For toddlers and children with constipation, laxatives are often recommended alongside changes to diet. Osmotic laxatives are usually tried first.
As well as eating fruit, older children should have a healthy, balanced diet, also containing vegetables and wholegrain foods, such as wholemeal bread and pasta.
OTHER HELPFUL HINTS:
Carefully massage and rub your baby’s tummy in a clockwise direction to help stimulate their bowels. Place your hands at their navel and massage in a circular motion, moving your hand(s) out and away from the center of your baby’s belly.
You may want to try gently moving your baby’s legs in a bicycling motion to help move the hard poo along their intestine.
Some medical professionals suggest giving your constipated baby a warm bath.
Warm Bath / Baking Soda:
Warm water can relax the rectal muscles that have been tensed from the pain of constipation. Baking soda (approximately 2-3 teaspoons in the bathwater) can further soothe your child into having a bowel movement. You could even give a tummy massage as you are drying your baby.Back to Treatment Tips