Foods That Cause Constipation At Bayi – Constipation is one of the problems in the digestive system commonly experienced by baby. Constipation is a condition in which the baby has difficulty defecating. When babies get complementary foods (solids), babies often experience constipation.
The constipation experienced by your little one is usually related to the food or drink he consumes. Therefore, as a parent you must be smart in choosing foods to prevent constipation in babies. Apart from food, constipation in babies can also be triggered by various things.
Causes of Constipation in Babies
Some of the most common causes of constipation include the following:
Fluid Deficient Babies
Lack of fluids can cause dry and hard baby stools, making it difficult to pass. Some babies sometimes find it difficult to receive food or drink because they have mouth problems such as teething milk or their little one has thrush. Likewise with several other conditions that will make children lazy to drink so that it will cause dehydration, such as ear infections, colds, or throat infections.
Babies Are First Introduced To Solid Food
Constipation generally occurs in infants who are transitioning from initially consuming only fluids / breast milk to consuming solid foods. Digestion of your little one is still not used to solid food.
Formula milk is an alternative choice for parents if they have problems with milk production or when parents are busy working. The composition of formula milk certainly has a difference with breast milk, so it will be more difficult for your little one to digest. This situation will then make the baby’s stool hard. As a result, the baby does not want to defecate and instead experiences constipation.
Certain Medical Conditions
Certain medical conditions can also cause constipation in babies. Some of the common causes of constipation in babies under 6 months of age are disorders of the digestive system from birth, celiac disease, cow’s milk allergy, high levels of calcium in the blood, abnormalities in the spinal cord, hypothyroidism and so on. Also read: Digestive System in Humans (Definition, Types and Functions)
Foods That Cause Constipation In Babies
Apart from some of the causes above, it is known that there are several foods that can cause constipation in babies. To prevent constipation in babies, it is important to know the following foods that cause constipation in babies. (Also read: Tips for Overcoming Constipation After Childbirth )
Banana is one of the fruits that is often used as a complementary food for breastfeeding (MPASI). Besides having a soft texture, bananas also have a sweet taste so most babies like them. It’s just that bananas are known to be a food that can cause constipation in some people.
Bananas will cause constipation if they are still not fully ripe, because they contain starch that the body cannot digest. Therefore, if you want to give bananas as baby food, you should give bananas that are completely ripe.
It is not surprising that the cause of constipation in babies is due to eating too much solid food. The solid food that is often given to babies is usually rice cereal. It’s just that these foods can cause constipation in babies because they are low in fiber.
However, even so you can try oatmeal cereals and jams because these foods contain more fiber. If necessary, you can also add a little plum juice to the cereal to give it a more delicious flavor and help prevent constipation.
When consumed in large quantities, dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, ice cream and milk can cause constipation. Actually it is not certain whether the cause is due to milk itself or even a combination of these two things.
However, the high fat and low fiber content in dairy products will slow down the digestive process, which in turn can lead to constipation problems. In addition, the lactose in milk is known to cause gas or bloating.
This situation also applies to babies who consume formula milk. If your baby consumes formula milk, the constipation they experience may be due to one of the protein components found in formula milk. You can consult your doctor to find out whether the ingredients in formula milk consumed by your little one cause constipation or not.
Many parents provide fast food to their children. Some of the fast foods in question are french fries, burgers and chicken nuggets. Actually, these processed foods are high in fat content. Consumption of these foods will trigger constipation.
How to Overcome Constipation in Babies
When your baby is constipated, you can do the following treatments at home:
Give a Healthy Food Menu to Babies
When introducing solid foods to your baby, you should avoid giving foods that cause constipation. You can provide a healthy and nutritious menu for your little one. Give your little one a menu with a soft texture, contains fiber and is easy to digest.
Change Formula Milk
If the cause of constipation in your little one is due to formula milk, you should replace formula milk with a different composition. But before that you can consult your doctor first.
Gently massage the baby’s stomach
Gently massage on the baby’s stomach can help with constipation. The massage that is done will allow the movement of food in the baby’s intestine. To be more effective, you can massage your little one while bathing him using warm water.
Besides doing gentle massage on his stomach, you can also move your little one’s feet like pedaling a bicycle. With this movement the abdominal muscles will move, and the intestines will get gentle pressure. This pressure will help pass stool.
Give Enough Fluids to Babies
When your little one is constipated, you have to make sure he is getting enough fluids. Apart from drinking water, fluids in your little one can be obtained from breast milk or formula milk.
Circumstances to Watch Out for
You should immediately take your little one to t
he doctor if constipation makes him refuse to eat, there is blood in the stool, he has lost weight or his condition does not get better despite home treatment. (See also: Effective Ways to Increase Baby Weight )
If your baby is under 4 months of age, take it to the doctor immediately if the texture of the stool is hard or you don’t have a bowel movement for 24 hours. We recommend that you avoid giving medicines without doctor’s instructions.
Thus, so that constipation is not experienced by your baby, you must provide foods that are rich in fiber such as fruits and vegetables. Fiber-rich foods tend to be easier to digest, and are better for health and easier bowel movements. You can choose insoluble fiber that comes from food sources such as dark green vegetables and whole grains. The quality of fiber from these food sources is denser so that it will make bowel movements easier. In addition to choosing the type of food, you also have to supplement your child’s needs with adequate fluid intake.
This article is reviewed by Midwife Pevi Revina sTR. Keb