Know the Signs of ConstipationHere's how:
Fussiness While Passing Gas or StoolIf your baby gets red in the face or cries while making a bowel movement, that’s a sign of discomfort. You might see him arch his back. These are clues that your little one’s stool is too hard to pass easily.
Passing PelletsIf what’s in your baby’s diaper looks more like rabbit poop—small, hard balls—than softer, more formed stool, your little one is constipated.
Going Less FrequentlyIt’s normal for your baby to not go every day. In fact, it can be normal to skip several days. Some babies make a BM every four to five days. But if it’s been longer, your baby may have digestive issues.
A Hard BellyYou know how your stomach feels when you’re not going regularly. Your baby's stomach will feel like that, too: firm, tight, and possibly swollen. That’s because constipation causes gases to get trapped inside your little one’s belly.
Seeing RedSeeing streaks of red in your little one’s diaper can be scary, but don’t panic. If your baby was straining to poop, she may have caused an anal fissure, a tiny tear in this delicate tissue. It’s the cause of blood in stool in 90 percent of cases. (Of course, if you spot blood, it’s always worth calling the pediatrician.)
Offer Gentle ReliefIf you do notice any of the signs above, here’s how to move things along:
Run a BathIn mild cases, sometimes a bath is enough to get the baby going again. The warm water helps relax the stomach and anal muscles, making it easier for your baby to pass a hard stool.
Switch FormulasIf constipation is a chronic issue, talk to your pediatrician about transitioning to something easier on the tummy. Ongoing constipation can signal sensitivity to certain ingredients in the formula.
Add Fibrous FoodsIf your little one has started solids, try pureed prunes. The fruit is well known for its constipation-relieving abilities. Also worth offering: pears, peaches, broccoli, and beans. You can also dilute prune juice with water and give it in a bottle—ask your physician about this option.
Try an Herbal SupplementSkip the harsh laxatives or suppositories and try a liquid solution made from herbal ingredients. Mommy’s Bliss Baby Constipation Ease is made with prune juice and belly-soothing dandelion and fennel. The combo promotes regular bowel movements in babies six months and older. For kids four years and up, try Mommy’s Bliss Kids Constipation Ease, which also contains prebiotics and probiotics to support gut health.
Get Moving—LiterallyExercise can help move gas and stimulate bowels. For young babies, a gentle belly massage in a clockwise motion can do the job. Bicycling baby’s legs can also help release uncomfortable gas. For older kids, exercise (running, playing sports, and dance all count!) can also help with digestion, pushing food through the intestines.
Pop a ProbioticSometimes constipation can be an ongoing issue. If your toddler resists veggies and fruits, you might consider a fiber supplement such as Mommy’s Bliss Kids Fiber Gummies. These tasty, orange-flavored chews contain prebiotics and probiotics to gently support regular bowel movements and ease constipation. Kids love them because they taste like a treat, but they’re formulated without artificial colors and flavors. Bottom line: Poop happens, but when it doesn’t, there’s no need to panic. There are many gentle ways to support your little one’s digestive health and offer the relief they need after signs of constipation.
This site is intended for informational purposes only and does not provide medical advice. Please consult your physician or other health-care professional.