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About Constipation in Infants

As new parents, you will always be looking for your baby's next smile and laugh, little reassurances that your baby is happy and healthy and that everything is okay. The normal amount of bowel movements an infant passes varies depending on his or her age and what he or she is eating. Babies or infants have their own pattern of bowel movements depending upon their foods, activity and digestion abilities. However, if your child gets constipation, you get to know it if s/he does not have a bowel movement in 3 or more days or has hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass.

Symptoms and Causes
Your baby might have infant constipation if he or she has hard or pellet-like bowel movements. He or she might also appear to be in pain while trying to have bowel movements or have them less frequently than before. Infants experiencing painful bowel movements might arch their backs, tighten their buttocks or cry. If your baby gets constipation, you get to know it if s/he does not have a bowel movement in 3 or more days or has hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass. Although it's rare for a baby on an all-liquid diet to experience constipation, it can happen. Exclusively formula-fed babies are much more likely to have trouble from constipation

Remedial action
Home Remedies
a) Dehydration can be one of the causes for your baby's constipation. Increase the amount of fluid which will also keep her stools soft.
b) Take some lukewarm water and add a few drops of castor oil to it. Mix it and give it to your child once every day. If possible, replace lukewarm water with mother’s milk.
c) Mix 2 teaspoons or home-made ghee, black current juice (after soaking overnight in water) and 1/8 tsp of sugar together. Give 2 tea spoons of this mixture to your child once every day.
d) Take 6-8 raisins and soak them in hot water. Cool and crush them well. Strain them properly. Give the strained remain to your toddler to eat. This will regulate the bowel movement efficiently.
e) Soak 1 tsp Psyllium Husk or Isabgol in a cup of water. Feed 1-2 spoon of this liquid in the food that you give to your baby. This can even be used as a precautionary method for avoiding constipation in babies.
f) Apply Castor oil/ Coconut oil to the anus of the Baby, so that it doesn't pain for the baby while passing stool. Use a cotton bud to apply and don't use your finger else you may hurt the baby with your nail.

Ayurvedic herbs to cure Constipation in Infants
Harda or pilehar and Indian gooseberry `

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