Like the elderly, babies and toddlers are known to suffer constipation more commonly than some other groups. If your infant isn’t doing a poo at least once every two to three days, or appears to be avoiding doing one, constipation might be the reason. They may also have tummy cramps and noticeable pain, or just seem unusually irritable.
A number of factors can be involved – including dehydration, a change in diet, a baby being fed incorrectly made up formula, medication or a minor illness like a cold.
When infants are first introduced to solid foods, constipation is quite common – so it’s important to introduce the foods gradually and in small quantities, and to ensure they still get plenty of fluids, either as breast milk or other liquids. For older infants, fibre-rich fruits and vegetables, wholemeal breads and wholegrain cereals can help prevent and/or alleviate constipation.
Starting school brings changes to exercise and food routines, and constipation can be common for children at this age.
To learn more about constipation in children, speak to your doctor.
MOVICOL® is not approved for children under two years of age.
A doctor should be consulted immediately if blood is found in a stool, or there is sudden weight loss or vomiting, as these could be signs of a more serious underlying condition.
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