HiPP's A-Z of pregnancy & child health

The A-Z contains information on many aspects of pregnancy 
and child health. It is arranged alphabetically so you can find what you are looking for with ease. If you are at all concerned about your health or your child’s health, please consult your health professional.

Constipation - In Babies

Every baby will have a different pattern of bowel movements. It is possible, however, for some babies to experience constipation, particularly if they are being bottle fed. The most common cause of constipation in babies is dehydration. If the baby is being bottle fed it is important to make sure that feeds are prepared correctly and it may be necessary to offer cooled boiled water between feeds. Babies being breastfed are less likely to become constipated and stools tend to be softer and more frequent than those of formula-fed babies. If they do become constipated, however, try to offer more feeds (making sure that you drink plenty of fluids as well). For babies who have started weaning and who are constipated, try offering cool boiled water, or a little diluted fruit or prune juice in a beaker (diluted one part fruit juice to ten parts cool, boiled water), stewed prunes, or other stewed fruit.

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Constipation - In Pregnancy

This can be a common problem. Drink plenty of fluids, and eat extra fibre - wholegrain breakfast cereals and bread and lots of fruit and vegetables.

Visit for more information about healthy eating during pregnancy.

Exercise also helps - for information on exercising safely during pregnancy click here.

If the problem persists discuss this with your GP.

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