Constipation in babies

It is not uncommon for your baby's stools to vary in colour and consistency from day to day, but if there is a prolonged change to harder, less frequent stools this could mean your baby is constipated.1

Constipation is more common in babies fed infant formula than those who are breastfed.1,2 In the UK, it is commonly caused by a lack of fibre and not enough fluid being included within a baby’s diet. For babies eating solid foods, including high fibre foods, such as cereals, and ensuring they receive plenty of fluids can help to relieve symptoms and the likelihood of constipation.2

If you think your baby may be constipated then please discuss this with your healthcare professional, who will be able to help you.


  1. Netdoctor, 2011: Accessed 14th August 2013.
  2. Webster-Gandy J et al. (Eds) Oxford Handbook of Nutrition and Dietetics1st edition. Oxford Publishing; Oxford 2006 pp 248.

RXANI140098 Date of preparation: March 2014