It is quite common for a baby to strain to make a poop, this does not necessarily mean that your baby is constipated. If your baby’s poop is soft it probably isn’t constipation and there shouldn’t be anything to worry about.
Formula fed babies usually have a daily bowel movement, while breastfed babies usually tend to go more often for the first few weeks, often making a bowel movement at every feed. From about 3 to 4 weeks old breastfed babies usually start having fewer movements, sometimes only once or twice a week. This may make parents feel there is a constipation problem, however, it is perfectly normal.
If you suspect that your baby has constipation look out for signs that your baby is constipated.
Signs Your Baby Is Constipated
- Baby is pulling legs up
- Baby is pushing and no results
- Baby cries when feeding
- Babies poop is hard and dry (looks like little clay balls)
- Loose and watery stools
If your baby has constipation try some natural remedies for constipation to get his bowel moving and only give your baby laxatives, suppositories, or enemas without consulting a doctor first.
If your baby’s constipation does not improve take your baby to the doctor and if any of these symptoms are present, take your baby to the doctor immediately: