Children and laxatives
Always check with a GP before giving your baby or child a laxative.
Laxatives are not recommended for babies who have not been weaned.
If your unweaned baby is constipated, try giving them extra water in between feeds.
Gently massaging their tummy and moving their legs in a cycling motion may also help.
Babies who are eating solid foods may be able to use laxatives, but first make sure your baby drinks plenty of water or diluted fruit juice, and increase the amount of fibre in their diet.
If they're still constipated, a GP may prescribe or recommend a laxative.