Other tips to help relieve constipation:
Warm baths: Warm water helps relax baby’s abdominal muscles, making a bowel movement easier for baby.
Gentle massage: Like baths, a gentle massage of baby’s tummy can help relax baby’s abdominal muscles and soothe baby’s discomfort.
A dash of water: Instead of the commonly recommended fruit juice, small amounts of water (1-2 ounces, once or twice daily) can be offered in the vast majority of infants 6 months and older. Avoid offering more, since water can take the place of formula or breast milk and always be sure to be in touch with baby’s pediatric healthcare provider.
V. Kalami, MNSP, RD, CSP
R. Ruiz, MD, FAAP. Board-Certified General Pediatrician & Pediatric Gastroenterologist