Causes of Constipation in Babies: Infant Feeding Practice and Constipation

Based on the findings of one study, there are two major causes.

(1) early introduction of gluten-food before or at 6 months is associated with functional constipation (defecation frequency <3 times a week or the presence of mainly hard feces for at least 2 weeks) among children at age 2. Common gluten-foods include Pasta, Couscous, Bread, Flour Tortillas, Cookies, Cakes, Muffins, Pastries, Cereal, Crackers, Oats (see the section on oats below), Gravy, Dressings, Sauces. Among this list, pay attention to rice cereal, which is usually the first food given to babies during the transition period.

(2) A history of cow’s milk allergy in the 1st year of life is also associated with constipation in childhood. Babies who breastfeed exclusively are rarely constipated. Exclusively formula-fed babies are much more likely to have trouble from constipation. Please refer to our article about this for more details. See "Formula-Feeding Increases the Risks of Constipation Compared to Breast-Feeding, Study Says". In short, this is because formula can firm up poop more than breast milk can. Therefore, if your newborn is allergic to milk-protein, he is more likely to suffer from constipation.

(3) However, timing of the introduction of cow's milk, hen's eggs, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts are NOT associated with functional constipation in childhood.

(4) Also, pay careful attention to the rare circumstances, illness may cause constipation in babies. Please consult with pediatricians immediately.

(5) For cure and relief of constipation, please refer to our article "Scientifically Proven Strategies to Relieve Children with Constipation".

(6) For causes of constipation of toddlers, please see our article about "Factors Associated with Childhood Constipation: Food, Obesity, or Activity?".

Created on November 21 2015 at 08: 00 AM


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References:

1: "Infant nutritional factors and functional constipation in childhood: the Generation R study," The American journal of gastroenterology, 2010, by Kiefte-de Jong, J. C., Escher, J. C., Arends, L. R., Jaddoe, V. W. V., Hofman, A., Raat, H., & Moll, H. A. . (Citations: 25).




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