Babies go through a lot of phases as they venture through their first year. It is quite impressive and amazing to watch first hand. To consider your once tiny newborn would be sitting up and holding a sippy cup and eating baby food just about eight months later. Your baby may even possibly begin walking just one short year after being born. This is a fantastic time for constant changes.
Along with all of these momentous milestone moments, there are plenty of concerns parents may have as well. It is very easy to get caught up in the baby books and crowd-sourced on social media parenting groups about concerns. These can turn into comparisons about what is normal and what is not normal. With all matters; it is important to write down questions and bring them to the monthly baby well-being checkups. Emergency questions should be directed immediately to the pediatrician.
Common Concerns Parents May Have:
Parents often will find themselves with completely common concerns. A quick call to the pediatrician’s office will settle a lot of nerves and questions. Some concerns can be addressed at home before the phone call needs to be made. These concerns and attempted remedies will help guide pediatricians in the right decision making for each unique situation.
- Food and Beverage Consumption
- Urination and Defecation
- Sleep Schedules
Why Is Food and Beverage Consumption a Concern?
Parents tend to worry about whether their baby is getting enough food. This starts as early as the breastfeeding or formula feeding stages and continues on through baby food and eventually finger foods. Every month as the baby attends well-being appointments, the pediatrician should provide a growth chart to show if your baby is gaining weight accordingly and discuss any concerns.
Why Are Urination and Defecation Concerns?
As with eating and drinking, parents also worry if their baby is experiencing enough urination or dirty diapers, urinating too much can sometimes cause concerns for conditions such as diabetes while pooping too much or too little is also disheartening. This is a topic we will delve more into.
Reasons Your Baby May Be Pooping Less:
1) Baby is not eating as much but drinking more
2) Baby is teething, and this can cause constipation or diarrhea
3) Baby is transitioning to more solid foods
4) Baby is on medication that can cause constipation
5) Baby has an underlying medical concern that needs to be addressed by the doctor
6) Baby is eating foods that cause constipation
1. Baby is not eating as much but is drinking more
If your little one is drinking their bottle or cup before meals, their tummy may be filling up. The liquid is going to fill them up, and they won’t want to eat as much. This will result in more urination and less pooping. To fix this, simply offer only a few sips of water before mealtime and offer food as the main source of supplement. After the meal, your baby can then have his or her cup or bottle.
2. Baby is teething, and this can cause constipation or diarrhea.
Babies that are teething tend to become more agitated. Teething hurts. They are sucking on their hands and teething soothers more. This produces more mucus. Teething can drastically impact a baby’s digestive system and can sometimes result in diarrhea but, in other cases, a complete opposite in the reduction of poop, which results in constipation.
3. Baby is transitioning to more solid foods.
A liquid diet will result in more liquid style poops. A more solid diet will result in more solid poops. Your little one’s body will take more time to break down the solid foods, which will result in fewer poops than when he or she was on strictly breast-milk or formula.
4. Baby is on medication that can cause constipation.
In some cases, medication can cause constipation in babies just as it can in adults. If your baby was prescribed any medication by the pediatrician, double-check for side effects. Simply contact either the pharmacy or the pediatrician. This could be short term and medically induced bout of constipation.
5. Baby has an underlying medical concern that needs to be addressed by the doctor.
Parents need to go with their gut instincts if you feel as though there is something wrong that may be resulting in fewer poops than immediately reach out to the doctor to have your baby evaluated.
6. Baby is eating foods that cause constipation.
Certain foods impact adults by binding them a bit, and the same is true for babies. Crackers, rice, and cheese are all known to help reduce diarrhea and, in some cases, produce constipation if your baby is eating a lot of these foods, that may be the culprit for fewer poops.
Stay diligent and pay attention to any changes your baby may be going through. Always feel comfortable bringing any concerns such as milestones, sleep, teething, and pooping to your pediatricians’ attention. When you begin to notice changes in your baby’s diapers, keep a journal. Write each date and time that your baby had a bowel movement—a quick description and what your child ate throughout the day.
Your pediatrician will be able to use this information to consider allergies or other medical conditions that could be resulting in fewer bowel movements. Follow the tips mentioned above and pay attention to liquid intake and diet changes that could be impacting poops. Sometimes simple dietary changes can be made at home to help your little one poop more regularly.