I was chatting to a friend this week about her baby, who is having extreme constipation issues. It reminded me of the time that I experienced constipation with Alice. We had just started weaning her and she was in a lot of discomfort. It was a difficult time, as you naturally want to be able to help your child and make the pain go away. But with something like constipation there is not always an easy solution. I mean you can’t do it for them!
I remember the best piece of advice that I was given to help get things moving, was to move her legs like she was riding a bike. This certainly helped to loosen it up and make it easier for Alice to pass it out. As she was weaning I looked at what food I could give her that may help too. I knew to avoid bananas, but I increased her intake of vegetables like parsnip and broccoli.
At this stage in Alice’s life I was also doing combined feeding, with both breast feeding and formula feeding. We always used the ready to use formula feed, as we found it convenient.
As a parent there are so many things that our children go through and you quickly come to terms that this is all completely normal. Whilst it can feel tough whilst you are going through it, you do come out the other end. Thankfully for us Alice’s constipation was very typical of baby constipation and it passed fairly quickly.
We also come to learn that every baby is different and I never experienced any constipation with Holly, even though I followed a very similar feeding routine. So, it really does show you, that as a parent you are not doing anything wrong. These things really are more common that you would be led to believe.
SMA Nutrition have shared some research to help parents, and studies show that it’s not unusual for babies to experience tummy troubles in their first year. In fact, 55% of babies will experience some sort of minor feeding issue in their first six months because their digestive system is still developing.
SMA Nutrition have put together some really useful information to help parents try to ease their little ones if they are experiencing any signs of reflux or constipation. Something like this would have so valuable to me and therefore it was something I felt was important to share with you.
If your baby appears to be in pain or if you are concerned for any other reason, always seek the advice of a healthcare professional such as your GP, health visitor or public health nurse.
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