Support for exclusively breastfed babies under 6 months

Please note: True constipation (ie not infrequent passage of normal stools or infant dyschezia with normal stools) is very rare in exclusively breastfed infants and can be a sign of an underlying medical condition. This should be considered a potential red flag that warrants review with your GP/ paediatrician, especially if in combination with insufficient weight gain or other symptoms/ signs 

  • More common – CMPI, insufficient milk (ie low supply)  
  • Less common – Hirschsprung disease, hypothyroidism, electrolyte disturbances, cystic fibrosis 

REFERENCE:

https://www1.racgp.org.au/ajgp/2018/may/paediatric-constipation

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