To determine if a baby suffers from constipation, first take into account the baby's normal bowel movement pattern, reports BabyCenter. One sign of constipation is if the baby has fewer bowel movements than normal, especially if it has been at least three days since the baby has had a bowel movement and if he is uncomfortable when he does. Another sign of constipation is hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass, regardless of frequency.Continue Reading
If the baby does not eat, loses weight or has blood in his stool, contact the child's physician. Also call the child's doctor if the baby is less than four months old and has very hard stools or if he has not had a bowel movement within 24 hours of the time in which he usually goes, advises BabyCenter. If basic treatments such as diet adjustment do not relieve a baby's constipation, be sure to inform his doctor. Do not administer suppositories or laxatives to a baby without consulting his doctor.
Babies who drink formula or eat solid food usually have regular bowel movements at least once a day, according to BabyCenter. There is no standard or schedule of bowel movements for breastfed babies, and each baby has a unique schedule, with some having bowel movements after each feeding, some having bowel movements every other day and others possibly having them once per week.
A baby's constipation may be the result of many different factors, including solid food, formula and dehydration, explains BabyCenter. Babies may also experience constipation as a result of an illness or medical condition.Learn more about Babies & Toddlers