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Glycerin candles - a means to combat constipation in newborn babies


Summary of the article

Glycerin suppositories or suppositories are one of the most popular means to eliminate constipation in children. They are recommended by many pediatricians and experienced mothers. The main active ingredient of such candles is glycerin. When inserted into the rectum, the suppository melts, produces a slight irritant effect on the intestinal wall, dilutes the fecal mass and thereby helps the feces, during which the remainder of the candle is expelled.

Is it possible to glycerin candles for newborns?

Despite the fact that the main active ingredient of glycerin candles is the same - glycerin, not all manufacturers, according to the instructions, allow them to be used from birth. So, candles with glycerin produced by NIZHPHARM are allowed for children from birth, and Glycelax produced by MosPharm since only three months. In this regard, before buying candles with glycerin for a newborn, you must carefully read the instructions to the drug.

Glycerin suppository dosage for infants

Purely glycerin suppositories are not produced, there are glycerin-containing products on sale, that is, in addition to glycerol, they contain auxiliary substances. Suppositories for children, depending on their glycerin content, are sold in two dosages:

  • with glycerol content of 0.75 g "Glitselaks" (price from 109 rubles),
  • with glycerin content of 1.24 g "Glycerol" "NIZHPHARM" (price from 145 rubles).

Due to the high content of glycerin (1.24 g), candles “NIZHPHARM” require children under three years of age to divide into two parts.

How often can you use

Candles are not intended for permanent use and do not eliminate the cause of constipation. Use glycerin candles should be only if necessary, once a day. If there is no effect, re-introduction is allowed no earlier than after 12 hours. It is recommended to put rectal suppositories to a baby for no more than 7 days in a row, optimally - once every three days. In each case, the first and main authority authorized to make any recommendations is a pediatrician.

With the abuse of this tool there is a risk of violations of normal bowel movement. This may be iatrogenic (drug) diarrhea or intestinal obstruction.


Despite the innocuousness of glycerin candles, their use should be cautious and be carried out under the supervision of a physician, since individual intolerance may develop to the components of the candles. Both glycerol itself and auxiliary ingredients (magnesium carbonate in the form of basic salt, polysorbate 80, macrogol 400, stearic acid, etc.) can cause a reaction. It is also not recommended to insert glycerin suppositories for inflammation of the rectum.

Instructions for use of glycerin candles

  1. Wash your hands before inserting a candle for constipation in a baby.
  2. A candle or part of a little warm in the palm, moisten with warm water.
  3. The baby is placed on the back or on the flank, the legs are bent so that the knees rest against the abdomen.
  4. The candle is introduced very carefully, without much effort, so as not to hurt the baby.
  5. After the candle is inserted, the legs release and slightly press the buttocks together.
  6. Candle melting occurs within 10-15 minutes, bowel movement - within 30-40 minutes.

Important! Candle lubrication before use with additional fat-containing agents is not required!

Video how to put a glycerin candle baby

Advantages and disadvantages

  1. Glycerin candles - one of the most affordable means against constipation in babies.
  2. In the pediatric form of the drug, not only the dosage is taken into account, but also the anatomical features of the body structure of a small child.
  3. Glycerin-based laxative suppositories have almost no contraindications, individual intolerance to the components of the drug is a rather rare phenomenon.
  4. Some inconvenience of use is due to the need to undress the child, in addition, the baby can resist and the introduction of the candle will cause him pain.
  5. No laxative is intended for permanent use and is not a drug for systemic treatment of digestive disorders.

What to replace (possible action on analogs)

Among the medicines intended for rectal administration, glycerin suppositories are the safest and therefore approved for use from an early age. Most drugs with other active ingredients, used rectally, are contraindicated in babies: candles with bisacodyl, Norgalax microclysm with sodium dokuzatom, etc. The exception is the drug "Mikrolaks" in the form of microclyster on the basis of sodium citrate, which can be used if glycerin candles do not help.

