What Can You Give A Newborn Baby For Constipation?

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What Can You Give A Newborn Baby For Constipation?

Is your question, what can you give a newborn baby for constipation? Useful answers to this question can be found below.
According to the Derbyshire health feeding service, If your baby’s poo is hard and pebble like this is a sign of constipation.
Constipation is more common among formula-fed babies. It can be common for all babies to grunt and strain when having a poo, this doesn’t mean they are constipated.
•A simple way to manage constipation initially is to give your baby small amounts of cooled boiled water (30 – 40 mls). If you find that giving your baby extra water still doesn’t work please contact your health visiting team for advice.
•Don’t give prune juice – it contains a natural bowel irritant and is not suitable for babies under nine months of age, even when diluted. Don’t give orange juice before six months of age.
•Don’t add any form of sugar, malt extract or rice cereal to formula – this will not help constipation and can cause a choking risk.
•Don’t introduce solids before six months of age – this is not recommended.
When you start to introduce solids to your babies (around 6 months old) this also changes the look and smell of their poo. Introducing solid food produces a darker brown poo which smells more than when just on milk feeds.
There is more info here – http://www.dchs.nhs.uk/home/our-services/find_services_by_topic/healthvisiting/advice_guidance/hvs_bowel_movements
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1 Comment

  1. Cheryl Eames says:

    I gave my baby girl a little extra water in her bottle 5mls extra in each bottle and also a teaspoon of gripe water once when she did not have a bowel motion for 4 days. It is better to always get the opinion of a Health Professional if you are concerned about anything to do with their bowel function.

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