Constipation and diarrhea in newborns.

Noor Health Life

How to better manage constipation and diarrhea in newborns and infants, proper treatment of diarrhea and constipation in newborns.


Many parents think that if their newborn does not defecate according to their thinking, then their child is suffering from constipation. Constipation cannot be measured by the number of times your child has a bowel movement, but constipation occurs when your child’s bowel movements become hard and cause pain and bleeding, and the child moans with difficulty when defecating. ۔ The other common signs of constipation are:

Blood in the stool. Wounds due to hard stools in the anus.

Stomach pain


Newborn babies who are breastfed are less likely to have constipation. Constipation is more common in bottle-fed babies.

If your child has difficulty defecating, try to rotate his legs like a bicycle. Sometimes your child may need other treatments such as water or mild prone juice. But it is important to consult your doctor before using them.

Fecal incontinence in newborns

During the first two days of your life, your newborn will secrete a green or black tar-like substance called meconium. By the third day, your baby’s bowel movements will improve, especially in babies who are breastfed. The color of its stools will also be light brown, yellow or tan and it will be mostly soft and thin. Breastfeeding babies usually defecate three to four times a day for the first two weeks. Bottle-fed babies may also have lower doses. The color and regularity of your child’s stool will change over time as he or she is introduced to new things in his or her first year.

If your newborn’s bowel movements are less frequent during the day, it may be a sign that your baby is not eating well. If your newborn’s bowel movements are less frequent, be sure to mention to your doctor your baby’s meal schedule, the amount of wet diapers, and if he or she is gaining weight.


Diarrhea occurs when your child defecates too much, such as water, in large quantities or in large quantities. She may also have mucus in her stool. Diarrhea is sometimes associated with vomiting.

The causes of diarrhea are usually bacterial or viral infections. Bacteria enter the newborn through contaminated food or through contaminated stool. Diarrhea can be caused by another illness. Sometimes this can be due to an excess or deficiency in the child’s diet or even due to food intolerance. Diarrhea can also be caused by the side effects of antibiotics in some children.

When to see a doctor

Diarrhea can be very dangerous for newborns. If you notice any changes in your child’s bowel movements, talk to your doctor. If your child is having diarrhea or vomiting, this is usually a sign of an infection. If your baby shows any signs of dehydration such as dry mouth, less than six diapers a day, sunken eyes, sunken palate or dry skin, it can be very dangerous.

Take your child to the doctor before 4 hours have passed before your child has a thin, watery stool or any of these symptoms with diarrhea.




Blood in the stool

Treatment of diarrhea

Treatment of diarrhea depends on the cause. Sometimes only the diet is changed and sometimes medicine is required. Do not give your child any medicine unless it is prescribed by a doctor.

Here are some tips your doctor may give you.

If your baby is breastfed, continue as before.

If your child is vomiting, you should give him small amounts of food but more often a day. If you are breastfeeding, this means that you will now be holding your baby for a longer time each time you are breastfeeding.

To protect your baby from dehydration, you may need to give your baby an electrolyte solution such as Pedia Light during feed.

If your baby is bottle-fed and your baby’s diarrhea goes away for more than two weeks, you may need to change treatment. You will need to contact your doctor for this.

Diarrhea and vomiting can sometimes be a sign of an infection. In newborns and young infants, the infection can quickly become dangerous and can lead to dehydration due to diarrhea and vomiting. It is important that your child be treated as soon as possible before the infection spreads further. This may require special diagnostic tests and your child may be sent to the hospital for treatment with intravenous substances.

A note about diaper rash

Diarrhea can cause discomfort in your newborn baby which later develops into diaper rash.

If your baby has a diaper rash, change his diaper frequently, especially after every bowel movement. Avoid using baby wipes as they can also cause discomfort as most commercial wipes use alcohol. Instead, try wiping your baby with a damp cloth. Keep your baby’s back as open as possible so that air can pass through. Apply a thick layer of diaper cream before applying the next diaper. Avoid putting powder on its back as the powder is ineffective and can cause respiratory problems in your baby.

If your newborn has a yeast infection that causes severe rashes on the genitals and can spread to the abdomen and buttocks, get a medical examination as soon as possible. A special cream is used for effective treatment of this condition. Contact Noor Health Life for more information.

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