Baby Constipation

Your baby might have constipation if he or she is passing hard or pellet-like bowel movements, crying while passing stools, and less frequent bowel movement. It is commonly seen when the baby starts eating solid food, so try to include water, fruit juice, and mashed peas or prunes.

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Are my 4 months old daughter's symptoms typical for her age?

Query: My daughter is 4 months old and this is what's been going on with her need answers or if over reacting. When she eats and even for long time after she is constantly puking. Sometimes white foamy puke. She makes a weird breathing sound when eating. And just regular breathing. Her nose is always ru...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash Nagar

Paediatrician, Child Health Specialist

Answer: Hi , Choking like act, not laughing or crying well is something need a careful & detailed evaluation that she might be having delayed milestones and that can have multiple causes. If you can connect with me on video chat , I can have a look at your baby to confirm it is something to be of co...  Read Full »

Is it normal for a 3 year old to pass stools once in 3 to 4 days?

Query: Hello Doctor, My daughter is going to be 3 yrs old soon. She doesn't pass stool on daily basis. After a gap of 3-4 days she passes the stool (with lot of difficulty) which is very hard and sometimes she gets rashes and slight blood stains appear in her potty. She eats everything. We try givin...  Read Full »

Dr. Samir Bhatia

Paediatrician, Child Health Specialist

Answer: Hello, hope you are safe. Thanks for the elaborate history. I appreciate your concern for your child regarding constipation. First of all include High Fibre in diet avoid milk at night. Start lactulose syrup 5 ml 12 hrly it will help and please be in follow up. May I know the weight of the child....  Read Full »

Why do infants get constipated easily?

Query: Hello doctor, My 8 month old son is having eczema issues since he was around 2 months old. I presume because of allergies. We have tried many things to find what causes his issues, but still have not got it to go away long term. My main concern is that he has had issues with digestion for the past f...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is not unusual for infants to have constipation and milk protein allergies are also not that uncommon. You can try Similac has a product by the name of Similac Alimentum; they are broken down milk proteins. You can also try soy milk. You have to be very careful abou...  Read Full »

After starting solid foods, my baby lost weight with difficulty in passing stools. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, We have a baby of 7 months old. I would like to mention the previous history here. My wife does not have breast milk so she cannot feed it. We are offering NanPro-I to the baby. She is very active and smiling all day. Doctor told to start solid to her with cow's milk. Doctor offered a sc...  Read Full »

Dr. Vijaykumar Mundeshi

General Practitioner, Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your baby is now 7-month-old, now you can give her food other than milk also. But it should be offered in a way your baby will accept. I mean to say you have to give semi-solid food because your baby cannot chew enough to digest solid foods and some time is needed t...  Read Full »

My 18-month old kid is screaming in pain while passing stool. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have an 18-month-old daughter. My daughter has had trouble with her bowels since she was 8 months old, she finds it impossible to do a normal stool. She strains and screams to the point, she falls asleep from exhaustion and still does not pass stool. She does have a regular bowel mov...  Read Full »

Dr. Preeti Puranik


Answer: Hi, Welcome to She has chronic constipation. As you have noticed blood she also may have fissure in anus due to which she has extreme pain. Give her lots of water and a high fiber diet. Dry fig milkshake, dates, and prunes in any form help a lot. Give either one of them every day alon...  Read Full »

What causes stomach pain and constipation in an 18-month-old?

Query: Hi doctor, My 18 month old daughter has had problems since birth and I am desperate for a second opinion. The history is complicated trying to explain the symptoms but I will do my best. It was detected polyhydramnios in pregnancy. My daughter born at 36 weeks 4 days through emergency C-section due...  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Child Health Specialist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, Medical Gastroenterologist, Paediatrician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to All these episode are quite disturbing the baby. But the things are meshed together, at a point of time we need to stay on one diagnosis rather than jumping to one another. One thing is common here in each episode, she has severe constipation and intermittent dia...  Read Full »

Why is there constipation in a 3-year-old girl even after giving Lactulose and Miralax?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter has constipation since she was 2 weeks old. She is now 3 years old, and constipation is still a huge issue in her life. She has been on Lactulose and now Miralax. The Miralax does not seem to be helping much anymore. We have seen four different GI's and none of them have a...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your history I would like to improve on the following facts: Increase the intake of water being consumed by the child. I would advise consuming at least one to one and a half liters of water daily. Avoid consumption of any bread or bread products like cake, pi...  Read Full »

Can Glycerin suppository be used twice a week for a 2-month-old baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My 2 month old daughter started passing stool irregularly, from the past eight days. She was passing a lot of gas, but it did not smell. Seeing no improvement, we took her to the pediatrician, who said she had gas in her stomach. So, he gave her Decolic, Neopeptine, and Glycerin suppo...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This must probably be your first child, that is why this query. Please note that children under the age of six months may pass stools either 10 to 15 times a month or once in 2 to 3 days. And it is absolutely normal. You should be worried only if the child has not passed ...  Read Full »

My one-month-old baby has not passed stool for four days and her stomach grumbles. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My one-month-old has not passed stool for four days. She is passing smelly gas a lot, and she is not sleeping properly. Her stomach grumbles. Why?  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician, Psychiatrist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1. Was your baby passing stools usually before these four days? How often was she passing stools? 2. When did the baby first pass meconium (first stool)? 3. Was she passing soft stools? Was it easy to move? 4. Was she born at full term? What is her weight? How is...  Read Full »

My baby is suffering from constipation and gas problems after having Dexolac. Can I change formula powder?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is a premature baby. Her birth weight was 1.7, and now she is 2 months old and weights 3.1. Our doctor suggested dexolac special care. She is suffering from constipation, and gas problem after having it. The doctor suggested medicines, but there were no changes. One to two...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please note that children below the age of 6 months pass stools either once in two to three days or 10 to 15 times per day. It is normal, and it is not labeled as loose motions or constipation. If you are labeling it as constipation because of hard pellet like stools...  Read Full »

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