Constipation is extremely rare in healthy exclusively breastfed infants. During a normal bowel movement, your little one’s face may turn red, or they may grunt or make other noises. This doesn’t mean they are constipated. Rather, your baby may have constipation if his bowel movements are small, hard and dry.
The introduction of solid foods is one of the most common triggers of constipation in children. The digestive system needs time to adapt to new foods. Some babies become constipated when iron supplements are introduced. If your baby is showing signs of diarrhoea or constipation, here are some things to remember:
- Keep them hydrated
- Monitor your own diet
- Inform your doctor if it persists
- If eating solids, increase the amount of fibre in their diet.
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