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      Baby Constipation: Signs, Causes, and Treatment

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      Constipation

      Let’s face it, it hurts us to see our little ones cry out in pain due to constipation.

      Every child has a different bowel pattern – For example, some children will have bowel movement every 2 to 3 days whereas some will have at least 2 bowel movements a day. Constipation occurs when the number of bowel movements reduces greatly from the child’s normal bowel pattern.

      What are the signs and symptoms:

      -        Reduced bowel movements from your child’s usual bowel pattern

      -        Stools are hard, dry & pebble-like. Or try our stool app here to help you find out more about your child’s stool

      -        Loss of appetite

      -        Firm belly that is painful to touch

      What causes it:

      -        Lack of sufficient liquid

      -        Lack of fibre in your child’s diet

      -        A change in diet or formula milk

      -        Medication

      How to treat it: 

      -        Increase intake of fruits & vegetables

      -        Increase intake of fruit juices (e.g. prune juice)

      -        Switch to a formula milk containing Prebiotics

      -        Help your child to do bicycle legs

      -        Rub your baby’s tummy in a clockwise direction with Ru Yi You (medicated oil) 

      -        Increase your child’s physical activities

      -        Consult your paediatrician

       

      References: www.healthhub.sg, www.parents.com, www.nuh.com.sg

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