Constipation In Infants

 

Constipation is generally defined as a decrease in the frequency of bowel movements that leads to passing stool, which is difficult and is accompanied by pain when they occur, which is the case with adults and children.

As for infants, the definition of constipation is different.  It is prescribed based on the nature of the baby's stool. For example, if it is hard and dry, it may take the form of small granules, and its discharge is accompanied by a feeling of discomfort, regardless of the frequency of the bowel movements. But, the stool that is smooth and soft and does not bother the infant is not considered constipation even if bowel movements are repeated every two or three days only.

As a result, children with a low bowel movement cannot be considered constipated unless other symptoms appear and thus they are understood.  They do not need treatment, on the other hand, the age and the nature of the diet of the infant must be taken into consideration when entering into a description of constipation.  Infants have weak abdominal muscles that are quickly exhausted during the bowel movement. It is expected that the infant will pass a smooth stool after a few minutes of straining, and then it cannot be said that the infant is constipated, and with regard to the nature of food, constipation is often associated with the start of eating solid food.

It is very rare for Infants who depend on breast milk for their food, to suffer from constipation, because breast milk has a balance of nutrients, which keeps the stool smooth and easy to pass.

So keep feeding your child breast milk.


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