Constipation is a very common problem in children. Many children normally pass stools as far apart as every few days. Regardless, you should treat hard stools that are difficult to pass, and those that happen only every three days, as constipation.
Breastfed infants will generally have more stools per day. Their stools vary more in frequency when compared to bottle-fed infants. For example, breastfed infants produce anywhere from five to 40 bowel movements per week whereas formula fed infants have five to 28 bowel movements per week. Switching the type of milk or formula can also cause constipation.
Many things contribute to constipation but infants and children who get well balanced meals typically are not constipated.
Ask your health visitor for advice. In rare cases, constipation can be due to an underlying illness, so if the problem doesn’t go away in a few days, it’s important to talk to your GP.