Call the doctor if your baby's symptoms don't pass. Call even sooner if she has symptoms and meets any of these descriptions:
- Is less than 1 month old and breastfed
- Is less than 12 months old with recent onset of weak suck or muscles
- Looks or acts very sick
- Bleeds from anus or leaks stool
- Her constipation happens often
- Is vomiting
- Has a fever
- Shows tiredness
- Has a low appetite
- Has a swollen belly
An easy way to help relieve your baby’s constipation is to exercise her legs by rolling them gently in a bicycle-like motion. This will help break up the hardened stool in her bowels. If symptoms persist, try gently massaging her tummy.
Doctors often recommend the following dietary solutions for constipation relief. If your baby is constipated, please check with your doctor first before making any dietary changes.
- High-fiber foods
You can try feeding a 4-month-old (or older) baby jarred baby foods that are high in fiber such as peas, prunes, and peaches.
- Cereal or fresh fruit
Babies over 8 months can be fed more fibrous foods. Cereals and small pieces of fruit can help produce a bowel movement.
Over-the-counter stool softeners should not be used unless your healthcare professional advises them.
You might want to ask about switching to a baby formula that promotes softer stools. A formula that doesn’t contain palm olein oil, such as Similac Pro-Advance®, may be one to consider. In fact, all Similac formulas do not contain palm olein oil.
Browse Similac products to find a formula that best fits your infant’s needs.
If you have more questions about formula feeding, see our Frequently Asked Questions.