WHAT CAN I DO IF MY BABY IS CONSTIPATED?
If you think your baby is constipated, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor or pharmacist.There are many simple tips things you can do that might help your baby:
- If your baby is breastfed, offer plenty of breastfeeds.30
- If your baby is formula-fed, offer plenty of water in between feeds. If you're using formula milk, don't add more water to the mixture.21,30
- Try gently moving your baby's legs in a bicycling motion or carefully massaging their tummy in a clockwise direction to help stimulate their bowels.21
- If your baby is eating solid foods, encourage them to eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Chop or purée fruit and vegetables if it's easier for them to eat. Apples, grapes, pears and strawberries and the best fruits for constipation.21
You may notice a difference within a few days, but sometimes it takes a few weeks before their symptoms improve. Remember it’s not unusual for a breastfed baby to go a week without having a bowel movement.21
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