Toddler Constipation – Symptoms & Causes
If you’ve come this far, you likely suspect your child to have toddler constipation. There are a couple of ways to tell if your daughter/son is suffering from constipation. This section of the website will attempt to show you the main symptoms and causes of toddler constipation. Rest assured that if diagnosed and treated early, your toddler will be back to his/her normal self in no time!
Toddler Constipation Symptoms
Every toddler has his own schedule for bowel movements; he may have one after every feeding, or wait a day or more between. It all depends on what he eats and drinks, and on his activity level. You should be attentive to the regularity of your toddler’s bowel movements, in order to pick up on an eventual toddler constipation.
The following are a couple of symptoms that might indicate toddler constipation:
- Less frequent bowel movements than normal.
- Hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass.
- Blood-streaks in the diaper.
- Hard Stomach.
- Relief after bowel movement.
Toddler Constipation Causes
Now that we’ve looked at how to identify a possible constipation, let’s have a peak at some possible causes for toddler constipation. This will allow us to find a way to deal with this challenge and prevent it from happening again in the future.
The following are some possible causes of constipation in babies or toddler constipation:
Breastfeeding a baby will rarely get him constipated, because breast milk is more easily digested. It has the perfect balance of fat and protein that helps with the softness of the stool. Babies that breastfeed, also have helpful bacteria in their large intestine that help to break down the proteins in milk. As a result, their stool becomes softer and the bowel movement is easier.
Bottle-fed babies are more likely to suffer from constipation, because formula milk is hard for them to digest. The toddler that only drinks formula milk will characteristically have fewer bowel movements than their breastfed counterpart. Additionally, their stools will have a thicker consistency and be of a more greenish color. If your toddler is on formula and is constipated, you should consider changing brands. Your baby might become constipated after introducing solid food. This often happens after they are started on rice cereal, which is usually the first food given during the transition period.
Not hydrating your toddler enough can lead to constipation too. The dehydration will make your baby’s system absorb more fluid from food, drinks, and from the stool itself. This results in dry bowel movements that are problematic to pass.
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