1 Year 3 Months Old Girl | Aug 2015
How can I treat my baby with constipation?
Your baby had an experience with constipation and doesn't want it to happen again. The behavior your child is demonstrating(going red in face, trying to push) may be trying to achieve exactly the opposite--young children can try to hold in the poop when they feel the urge to go because it hurts. It usually occurs in toddlers. If she holds it in, it will certainly become more painful when it eventually comes out because more water is absorbed from the poop, making it harder to pass. So it is a vicious cycle.Your job is to really crank up the fiber and water in her diet... which may mean much more than drinking some juice here and there. Offer her high fiber foods like prunes, berries, oatmeal, whole grains, spinach, and beans. Offer her water, pear juice, and prune juice at meals. If you need more fiber, you can even sneak in a fiber supplement like Benefiber--a tablespoon or two a day may really help. The goal is to make her poop soft and frequent enough so she can no longer hold it in, nor have the desire to. It can take a while to get over this hurdle, so be patient.