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When your child is constipated, you can see that he is irritable, flushed and has hard and small stools, as a result of the lack of water in his bowel. Constipation can make the child very uncomfortable, but only by making a few simple changes to your baby's diet can help soften the stools and ease defecation.

Description: Constipation can make your baby incredibly uncomfortable

Constipation can make your baby incredibly uncomfortable

Water

Besides formula or breast milk, experts suggest that adding 2 to 4 ounces of water into the baby's diet when the child is constipated to help him loosen and pass his stool easier. The colon is responsible for regulating fluid in the body and a child need enough water to keep fluid in the intestine to prevent and treat constipation.

Description: A child needs enough water to keep fluid in the intestine to prevent and treat constipation.

A child needs enough water to keep fluid in the intestine to prevent and treat constipation.

Juice

Because some babies refuse drinking water, give 2 to 4 ounces of juice if your child is still constipated. You can also try mixing the juice with water to avoid providing too much sugar. Prunes are natural laxatives, thus providing your baby prune juice will help him pass a hard stool more easily. Experts noted that pear, plum and peach juices are natural laxatives, and are good choices for hard foods to help treat constipation. Avoid acidic citrus fruit such as orange juice for babies less than 12 months because they can actually cause digestive disturbances or rash.

Description: Plum and peach juice

Plum and peach juice

Fiber and laxatives

Fiber is the main ingredient while trying to push stools out of the body, so provide babies with high fiber foods if they are eating solid foods. Fiber actually helps baby move stools more easily. Barley cereal, pears, prunes, broccoli, peas, whole grain crackers or breads are great high-fiber selection for your baby's constipation. The experts also recommended giving your baby 1 teaspoon of flaxseed oil a day while constipated because it acts as a natural laxative and helps absorb the vitamins.

Foods to avoid

Description: Avoid bananas, rice and soy products as well as foods made from white flour

Avoid bananas, rice and soy products as well as foods made from white flour

 

Experts suggest avoiding bananas, rice and soy products and foods made ​​from white flour to help stool softer and more easily moved out. Iron-fortified powdered milk can also contribute to the baby’s constipation, although researches show that this is not necessarily true. Try changing other parts of the baby's diet first and then switch to a low iron formula in 2 months - although you should switch back to formula one with higher iron levels after 2 months to ensure baby getting enough iron.

 

 

 

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