Constipation

Constipation is a common concern. Constipation refers to hard, dry stools which are difficult and often painful to pass. The hard stools sometimes cause bleeding. Some babies, and children, will stool every few days. This is normal as long as the stools are soft and your child is comfortable.

If your child is uncomfortable, you may try the following:

Infants (0-4 months):

  1. Place a well-lubricated rectal thermometer about 2-3 inches in the rectum. Gently apply pressure on the walls of the rectum for a few seconds and then relax. Repeat this maneuver for a few minutes. You may need to do this a few times a week for the first few months until your infant learns how to effectively pass a bowel movement. 
  2. Offer 1-2 ounces of water, one to two times a day.
  3. If your baby remains uncomfortable, please call the office.

Over 4 months:

  1. Increase water intake.
  2. If your child has a hard stool which they are unable to pass, try an Infant (or Children's if they are older) glycerin suppository. Place your child in a warm bath after inserting the glycerin suppository to relax the muscles.
  3. If this is a recurrent problem, you want to consider the regular use of a stool softener such as Kondremul or Miralax. You should call the office to discuss this first.
  4. If these steps are ineffective, please call the office.