Baby Health

Foods That Help To Prevent Constipation in Babies

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.



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How My Baby Died From Severe Pneumonia

My baby was healthy. She had fever for two days and I was going to bring her to the doctor the next morning, but she started vomiting at midnight so we brought her to the hospital immediately.

When they got to the hospital, the medical staff hooked her baby to an IV, through which they gave her a medication to stop severe vomiting.

The next day, around noon, her baby started throwing up again. The medication didn’t work. She had asked for help, but there was only one nurse on duty as most of the staff had left to attend a party.

“We were calling out for help but no one helped us. I had to carry my child all the way to the emergency room because the doctors were there and we were in a ward,” she said, adding how her baby was struggling to breathe.

The only nurse on duty hooked her baby to a nebuliser, but it was too late. She recalls screaming for help, but they couldn’t save her baby.

Her baby, who she describes was perfectly healthy, had died because her lungs had filled up with phlegm, making it impossible for her to breathe.

Contrary to popular believe pneumonia is not caused by cold weather or getting wet but it is actually an infection. A cold or flu that gets worse can turn into pneumonia. That’s because the cold or flu will irritate the lungs, creating an environment where it’s easier for pneumonia germs to move in and start an infection.

  • The cause of pneumonia can either be fungi, bacterial, or viral.
  • It can be prevented through vaccination, proper nutrition, and through providing the proper environment: avoiding pollution and practicing good hygiene.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life has also been found to help.
  • If the cause of the condition is bacterial in nature, it can be treated with antibiotics. Sadly, only 1/3 of children diagnosed with pneumonia receive the needed antibiotics.

Normally, pneumonia begins as a mild cough or sore throat, much like other respiratory infections.

  • fever (usually above 38.5°C)
  • shivering
  • cough
  • rapid breathing
  • wheezing
  • difficulty breathing
  • chest or abdominal pain
  • poor appetite
  • exhaustion
  • vomiting
  • dehydration

However, it’s important for parents to know that there is a type of pneumonia, or what is known as Walking Pneumonia, that is so mild and subtle that those who have it barely show any symptoms. Though not easily detected, it can be treated with antibiotics. 

Pneumonia can affect anyone of any age, if you notice any of these symptoms in your child or even yourself be sure to visit the hospital as soon as possible to get it treated.  

Source: The Asian Parent 

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