A firm or hard stool. Stomach pain. Anal fissures (or anal tears) may result in a little blood in the stool.
Many toddlers become constipated when they are moved to consuming solids. This is due to the baby’s intestines adjusting to a new type of food. Once your toddler is consuming solid foods, constipation could result due to dehydration.
Constipation can cycle as the pain of constipation can cause some toddlers to hold back their bowel movements, resulting in a buildup in the intestines and more constipation. This can cause pains in your toddler’s stomach.
- Massage your toddler ’s stomach. Infant massage of the stomach can relax baby’s tummy and intestines and promote digestion. Start at baby’s belly button and massage outward in clockwise circles.
- Move baby’s legs in a cycling motion as your baby lies on her back. This can cause movement in the baby’s stomach muscles which stimulate the intestines to move.
- Give your baby a warm bath. Combine massage with the bath to relax baby.
- Apply some petroleum jelly around the outside of the anus in the bath to cause a movement.
- Introduce more fruits and vegetables into your toddler's diet, especially prunes. Fruit juice works as well. Fiber will decrease constipation.