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    30 March 2016

    12 Foods That Cause & Relieve Constipation in Babies

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    Babies often suffer from constipation. In most cases, your baby’s food is responsible for that hard poop. Prolonged constipation can lead to serious health problems. It's important to look a closer look at your baby’s diet at the first signs of constipation to find out what foods cause constipation in babies.

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    Is your baby's poop too hard, dry or irregular? Chances are your baby is constipated. It can be painful for the parents to see their baby in difficulty and pain while passing bowels. Don't lose heart as a probable cure lies in just tweaking your baby’s diet chart.

    Constipation in newborns is comparatively rare due to the all-liquid nature of their food during the initial months. It's more common when your baby is introduced to solid food. Here we provide a list of 12 foods that cause constipation in babies and also a list of baby foods that help with constipation.



    List of Foods That Cause Constipation in Babies


    This is a comprehensive list of foods that causes constipation in babies. Are these foods included in your baby's diet chart?

    1. Milk Protein

      Exclusively breast fed children might develop an allergy towards protein in breast milk in turn causing constipation.
    2. Formula Food

      A formula-food only diet can cause constipation in very small babies. Certain ingredients present in formula feed can be difficult to digest and harden your baby’s poop beyond normalcy.
    3. Rice Cereal

      Rice is a binding grain and hence, it might constipate babies. It's best to avoid rice if your baby shows sign of constipation.
    4. Unripe Bananas

      They are also binding in nature which in turn can cause constipation in your little one.
    5. Cooked Carrots

      Once cooked, carrots lose their fiber content, thereby causing constipation.
    6. Apple Sauce

      Apple sauce/puree contains pectin which hardens poop. It’s best to avoid such foods that constipate babies.
    7. Cheese

      Cheese is a low fiber food and among the top foods that cause constipation in babies if taken in large quantities.
    8. Yogurt

      This dairy product is low in fiber and also has food binding effect which might promote constipation. It's best to restrict to 2 servings a day.
    9. White Bread

      Yet another food low in fiber is white bread. It is greatly discouraged to avoid constipation in babies.
    10. Pasta

      This falls in the white food category and is low in fiber content. It may lead to constipation if eaten in large amounts.
    11. Potato

      Tubers like potatoes have been found to induce constipation when taken in large quantities.
    12. Fried Food

      Limit intake of fried foods as fats stimulate the release of some intestinal hormones. These slow down the digestive process.
    Now that you have identified the foods that cause constipation, let us look at the ways of easing baby constipation with the right food. Know what to give babies for constipation.

    List of Foods That Relieve Constipation in Babies

    1. Soy Products

      For babies who are allergic to milk protein in breast milk, make a change in the mother’s diet. Try replacing diary with soy products.
    2. Formula Food

      Yes, formula food features here too. Babies react to formula variably. In case your baby is on formula feed, you can consult your doctor and go for a different alternative.
    3. Prunes

      Prunes are high in fiber and a natural laxative. It can be had whole or as juice and ice pops. It is by far the best food to relieve constipation in babies.
    4. Beans

      Beans of any kind have a great mixture of soluble and insoluble fibre both of which help in digestion and maintain regular bowel movements.
    5. Sweet Potatoes

      Though it has the word potato attached to it, these are actually roots full of vitamins and not tubers like our regular potatoes. Rich in fibre, it’s best to have them with the skin on.
    6. Pears, Plums and Apples

      These are all rich in fibre. They need to be consumed with the skin on to curb constipation.
    7. Berries

      Whether it’s strawberries or blueberries, they are all loaded with fibre and help relieve constipation. They are also super delicious - an added perk!
    8. Flaxseed

      This is a great source of fibre, antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids. A great all-rounder when you want to control constipation.
    9. Oatmeal

      Oatmeal is high in fibre content and eases constipation. Moreover, it is also a great source of energy!
    10. Whole Grain Bread

      This is a good alternative for white bread and is rich in fibre with lower binding properties.
    11. Nuts

      They are a powerhouse of fibre which is great for your child's nutrition system. But feed them in moderation as they are also high on fat.
    12. Water

      This is by far one of the most important foods to keep your baby's stool soft and easy to pass. Make your baby have adequate quantities of water at intervals and also as juices and purees to keep his colon hydrated. Remember that babies younger than 6 months don't need water and that the milk or formula you feed him should be enough to keep him well hydrated.
    These small diet changes can make your baby feel better by getting the bowels moving smoothly. Ensure that your baby has enough fluids and fibre included in her daily diet. A proper and timely diet schedule with a little exercise can ensure a smooth poop regime for your baby.

    Has your baby ever suffered from constipation? What foods caused constipation and what foods helped relieve constipation in your baby?



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    Jessica Caroline
    Wondering how to handle constipation in your toddler? Check out our expert's views on what causes the problem and how to help your child feel better. https://www.parentcircle.com/article/constipation-in-toddlers-causes-and-treatment/ 06 July 2017
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    Mannat Ghumman
    You should add papaya to the list of foods that relieve constipation in baby also, it really helps 05 July 2017
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