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Infant. Passing stools alternate days. Red anal region. Started ragi recently. Constipation?

Hello Doctor,

My baby is 4 months and 1 week old now. We started giving him ragi from 4 days now. He is only passing stools on alternate days now and also his anal region has become a bit red in colour now. He never used to face these issues till date as he was only on breast milk till he completed 3 months and then later started on formula once a day (max. intake of formula was upto 100ml throughout the day with 1 feed not exceddeing 75 ml).

I am scared now if he is facing constipation issues by intake of ragi. Please advice.

Waiting eagerly for your reply.

Thanks and Regards,
Asked On : Sun, 21 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Hi Sushaja,

Thanks for writing to health care magic.

Why did you start him on formula and ragi now.

As per WHO recommendations he is supposed to be on exclusive breast feeds.

Give exclusive breast feed till the baby is 6 months old.

Apply zinc containing creams after recommendation by your doctor to peri anal region.

Hope this helps.
Take care.

Answered: Sun, 21 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Synthyia Bhagat's  Response
Thanks for your query.
Complementary feeding should be started only after 6 months of age.
Exclusive breast feeding needs to be done till 6 months.No need to give even water.
I suggest you to stop ragi as babies intestines cannot easily digest semi solids till 6 months.

Wishing your baby good health.
God bless..
Answered: Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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