The constipation is a disease that involves the incomplete emptying of the bowel, reducing the volume and weight of the intestine. This complication in the digestive system usually brings many ailments especially in infants, whose body is in development and is constantly adapting to their diet, either by the incorporation of novel foods by increasing the amount.
The nutritional status of infants is critical for growth, and generally up to six months all their nutritional needs are met through breastfeeding.
After this period it is normal bowel movements of small to go through a process of adaptation as it is exposed to different foods, which are incorporated in a slow and progressive.
It is important to know that there are foods whose composition can help prevent constipation such as peaches, apricots, pears, plums and peas. Some pediatricians also recommend the consumption of fruit juice diluted with water, twice a day. It is important to have small properly hydrated, as this also tends to be a common cause of constipation.
If the baby is still an infant exclusively, an increased frequency of breastfeeding can help you avoid the discomfort of the disease.
Pain relief methods
If the child suffers from constipation, parents can massage baby’s tummy, preferably in a bath of warm water from the navel outwards in the direction of clockwise. You can gently elevate the legs toward the stomach to move muscles and soft pressure on the intestines.
In all cases you need an appointment with the pediatrician, who can counsel parents about the introduction of new food, water or fruit juice in the baby’s diet to prevent constipation and upset stomachs.