When a baby suffers from constipation him/her parents are advised to change the food habit of the baby. If that doesn’t work, osmotic laxative is given; if necessary, stimulant laxative can also be given. Young children should have balanced diet along with fruits. Diet list must contain natural fibers containing foods like vegetables, bread, brown flour roti, pasta etc.
Do not force the baby for feeding or for going to toilet. You need to be positive to habituate your baby in toilet routine. Give the baby at least 10 minutes in toilet and make sure he/she is defecating enough amount of stool.
Babies on solid food
If your baby has started to eat solid food, make him/her drink a lot of water and diluted fruit juice. Him/her diet should contain number of fruits. Cut the fruits into pieces as the baby can bite. To prevent constipation useful fruits are-
Do not feed anything forcefully. If you do so, eating will become a negative and pressure creating event for the baby.
If changing the food habit fails to prevent constipation then baby will need drug. Initially osmotic laxative is given, then stimulant laxative.