Constipation in infants less than one year of age can be a source of concern for parents. Sometimes your baby is not really constipated, but must be given time to set his own schedule for having a bowel movement. Some babies go multiple times a day, some once a day, and others once every couple days. Remember that some grunting and straining is normal. Generally, an infant’s stool is soft and easily passed. Constipated stools are dry, hard and pellet like. If your baby is passing pellet-like stools, call your pediatrician. Treatment for constipation can include giving fruit juice such as prune juice, about 1-3 oz/day. If your baby is old enough to eat fruits and vegetables, you can offer more of these. Please speak with your pediatrician before giving any laxatives, enemas, or suppositories.