Baby bowels and constipation, a topic related to science of human is directly linked to the protection of adult or child’s health against diseases. Baby bowel is referred to as the discharge of excretory wastes in the form of feces from the body of infants. When a baby is born its bowels are usually in mucous usually known as meconium. The first three days it is greenish black but changes as the diet of the infant changes. It is very important for the child health to excrete the bowel out of the body as it may at time contain nitrogenous waste which will otherwise harm the child’s health. The infants are usually depending on the mother feed for the nutrition; take in liquid so their bowels may be in infrequent manner as most of the nutrients are absorbed within the body leaving a very little to excrete, it does not have any harmful effect on child’s health. At times obstruction in passage of bowel due to some blockage in intestine, dehydration in body or any other reason may happen, which results in constipation in infants, which may cause harmful effect on child’s health. This has been a major cause of many death in infants n the past.
Causes of constipation:
• Dehydration– if a baby is not getting enough fluid it will result in dehydration and the body will absorb more water from the things the baby is taking in.
• Starting up with solid food-it may also cause constipation in infants in the beginning as the digestive track is not use to solid food.
• Formula– If your baby is on formula, it’s possible that something in her formula is making her constipated.
• Other medical problems– it includes hypothyroidism, some metabolic disorders, some food allergies and botulism.
How to prevent constipation in infants:
These are certain child health care tips to protect the child’s health from constipation which can affect the child’s health and excretion badly:
• Keep the baby hydrated.
• Switch the type of formula you use.
• Add a little non-absorbable sugar or dark fruit (prune or pear) juice to your baby’s formula.
• Adjust the baby’s solid food diet high in fiber; add dairy products, cereals, bananas.
• Keep the baby active. Low activity levels can lead to constipation.
• Massage the baby’s stomach.
• You can also insert a glycerin suppository to help a baby pass a hard stool.
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