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is yogurt good for constipation?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Only if it has live: Cultures. Buttermilk, kefir, greek or high probiotic yogurts can ^ growth of healthy gut bacteria and help to keep bowels regular.

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Could my baby constipated?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Yes: Babies who are passing hard, formed stools and seem to have pain with stools may be constipated. Frequency of bowel movements is usually not important, if the stool is soft and the baby has no pain or straining. See your pediatrician if you suspect your baby has pain with bowel movements or if you see blood in the stool.
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How can I cure my baby's constipation?

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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 years experience
It depends...: This answer depends on whether the baby is breastfed, how is the baby feeding, is the baby gaining weight well, is the baby eating solid foods, is the baby's abdomen distended? How often does the child have a bm? Is the bm soft? Are they rock hard? Does the baby cry when he has a bm? The answers to these questions are necessary to determine true constipation in a baby which is quite rare.
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Does my baby have constipation?

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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Normal infants can go 7-10 days without a bowel movement, longer if they are breast fed. Formula fed babies stool more frequently, and babies on soy formula stool the most frequently. As physicians, we tend not to get worried, unless the baby is excessively fussy with attempts to stool. All babies will get somewhat upset-you would too, if you had to lie on you back to stool! giving water helps.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are some tips for managing my baby's constipation?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Prune juice: I prefer to try prune juice (or prune baby food) first! babies love the sweet taste, and giving some every day can keep their stools soft. In younger infants, corn syrup, about 1-2 tsp, added to formula, can loosen stools as well. Breast fed babies very rarely have hard stools, so it's not usually an issue for them.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Can constipation cause bleeding?

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Dr. Stephen Scarantino
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Yes: It is very common to be constipated when you are pregnant. Hard stools can irritate and cause fissures (cracks/cuts) in the anal/perianal area, resulting in bleeding when you move your bowels or wipe yourself. If you are experiencing bleeding from the vagina and are pregnant, you need to inform your obstetrician so he/she can investigate where the bleeding is coming from.

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