loved apple juice as an option. Be aware that fruit does add sugar to your baby’s diet, so be sure to use the juice in only small amounts.
If your baby is eating solid foods, you can feed him prunes, pears, plums and apricots. These fruits provide the same benefit of juice but without the added sugar.
Another good option, and one I wish had been available when Hbomb was an infant, are specifically designed infant formulas that can help promote comfortable stools with prebiotics. Prebiotics are a type of carbohydrate, also found in breast milk, that help to feed good bacteria in the digestive system. Enfamil® Reguline™ is a wonderful example of a baby formula that has prebiotics to help support your baby’s digestive system.
You can learn more about how prebiotics work here:
There are over the counter products for infants that consist of glycerin suppositories and osmotic-type laxatives. However, consult with your child’s healthcare provider before using these products. They are usually only recommended by a pediatrician if dietary changes are not effective.
We certainly worked closely with my son’s healthcare provider and tried every angle of Hbomb’s diet (as well as the physical tricks) before trying any of the other products when necessary.