Has baby been passing infrequent stools? Have they been straining while passing stool? Not sure if they are constipated? While the complete absence of bowel movements is a sign of constipation, there are other signs that baby may be a little backed up. Here are some ways to help you determine if baby is constipated:
- Pain or discomfort while passing stool.
- Less than three bowel movements per week.
- Stools that are hard or like small clay balls.
- Hard or firm belly that is tender to the touch.
- Loss of appetite.
- Bright red streak of blood in stool (caused from tearing of anal walls when passing harder stools)
Some easy ways you can try to bring baby some relief include Mommy’s Bliss constipation ease, fruit juices (if they are old enough for juices) and more fiber rich foods for babies that are eating solids. If you have any concerns about baby’s constipation be sure to contact your pediatrician.