It’s sad to think about but almost every baby will at one time or another suffer from a bout of constipation. There are many different causes of constipation in babies. If there is ever a time when constipation may strike babies, it is when they are first introduced to solid foods, specifically rice and bananas. Solid foods are not digested as easily as formula or breast milk may be digested during the first phases of weaning (introducing solid foods). Other causes of constipation in babies may include the following:
- Diets low in fiber
- Diets of excessive dairy products (yogurt, cheeses, milk)
- Foods such as
- Pasta and
- White Potatoes may contribute or cause constipation
Please keep in mind that baby may not be truly constipated simply because a baby strays from his regular poop schedule. Babies who are constipated will have hard stools and will have a difficult time passing those stools. You will see a lot of struggling, grunting and possibly signs of pain.
When your baby is suffering from constipation, keep the “P” fruits in mind; pears, peaches and plums are super fruits for battling constipation. These fruits are a naturally healthy and even nutritious way to help babies (and big kids too) to get things moving again. Preparing these “P” fruits is simple and takes little time. You may seed and puree these fruits raw or steam or bake them until they are tender and then puree. These fruit purees will freeze well so you can always have a stash on hand in the event that your baby battles constipation.
Disclaimer: It is important that you always consult your pediatrician about the appropriateness of any remedy to help alleviate constipation.