Newborn constipation can be worrying if it happens with your firstborn and you've never experienced it.
Almost three percent of babies are treated for constipation, so it isn't rare.
If your infant doesn't have his or her first bowel movement within the first 24 hours you should talk with your pediatrician and see if you can do something about it.
A newborn's first poop can come as a surprise because they can vary in color a lot, from black and dark to bright and yellow.
The texture will usually be thick and sticky, be prepared for lots of variation in your babies poo, it changes from day-to-day.
Babies are known to cry or make noises (just like you and me) when they poo, don't worry about that if it happens :).
A baby will usually have 3-5 bowel movements a day. Breastfed babies do on average poop more than their formula fed counterparts.
Most cases of infant constipation are harmless and will respond to simple treatments.
Breastfed babies are less prone to get constipated, because breastmilk contains components which help babies move their bowels (nature has designed this process well!).
A change in diet can often lead to constipation, in breastfed babies this is the case when you are switching from breastmilk to formula.
Formula milk is harder to digest and will result in fewer bowel movements and a higher chance of constipation.
Try different formulas and see what works for your baby, and remember to look at the labels! You don't want any weird ingredients in there, only natural stuff!
The remedies are simple because as I said above, the constipation is usually not that serious, although I strongly recommend that you contact your pediatrician before trying anything new.
Here's a list of remedies:
That's all I've got for you. These may seem like very simple remedies for constipation in children, but they have been proven to work, so pick one and try.
All the best to your child!
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