How to Get Easy Relief for Your Constipated Infant
Poop. What mother of a new baby isn’t preoccupied with what goes into their infant’s mouth and what comes out – or doesn’t come out? Babies are little eating and pooping factories so when the pipeline gets stopped up and there’s constipation, moms want to get to the bottom of it (if you’ll excuse the pun).
First, know that bowel movements in infants can vary. How often they have one can depend on what they’re eating (Is he transitioning to solid foods?); their age (Is she 1 or 2 months old or close to a year?); the strength of their abdominal muscles; and of particular concern to chiropractors, what condition their nervous system is in.
When to Call it Constipation
You could say your infant is constipated if you start seeing these reoccurring symptoms:
- Hard stools
- Infrequency of bowel movements
- Difficulty with bowel movements, such as crying, arched back
- Distended abdomen
- Change in eating and sleeping habits
- Grey coloring
The Link Between the Gut and the Spine
For parents seeking more natural options, chiropractic is a popular, effective care option for babies suffering from chronic constipation. The response from a chiropractic adjustment can be immediate. Some mothers report seeing improvement in their child the same or next day after treatment.
Many mothers coming to chiropractors for the first time with their constipated babies learn something they hadn’t considered before: there’s a link between gastrointestinal disturbances and spinal misalignments. Spinal stress from the delivery process or from being held or picked up in the same position each time can be what misaligns the spine or damages an infant’s nervous system. The birth trauma itself – particularly if it was a breech or caesarean delivery, can put a great deal of stress on baby’s spine during mom’s contractions or as they are being pulled out from the womb.
These stresses can contribute to common problems like constipation. Chiropractic adjustments can provide a gentle, natural way to correct the spinal joint function.
How Chiropractors Treat Constipation
Your chiropractor will check your baby’s spine for misalignments (called subluxations) that might be interfering with the brain-gut connection and then perform a gentle spinal adjustment. If you’re worried the pressure of these adjustments will be painful to your infant, don’t be. The pressure placed on the baby is very light; no more than the amount of pressure to test an avocado to see if it is ripe is the amount of force used on the baby’s spinal column or pelvis.
After treatment, moms can start looking for these results at any time:
- More frequent, easier bowel movements
- Sleeping longer at night
- Less waking up
- Less crying
- Less general irritability
At Home Treatment
Whether before or after seeing a pediatric chiropractor, some things you can do to make your baby more comfortable and encourage normal bowel functioning are:
- Increase fluids (depending on the age, most children 6 months and up can be served a bit of concentrated fruit juice such as pear, apple, or prune)
- If on solid foods, add more fiber to diet (pureed peas, prunes, quinoa, amaranth, multigrain cereals, apples, other foods higher in fiber)
- Roll baby to the side instead of lifting legs straight up when changing their diapers (this can help decrease the stress and strain put on an infant’s lower back)
- Probiotics can be integrated into the diet to help improve the good bacteria environment
These treatments may not even be necessary after treatment as baby’s symptoms gradually normalize.
Schedule a Visit
Call the office of Dr. Michelle Parker at The Chiropractic Place For Mommy and Me in Aledo, Texas today to set up an appointment for your constipated baby. Don’t let days go by when relief can be quick and in most cases long-lasting.
Dr. Parker has special training as a pediatric chiropractor certified through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and is the only chiropractor with this certification in Parker County. Located in Aledo, Texas in East Parker County, Dr. Parker serves moms and their children in Tarrant, Parker, Erath, Palo Pinto, Hood, Wise, Denton, Dallas and Johnson counties.