What swing drugs for oral administration (through the mouth), an alternative to glycerin candles can be called lactulose drugs, in particular, "Duphalac", "Prelax", "Normolakt". They are easily dosed and completely harmless to the child's body. In the colon, lactulose is broken down by the bacteria living there to form large amounts of water. Fecal mass is liquefied from the inside and excreted naturally. Such oral medications as “Guttalaks”, “Forlax”, castor oil to young children are prohibited.

Dosing and Administration

There are no glycerin candles for newborn babies. It is allowed to use suppositories for children. The main rule is strict dosage compliance.

There are the following suppositories:

  • glycerin candles
  • glycelax (analog of glycerin candles)

The active substance in the preparation is glycerol. Children's glycerin candles contain 0.75 grams of active substance. The daily dose for a newborn is approximately 0.375 grams (half of a children's candle).

Pharmacies sell candles by:

  • 2.11 g (use ¼ candles)
  • 1.50 g (using 1/3 of a candle)
  • 1.405 g (using 1/3 of the candle)
  • 1.24 g (using 1/3 of a candle)
  • 0.75 g (use ½ candles)

The package contains 10 suppositories. The exact daily dose is prescribed by a pediatrician.

How to insert a glycerin candle?

First you need to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. The knife that the suppository will be cut is sterilized. The candle is cut into pieces along, depending on the prescribed dose. The anus of the baby is smeared with petroleum jelly or baby cream. Also, before the introduction, it is possible to oil the candle itself. You should put the crumb on the flank, bend the legs at the knees to the tummy itself, lift the upper buttock and gently insert the candle inside. It is worth trying to introduce part of the suppository as deep as possible. After that, the buttocks are pressed against each other and hold for 2-3 minutes. If you do not perform the last action, the baby will push out the candle before its action begins.

How much does the drug work?

Irritation of the rectum begins in 10-15 minutes. The kid pokes in no more than half an hour after the injection. Candle in the rectum begins to dissolve. There is a softening of the fecal masses, which helps to facilitate the process of defecation. The remains of the suppository are displayed during defecation.

Negative effects of the application. Rarely observed an allergic reaction, itching or burning of the skin. During prolonged and uncontrolled use of the drug, diarrhea may occur. The tone of the rectum decreases, intestinal obstruction appears, fissures in the anus. Perhaps the appearance of inflammatory processes in the intestines.

A single injection of the drug does not cause side effects.

Contraindications. It is not recommended to use the drug in case of hypersensitivity to the drug and inflammatory processes in the intestine.

In order for the candles not to melt and soften ahead of time, they should be stored in the refrigerator. Take the drug out of the refrigerator just before the introduction.

The advantages of candles. The desired effect is achieved fairly quickly. There are no problems during drug administration. There is no absorption of the substance into the body. Possible use at an early age. Candle packaging is relatively inexpensive.

With regular constipation candles will not fix the problem. It is necessary to conduct a comprehensive examination of the body and find other ways of treatment. Proper diet nursing mothers, the selection of the optimal mixture, massage the tummy, the use of glycerin suppositories, according to the instructions, will help to correct the work of the gastrointestinal tract and restore the function of the colon. To normalize the work of the gastrointestinal tract often need to adjust the microflora. To do this, the doctor may prescribe taking Bifidumbacterin after all the necessary tests. Do not self-medicate. See the root of the problem. Take care of your baby!

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Causes and signs of constipation

Delay of the stool for 1.5-2 days may cause constipation. Newborns up to 3 months are emptied 2-4 times daily, one-year-old children 1-2 times a day. If it is impossible to release the intestine, the baby has pain, increased gas formation, and colic due to swelling. He becomes moody, restless, crying.

It is necessary to pay attention to the consistency of fecal masses - it is normally pasty. If a baby is not emptied every day, but it does not affect the thickness of feces, the baby feels well, perhaps it is an individual feature or a temporary condition. Often, breastfed babies assimilate milk almost completely, their bowel movement occurs every 3-5 days. With an overall good condition, full development, this is considered the norm and does not require treatment.

