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Constipation


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.  


​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.
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