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Constipation in babies

Constipation in babies is when their poos are hard and dry. It tends to happen more often in formula-fed babies than breastfed babies, and when babies change to eating solids.

Babies can go for several days without passing a poo. Straining is also normal due to their weak tummy muscles. As long as their poos are soft, they aren't constipated.

If your baby hasn't passed a poo within 24 hours of birth, you should see your doctor. Also see a doctor if:

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed April 2018.

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Constipation in children

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