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Baby constipation isn’t something that I had considered in the early days of having Lucas, we were asked how he slept, how he was feeding, we were told how many wet and dirty nappies we should expect and Lucas seemed to be doing what they health visitors were saying.

However, once he got to about 6 weeks old, he started struggling when he needed to poo. He screamed and cried in agony for up to an hour, wriggling around until he managed to pass it. This continued for a few weeks, even if he had wind, it would be a stressful time for Lucas and us, feeling helpless watching him go through agony. We visited the doctors a couple of times who told us it was normal and that Lucas was learning how to poo. He said that babies can go up to 10 days without having a poo and there is nothing wrong with that. I would have been fine with that if he wasn’t struggling so much.

As I was exclusively breastfeeding, I looked at what I was eating and whether there was any pattern between me eating and drinking certain things and if it made it easier for Lucas or whether it was a particular bad time afterwards.

I found that when I drank fresh orange juice, it was noticeably easier for Lucas to poo but I wanted to be careful not to drink too much and cause him to have diarrhoea. I also took him to baby massage sessions where I was taught some simple massage points on his feet and tummy that has an effect on the bowels. Lucas instinctively moved his legs in a bicycle motion before we started to go to these sessions but that was also one of the moves we were shown. Lucas really relaxed when I gently massaged his tummy in a clockwise circular motion.

Thankfully, we are past these days now but if you are struggling with this, SMA Nutrition have put together an infographic with some ideas on how to deal with reflux and constipation.

 

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If your baby appears to be in pain or if you are concerned for any other reason, always seek the advice of a healthcare professional such as your GP, health visitor or public health nurse.

48 Comments

48 Comments on Struggling with baby constipation – baby feeding issues

  1. Having experienced the joys of this with my babies, I know just how difficult it can be. Best advice I have is the baby massage, and making sure you’re following the right paths with it. Really helped out little fella.

  2. My little boy suffered really badly with this from being a few weeks old, he was on different medications for almost two years. Strangely as soon as he potty trained himself before his 2nd birthday he has had no problems at all. x

  3. Baby massage is fab, it really helps with so many issues. I took Jude when he was tiny but he hated it…looking back now, I know it’s because of his over sensitivity to touch. Apart from that though, my bubbas have always loved it x

  4. Some really great tips here that I’m sure will help other parents that are struggling with their little ones. Reflux and constipation are not nice for them at all!

  5. Aaawww bless him! I don’t have children yet but I remember my little sister being constipated as a baby and she would be in so much pain! Good tips.

    Em

  6. Great tips. My little one has always struggled – he’s 3 now and still struggles to poop regularly. The stomach massage always worked really well for him as a baby though. #rv&ht

  7. My daughter had terrible reflux and was admitted to hospital at 2 weeks old with it. I learn to live with it and managed it with keeping her in an upright position for atleast 10 minutes after having milk and putting a pillow underneath her mattress to keep her head above her body at night. It seemed to help a lot.

    Such an amazing post to share.

  8. I remember my little boy going 7 days before he poo’d and he was exclusively breastfed. Everyone told me it was really normal, when he did go after that week it was explosive. I took him to baby massage and it was one of the best decisions as I still use the techniques now when he has a bad tummy (and he is 3) and on his baby sister. #TuesdayTreasures

  9. Oh its hard when they are crying and you are not sure what it is isn’t it? We had a pretty grim time with reflux and on the odd occasion the constipation too. I think all the literature and as much info as you can get is a great tool. Leaflets like this really can be so helpful – anything to help improve things for the little ones and parents too eh. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun xx

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