Originally Answered: Infant constipation, what can I do to help my son?
Kids, especially babies and infants, get constipated from time to time. Their little tummies and guts are brand new and they're getting to grips with growing fast, plus milk, then food, etc - it's natural that they sometimes get a little bunged up.
If he's been on Aptimal a long time then it's unlikely to be the milk as it would have caused problems before now. Has he tried any new foods lately or been through any big changes such as a new playgroup, moving house, or anything like that? Both of those can affect toilet habits although most times it's just something that happens for seemingly no reason and it goes away again just as fast.
Make sure he has plenty of fluids. Cooled, boiled water is fine, you could offer juice but try to limit this to mealtimes only as the acids in fruit juice can damage young teeth. Offer him fruit, the best ones for constipation are:
I know it sounds silly but avoid bran because this absorbs water and makes stools harder, fibre doesn't absorb water so is better - opt for foods with fibre rather than bran. Massage his tummy in clockwise motions because this is the direcion the gut works in, so you're stimulating it to move things along. Walk your fingers, firmly but gently, across his lower tummy from his right-side to his left-side - you might even feel gas bubbles as you do this. Lift his legs towards his lower tummy and gently move them in a cycling motion, this can ease any gas pains and also helps stimulate the bowel to move.
Lastly, avoid inserting anything up his bottom, including warm water, a thermometer, or a cotton bud dipped in vaseline, as this can cause damage to his anus and lower rectum.