Since the most common cause of hemorrhoids is constipation, it’s important to monitor what your baby eats. If your baby is breastfed
, it’s unlikely that they will become constipated. If their primary food source is formula or transitioning to solid food has started, there is a chance your baby could become constipated. For older children and adults, constipation is often due to lack of adequate fiber
, and exercise
. Consult with your pediatrician about constipation. They might suggest additions to your baby’s diet, such as a small amount of:
In certain circumstances, your pediatrician might suggest an infant glycerin suppository. Find out other remedies for a baby’s constipation.
Along with constipation, one of the conditions that might have you concerned that your baby has hemorrhoids is an anal fissure
. If you see blood when you wipe your baby to clean up stool, chances are the cause is an anal fissure, not hemorrhoids. In either case, bloody stool is a reason to see your child’s pediatrician for a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment. An anal fissure is a narrow tear in the moist tissue lining the anus. It’s often caused by passing a hard stool. Anal fissures commonly heal on their own, but parents are encouraged to change their baby’s diaper often and clean the anal area gently. With this in mind, some common and effective treatments for conditions in a baby that might be mistaken for hemorrhoids include:
- increasing your baby’s intake of dietary fiber
- having your baby drink more fluids to stay hydrated
- using soft, wet, nonperfumed wipes to avoid irritating the affected area
- using petroleum jelly to lubricate their anus during bowel movements
- moving your baby’s arms and legs gently to keep their body and digestion active
If the baby responds to these treatments, their symptoms can clear up within one to two weeks. If symptoms persist, talk to your doctor about alternative treatment options.