Do not panic if the baby does not defecate in a few days because this is not necessarily dangerous. Frequency of bowel movements in infants can differ according to age and type of intake given. But if you are still restless, see how to treat a baby.
If the baby defecates too often, parents may think of the possibility of the baby experiencing constipation or constipation. Before thinking so, make sure you know how the normal frequency of bowel movements (BAB) in infants.
Signs of Normal BAB in Babies
There are several standards that can be used as a guide by parents in determining whether the baby is constipated or not. These benchmarks include the frequency of bowel movements, fecal conditions, and the baby’s condition.
Infants aged 1-4 months normally defecate 2-4 times a day. After they get to know solid food, the frequency of bowel movements usually decreases to just once a day. But in general, babies who defecate 3 times a day to a week can be considered still within normal limits.
Make sure the baby’s stool is yellow, brown, or green. Brown or green color is usually experienced by babies who can already eat solid food, because the food color pigments also affect the color of the stool.
The color of stools to watch out for are white, black, and red. White stool means the baby’s liver does not produce enough bile to digest food. While black and red stools indicate bleeding in the digestive tract.
Also pay attention to how the baby’s expression during bowel movements. If their faces look tense, cry, or scream when defecating, they may be constipated. Infants who suffer from constipation will generally be in pain when their stomach is touched, their stools look dry or hard, and your baby will tend to refuse to eat
How to Overcome Babies Not BAB
To deal with babies not defecating, you can do the following:
Switch to another type of milk
Give solid food
Meet fluid needs
Infants who are exclusively breastfed actually will rarely experience constipation, because breast milk contains balanced nutrition. But if your baby is constipated, switch to formula for a while until the constipation subsides. Your child may be sensitive to what you consume, so pay attention to your food and drinks.
Meanwhile, if constipation is experienced by babies who are given formula milk, you can switch to other brands of formula milk. Maybe there is a content of formula milk that makes it constipated.
If your baby can only consume MPASI, give purée (crushed food) from fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain fiber that can facilitate digestion.
The little one who can consume solid food can be given vegetables and fruits that are rich in fiber such as apples, mangoes, guavas, carrots, bananas, and broccoli. Little can also be given whole wheat cereals and porridge from brown rice to help launch a bowel movement.
Adequate body fluids is very important for the condition of your child. Water and milk are actually enough to meet fluid needs. But for babies under 6 months, first consult with your doctor about giving other fluids besides breast milk and formula milk.
Gently massaging the baby’s stomach for 3 minutes can stimulate bowel movements. To measure which part of the stomach needs to be massaged, place your index, middle, and sweet fingers under the navel of the Little One. The lower left side of the location of your finger is the part that needs a massage.
Many moves also facilitate digestion in infants not defecating. If your child can crawl, encourage him to actively move. Whereas if not, lay your baby in a supine position and then move his legs like pedaling a bicycle.
Parents are advised not to give any medication to deal with the baby does not defecate, if it is not according to the advice of a doctor.
Signs of Babies Not BAB to Watch Out for
Babies do not defecate because constipation is natural, especially when there is a change in eating patterns. But if constipation occurs in newborns, parents should immediately contact a doctor so they can be treated as soon as possible.
Beware if the baby’s bowel is very hard, your child is under four months old, looks fussy or in pain, there is a fever, and if the baby has not defecated within 24 hours of their usual routine. Blood-red, white, and black stools are also cause for concern.
Parents are required to take your child to the pediatrician if the baby does not defecate continues even though the above handling has been done and there are signs to watch out for.