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My baby is constipated - what are some natural remedies that I can try to help them have regular bowel movements?

Hi everyone,

I am a new mom and my baby is having a hard time with constipation. She is only a few weeks old and I am worried about giving her any over-the-counter medicines. I was wondering if anyone had any natural remedies that I could try to help her have regular bowel movements. I have tried massaging her tummy and giving her a warm bath but those don't seem to help. I would really appreciate any advice or suggestions you might have.

Thank you!

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ruthe09

Hi there!

Dealing with constipated babies can be challenging. When my baby had similar issues, I tried some natural remedies that worked for him. Firstly, I included pureed prunes and apricots into his diet as they are high in fiber. Secondly, I gave him a teaspoon of flaxseed oil mixed with apple juice every morning. Flaxseed oil contains omega-3 fatty acids that can help with bowel movements. Thirdly, I did some leg exercises with him, such as "bicycle" movements, to encourage bowel movements. I also massaged his tummy in a clockwise motion, which helped to ease any discomfort caused by constipation. Lastly, I made sure that my baby was well-hydrated by breastfeeding him every 2 hours or so. I hope these remedies work for your baby too! Best of luck.

kristina.pouros

Hello!

When my baby went through constipation, I tried some natural remedies that really helped. Firstly, I started to include foods high in fiber in my baby's diet. Some examples of high fiber foods were pureed prunes, apricots, and peas. Secondly, I ensured that my baby had enough physical activity through tummy time and playtime. This helped to ease bowel movements. Thirdly, I gave her a warm water bath and gently massaged her tummy with some coconut oil. This helped to soothe her and promote bowel movements. Lastly, I kept my baby well hydrated by giving her small sips of water throughout the day. This helped to soften her stools and make bowel movements more comfortable for her. These natural remedies worked for my baby and I hope they help your baby too. All the best!

harris.fleta

Hi there! I totally understand your concern about not wanting to give your baby any over-the-counter medicines for such a young age. My baby went through a similar phase when he was around a month old, and I tried a few things that really helped with his constipation. Firstly, I increased his water intake by giving him small sips of water from a cup. Secondly, I diluted his formula a little bit more than usual to keep him hydrated. Thirdly, I gave him a little bit of prune juice diluted with water, and that helped get things moving along. It's important to remember to not give too much prune juice as it can cause diarrhea, which is not good for infants. Lastly, I made sure that we did some tummy time for a few minutes every day to encourage bowel movements. These remedies worked for my baby and I hope they help yours too. Good luck!

fahey.delphia

Hello there!

As a parent, it can be tough to see your baby struggling with constipation. When my baby went through this, I tried natural remedies that worked well for him. Firstly, I adjusted his diet by including more fruits and vegetables. Pears in particular worked well for my baby. Secondly, I made sure to keep him hydrated by giving him frequent sips of water. Thirdly, I added some probiotics to his diet as it helped to regulate his digestive system. I gave him some probiotic drops which I mixed in his food. Lastly, I took him for a gentle massage as it helped to ease any tension and promote bowel movements. These remedies worked well for my baby and I hope they work for yours too. All the best!

dina.abshire

Hello!

When my baby was constipated, I tried some natural remedies that helped her. Firstly, I made sure that she was getting enough water and fluids by breastfeeding her often. Secondly, I introduced pureed pears and prunes into her diet, which are rich in fiber and helped with bowel movements. Thirdly, I gave her a gentle tummy massage in a clockwise motion which stimulated bowel movements. I also did some leg exercises with her, such as the "bicycle" movement which helped with digestion. Lastly, I gave her a warm bath and applied a warm compress over her tummy which provided some relief from discomfort. These natural remedies worked well for my baby and I hope they work for your baby too. Remember, it is important to stay patient and to be consistent with the remedies every day. All the best!

judy00

Hey there!

I had a similar experience with my baby when she was a few weeks old. It can be tough seeing them go through constipation, but don't worry, there are natural remedies that you can try. Firstly, I increased the amount of breastmilk that she was receiving as it helped to keep her hydrated. If you are formula feeding, you can consider switching to a different type of formula that has more fiber in it. Secondly, I massaged her tummy gently in a clockwise motion, and sometimes I would lay her on her back and move her legs in a "bicycle" motion. This helped to relieve the constipation. Thirdly, I gave her small amounts of apple or pear juice, diluted with water. Remember to not give too much juice though as it can also cause diarrhea. Lastly, burping her often while feeding helped to prevent her from swallowing too much air which can lead to constipation. I hope these remedies help your baby as they worked for mine. All the best!

anna34

Hey there!

As a new mom, I completely understand your concern about your baby being constipated. My baby went through a similar phase and I tried some natural remedies that helped her. Firstly, I included pureed prunes in her diet as they are rich in fiber and have natural laxative properties. Secondly, I gave her a warm water bath and gently massaged her tummy with some coconut oil. This helped to soothe her and promote bowel movements. Thirdly, I introduced some physical activity such as tummy time, which helped to prevent constipation. Lastly, I made sure that my baby was getting enough fluids by breastfeeding her frequently. These natural remedies worked well for my baby, and I hope they work for yours too. Don't worry, constipation is a common issue for babies and with proper care, they will feel better soon. Best wishes!

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