More often, constipation occurs in children during the transition from breastfeeding to artificial, can also be the cause:

  • Introduction of complementary foods, improper nutrition. Some products have a strong effect, cause thickening of the feces, which makes it difficult to empty the bowels,
  • Teething. A painful condition leads to a decrease in food intake, decreases the number and frequency of bowel movements,
  • Infection,
  • Dehydration caused by hot weather, high temperature in the room,
  • Lack of motor activity
  • Violation of intestinal microflora with complications during pregnancy and childbirth,
  • Wrong metabolism, lack of vitamins,
  • Lactose intolerance,
  • Psychological disorders of the kid, caused by stress. They can cause weaning, changing the situation, forced separation from the mother.

In breastfed babies, constipation can occur when a change in the diet of the mother. Difficult defecation appears after the first feeding of the baby. His digestive system is not yet adapted to the new food system, the intestinal motor function is poorly developed. If the baby feels unwell and does not have a bowel movement, it is better to contact a pediatrician.

Candle action

To help your child with constipation, the pediatrician may prescribe children's glycerin suppositories, they are administered rectally. The drug is available in two types: adults with a concentration of 2.11 g, children (up to 12 years), a dose of 1.24 g. The composition includes glycerol. The component is an alcohol with a viscous consistency, in combination with acids has an antiseptic effect, reduces inflammation and pain.

The active substance, getting into the rectum, irritates the inner wall, stimulates peristalsis. Its properties allow you to soften the feces to facilitate its removal. Glycerol is not absorbed by the intestines, except for getting into the baby’s blood, is not addictive and safe for the child’s body.

Unsystematic use of the drug disrupts the natural process of defecation, leads to entericolitis, diarrhea, and intestinal obstruction. The active substance with frequent use is able to inhibit the intestinal microflora, causing indigestion and reduced immunity.

Is it possible for the baby?

Instructions for use of glycerin candles contain a restriction on use - children older than 3 months, younger children and newborns can be prescribed by a pediatrician in a rare case for emergency care. Application is possible to determine the cause and eliminate constipation. It is not recommended to use glycerin suppositories for prevention.

For babies older than 3 months, use a whole baby candle or divide in half an adult. Newborns dosage is reduced, it is recommended to introduce a third of the specified rate.

How often can I bet?

According to the instructions, it is possible to use the medicine once a day, not more than a week. Newborns and babies up to one year is not recommended to use the drug more often 1 time in 3 days.

Stored the drug in the refrigerator to maintain shape. Before you put it, you need to warm the candle to a comfortable room temperature. Enter the drug in the morning after 20 minutes after feeding.

How long does it take for the drug to help?

The instructions for the use of glycerin candles for newborns indicated that the action occurs approximately half an hour after administration. If the remedy did not immediately help, you can repeat the procedure after waiting 12 hours. Some have fast glycerin suppositories: the result comes after a few minutes after administration. The drug is withdrawn completely during bowel movements.

Composition, active substance, description, release form

The active ingredient of candles is polyhydric alcohol glycerol (glycerin). The pharmaceutical industry does not produce purely glycerin suppositories. Additional ingredients:

  • calcium carbonate,

  • macrogol (laxative).
  • Candles (suppositories) can be purchased in two dosages: in the "Glitselaks" glycerin content - 0.75 g, in the "glycerin" "NIZHPHARM" - 1.24 g.

    Each candle in the package is sealed in a separate cell.

    The active substance in these preparations is the same, however, as follows from the instructions for their use, the NIFPHARM glycerin suppositories are allowed to babies from birth, and Glicelex (MosPharm company) is allowed to children from three months and older.

    Glycerin candles are a remedy for emergency care. The doctor recommends them if the child has no stool for two days, the tummy is swollen, there are painful sensations. If this happens often, you need to conduct a survey, to understand the causes and eliminate them.

