Many parents express concerns related to toileting and their infants. Many providers, including pediatricians, support the idea that infants may go up to one week without having a bowel movement (poop). Unconstipated Kids firmly believes that this is true in very rare occasions.
Unconstipated Kids firmly believes that a healthy infant is born with the ability to pee and poop without challenge and that when a challenge occurs during infancy, the challenge is most likely related to environmental factors. These factors may include formula, supplements, food choices, as well as stressors, mobility, and gross motor development. What this means is that these environmental factors are causing the toileting issues and that until the environmental factors are identified and changes, the toileting concerns will continue.
Pediatric pelvic floor physical therapists are able to use their unique background to identify which factors may be most contributing to your infant's toileting concerns, help you change or seek care to help you change those factors, while also providing specialized, pediatric physical therapy services to alleviate the symptoms related to toileting challenges. For example, many infants with constipation present in a way that indicates a dairy sensitivity. A pediatric pelvic floor physical therapist can help you determine if there is a possible food sensitivity through assessment of diet and toileting habits. When an infant presents with a food sensitivity and toileting challenges, that infant may present with:
- Straining, grunting, or stiff legs during poops
- Low tolerance to tummy time
- A preference for using one side of the body over the other during play
Pediatric pelvic floor physical therapy can help your infant overcome challenges related to toileting because background skills and knowledge in development, diet, and pelvic floor related issues come together in a unique way that only a limited number of providers can provide.