How to Treat Baby Constipation

When a baby has constipation, it can be very discomforting. Making dietary changes and adding exercise can get them regular again.

You will need

  • Water
  • Fruit juice
  • High-fiber food
  • Exercise
  • Massage
  • Corn syrup
  • Doctor
  • Glycerin suppository

Step 1 Give water or fruit juice Supply your baby with 2 to 4 ounces of water or fruit juice in addition to their usual feeding. This will help keep their stool soft.

Step 2 Feed a high-fiber food Feed your baby high-fiber foods, such as pureed pears, prunes, or barley cereal.

Step 3 Encourage exercise Encourage your baby to move around if they are crawling; if they are not crawling yet, when your baby is lying on their back, move their legs in a forward, circular motion, like they’re pedaling a bicycle.

Step 4 Give them a massage Give your baby a massage. Put your fingers a couple of inches below their navel and apply light pressure with your fingertips.

Step 5 Switch formula Ask your doctor if you should switch formula brands.

Step 6 Add corn syrup Add corn syrup to the formula to ease constipation. Ask your doctor for the recommended amount for your baby.

Step 7 Contact your doctor Contact your doctor if vomiting or severe irritability occurs. The doctor may recommend a glycerin suppository if the baby is severely constipated.