    Sometimes the pediatrician prescribes candles for newborns after the first feeding.

    This is a very crucial moment: the gastrointestinal tract begins to work independently, but not always copes with a difficult task.

    There are few similar cases in medical practice. Usually one-time use of candles is enough to "start the mechanism."

    Glycerol assistance is required for a sick child who has been prescribed treatment with drugs, including antibiotics.. Constipation is a frequent side effect in such a treatment regimen, and glycerin suppositories in case of indisposition help to remove the problem, which aggravates the health of the newborn and older children, who are already ill.

    Candles solve this problem - they soften the fecal masses accumulated inside and bring them outside, relieving the baby of painful sensations.

    It happens that a pediatrician prescribes suppositories for prophylactic purposes, and for this he needs convincing substantiations - a rectal disease, a long treatment with medications, an allergic reaction that significantly narrows the range of medicines that could be used to treat a baby.

    Parents are independently “prescribing” such prophylaxis to an infant as strictly prohibited.

    How does it work, after what time the effect is noticeable

    How many glycerol suppositories do babies have? The candle introduced into the infant's body lubricates the walls of the rectum, causes irritation and provokes the process of release from the stool (defecation).

    The active substance does not penetrate deep into the body, which would be undesirable, and in some cases even dangerous.

    If expectations are not met, and after the glycerin suppository there is no baby’s stool, the procedure is repeated after 12 hours. All the remnants of the drug out of the body along with feces.

    Dosage depending on childhood, how often you can put

    The pharmaceutical industry supplies drugstores to pharmacies for both children and adult patients. According to reviews on the Internet, we can conclude that the children's drug is not always available, so it is important for parents to be able to use the “adult”.

    Each candle for a baby contains 0.75 g of glycerin, an adult - twice as much.

    Breaking off from her half, it can be used to treat children.

    It is impossible to exceed the dose (albeit for good purposes): the burning sensation will intensify, the child will experience pain.

    Pediatricians talk about cases when, in such situations, mothers, pitying a crying, painful child, thought that this was his reaction to constipation, which she could not cope with, and ... inserted another candle.

    How often can glycerin candles be inserted into newborns? According to the instructions, candles are set once a day, but not longer than seven days in a row.. The smallest can do this even less often - once every three days. The doctor makes appointments based on the child’s health and individual characteristics.

    Method of use

    Как определить дозу препарата? Sometimes, according to the pediatrician, even a small candle is a lot, so (strictly following its recommendations) cut a piece from the candle, adult or child, with a clean knife (you need to cut along). Do not forget to pre-wash your hands.

    Then you should hand squeeze both halves of the ass and hold it in this position for a couple of minutes. If this fails, the suppository will simply slip out before it can complete its mission.

    How to use glycerin candles for newborns? Video on how to properly put candles on a baby:

    Special instructions, interaction with other drugs

    Clinical trials did not reveal negative effects when using glycerin suppositories simultaneously with other drugs. There are practically no grounds for a “conflict”: their action is narrow, the drug does not enter the blood, the duration of the procedure is minimal.

    General provisions

    The main indications for the use of glycerin suppositories are constipation, bloating, which may be accompanied by colic. Suppositories act quickly and efficiently. As a rule, the result is not long to wait, it occurs within 10-30 minutes after the introduction of the drug in the anus. During this period, the candle begins to dissolve, which irritates the intestinal walls and causes them to shrink. In addition, substances that are part of the drug, dilute fecal masses, facilitating defecation.

    On sale you can find candles for children and for adults. The former contain half the active ingredient than the latter. Glycerin candles for children can be produced under different trade names. The most popular are Glitselaks and Glycerol, they are all made on the basis of glycerol.

