Constipation is when there are dry, hard, pellet-like or crumbly stools that are also irregular and usually passed with pain. A daily stool is common for formula fed babies or those who already have solids, although in the first 6 weeks of life babies often have more stools each day. Constipation in babies can have a number of causes, and one of the main ones is diet. Milk formula is a common trigger. Make up the bottles with slightly cooled boiled water – if boiling water is added to the powder, it alters the protein structure, making it a lot less digestible. Sometimes the added iron is also a problem and you have to try a few different formula milks to find one that agrees with your baby. Follow-on or nr 2 formula milks can trigger constipation and then one should revert to the former milk. Breast babies are seldom constipated although from 6 or 8 weeks they may have very infrequent stools, because the milk is so perfectly digested, that there is little waste matter. One bowel motion a week or even in 10 days is common, and the stool remains soft, even though they strain a lot. Baby cereals often are the trigger and fruit is an excellent breakfast alternative. Apply a little petroleum jelly around the anal area and ride ‘bicycle’ with baby’s legs when straining to pass a motion. Add a few drops of olive oil to 2-4 bottles a day. Rescue Digest will lend a safe homeopathic hand to easing constipation in babies, children and even adults, no matter the cause.
Please help! My baby cries so often that I feel I am taking leave of my senses. I’ve tried all the obvious solutions but nothing works. Why is this and is there a remedy that will help?