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The transit of your baby is not always regular. You wonder if he is not subject to constipation. Not necessarily ! The explanations of Dr. Béatrice Di Mascio, pediatrician in Paris.
1. Determine if this is really constipation
- It is not because your toddler does not bow every day that he is necessarily constipated. The physiological transit varies from one baby to another: from 3 to 4 stools per day until 1 stool every 3 days.
- From the moment your baby has no difficulty defecating without pushing too hard, he does not have a stomach ache and his stool is soft, no problem.
- On the other hand, if it becomes red while pushing, squirms with pain and has difficulty in emitting very hard stools, there is a high probability that it is constipated.
2. Do not confuse constipation and loss of the reflex of defecation
- At the time of weaning, the transition from breastfeeding to milk away, the transit may temporarily be less regular.
- This phenomenon, called loss of defecation reflex, is due mainly to the difference in lactose between the two milks, which your baby's body will have to get used to.
- During this period which can last a month, your baby can emit stools that are not dry only every 3 or 4 days.
- The loss of the reflex of defecation was less common before, because one very often took the temperature of the children by rectal way. This tended to trigger the defecation reflex. This habit has now been abandoned. Today, it is avoided to systematically take the temperature rectally.