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What Foods Help Baby Constipation?

This week, I notice my baby is not pooping regularly – means she moves her bowel every two days, which I find unhealthy. One time, I caught her in one corner, holding at the sofa, and straining so hard with her sweat dripping all over her face.

I found out then that she wanted to poop but she couldn’t. I peeped her diaper and saw her stool. It looked hard, unable to move from her anus. By then, she kept crying – maybe her anus got sore. I pity her so much because I knew how it felt when constipated.

So before anything got worse, I right away did interventions on how to relieve her constipation.

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How to detect baby constipation:

  1. For newborn babies, stools less than once a day with straining and difficulty to pass can be a sign of constipation.
  2. Babies who pass dry, hard pebble-like stools and pain during a bowel movement.
  3.  Some babies pull their legs up on abdomen when passing stool, even do grunting and it will turn babies face into the red.
  4.  Abdominal discomfort along with hard and infrequent stools.

Possible causes of constipation in babies:

  • Introduction of solid foods: Babies may get constipated when they start eating solid foods. This is because their diet is majorly composed of rice cereal, which is low in fiber.
  • Diets low in fiber.

Baby foods that help with constipation

Fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber to help stimulate bowels. We, mothers, would sometimes miss to include fruits and vegetables to baby’s meal. Normally, we gave our babies rice with soup, and we always thought that would be enough to satisfy them, without knowing that they didn’t get enough nutrients from it.

I know most babies are picky at this stage, but if we start teaching them to eat the right foods as early as now, and by setting as an example by eating such foods, then surely they will get used to it until they grow up.

Since I’ve already learned a lesson, I am now giving my baby some fruits every after a meal. Here’s the list:

1. Papaya

Papayas are not only sweet, versatile and tasty, they are also a very nutritious fruit. They contain high amounts of Vitamin C (helping absorb non-heme iron), Vitamin A (2516 IU’s.) and even Vitamin E.
Papayas are also a good source of fiber and folic acid.

2. Mango

Mango is one of the exotic fruits in the world with great health benefits. Some of the health benefits from mangoes in baby food include protection of eyesight, fights microbial infections, easily digestible, improvement in brain development and many more.

3. Apple

One of the most important nutritional components of Apples is that they contain two types of fiber; insoluble fiber and soluble fiber. Both the insoluble fiber in apples and their soluble fiber pectin, help maintain bowel regularity (thus helping to prevent diverticulosis and colon cancer).

The insoluble fiber works like roughage, while the soluble fiber (pectin), helps keep the bowels regular (avoiding constipation, avoiding diarrhea) and specifically affects the makeup of the stool. Pectin will firm up the stool as it is a soluble fiber.

4. Watermelon

Watermelon, one of the champion fruits of summer, provides various health benefits for babies which include maintaining hydration level during summers, strengthening the immune system, bone development, produces red blood cells, increases hemoglobin level and improves brain function.

5. Banana

Bananas are often called one of nature’s perfect foods because they are said to contain many of the nutrients that a person needs to survive. One of the most important nutritional components of Bananas is that they contain potassium and fiber. Bananas are also high in Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B2.

Give her lots of water:

As soon as a baby starts taking solid foods, she must be provided with water. Water helps loosen and soften stool. It also helps flush out toxins from our body.

Provide healthy snacks:

Unhealthy snacking can sometimes aggravate constipation. In order to make the snack more enjoyable, why not provide your baby attractive at the same time a healthy and tasty snack.

It is just a matter of creativity. The kind of foods I offered to my baby aside from biscuits are nuts (unsalted – beware nuts can cause allergies for some babies), champurrado out of oats, apple sliced in different shapes, fruits, etc.

Tips for Preventing Infant Constipation

1. Breastfeeding is properly the most effective way to prevent constipation in infants. Breast milk is easy for babies to digest and is specially designed for their immature intestinal systems. While formula may provide the needed nutrition, it is often more difficult for little ones sensitive digestive tracts.

2. Infants often become constipated when transitioning between foods. Remember, always add new foods to your baby’s diet slowly. This includes changing formula brands, offering solid food, or switching from breast milk to formula.

3. Massage your infant’s abdomen. Infant massage can ease constipation as well as the pain it can cause. Massage your child’s abdomen and pump his/her legs after eating and when they seem constipated. This can reduce tension in the tummy and help keep things moving along.

4. If your infant becomes constipated frequently, goes more than three days without a soiled diaper, is a newborn, or seems to be in substantial pain, it is time to see the doctor. Make note of any changes in the frequency of bowel movements. Monitor your child’s level of pain and discomfort. Remember, as a parent, asking for advice from your pediatrician or other health care professional is never the wrong move.

5. Be wary of giving any herbal supplements to ease constipation in your infant. Discuss any medications or remedies with your doctor before administering them to an infant.

What can you give a breastfed baby for constipation?

  • You can try giving one ounce of diluted prune juice once daily to treat your baby’s constipation. Always consult with your pediatrician first.
  • You can give foods that are high in fiber such as prunes, apricots, pears, peaches, pears, and plums.
  • Sometimes juices like apple and prune juice are helpful to relieve constipation in your infant.
  •  Tummy baby massage: You can massage your baby’s stomach by placing your hands at the baby’s belly button and massage in a circular motion. You should continue if the baby enjoys the massage and is comfortable and relaxed. This will help the baby have a happy bowel movement.
  • Warm bath: Sometimes a warm bath can make the baby relaxed and help the stool to pass more easily. After your bath, the baby, apply some baby oil or cream like vaseline around the outside of the baby’s anus. Always ask your baby’s doctor first before applying.
  • The bicycle exercise: You can place your baby on its back and hold the legs and turn them in a quick cycling motion.
  • Do not forget to give a couple of ounces of warm water to your baby. Always consult with your pediatrician as some may disagree with this method.

