What causes constipation in children?

Posted on Mon, 8 Jun 2015 in Child Health
Question: hello doctor, we have started our 6 month old son solid food. he eats rice moong daal gruel, banana, raagi satva 2-3 times a day. but due to that I think he is constipated. his stool is almost like older people and he applys pressure...texture is pebble like...not so hard but mushy. kindly guide me abt the same.
Answered by Dr. Pradeep Kumar 36 minutes later
Brief Answer:
I won't get worried as the stool pattern will get normal gradually

Detailed Answer:

Thanks for the query

Change in diet can alter the bowel pattern for some time and once the baby get habituated the stool consistency and frequency gradually takes it's normal pattern.The intestine gets more mature now and hold the food for longer duration for better digestion and this causes decreased frequency and harder consistency.
I won't get worried if he does not cry during passing stool or there is no blood streaks in the stool.

Giving frequent amount of fluid(giving fruit juices also helps) and adding little sugar to the diet will help.
You can use brown rice,unpolished pulses as these contains more fibers.Give less of banana if constipated.You can give papaya,orange pulp,cheeku etc.Continue breast feed.

I hope all these measures will help.
Ask me if you have any more doubts.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Dr. Pradeep Kumar

Pediatrician, Cardiology

Practicing since :2006

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