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Babies who don't defecate often make mothers worried and anxious. Especially if the baby does not defecate and is accompanied by complaints of decreased appetite, the baby's stomach is hard, and the baby is fussy all day long. However, mothers do not need to worry because there are several ways to deal with complaints of babies not defecating
Babies who only defecate once a week are still considered normal, especially if they are only exclusively breastfed. This is because the baby's digestive tract can absorb the nutrients in breast milk optimally, so that only a small amount of waste is excreted.
The frequency of defecation for each baby can also change with age. For example, babies aged 1-4 months, will normally defecate 2-4 times a day. After being given complementary foods (MPASI), babies tend to defecate less often.
Although it is considered normal, Mothers need to be alert if the baby's complaint does not defecate accompanied by signs that he is constipated, such as:
- Crying more often or fussing more than usual
- Hard and dry dirt
- bloody or blackish stools
- Don't want to eat or breastfeed
- Baby tummy hard when pressed
- Pushing too long, but not defecating
Some Ways to Overcome Babies Not BAB
There are five ways you can try to deal with a baby not having a bowel movement, namely:
1. Pay attention to the mother's food intake and formula milk
Mothers need to recognize the cause of the baby not having a bowel movement that comes from the breast milk or formula they drink. Babies who are exclusively breastfed can not defecate if they are sensitive to the drinks or food their mother consumes.
Meanwhile, if your baby is constipated due to drinking formula, you can switch to another brand of formula. However, you should consult with your doctor first to determine the right type of formula milk.
2. Give fiber-rich foods
If your baby has started eating solids, you can give a puree that is rich in fiber and comes from fruits and vegetables, such as apples, pears, carrots, and broccoli.
Besides that, you should also not give rice or bananas if your little one is often constipated. Instead, give the baby oats or barley to facilitate bowel movements.
3. Meet fluid needs
Lack of body fluids can make the baby not defecate. This condition occurs because the baby's digestive system will absorb more fluids from the food and drinks consumed, even from the feces in his intestines. As a result, the baby's feces are getting harder and harder to remove.
Sufficient fluid needs of the baby's body is very important to prevent constipation. Water and milk are actually enough to meet the baby's fluid needs. However, mothers need to pay attention to the dosage when giving water to babies.
4. Massaging baby's belly
Gently massaging the baby's stomach can stimulate bowel movements, making it easier to defecate. In addition, Mother can also bathe the Little One with warm water to make him more relaxed.
5. Train baby to be active
Training your baby to move around a lot can help improve digestion. When your little one is able to crawl, you can invite him to play games, such as making circular motions in several rounds.
Meanwhile, if the baby can't crawl yet, lay the baby on his back and help move his legs like pedaling a bicycle.
Those are the five ways that Mothers can do to deal with a baby not having a bowel movement. However, if the complaint does not improve or is accompanied by other complaints, such as fussiness, bloody stools, and mucus in the baby's stool, consult a doctor, because the baby may have a serious medical condition, such as Hirschprung's disease.
Remember, don't carelessly give medicine that is not prescribed by a doctor to your little one, okay.