When my baby started solids and since then he has been a little constipated. We mixed prunes with her cereal and gave her some separate. It definitely helped her. Gave she pears too, but I feel prunes were the ones that helped her the most.

I am not a medical professional, these recipes have just helped me with both of my girls when they got constipated. If your little one has been constipated for longer then 10 days are has a sever case and nothing seems to be working, then please call your pediatrician right away.

Checklist Of Most Essential Things a Newborn Baby Needs

I am about 3 weeks away from my due date, my husband and I are super excited but heck it nervous to be first-time parents. After looking at the checklist most essential things a newborn baby needs, is there anything else that is an ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE to be able to survive 3 weeks with a newborn?

Car Seat, bassinet/crib, Diaper changing Pad, diapers, wipes, pacifiers, bottles (how many if hoping to bf?), monitor, baby laundry detergent, Tucks Pads (w/witch hazel), baby shampoo, nail trimming set, Newborn clothing (how many sets?)

Essentials are a car seat, somewhere for baby to sleep, something for baby to wear, diapers and wipes, some way to clean baby, and some way to feed the baby. Everything else is either a nice to have or a may or may not need an item that you won’t need urgently enough that you can’t go to the store and get it if the need arises.

Absolute essentials have been listed: bed, clothes, diapers, wipes, the formula just in case, car seat, and swaddles – an either blanket that is cheaper or the velcro swaddles that make life easier especially those terrible first 3 weeks.

Pacifiers are not a good idea right off the bat if you’re trying to breastfeed -which is obviously way cheaper than formula but may or may not work out for you.  You can buy the Gerber pre-folded cloth diapers and use them as burp cloths or just use regular washcloths depends on how stretched for cash you are …. the rest is up to you and baby! A quality thermometer for baby, burp cloths!

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So it is convenient to prepare all the things you need. Here’s the checklist:

  1. Baby Powder – I use Gold Bond Medicated Powder. I apply it moderately all over her body to make her feel refresh. I often apply this when she is sweating.
  2. Diaper – I prefer Pampers more than any other diaper brands. The design is very comfy as well as my baby’s comfortable too.
  3. Alcohol – I use Green Cross 70% solution. I pat gently with cotton balls to clean her umbilical cord and navel. I suggest not to tie your baby’s umbilical cord for fast drying. The stump will just fall off about 2 weeks.
  4. Petroleum Jelly – I apply a small amount of this oil around the baby’s butt to prevent diaper rashes.
  5. Baby Oil – After the bath, I gently massage her cradle cap with Johnson’s baby oil. I also use a soft hairbrush to loosen the flakes. Her cradles started to show about 5 days since birth. Do not attempt to scratch to avoid rashes and infection. This will disappear in due time.
  6. Wipes – I don’t use a specific brand for this. Wipe is used when my baby poops. However, I wash her butt with running water when at home. I usually use it during our travel.
  7. Baby Lotion – Aveeno Baby lotion helps moisturize my baby’s skin. I apply this every after a bath. My baby smells fresh and kissable, of course!
  8. Liniment Oil – Don’t you ever forget to include Manzanilla in your baby kit. Mostly, babies are prone to gas pain. I have this ready all the time in case of gas pain discomfort. Before sleeping, I rub gently a generous amount of Manzanilla to my baby’s delicate tummy and head. Why I chose Manzanilla more than any other brand like Efficascent? simply it has mild menthol content.
  9. Baby Bath– Aside from Johnson’s baby bath, I use Lactacyd as an option. It is good to use for prickly heat and diaper rash.
  10. Cotton Buds – I remove ear wax from her outer ear not in the inner ear to avoid infections.
    Nail Clippers (for baby) – My baby fingernails grow fast, I carefully cut her nails.

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Beddings:

  1. Crib – It is the most important thing for me, I feel at ease when my baby was put in a crib when I have to do other household chores.
  2. Mattress
  3. Two infant Pillows
  4. Mosquito Net
  5. Pillow Cases

Traveling Accessories:

  1. Baby Carrier
  2. Baby Bags with Many Compartments for bottles, etc
  3. Blankets (ones with the hood in the corner)
  4. Extra Clothes
  5. Powder, cologne, and infant’s milk

Feedings:

  • I have at least 5 bottle-fed of different sizes. The smallest which is 2-ounce/60ml of the bottle was used when my baby was a week old; 4-ounce/120ml of the bottle from 1mos.-3mos. and increased in ounce, as she gets older.
  • Baby plates, cups, and spoons are provided when she started to eat solid foods and drink water on her own.

Bathing Needs:

  1. Baby towels – I have bought two, smaller towels for her.
  2. Small basins
  3. Sponge or washcloth – Choose a smooth cloth to ensure that the baby’s skin will remain soft and smooth
  4. avoiding irritation.
  5. Toiletries –Use baby soap or top to toe wash, baby powder with powder puff case, cotton swabs, baby oil, alcohol, hairbrush, nail clipper, etc.
  6. A soft-bristled hairbrush

Clothing:

  1. Tie Side-Shirts
  2. Pajamas
  3. Mittens
  4. Bibs
  5. Socks
  6. Cap

For 3 weeks, you won’t need much more than diapers and wipes, rash cream, soap and lotion, lots of clothes and blankets, and somewhere for baby to sleep. Most people don’t recommend pumping until your supply has regulated around 8 weeks so unless you just really want someone else to feed your baby you don’t need bottles just yet.