Can milk really relieve constipation

Constipation in babies

Health and wellbeing

BABY CONSTRUCTION: WHAT TO DO IF IT PINCHES AND JACKS?

Like many other things, your baby's digestion and gastrointestinal tract still have to develop and settle in in the first year of life. It's also quite normal if your child only makes big business in the diaper every few days. This is not uncommon, especially with breastfed children. Some babies often and regularly have full diapers, others rarely. In this article you will learn more about baby's tummy and bowel movements and how you can distinguish normal digestion from constipation requiring treatment or chronic constipation.

My child is constipated: what is normal? WHEN DO I HAVE TO ACT?

If you have only breastfed your little one and are now feeding them with new bottles, the diaper will probably be filled less often than when they were only given breast milk. It is completely normal. In general, the frequency of bowel movements decreases with age. And its color and texture also change - depending on what you or your baby eat. The rule is: as long as your child is awake, has an appetite and is thriving, everything is in the healthy range. It is also perfectly normal for some children to empty their bowels 12 times a day, but others only 3 times a week.

A well-known midwife rule is that bowel movements ten times a day or once every ten days are normal for babies. So no need to worry if there is no bowel movement for up to ten days and your little one has no complaints. However, as soon as certain symptoms occur, please see your pediatrician.

POSSIBLE CAUSES: DON'T WORRY! MOST OF THE RARE STAIRCASE IS HARMLESS

Constipation can have various causes. Constipation occurs when the stool moves too slowly through baby's intestines, when the intestine takes in too much water from food, or when the body does not provide the necessary amount of water. This makes the food residues hard, dense and collects. The anus around the baby's delicate skin can also tear due to the hard stool or dry stool, which is why there is sometimes blood in the diaper.

Babies' constipation is rarely caused by milk intolerance or an illness. If your baby is gaining weight well, has an appetite, and is performing well, one of the following causes of constipation is more likely:

  • Especially in the first few months, digestion is not fully developed.
  • You have changed your diet, e.g. switched from breast milk to baby food. Even with the introduction of complementary foods, constipation occurs temporarily.
  • You had stress: a trip, the first days in the crèche, etc.
  • Your baby had to take medication such as antibiotics
  • Your big baby, who is already getting complementary food, has not drunk enough or consumed too little fiber with the food.

Popular complementary foods such as carrots, bananas or raw grated apples can also cause constipation. As soon as your little one is constipated, these foods should be removed from the menu. By the way, pumpkin or parsnip are good alternatives.

THIS HELPS BABY'S BELLIES WITH CONSTRUCTION:

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help ease the constipation. Here are our tips:

  • Breastfeeding your baby as often as it likes. Breast milk contains fiber, which helps babies digestion. This is why fully breastfed infants are less likely to suffer from constipation. If you are feeding your baby with a bottle, it is important that you feed them as needed and do not allow their bottle to drink empty when they are already full. This avoids feeling too full and constipated.
  • If your baby is already being fed solid food: Make sure that it has an age-appropriate intake of insoluble fiber. The fiber reaches the large intestine undigested, where it binds water, swells and thus facilitates bowel movements. They are found in whole grain products and vegetables, for example.
  • It is better to avoid constipating foods such as bananas, boiled carrots or grated apples with their peel.
  • Drinking is extremely important for the little ones too. As soon as your child starts complementary food, you are welcome to offer additional liquid with each meal. Because still, preferably boiled water, keeps the stool moist and thus facilitates elimination. But please note that if the third porridge meal has not yet been fully introduced, it generally does not require any additional liquid, as it still receives sufficient mother or pre-milk. If the porridge is completely introduced in the afternoon, your baby needs about 200 ml of additional fluid per day. If you have already started with complementary foods, try not only water but also a little apple, pear or plum juice every now and then. These contain a lot of sorbitol and thus stimulate digestion. By the way: the use of too hard water can lead to constipation.
  • Exercise also stimulates baby's digestion. Move your baby's legs as you swaddle like they're riding a bike.
  • A gentle baby massage clockwise around the navel helps against the hard stomach, can relieve pain and stimulate digestion.
  • As is so often the case, a warm bath can help with constipation. The warmth relaxes the stomach.

The well-being of your child is the most important thing for you, very clearly. Even if it is not always easy, a lot of patience and a lot of love helps. It is therefore important to take time as parents and to be there with a lot of love and gut feeling for the baby. Important factors such as a cozy, homely environment in which the baby spends the first few weeks, loving contact, or a natural diet such as breast milk, are essential for the well-being and healthy development of your baby. You usually don't need much for this, you can fall back on and trust what nature and life have to offer.

If you need more help or tips, please contact our Milupa Mama & Co advice. We are by your side even in difficult times or especially in these. Our experienced mums from Milupa Mama & Co advise more than 200 parents a week and know, for example, exactly what moves you in the respective phases of parenthood. They support you with useful tips and information on all important pregnancy, parenting and nutrition topics.

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