If your newborn is not pooping
First of all please make sure you are confident your baby is actually constipated.
Just because baby has not done a poop today does not mean the little guy or girl is suffering from baby constipation. Many newborn babies, and especially ones that are bottle fed may go through a stage of only pooping once every few days. If when they go there is no excessive straining and their poop is soft, then please don’t worry about baby constipation in your baby.
Please check out the symptoms and causes here before trying any of these remedies.
Constipation remedies how to help a baby poop using Cool boiled water/ sugar water.
If your baby is formula fed it’s good to offer small amounts of cool boiled water in between feeds.
If like most babies they don’t seem to like drinking just water then you could offer some sugar water. Put 2 oz of cool boiled water in a bottle and add a level tea spoon of sugar and shake well.
Your baby does not have to drink it all. Offering small sips during the day may be all it takes to get things moving.
Constipation remedies how to help a baby poop Make feeds correctly
If that doesn’t seem to help, try one of our next constipation remedies, by making sure feeds are made correctly.
I’m quite a perfectionist when it comes to the water levels in baby’s bottle. Any of my parents will tell you that I do like the water levels to be spot on. It is always good practice to check the water levels in your bottles before you use each one and add the formula.
Let’s say your baby is taking a 4 oz feed. I would make sure that the water level in the bottle is on and just very slightly above the 4oz mark on baby’s bottle. Being under the 4oz mark can over a 24 hour period make a big difference to how much milk baby is taking and does result in them getting a feed that is slightly too concentrated. This is not advised as it makes them harder for baby to digest and can result in liver problems.
Constipation remedies how to help a baby poop by cycling their legs
The next of our constipation remedies that may help your baby to poop is using the action of cycling their legs at each nappy change.
Bicycling their legs for 5 minutes at each nappy change encourages the bowels to open and can get things moving quite nicely. This action helps the bowels become more active but beware it can become quite messy as baby may well poop while this action is being used. I always keep the old nappy under babies bottom when I am trying to get things moving as it helps to contain any mess. Keep a few cotton wool pads or baby wipes ready to hand as well.
You can also hold on to both lower legs and, while keeping them together and in line, push them gently into and roll them towards babies tummy area.
This is meant to help them push and open the lower bowel, and is a move that is used in osteopathy.
Constipation remedies how to help a baby poop with Bath and massage
The next of our constipation remedies is to give your baby a nice warm bath. This helps to relax the tummy muscles and you can then follow with a calming massage, always massage baby’s tummy in an anti clock wise movement.
Constipation remedies how to help a baby poop using Vaseline
If they still seem to be having trouble then a small amount of Vaseline applied to the outside of the anus (do not put it inside) may help also. Use a pea sized amount and wipe it over the anus. I have done this many times and it works well. It is the action of wiping the anus itself that stimulates the bowels to open and often results in a lovely big poop.
Any of the following signs may signal that your baby is constipated. If you have any concerns about your baby it is always advisable to get checked out by your Doctor or Health care worker and if you are at all worried then seek further medical advice.
1) If your baby has not passed a stool for 5 to 7 days
2) If they seem unsettled and look to be straining to poop
3) If feeding is becoming difficult
4) If they are vomiting more milk than usual
5) If they start to cry after a feed and look to be in pain
6) If their tummy feels firm to the touch
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