Simple Home Remedies to treat Constipation in Newborns
Constipation in newborns can become a big problem if neglected. In many cases, these situations can get complicated because newborn babies are not able to describe what is happening with their own bodies. At the same time, there is nothing such as a healthy frequency for bowel movements in newborns. Some of them might have several watery stools in a day, and some of them might not have bowel movements for whole weeks together. That is the reason parents have to be vigilant. If the baby cries incessantly or is squirming then it is probably suffering from constipation.
If you are sure your baby is constipated, there are some ways to treat the condition at home itself. You can try these very simple and safe remedies before visiting the doctor.
Constipation in Newborns Home Remedy # 1
This is a simple massage technique that helps the baby to improve the digestive and egestive (passing stools) function. Put the baby on its back on a soft surface. Then hold both the feet of the baby in the air. Then slowly circulate both the legs in the air. Follow different kinds of movements for each leg - clockwise for one and anticlockwise for the other, and change the orders. This helps to improve the function of the digestive tract and the baby will have a bowel movement soon.
Constipation in Newborns Home Remedy # 2
This is another massaging method that works effectively. Put the baby on its back and keep your palm on his/her tummy. Then, slowly and gradually, cycle the palm on the baby's belly. The movements should be with light pressure, but steady. This method stimulates the digestive tract of the baby too and allows it to have a bowel movement. You can do this massage when the baby is in the bath or after applying a sufficient quantity of massage oil on the baby's body. Apart from being a good digestive tract strengthening exercise, the baby will love the feeling too.
Constipation in Newborns Home Remedy # 3
If your baby is being some formula, stop it. Rely only on breastfeeding. Really, this is the best home remedy there is because babies that are breastfed will never get constipated. If you cannot breastfeed for some reason, then there might be two probable causes of the constipation. Number one, you might be using lesser water than required in making the formula. Prepare the formula exactly according to the instructions mentioned. Use boiled water that has been cooled. Number two, your child might be averse to milk-based formulas. Try replacing them with soy-based formulas.
These are some things you can do at home to try and ensure that your baby has regular bowel movements. But if the bowel movements do not happen despite these massaging techniques, and the baby is not having any other food except breast milk, then there might be some other condition troubling the baby. In that case, you must not waste any further time in visiting the healthcare provider.