Changes to baby’s diet and routine can lead to occasional diarrhea. The holiday’s are a time when you are traveling to visit with family friends, going to parties and having people over your house. This is a fun and exciting time of year that you want baby to enjoy, here are a few things you can do this holiday season to help prevent baby from getting backed up.
Get baby moving, if they are crawling get down on the floor and encourage them to crawl around. One way to encourage this is to have them play with balls or toys that roll and encourage baby to crawl after them. If baby isn’t crawling yet lay them on their back and gently bicycle their legs, you may even get a laugh out of baby while you are doing this!
If baby is eating solids increase the fiber and cut back on foods like rice cereal, applesauce, bananas and bread, which can cause baby to get backed up.
If baby does get constipated these are a few things you can do at home to help bring them some relief:
- Warm Bath – A warm bath can help relax baby and get things moving.
- Gentle Massage – You can either give baby’s tummy a gentle massage while drying them off, or try while they are still in the tub.
- Reverse BRAT Diet – While the BRAT (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast) diet is great to soothe an upset tummy these foods can cause baby to get backed up. If you think baby is constipated try a reverse BRAT diet by eliminating these foods from their diet.
- Fruit Juice – Fruit juice can be a good option for babies that are too young for solids. Small amounts of diluted pear, prune and apple juices are great to loosen stools and make them easier to pass. Be sure to check with your pediatrician before giving your baby juice for the first time.
- Constipation Ease* – A natural way to help ease occasional constipation in babies older than 6 months is Mommy’s Bliss Constipation Ease*