What causes constipation in your newborn, what to do next and when to seek help
Is he constipated or just pulling a funny face? It isn’t always easy to second guess your newborn.Your newborn baby can have great variation in the number of poos he does. A newborn can also look constipated when he’s not. It’s rare for him to get constipation, especially if breastfed.“Even if your baby goes from pooing several times a day to only going once every three or four days, it’s not considered abnormal unless the poo is hard and causes pain when passing,” health visitor Tricia Blossom explains.
“It’s most likely your baby isn’t getting enough fluid,” says GP Dr Eileen Nolan. “A change in the milk he’s having can also cause different toilet habits.”
“If your baby’s bottlefed, offer an ounce or two of cooled, boiled water between feeds, and give a breastfed baby some extra feeds,” says Dr Nolan. “Or try a teaspoon of freshly squeezed orange juice (if he’s over 6 weeks). As a last resort I’d prescribe a small dose of lactulose (a laxative syrup), but don’t buy it without your doctor’s advice.”
“Ethan developed colic at 6 weeks, so my health visitor suggested I try a different formula (I was bottlefeeding). But it caused terrible constipation –
Don’t buy lactulose (a laxative syrup) without your doctor’s advice.
Dr Eileen Nolan, GP
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