The above script is part of the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,'
which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
All babies are different - and baby bowel patterns are no exception. Because of this, it’s sometimes hard to tell if your baby is
constipated. Infants, especially breast fed infants, may go a couple of
days without a bowel movement and still not be constipated. Another
might have relatively frequent bowel movements, but have difficulty
passing stool. If you suspect constipation in a newborn, one tip-off is
firm stools less than once a day. But at any age, if stools are hard,
dry and painful to pass, that’s constipation. In toddlers and older
children, look for episodes of crampy abdominal pain, which go away
after a large bowel movement. Check for small amounts of blood in or on
the stools. Talk with your pediatrician if you suspect your child is
constipated and NEVER use an over-the-counter laxative for your child
without talking with your pediatrician first.