Having a child that is constipated is probably one of the most frustrating things about parenthood. Why? Because when you look at your child who is suffering and in pain, you wish you could take that pain away, but you can’t. Which makes it frustrating. But rest ashore! Here are some 5 tips on how to help your little one out!
- Prunes: This juice is manufactured by steaming prunes (dried plums) and then extracting the puree by putting them through a pulper. This extract is very high in fiber content and is popular for its laxative effect. It is one of the widely accepted home remedies for constipation. In case of infant constipation, prune juice is found to be very beneficial. It can be fed to babies, who are above the age of six months. Mix one ounce of this juice with one ounce of water and feed the baby, twice a day. This solution should be given to the infant, in addition to the daily food or breast milk. If you can make natural diluted juice, it will be much better. Otherwise, any regular bottled juice can be used, but make sure that the product is fresh, by checking the date of manufacture and expiry. Avoid adding sugar to the solution, which is made for the baby. This solution will loosen up the bowel and triggers bowel movement. In case of newborns and babies below the age of six months, consult your pediatrician regarding constipation remedies. It is always better to seek the opinion of your baby’s doctor regarding the administering of prune juice for constipation in infants, even if your baby is above the age of six months. Prune juice is an age-old home remedy for constipation in babies, but some babies may refuse to ingest it. In such cases, you may resort to other remedies, like baby massaging, warm baths and exercises like leg bicycling. Now that you know the benefits of prune juice for babies, you can try this remedy the next time your baby gets constipated.
- Yogurt: Yogurt is known to help a lot of people with constipation. Even children. Now if your child is lactose-intolerant, it’s probably best to look for a yogurt that is specifically made for those who cannot handle or process dairy well. Let the yogurt be of room temperature and remember to beat the yogurt properly so that it is easy for the baby to drink. Your baby will be able to pass stools within a few hours. If not you must get the baby checked by the pediatrician immediately. Feed the baby yogurt 3 times a day for the next 4-5 days and all will be back to normal. Just to remain on the safer side, try to include yogurt in your baby’s daily diet whenever possible. For toddlers, give them Greek yogurt or yogurt that is made for toddlers. Maybe in the flavor of strawberry and banana’s. My toddler loves the Gerber baby yogurt and always asks for it whenever we have it in the house. This helps him with his constipation a lot of the time.
- Liquids: Even though your little one may have a loss of appetite and be refusing a lot of the things you offer them, make sure they get enough fluids in them. Dehydration can also cause constipation in children. If your sweetie pie is refusing water, give them some juice. Apple juice and orange juice can help them take down liquids. And if your child still refuses that, don’t give up. Continue to offer them something to drink, even if all they take is just a small sip here and there.
- Massage or back rubs: Massage your toddler’s belly. Measure three finger-widths below her navel and apply gentle but firm pressure there with your fingertips. Press until you feel a firmness or mass. Maintain gentle but constant pressure for about three minutes. Even a nice back rub can help at times.
- Oil: If your toddler is passing such hard, dry stools that she tears the delicate skin near the opening of her anus (you may be able to see these tears, known as anal fissures, or a little blood), you can apply some aloe vera lotion to the area to help it heal. Even a little Vaseline can help with the tearing. Be sure to mention the tears to your doctor.
There are a lot of remedies you can try to help your little one have a bowl movement, the above are just a few. So look around and try to see what helps your child. If none help, take your child to the doctor for some help to soothe the discomfort.