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Suggest treatment for constipation in an infant

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Dr. Diptanshu Das


Practicing since :2005

Answered : 3721 Questions

Posted on Wed, 8 Mar 2017 in Child Health
Question: Hi dr. My 6 months old baby is facing difficulty passing stools from last 2 days and also it is a very hard stool. He is on nan pro 2 and I am feeding him Khichdi from past 2-3 days in the evening. Please suggest some remedy.
Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das 25 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Fiber content of diet needs to be increased

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

The child may pass stool once in 10 days and that is normal. (It is also normal to pass stool several times a day or even after each feed.) It is only if the stool is hard and pellet like, that you need to grow concerned. Incidentally, constipation in children has become a very frequently encountered problem these days. The primary reason for the same is lack of adequate fiber content foods in diet. Inadequate water intake is also a cause of such a problem

Going through the following link should help:

You need to increase the fibre content of diet. Wheat, corn, and rice XXXXXXX are high in insoluble fiber, which helps prevent constipation. XXXXXXX can be sprinkled into the foods. Beans really are the magical fruit.

Also consider going through the following list:

It is good to know that you make sure that you make him drink plenty of water.

Let me know if I could help further.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Diptanshu Das 33 minutes later
I dont give him water. How much water should be given to him?
Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das 23 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Small amounts of water needs to be given after feeds

Detailed Answer:
I hope that you have started semisolids. If you have started semisolids you should give small amounts of water after feeds. Alternatively, breast milk can also act as a substitute.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar

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