Constipation is a common problem in infants and often the introduction of solids, formula milk, or even dehydration can lead to this condition. Whatever the reason, the baby experiences discomfort and gets irritated and cranky all the time. Home remedies for babies and adults are not alike and babies have to be dealt with utmost care.
Here Are 13 Home Remedies For Constipation In Babies
1. Prune Juice
Prune juice has ample amounts of fiber and can be added to the breast milk or formula milk to give relief to the baby. Add a tbsp of prune juice to 4 oz of milk and give it to the baby twice a day, if the infant is less than 4 months. For babies older than 4 months, add 1 oz of prune juice to 4 oz of prune juice and give it to the baby 2 times a day. This will help in easing the hard stool and regulate the bowels.
2. Fruit Juices
Apple and pear juice is very effective to ease constipation. They should be very lightly diluted as the sugar concentration in these juices helps in easing the bowel movements and softens the stool. If the baby suffers from bloating, diarrhea and discomfort after having these juices, add some more water to these juices and reduce their intake.
3. Brown Sugar
Add 1/2 tsp of brown sugar to an oz of boiled water and make a solution. Feed the baby with this solution 3 times a day before feeding milk to loosen the stools and regulate movements.
4. Stomach Massage
Simple massage movements can help in stimulating the stomach muscles that helps in the easy passage of stools. Make the baby lie on their back and massage the stomach in a circular movement, around the navel and over the other areas of the stomach. AS the tension in the belly releases, the baby feels comfortable in passing the stool.
5. Sugar Solution
Add 1/2 tsp of sugar in an oz of boiled and cooled water. Feed your infant with this solution 3 times a day to relieve the symptoms of constipation and stimulate the passage of waste down the colon.
Mak ethe baby lie on their back. Now lift the legs and exercise them in rotating movements as if pedalling a cycle. Keep repeating this for a while and make the baby enjoy this exercise. This movement puts pressure on the abdomen and helps in pushing down the waste through the bowels. Make the baby sit in squat position and carry him/her around in that position so that the legs put pressure on the rectum and stimulate expulsion of waste.
7. Warm Bath
Give the baby a warm bath and massage the baby while bathing to ease constipation as warmth might help in stimulating the stomach muscles.
8. Castor Oil
Castor oil acts as a laxative and a betel leaf immersed in this oil can be introduced slightly into the rectum of the baby. This immediately stimulates the rectum muscles and leads to the expulsion of stool. If the infant is over 2 years of age, 1 tsp of castor oil can be added to the milk and given to the child to drink. This helps in easing the hard stools and releases pressure from the rectum.
4-5 Raisins can be soaked overnight and crushed the next day. Sieve these raisins and add the strained liquid to milk or feed it alone to the child to regulate bowel movements.
A glass of warm milk in which sugar has been added, can be given to the child, preferably empty stomach, to ease constipation and induce regularity.
11. Ginger Tea
Add some grated ginger to boiled water and cover it with a lid and keep aside for 5-6 minutes. Strain the liquid, allow to cool, and give it to your child to drink it little by little. This is really effective to ease difficult bowel movements.
12. Fennel Tea
Add some boiled water over fennel seeds and steep it for a while. Strain and give little amounts of this liquid to the child from time to time to ease constipation troubles.
13. Peppermint Tea
Boil some water and steep peppermint tea bag into it for 3-4 minutes. When slightly cool, add one oz of this liquid to the baby’s milk bottle and feed the baby to ease all kinds of colic pain and relieve constipation.