    Table dosage candles for newborns (under 3 months):

    It is necessary to use a preparation correctly, according to the dosage specified in the table. However, before applying it, you should consult with a pediatrician. Parents can mistaken for constipation 2-3-day delay in the child’s stool. Sometimes this picture is observed in absolutely healthy babies. The doctor will assess the general condition of the patient and give recommendations on whether or not to cause stool in an artificial way.

    Note that glycerin candles are not recommended for regular use. Cause defecation with their help only in rare cases. If a child has a tendency to constipation, the problem must be approached comprehensively, that is, to treat not a symptom, but a disease.

    Advantages and disadvantages

    Although glycerin candles are a popular remedy for constipation, they still have contraindications and are not without some side effects. To begin, consider the benefits of the drug:

    • fast result
    • budget cost
    • comfortable introduction,
    • not absorbed into the intestinal wall,
    • approved for use from an early age.

    Glycerin candles for newborns and babies up to three months can not be used regularly. There is a danger of addiction - the child’s intestines will refuse to “work” on their own.

    As a rule, the drug acts fairly quickly and allows the child to empty the intestines.

    The consequences of unsystematic use of the drug are rather unpleasant. Among them:

    • enterocolitis,
    • diarrhea (diarrhea),
    • intestinal obstruction.

    An overdose of the drug can cause discomfort in the anus - itching, irritation. If a child has similar symptoms, suppositories should not be administered. Dr. Komarovsky also does not consider this tool useful for the child and recommends it for use in rare cases, as a one-time help. If it is decided to introduce suppositories to the baby, it is worth exploring the contraindications:

    • cracks in the anus,
    • any inflammatory processes of the rectum,
    • acute phase of hemorrhoids,
    • exacerbation of proctitis.

    Most pediatricians say that a single administration of suppositories can not harm either the baby or the child over one year old. In the case when a baby’s constipation occurs regularly, it is worthwhile to look for another solution to the problem.

    How to use suppositories?

    Glycerin candles affect each child differently. In most cases, the time of occurrence of defecation is 5-15 minutes. However, there are situations when the child empties the intestine an hour or more after the procedure. Pediatricians do not recommend inserting suppositories more than twice a week, after which it is worth taking a break.

    From what age can you give a candle to your baby? The instructions for the drug indicated that it is not recommended for use in children younger than 3 months. However, if necessary, the pediatrician may prescribe candles for the newborn as one-time assistance. You should not use the drug as a prophylactic or as a medical normalization of stool.

    When are they applied?

    The main indication for the use of candles, based on glycerin, is constipation. Such candles are recommended in the absence of a bowel movement for several days if it causes discomfort to the child. Also candles with glycerin are prescribed to newborns with hernia, if the baby cannot be strained.

    It is best to buy children's glycerin candles for babies, but in cases where there are no candles for children available, you can also buy adult dosages. It is important to carefully read the instructions and follow its instructions.

    At what age can they be used?

    The instructions to the children's tool indicated that they are allowed to use in babies after three months. Nevertheless, such candles are also used for newborns, preferably after consulting with a pediatrician.

    • It is important to remember that a glycerin suppository is not a remedy for constipation.
    • Also, these candles can not serve as a prevention of difficulty emptying. So you can not use them as a preventive drug.
    • If problems with emptying recur regularly, the best solution is to contact your pediatrician.

    How to set?

    An adult should wash his hands, remove the candle from the package and divide it if necessary.

    Putting the crumb on his back (you can also on the flank), his legs should be bent at the knees and bring them to the stomach.

    To make the candle easier to slide, you can soak it in warm water. Also, to facilitate the introduction of the anus, the baby can be lubricated with baby oil or cream.

    Next, carefully candle (efforts do not need) is introduced deep into the anus of the baby. After that, the baby’s buttocks should be squeezed and briefly held so that the candle does not immediately come out of the anus.

    How often can they be used?

    The newborn is recommended to introduce a glycerin candle every 3 days. Although this remedy is safe, but it is often advised not to put such candles in order not to provoke diarrhea.

