Constipation in Infants

Many parents worry that their baby is constipated, which can happen for many reasons. Sometimes, however, babies are not really constipated, but just have their own way of pooping.

Answering the following questions will help you understand more about constipation in infants, its causes and some ways to prevent and treat it.

For questions about constipation in children, please visit our Constipation in Children Guide.

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Constipation sometimes can be a sign of a more serious problem.

Along with having infrequent stools, does your baby have any of these symptoms?

  • extremely fussy

  • seems to be in pain (a baby may show this by pulling up its legs or arching its back)

  • vomiting, especially any green vomit

  • blood in the stool

  • a belly that seems much larger than usual.

Yes, my baby has one or more of these symptoms.

No, my baby does not have any of these symptoms.

Did your baby take longer than 24 hours after birth to pass the first stool (meconium)?

Yes, my baby had difficulty passing the first stool.

No, my baby did not have trouble passing the first stool.

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