Constipation not only makes your baby uncomfortable but will lead to serious health problems if not treated. Normally, babies defecate once a day. Meanwhile, if you experience indigestion or constipation, it is characterized by frequent crying then pain in the anus, your baby’s stomach is hard, hard stools are sometimes accompanied by blood spots. The appearance of fresh blood spots is due to friction in the anus which causes injury and is carried away by the stool. In order for your baby to avoid constipation, you should identify several causes that can make your baby constipated.
Here are the reasons for babies aged 6-12 months to experience constipation:
1. Feeding formula
Infants who are given formula milk have a higher tendency to experience constipation, this is related to the unbalanced protein and fat contained in formula milk. Apart from the imbalance of the two types of nutrients, it is also influenced by higher phosphorus and calcium, which makes it difficult for fluids to be absorbed by the intestinal walls and makes the stool hard. Although this condition will not be the same for each baby because the suitability of formula milk will be different. It is better if babies are given breast milk in addition to reducing the risk of constipation because the content in breast milk is easily digested, breast milk also contains baby bacteria which can break down protein so that it is easier to defecate. The added value of breast milk is the presence of the motilin hormone which can increase the baby’s bowel movements and facilitate the baby’s digestion.
2. Lack of fluids
Basically the need for fluids in babies can be supplemented from breast milk, so you don’t have to worry about giving water. Even so, babies who have been given complementary foods can be given additional fluids, plain water. This additional liquid can be done during the cooking process, for example by adding water to the cooking process for a type of material with a hard texture. The point is to balance solid food and the amount of fluids that enter the baby’s body so that it reduces the risk of constipation
3. Certain diseases
Certain diseases that cause digestive disorders, one of which is injury to the anus. Initially the baby has difficulty when pushing, delaying bowel movements and causing hard stools. The more difficult it is to remove it, it will cause constipation Furthermore, it is caused by hirschsprung, namely bowel movement problems and can furthermore be due to certain food allergies.