If constipation can be so rueful to adults, you can only image the plight of babies who suffer from it. While babies below six months of age might not suffer from constipation, as they are on breast milk or formula, once weaning starts, most babies have these problems. Here are the signs of constipation in children that you should know about.
If your child has not been able to pass stools for a day or two, it is going to affect her eating patterns. Most babies either refuse food, gag or even throw-up if force fed.
Obviously her stomach hurts if she isn't able to get her bowel movement going. Tummy pains in kids suffering from constipation is way too common.
Passing too much gas but not stools is an indication that all is not well regarding your child's gut health. Stools stuck in the stomach for too long can result in farting with foul smell.
When the little one's system is not clear, you can't expect her to be calm, cheerful or quite. Irritability and tantrums are signs of the frustration she holds within for her constipation.
Passing no stools or just pellets is the obvious sign of constipation. Keeping a track of your child's stools pattern is important - stools changing from soft to hard, change in frequency and consistency or fewer motions - all are classic sings of constipation. If you notice these, either use a pediatric laxative to treat the same or talk to your doctor.