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How do I Know if my Baby is Constipated?

Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP, Board Certified Pediatrician
January 3, 2019 . 1 min read

As long as your baby’s bowel movements are soft, the frequency is not important. It is perfectly normal for bowel movements to decrease to once a day or less. Some babies, especially if they are breastfed, will even go up to a week without a bowel movement, without seeming the least bit uncomfortable.

Breast milk is so nutritious and easily digested that there is very little left over as waste. Some babies may strain and seem to have a hard time having a bowel movement, but as long as it is soft, there is nothing to worry about.

If your baby is passing stools that look like little pebbles or rocks, talk to your pediatrician about starting your baby on prunes or prune juice to help alleviate the constipation.

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