Symptom: Constipation

Baby suffering due to constipation

Constipation is a delay or difficulty in passing stools, present for two or more weeks. It is a common problem in babies and young children.

Every baby has their own stool pattern; it is very common for a baby to have occasional, hard stools and some breastfed babies may only have one bowel movement a week.


Babies can have up to 3 bowel movements per day when aged between 0-3 months.


Why does my baby have constipation?

In some babies, long-lasting constipation may be related to Cows’ Milk Allergy (CMA). Another possible reason may be that some babies have a slow gut (which is also common) so they will also not pass stools very often.


Could my baby have Cows’ Milk Allergy?

Babies with CMA usually experience more than just one symptom and these symptoms can be very different from one another.
If you think that your baby has constipation, it may be CMA. You may have even noticed other symptoms (besides constipation), which may affect other parts of your baby’s body.
For an easy way to understand the symptoms associated with CMA, you can use our symptom checklist.




This will allow you to select all the symptoms that your baby may have that can be cows’ milk-related. You can then discuss these with your doctor.

In any case, if you have any doubts or concerns about your baby’s health, you should always seek advice from a medical professional as soon as possible. The information on this website should not replace medical advice from a medical professional.

 

OTHER SYMPTOMS OF COWS' MILK PROTEIN ALLERGY

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breastfeeding is the best form of nutrition for babies and provides many benefits to babies and mothers. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, you eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breastmilk, and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. Always consult your healthcare professional for advice about feeding your baby. The social and financial implications of using infant formula should be considered. Improper use of an infant formula or inappropriate foods or feeding methods may present a health hazard. If you use infant formula, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use carefully – failure to follow the instructions may make your baby ill. Formula for special medical purposes intended for infants must be used under medical supervision.