Nappies, nappies and more nappies. Throughout the first year you will probably spend a lot more time thinking about poo than you ever thought you would in your life! Here are a few of things you might experience with your baby.
Constipation: what is it?
A change of diet, dehydration or a minor illness like a cold can cause your baby to become constipated.
The consistency of your baby’s poo is more important than the frequency. A baby who is constipated will pass small, hard pellet-like stools with straining or difficulty. A change of diet, dehydration or a minor illness like a cold can cause your baby to become constipated. Breast-fed babies are less likely to suffer from constipation than those who are formula fed. This is because breast milk is more easily digestible.
Constipation: How can I ease my baby’s discomfort?
- Give your baby extra drinks of cooled, boiled water.
- If bottlefeeding make sure that bottles are being made correctly – too much formula powder will make the feed too concentrated.
- Gently massage your baby’s tummy in a clockwise direction and move their legs in a bicycle motion
- Seek advice from your healthcare professional
For more information read our article on dealing with your baby’s constipation.
Diarrhoea: What is it?
Diarrhoea is the passing of increased amounts of loose stools and can sometimes be accompanied by tummy pains. Any kind of small tummy bug, medication, teething or sensitivity to food can cause your baby to suffer from diarrhoea.
Read our guide to Coping with your Babies Diarrhoea.
Diarrhoea: What can I do to help?
- Give your baby extra drinks of cooled, boiled water
- Continue to breastfeed or bottlefeed your baby
- Apply some cream or petroleum jelly around their bottom to soothe and prevent soreness
- Only use anti-diarrhoeal medicine if it’s prescribed by your GP
- Contact your healthcare professional for advice
If you have any concerns about your baby’s poo, consult your healthcare professional or if you have any questions, you can always contact our Careline team.