Constipation is difficult passage of hard stools or the inability to pass a bowel movement when the urge is felt. Normally, breast fed infants may not have a stool for several days. There’s no need for concern unless your baby is distressed. Constipation means hard stools not infrequent stools. These types of occurrences are no different in child constipation symptoms. Infant-sized glycerin suppositories may be used occasionally to soften hard fecal matter in the rectum when caring for child constipation.
If your child is bottle fed and is having small, very hard stools, Pediatrix may advise changing formulas, increasing water in the diet, or giving a mild stool softener. If constipation seems to be a continual problem, please call our office.