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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What causes mucous in stool and abnormal bowel movements in children?

Query: Hi doctor, My 3.5 year old daughter has irregular bowel movements with a recent problem of mucus in stool. Earlier also, she did not poop regularly. I use laxative when she does not poop for two to three days consecutively. Recently, she has a problem of mucus in her stool for approximately a month....  Read Full »

Dr. Payas Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Does she pass hard stools or normal stools with irregularity? Any history of blood in stools? Does she also complain of pain during defecation around the anal area? Has she ever passed stools in bulk sometime? Did you get her thyroid profile done? Does she have any ...  Read Full »

My 2-year-old daughter has had constipation since last year. What can be done to treat it?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 2 years and 10 months old and has been facing constipation problems since she was one. I have consulted many doctors and had medicine, but no use. They say it is her fear of going. She only goes after three or four days. She also does not have growth progression as per...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you give the child syrup Duphalac (Lactulose) 10 ml twice daily for ten days, along with plenty of water for ten days. Reduce intake of bread and bakery products, milk, chocolates, and chips. Increase intake of water for long-term benefits with regard to co...  Read Full »

My 2-month-old baby girl has been suffering from loose motions for the last three days. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My baby girl is 2 months old and has been suffering from loose motions for the last three days after having constipation for four days. Yesterday we consulted the doctor, who prescribed Enterogermina for three days, twice daily. We started using it yesterday on our child, but we found ...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Please give medications some time to act. Complete a full five-day course and observe. If there is no improvement, antiacid medications may need to be started temporarily. Also, please note that in children below the age of six months, passi...  Read Full »

My 3-year-old grandson has had a constipation problem since he was six months old and can pass stools only after taking medications. What should be done?

Query: Hello doctor, My grandson is 3-year-old. He had a constipation problem since he was six months old. He used to pass stool irregularly and sometimes it is after four days or even seven days. When he feels that stool is coming, he sits to pass it out but he will not get success even after trying to pu...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Please continue the same medications as advised. You should avoid giving the powder by mixing it with dal or vegetables because the dose will not be accurate. The side effects if any are insignificant as compared to the benefits. I suggest ...  Read Full »

My 8 months old baby has trouble in passing stools. What can I do to improve his constipation?

Query: Hello doctor,My baby boy is 8 months old and has trouble in passing stools. With Laxatives, doctor prescribed he is passing hard stools once in four to five days, and he is crying while passing stools. What can I do to improve his constipation? And what diet changes do I need to make? Currently, I a...  Read Full »

Dr. M. L. Kothari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your kid is suffering from an anal fissure that is a cut at anal mucosa. Give syrup Duphalac (Lactulose) one teaspoon full once a day at night time after meals. Apply several ano ointments (Lidocaine, Metronidazole, Sucralfate) locally three times a day for 15 days w...  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

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 di...  Read Full »

Is my 8 months old baby suffering from Hirschsprung's disease or severe constipation?

Query: Hi doctor, I have gotten two different opinions from two pediatricians about my 8 months old boy. One says my boy has Hirschsprung's disease, and the other says it is just constipation. The first doctor did a rectal exam, yielding no explosive stools, and he wants my son to get a barium enema. The ...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There seems to be a lot of confusion that has been created. See here are my valid points: A child with any chronic disease like HD (Hirschsprung's disease) will not be able to gain weight of 9.53 kg at just 8 months of age. HD is usually diagnosed quite soon after b...  Read Full »

Why is my 19 months old daughter having constipation since we started giving her solid food?

Query: Hi doctor, My 19 months old daughter weighs 7 kg and is 2.3 feet tall. She has been suffering from constipation since we started giving her solid food, that is since the seventh month.  She cries while passing stool, and her anus becomes red after she passes stool for around two or three times...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagasirisha Naredla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Constipation is a common problem for children of this age. We should try to rule out any significant medical causes like anal stenosis and for this, you have to visit a pediatric surgeon. Dietary changes like avoiding milk products should be started as suggested by...  Read Full »

My 9-month-old baby has had constipation for almost three months. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, My nine-month-old baby has had constipation for almost three months. We changed her milk 4x now. She had constipation during her newborn period. She had a broncho and UTI, so she takes a lot of antibiotics. So, can this antibiotic affect her bowel movement? Now she is no longer taking any...  Read Full »

Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your daughter has habitual constipation, which is not due to the antibiotics taken earlier. Antibiotics never cause constipation and may cause loose stools or diarrhea. A child must be given fiber-rich foods like vegetables and lots of fluids. Constipation can result ...  Read Full »

How to cure my baby's cough and cold?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a girl child, and she is 1 month and 16 days old. She is suffering from a cough and cold. This is to inform you that there is no pediatrician in our city. There is a medical practitioner who prescribed some medicine like Moxikind CV, Bro Zedex syrup, Asthakind syrup, and nasal d...  Read Full »

Dr. Arti Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Baby is very small. Medicines may be given. Provide the warm environment and keep the baby warm. Use the vaporizer and give indirect steam. You may keep a pot of roasted ajwain and garlic near the cot of the baby, the smoke or the fumes help in relieving blocked airw...  Read Full »

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