If you suspect your child may be crying
because he is ill, call your child's doctor. That being said, constipation is common in infants and there are a couple things you can do to help.
1.) give pear or prune juice - 1oz/age in months/day so in your case 1 oz. Not only does prune or pear juice have sugar
which can help soften bms, but also has fiber
(notice the gritty texture when you drink it?). This does not mean that you should be feeding
your baby juice as a part of his regular diet
, but it's ok in daily small amounts to treat constipation.
2.) if juice does not work, then you can try a glycerine suppository
which you can buy over the counter. Just cut a pea-sized piece of the glycerine and place it in the baby's anus to lubricate the hard stool. This is not meant for daily use, so if you find that your baby needs a suppository in order to have a bm despite dietary changes, discuss with your child's doctor.
3.) do not use mineral oil
, laxatives or enemas. These methods are not safe for infants.
4.) finally, if constipation is persistent and not improved with any of the above recommendations, be sure to contact your baby's doctor. There are some very rare underlying disorders such as hirschprung's disease, cystic fibrosis
that can cause chronic constipation.
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