remedies for constipation in babies

Constipation is an annoying and painful condition. This occurs not only in adults but in babies and toddlers too. Breastfed babies may rarely suffer with constipation problem. Breast milk contains perfect balance of fat and protein and so it produces only soft stools. Babies who are taking formula milk or have started eating solid food for a first time may be affected. When we talk about toddlers, the reason may be not drinking enough fluids, diet change, holding poop and refusal to poop, fear of pain, lack of physical activity and may also be because of certain medications.

Home remedies for constipation in babies

Here are some home remedies to ease your baby and toddler stool.

Water to drink

Breast fed or bottle fed babies will be getting enough water. However if you find your baby is constipated start giving 2 to 4 ounces of water after each feed. This makes bowels loose.

Toddlers must drink 1.3 litres of fluid a day. Fluids may be normal water, coconut water, milk, soup, and fresh juices.

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Prune juice

Once your baby becomes 6 months old and if you find your little one is suffering from constipation, prune juice can come to your rescue. Prune juice holds natural laxatives that regulates the bowel movement and helps to pass stools.

Method:

For babies:

  1. Take 4 ounces of breast milk or formula.
  2. Add one ounce of filtered prune juice.
  3. Mix both together.
  4. Give twice a day.
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For toddlers:

  1. Take 4 to 6 ounces of unfiltered prune juice (Unfiltered is more effective)
  2. Give them on an empty stomach

Apple or pear juice also cures minor constipation.

Stomach massage/ physical activity

Method:

For babies:

  1. Lay the baby down on the baby bed.
  2. Use fingertips and massage your baby’s stomach in a clock wise direction for 30 seconds.
  3. Massage around navel, in and outward, and in spherical motion.
  4. Finally hold baby ankles and press his legs toward his chest and hold for a few seconds.
  5. Repeat it several times.

For toddlers:

Make your toddlers to play at least 30 to 60 minutes a day. Physical activities keep the bowels moving, in which reduces the symptoms of constipation.

Brown sugar

Ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon boiled and cooled water

Method:

For babies:

  1. Add brown sugar to water.
  2. Mix them well.
  3. Offer this solution to your baby thrice a day just before feeding or before giving formula milk.

For toddlers:

  1. Take 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.
  2. Mix it in half a glass of warm water and give them to drink.

White sugar can also be used instead of brown sugar.

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Raisins

Ingredients:

  • Raisins
  • Water

Method:

For babies:

  1. Take 1 tsp of small raisins.
  2. Soak in boiled warm water overnight.
  3. Next day morning, crush all soaked raisins in water.
  4. Strain the water.
  5. Give this liquid to your little one in the morning.

For toddlers take 2 tsps of small raisins and do follow the same process.

This will regulate bowel movement and soften the stool.

Raisins
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Castor oil

Castor oil contains natural laxative properties which help loosen skin and aid easy bowel movement.

Method:

  1. For babies, take one teaspoon of castor oil and gently massage the stomach and apply around the anal region.
  2. For toddlers, give a mixture of one teaspoon castor oil in a glass of milk.

It cleanses all wastes from the intestines.

Milk

Add 2-3 teaspoons of honey or sugar in a glass of milk and give your baby to drink in the morning. This eases the stools and makes it easy to poop.

Note : This remedy is not suitable for babies below 6 months.

High fibre food

The risk of constipation can be reduced by feeding high fibre food. Banana, carrots, potato, apricots, pears, prunes, spinach, tomato, and bran cereals are all fibre rich foods. These foods make digestion easy and prevent the symptoms of constipation. (Not for infants and babies below 6 months).

Warm water bath

Warm water bath relaxes the muscles all over the body. It especially relaxes the rectal muscle tension and gives relief from constipation pain.

Adding 2 to 3 teaspoons of baking soda can further ease the bowel movement. You can also make your toddlers sit and relax in warm water for some time.

Herbal tea for babies

Chamomile tea

Method:

  1. Take a glass of water and boil.
  2. Either add one teaspoon of chamomile flowers or chamomile tea bag to the boiling water.
  3. Soak for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Strain the tea.
  5. Allow it to become warm.
  6. Pour one to two ounces in your baby’s bottle and give them to drink.
Peppermint tea

Method:

  1. Take a glass of water and heat it.
  2. Put a peppermint tea bag into the water.
  3. Brew it for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Allow it to become warm.
  5. Pour one ounce of tea in your baby bottle and feed them.
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Herbal tea for toddlers

Chamomile, peppermint, ginger tea

Method:

  1. Take few fresh ginger roots and grind them.
  2. Put it in a tea pot.
  3. Add chamomile or peppermint herbs.
  4. Add boiling water.
  5. Cover and leave it for 5 minutes.
  6. Strain the tea.
  7. Allow it to become warm.
  8. Add raw honey.

This can be given to your toddlers to drink between meals.

It is a nutrient-dense food and it enables the digestive process to normalize. This in turn makes bowel movements easy.

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.

One reply on “Home remedies for constipation in babies and toddlers”

  • Bethel Madison
    June 12, 2017 at 5:16 am

    For constipation in your toddlers, try to increase their fluid and fiber intake and this should help your toddler. Fruit and fruit juices are an awesome way to accomplish this. Toddlers magic tea is another good option. This is an herbal natural tea with no preservatives.

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