If the baby has regular bowel movements, this is a sign that your child has a healthy body system. Getting rid of waste or waste matter is one of the body’s most important activities and also a sign that the baby’s digestive system is functioning properly.
However, if you observe carefully, sometimes a baby does not defecate in one day. If this happens to your baby, don’t panic right away, because your baby’s colon may need more time to adjust. Sometimes, babies have irregular bowel movements because their growth is accelerating. This will happen when the baby turns 2 to 4 months of age.
The following are certain tips and tricks for making baby’s bowel movements smooth and regular
1. Moving Baby Feet Slowly
To expedite bowel movements, you can make the baby lie down on the bed comfortably, then gently hold his ankles. After that, slowly move the baby’s ankles as if pedaling a bicycle, this is done to stimulate the baby’s large intestine so that it helps release gas and dirt that may be clogged and trapped quickly.
2. Breast milk
One of the benefits of breastfeeding a baby is to facilitate bowel movements. Breast milk contains colostrum which can help babies have a more regular bowel movement. The same thing will not happen to babies who consume formula milk, so as far as possible, give breast milk to the baby to help his digestion function properly.
3. Give a massage to the baby’s stomach
When you find that your baby has not defecated all day, then massage the baby’s stomach slowly using warmed coconut oil. This will help lighten the baby’s tummy, so they can pass waste more easily.
4. Give Honey Potions Mixed with Warm Water
Apart from breast milk, you can also give one tablespoon of natural honey mixed in a small glass of warm water then put it in a milk bottle. Apart from using a milk bottle, you can also give it directly using a spoon. This concoction of honey and warm water has become an ancient herb that has been used by parents for decades and has proven to be effective in launching bowel movements in babies.
5. Soak Using Warm Water
Bathing using warm water is proven to soothe the body, as well as the baby’s body. Soak the baby’s body in warm water to lighten the baby’s stomach so that it can pass waste more easily.
Those are 5 ways you can do to make your baby’s bowel movements smooth and regular. Mothers probably already know, if 3 days after the baby is born, the stools that are excreted by the baby will change color and have a different texture. The color of the dirt which was originally greenish brown will turn yellowish. Likewise, the texture will become denser and coarser. It’s just that dirt that is too dense will make it difficult for the baby to pass. For this reason, working on the tips and tricks above will be able to solve the problem.