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6 Signs Your Baby Is Constipated And What To Do About It

Gone are the days of just milk, and here come the days of mushy messes and hilarious food reactions. Who knew that introducing solid foods to your little bundle of joy could be so… constipating? Fear not, dear parents, for we are here to unravel the mystery of constipation when starting solids – because what’s parenting without a bit of poop talk, right?

In today’s guide we’ll be covering:

  • Is constipation normal when starting solids?
  • Signs your baby is constipated
  • How to relieve your baby’s constipation

Is Constipation Normal When Starting Solids?

Picture this: your little one’s face lights up as they taste their first spoonful of mashed sweet potatoes. Yet, fast forward a few days, and that expression of delight transforms into one of puzzled concentration, complete with furrowed brows and a scrunched nose. 

Is this normal? Absolutely! Just as your little one is discovering the joys of food, their digestive system is also learning the ropes, and sometimes, those ropes get a bit tangled. It’s like their tummy is saying, “Hold up, I’m processing this new stuff, give me a minute!”

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Signs Your Baby Is Constipated

So, how do you know if your precious pea is dealing with constipation? Here are some telltale signs that your baby is having some digestive problems:

  • Difficult diaper changes:  Remember those breezy diaper changes? Well, now it’s like you’re gearing up for a baby-sized wrestling match.
  • Tiny grunts, big effort: Your once serene and calm nursery has suddenly become a hub of tiny grunts and groans – clues that your little one might be in some discomfort.
  • The stink eye stare: If your baby gives you that adorable but slightly concerning “stink eye” while trying to do their business, they might be feeling a bit stuck.
  • Less frequent poop: The poop that was once as regular as your morning coffee is now playing hard to get.
  • Rock-hard poop: You’d swear you’re looking at miniature rocks in that diaper.
  • Less appetite: Imagine your baby raising an eyebrow at their favourite spoon. If they’re less interested in eating, constipation could be the reason they’re giving their food the cold shoulder.
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How To Relieve Your Baby’s Constipation

If your baby is constipated, don’t worry — we’ve got your back (and your baby’s behind). Here are some tried-and-tested strategies recommended by the NHS to get things moving again:

  • Water works: Just like a parched plant needs water, your baby’s tummy needs a bit of water to keep things moving smoothly.
  • Get more fibre: Introduce fibre-rich foods like pears, prunes, and peas to get those gears moving. They’re nature’s secret weapon against constipation!
  • Belly massage: Gently massage your baby’s tummy in a clockwise direction. You can also try laying your baby on their back and gently moving their legs in a bicycling motion to help get things unstuck.
  • Patience is key: Sometimes they might not “go” for a few days, but no biggie. Just give it time – their digestion will catch up, promise!  Time is your best bud here. Give it a little while, and things will get back on track.
  • Doctor knows best: If you notice anything that’s got you concerned (like them really hurting or seeing blood when they poop), it’s time to call in the experts. Your paediatrician can make sure your little one is feeling okay.

Starting solids is a roller coaster ride – full of unexpected twists and turns, and occasionally, a bit of a slow climb. Your tiny human is just figuring out this whole eating thing, so give them time to master the art of digestion. In the meantime, keep those baby wipes handy and embrace the messy adventure of parenthood. Remember, this too shall pass (literally and figuratively)!

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