    Moms who used glycerin candles for newborn babies speak positively about this tool. Children tolerate the drug well, and the effect of the candles is quite fast.

    Overdose with glycerin

    In the treatment of children can not be guided by the principle of "the more the better."

    Having rejoiced at the effectiveness of glycerin candles, some mothers start using them with or without more often than indicated in the instructions.

    The danger of such a “treatment” is that the receptors located in the intestinal walls simply lose control over the processes taking place.

    The kid ceases to understand the needs of his body, he can no longer crap himself.

    Another negative result of overdose is diarrhea. The worst-case scenarios are enterocolitis and intestinal obstruction.

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    And with detailed instructions for the use of the drug Polysorb for children you will find separately.

    Average prices in the Russian Federation, storage conditions and leave, shelf life

    In a blister (so called packaging for drugs) - 10 glycerin candles. The average price of children's glycerin candles for newborns and older children is about 150 rubles. Glitselaks worth from 109 rubles. and above, and Glycerol from NIZHFARM - from 149 rubles. and higher.

    Houses are stored at a temperature not higher than 25 degrees, without removing from the blister. Many people prefer to put them in the fridge, and two minutes before the start of use, get them to warm up to room temperature.

    Read reviews about the use of this laxative when breastfeeding:

    • Anna V.:

    “My daughter, until she turned one, now and then had constipation. Helped only candles Glitselaks. I tried to be careful and did not use more than one so that the body was not used to them. ”

    Roman R .:

    “Constipation of a son does not happen often, but my wife and I always hurt to see how the guy suffers from his tummy. We keep in the first-aid kit glycerin candles. There was no case that they let us down. ”

    Maya F .:

    “It is convenient to use these candles - they are inserted easily, the baby doesn't even have time to feel that we conjure over his ass. And the result is instant. Barely put on a diaper, as I had to take it off, because the job has already been done. "

    Lyudmila P .:

    “My relatives did not give me any advice, to help my child with constipation, to put an enema, to put a piece of soap in my ass. I think that for infants these are not the best, most painful methods. Candles are much better. ”

    Alla N .:

    “Although there were no children's candles in the pharmacy, I was advised to buy by adults, also glycerine ones. Break off about a third. The most difficult thing is to insert a candle in the ass, hold it there for about two minutes so that the medicine works. ”

    If an unpleasant situation happens too often, you should ask the doctor to understand the problem and give the necessary recommendations.

    Glycerin candles are considered by many to be a harmless remedy, but if you rely only on it, it can harm the children's body.

    Rules of application

    The one who first decided to light a candle for a newborn, it makes sense to study the sequence of actions on the video. However, to begin with, it is desirable to learn a few rules for the use of suppositories:

    1. Wash hands before starting the procedure. With dirty fingers, you can infect the baby with an infection that will irritate the skin of the anus.
    2. Divide the candle into 2 parts, if it is a children's drug, or 3-4 - if for adults.
    3. Lay the baby on the side (better on the left), bend his legs at the knees and slightly tighten them to the chest.
    4. Oil or baby cream anus.
    5. Use your left hand to lift the upper buttock, the right hand to insert a candle into the anus so that it disappears completely in the rectum. This should be done carefully, without haste.
    6. Then hold both buttocks for a couple of minutes so that the candle does not come out entirely, but has time to dissolve. If the candle slips out - you need to insert it a little deeper.
    7. Next, wait until the drug will act and cause a bowel movement, which may occur after the procedure, or maybe a little later.

    Sometimes a candle does not cause bowel movement. In this situation, it is allowed to repeat the procedure, but not earlier than after 12 hours. It is better if the pediatrician takes care of the issue - it is possible that the doctor will prescribe a different drug for the baby.

    Alternative drugs

    Not every child glycerin candles are perfect. Newborns and children younger than 3 months are often prescribed other drugs to normalize stool. At the same time, glycerin is the only medication of this kind, but pediatricians can offer parents an alternative to solve the problem. For example, microclysters are effective, as well as a venting tube.

