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How to Prevent Baby Constipation

Watching your baby suffer is miserable for both of you. Follow this advice to keep your kid regular.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Choose barley cereal instead of rice cereal. Rice will tend to be more binding.
  • Step 2: Add a little extra water to their diet. But, make sure they are still getting the recommended amount of formula or breast milk. When in doubt contact your pediatrician.
  • FACT: Babies born with Hirschsprung's disease have an absence of ganglion cells in the colon that causes constipation.
  • Step 3: Delay feeding your baby solid foods. This will give their digestive system more time to mature and handle processing heavier substances.
  • TIP: Give apple juice instead. It contains more sugars and liquids and usually has a slight laxative effect in infants.
  • TIP: Try feeding pureed peaches, pears, plums, prunes, apricots, peas, and spinach.
  • Step 4: Avoid feeding your baby a lot of applesauce. Apples contain pectin which causes stool to harden.
  • Step 5: Feed your baby a healthy high fiber diet. It will help keep the little one's bowel movements regular.

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