Welcome to Me and My Child

Welcome to Me and My Child where you’ll find lots of information on the wonderful journey of parenthood, from pregnancy, to birth and your child’s early development. Every child’s development is different, so be sure to consult with your health care professional if you have any concerns.

You’ll also find plenty of information about what you can feed your child.

When it comes to babies, Breastfeeding is best, and provides the ideal balanced diet and protection against illness. During pregnancy and after delivery, a mother’s diet should contain sufficient key nutrients. Professional guidance can be sought on diet and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. Infant formula is intended to replace breast-milk when mothers do not breastfeed. A decision not to breast-feed, or to introduce partial bottle-feeding, could reduce the supply of breast-milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use, such as the use of unboiled water, unboiled bottles or incorrect dilution may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications, such as the preparation requirements and the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age, should be considered when choosing how to feed infants.

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Constipation in babies is a common worry for many parents and can cause your baby discomfort.

What is constipation?

Constipation is said to occur when stools are hard in consistency and difficult or painful to pass.

Frequency of bowel movements will vary for each individual baby. Some babies pass a bowel motion several times a day, others only once a week – and either can be quite normal.

Infrequent bowel motions, where the stools are not hard, are not necessarily an indication of constipation.

What causes it?

Most children with constipation have no serious cause found. Only rarely it is a symptom of other medical problems.

Changes in your baby’s stools may occur when, for instance, feeding methods are adjusted or when a new food is introduced into baby’s diet. For example, if formula or rice cereal is introduced, the frequency of your baby’s stools is likely to reduce.

What are the signs?

Quite simply, hard, painful stools that often look like small pellets.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps to help ease constipation.

  • Make sure your baby or toddler has adequate fluid in their diet, especially in hot weather or in well heated homes during the cooler months.
  • For the formula-fed baby, cooled, boiled water can be offered in small amounts
  • Try laying baby on his or her back and move legs in a cycling motion, flexing and extending them.
  • For formula-fed babies, ensure correct mixing of formula. Using more scoops than indicated, or over packing the scoop, concentrates the milk and can cause constipation. So, make sure you follow the pack directions
  • For toddlers, extra fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and other high fibre foods given at regular times daily can help.

If constipation persists, ask your healthcare professional for advice.

This section is for your information only and is not intended to take the place of medical advice. See your doctor or another healthcare professional for advice specific to your baby.