If your baby has infrequent bowel movements, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are constipated. There can be big differences between babies when it comes to the duration between stool movements, some being daily, some being weekly. You can’t rely on your baby’s facial expression while doing a poo to conclude constipation either, this can be a very normal response. Constipation in infants is more frequently defined as passing hard, dry (like small pellets) poo.

With formula-fed babies, generally their poos are thicker and pastier and sometimes less frequent than breast-fed poo but this doesn’t mean your baby has constipation.

Your baby’s bowel motions can be affected by a number of factors, including:

  • Fluid intake
  • Introduction of solids
  • Age (as age increases the stool characteristics change)
  • Illness and infections
  • Medications

If you have any concerns about your baby’s bowel motions, it never hurts to seek the advice of your doctor or health care nurse.



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