While it is common to introduce solid food to babies at 4 months but it is recommended that you wait until your baby is 6 months old.
Before this, if your baby is exclusively breastfed, he may not poo every day, but formula fed babies would normally poo between 3-4 times daily.
In some cases, the hard stool persists and you may find it disturbing to watch your baby strain while stooling. Initially, when your baby starts taking solid food, he will likely experience hard stools and may find it challenging to pass stool but gradually his body will adjust to it
Some children experience constipation during this time as you introduce new foods to them. Some of the signs of constipation are straining while stooling, blood in the stool, hard belly and poor appetite. To tackle this, you can bath him in warm water, gently massage his stomach, change the type of milk he is taking and increase water intake.
In addition, you need to consider the type of food you are preparing for your baby. This will affect the ease of his body digesting its components.
Sweet Potato: Sweet potatoes is another nutritious meal that contains fibre, which aids your babies bowel movement. It is a rich source of Vitamin A, C and carbohydrates. One of the common ways of preparing it is boiling and mashing it or making a porridge with it.
Apple Juice: Just before you rush to the nearest store to order for apple juice, please note that store-bought juices are not healthy for your child, this is because it contains concentrates and preservatives that are not good for the body. You should make a home-made version by juicing or blending fresh apples to extract the juice from the pulp.
Vegetables: Both green veggies and other types are good for your baby. Chop them into smaller sizes, cook or steam them properly before giving your child.
Oatmeal: Oatmeal is rich in fibre and makes a very easy first food for your baby. There are common brands that sell packed oat. Making them into a pudding is the favourite for babies.
Brown rice: We cannot recount the benefit of eating brown or local rice popularly called Ofada rice. It is unpolished and the natural nutrient is intact in it. Your baby would find it easy on the belly if you prepare this for him.
Avocado: This is easy to find in the local market around you. It is easy to digest and highly nutritious. It contains fibre, vitamin K, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin C. You need to include it as part of your baby’s first food.
When your baby experiences constipation, please avoid giving him carrots, unripe bananas, milk products, white rice, pasta, white bread, rice cereals etc. if constipation continues, please consult your doctor.