    Laxatives for children:

    The Emicrolax Enema acts by analogy with suppositories - after its introduction, the child poops almost immediately (more details in the article: instructions for using Microlax enema for newborns). Among the components of the drug is also glycerin. Microclysters are very popular, they can be delivered even by an amateur.

    Benefits of Microlax Enema:

    • helps the bowels work
    • approved for use from birth,
    • almost no contraindications
    • effective
    • It acts locally, is completely excreted from the intestine along with fecal masses.

    It is worth remembering that an enema can cause allergies - for example, if a child has an individual sensitivity to a component. Like candles, enemas are not recommended to use more often than once or twice a week and not to consider them as a drug for the treatment of constipation (we recommend to read: how to put an enema on a baby?)

    According to many pediatricians, Lactulose syrup is preferable to use than glycerin suppositories, especially for children under 4 years of age. Dr. Komarovsky also speaks about this.

    Other methods of constipation

    Before solving the problem of constipation with the help of glycerin suppositories or microclysmicism, it is worth trying to help the baby with non-drug means. If the child did not have feces for more than one or two days, the following techniques will be useful:

    • Exercises for arms and legs. A kind of gymnastics for babies helped to improve intestinal motility, many pediatricians patients. It is necessary to lay the child on his back, open his arms to the side. Then cross them in front of the chest and then spread out to the sides. Now you need to bend the legs at the knees and in turn pull up to the stomach.
    Special exercises stimulate intestinal motility
    • Perform a circular tummy massage. Open palm need to stroke the stomach in a clockwise direction. Photos of this procedure can be found on the network.
    • Also help to relax, improve the bowels of the bath. For an even greater effect, decoctions of herbs can be added to the water.

    All these tools are effective, but the result will not be immediately. How long to wait for a chair? As a rule, defecation occurs after 12-24 hours. To massage and gymnastics helped the baby to establish a regular chair, they should be carried out 2-3 times a day. Baths can be done at bedtime.

    Effective and other home remedies. For example, many parents of babies make tincture of prunes or raisins. Need to take 1 tbsp. l dried fruit, pour boiling water and infuse for an hour. Such a drink will help avoid increased gas formation and gently relieve constipation. The amount of tincture should be determined by a doctor.

    Nutrition for constipation

    It is extremely important to properly organize the diet of the baby. If the baby is breastfed, it is necessary for the mother to add to her diet foods that have a positive effect on intestinal motility. Sometimes it is enough just to review your menu to find the cause of constipation and adjust the work of the gastrointestinal tract. List of products that will help solve the problem:

    • fermented milk products - low-fat yogurt, kefir, ferment,
    • prunes - 2-3 berries per day,
    • beets - boiled, baked,
    • oatmeal - daily consumption of oatmeal helps to improve the bowels.

    If the baby is bottle-fed, you need to reconsider the mixture that feeds the baby. Some types of mixtures are composed of prebiotics that help the bowels. In the diet of infants, starting from 5 months, which already receives supplements, you can also add more vegetables, yogurt, kefir.

    It is worth remembering that constipation can be a sign of another disease. Before you put the baby a candle, it is advisable to pay a visit to the doctor. The doctor will help you find the cause of the problem, as well as prescribe the right treatment.


    It should be noted that the use of glycerin suppositories is an emergency measure that fights only a symptom, and does not help to eliminate the cause of constipation.

    Before using a glycerin suppository, try alternative methods to help the baby:

    • A nursing mother should add beets and prunes to her menu.
    • An artificial child should try to change the mixture.
    • Baby can be massaged tummy (movements should be in a circle, slow and not strong).
    • Take care of the tiny gymnastics (this will stimulate peristalsis).
    • Try to cause a bowel movement by inserting the tip of a syringe or a vapor tube into the anus of a baby. Sometimes this is enough to stimulate the emptying of the baby.