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Baby is constipated

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This problem arises when stools are produced very rarely: less than once every four days. When changing their nappy, you will notice that they are dry and hard. Baby will also cry, go red with exertion, and wince in pain when emitting stools.

The cause is dietary. The first thing to do is increase baby’s hydration to facilitate digestion:

  • if you are breastfeeding them, be sure to eat high-fibre foods and drink plenty of liquids.
  • if you have opted to feed using a baby bottle and infant formula, while re-establishing digestion make sure to fill baby’s bottles with water which is rich in magnesium – ask your doctor for advice.
  • if they are constipated when you begin to diversify their diet, have them eat high-fibre foods, such as green vegetables and fruit. Do not forget to add a sufficient amount of oil or butter to purées: around 1 teaspoon per 100g of food.

If the difficulties continue, consult your doctor.

A tip from mum

When baby is affected by constipation, place them on their back, in a quiet place, and gently massage their tummy in a clockwise direction. This simple movement should stimulate digestion and soothe them. To reassure them and calm them down, sing them the song you sang most when they were still in your tummy.

Breast milk is the ideal nutrition for your baby. It naturally contains everything your baby needs to grow.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends feeding your baby exclusively with breast milk up to the age of 6 months. France Lait Laboratory supports this recommendation & therefore prohibits all communication on infant formulas (0-6 months).