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Have you noticed baby straining when they pass stools? Or maybe it has been longer than three days since they had a bowel movement, they may be constipated.

Signs of constipation include:

  • absence of bowel movements for three or more days
  • straining while passing stool
  • painful stools
  • small streaks of bright red blood in stool (caused from small tears in anal wall)
  • small hard stools

Constipation can be caused by changes in baby’s diet and routine including:

  • starting solids
  • new foods added to diet
  • new formula
  • not getting enough water
  • not getting enough fiber

Here are some easy things you can do to try to bring baby some relief if they are constipated:

  • small amounts of diluted fruit juice (prune, pear, peach or plum are best)
  • switch formulas (consult child’s physician first)
  • for baby’s eating solids cut back on applesauce, bananas and rice cereal
  • for baby’s eating solids offer them purees of prunes, pears, peaches and plums
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If you have any questions or concerns be sure to contact baby’s pediatrician.