Home remedies for Constipation in Kids

An Overview

Constipation is a common problem in children. If you have just introduced solid food to your child, then it will take his tummy some time to adjust to that food. Your little tot may not poop for days and if he does, his poop might be too hard. He may even lose his appetite. All these signs indicate constipation. If your child is constipated, you will obviously try to figure out what you can do to make him feel better. Constipation in children shouldn’t happen often, as it’s usually a symptom of an unbalanced diet or another health problem.

Many cases of childhood constipation can be resolved with some dietary changes. You can’t rule out other factors, however, such as emotional problems or leading a sedentary lifestyle. If this problem persists and you haven’t identified the cause, talk with a doctor as soon as possible to perform any relevant tests. This will help rule out diseases and if they are present, to follow the appropriate treatment.

Symptoms for Constipation in kids

1. If a baby has to put extra pressure to pass the stools.
2. Baby is crying and in pain when straining to have the bowel movement.
3. If there are blood stains in stools because of rupture of blood vessels.
4. If baby poop is really hard and dry then its sign that your baby is suffering from constipation problem.
5. Your baby has the urge to pass stool but not able to do.
6. Your child is refusing to eat his food because of discomfort.

Foods That May Cause Constipation In kids

• Rice / Rice Cereal
• Apple sauce
• Banana
• Cow’s milk, cheese, ice cream are constipating foods.
• Carrots
• Squash

Home remedies  for Constipation In Babies

1. Date with milk:

• High-fat foods may slow digestion and trigger constipation.
• Add dates in a glass of milk, boil it over a slow flame for few minutes.
• Switch off the gas flame.
• Let the milk cool down to room temperature.
• Give this lukewarm milk to your child before bedtime.
• It’s really a healthy solution. You can give it once or twice in a week to keep your child away from constipation.
• Avoid to use it on a regular basis if the weather is hot.

2. Olive oil:

A tablespoon of olive oil on an empty stomach is a foolproof treatment for constipation. Children often respond quickly to this simple habit that you can keep up for a few weeks until the problem is resolved.
• Extra virgin olive oil acts as a mild laxative and a very healthy food that’s essential to a balanced diet.
• In addition to taking it on an empty stomach, you can also use it to dress salads.

3. Give him lemon juice:

Lemon juice works as a great remedy for constipation in babies and toddlers. Lemons are high in Vitamin C, which helps pull water into the gut. When the water content increases in the gut, it helps soften the stools and stimulate bowel movements. Mix the juice of half a lemon in a glass of warm water, add honey to it and give it to your child. Ideally, it should be consumed early in the morning on an empty stomach.

4. Raisins:

Raisins are one of the best home remedies for baby constipation. Raisins are the good source of minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. It is one of the easy to use home remedy in treating constipation problem. Raisins really help to regulate the bowel movement.
• Take 4-5 raisins and soak it overnight in the water.
• In the morning, boil it in a glass of milk.
• Stir well. Give this milk to your child on the empty stomach.
• Or you can prepare this mixture in the evening and give to your child before bedtime. This milk will help to pass the stool easily.

5. Apple:

Apples are a fruit with lots of fiber, fructose, and sorbitol that can regulate your digestive function depending on how you eat them.
• You should eat an apple in the morning with its peel to fight constipation.
• We recommend only buying organic apples, however, to avoid any pesticides.

6. Kiwi:

Kiwis are another fruit that’s very beneficial for healthy intestinal function. Many people eat kiwis every morning to facilitate bowel function thanks to their fiber and enzyme content.
• You can eat it alone or combine it with apples and plums for a delicious and nutritious smoothie that your child will love.

7. Honey:

If your baby is older than 1 year of age then you can try this home remedy for your child. My mom suggested this remedy when my son was 1.5 years old and suffering from constipations.
In Loose motions, give 1 teaspoon of honey with room temperature water.
For Constipation, give 1 teaspoon of honey with lukewarm water before bedtime daily. Repeat it for few days, it will help your baby to pass the stool in the morning without any discomfort.

8. Yoghurt:

Yoghurt can do wonders and one way it helps to treat constipation is to keep the good bacteria flourishing in the gut. This will help prevent constipation and allow passage of the bowels easily.

9. Bananas:

They are packed with fibre and pectin that helps to beat constipation. Having just two bananas a day can help soften the stool and initiate easy passage. The pectin present in banana helps in easy mobility of bowels helping the stomach to get rid of the wastes.

10. Tomato:

Tomato is really helpful in treating constipation. Give tomato juice to your child in the daily diet to maintain healthy bowel movements.
• Cut tomato into two pieces.
• Boil it in a 1 cup of water.
• Once it’s completely cooked, extract the juice and filter out the seeds.
• Give 3 – 4 spoons of this juice to your baby once in a day.
• You can give this solution for few days to improve the bowel movements.

11. Water:

Make sure that your child is drinking enough water throughout the day to avoid symptoms of constipation. Most of the time dehydration can be a prime cause of constipation. If your child finds it difficult to pass stool or have missed passing stool in a day encourage your child to drink at least one and half litre of water throughout the day, to ensure smooth stool passage. You can also try warm water and lemon which is an excellent home remedy to aid digestion.

When to Consult a Doctor

If you try a natural remedy for a day or two and it does not show desired results then consult your doctor immediately. Furthermore, if your child is constipated for more than two weeks, seek medical help.

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