Every three out of five children suffer from constipation these days. It is very common for both babies and toddlers to feel constipated and the reason could vary from their diet to their water intake or their bad digestion. As a parent you can very easily know that your child is having a hard time trying to pass the stool and is preferring to skip passing motion altogether due to the pain involved in the process.
There are always medicines available in the market which work as laxatives and help ease the process but instead of preferring over the counter meds, I always prefer giving home remedies. Indian kitchen is a miracle blend of food and medicine. You can find solution to every single problem right there in the shelves of your own kitchen. Today Sheneeds is bringing to you some home remedies to cure constipation in children.
Why do children get constipated?
There are numerous reasons why the bowl movement of children gets disrupted. Here are the major ones which affect their digestion to great extent and makes them constipated.
- Type of milk you are feeding to your baby
- The introduction of solid foods.
- Low water level: If your baby is suffering from cold, cough, throat infection, teething like problems then the water level in the body reduces drastically which can cause constipation.
- Is any specific food you have introduced to your baby recently.
- If your baby is under medication then intake of few medicines can cause constipation.
Foods which increase constipation in children
- Rice / Rice Cereal
- Unripe Banana
- Apple sauce
- Refined flours
- Cow’s milk, cheese, ice cream are constipating foods.
- Baked products
Water or Juices
When the intestines get a low water supply to push the undigested food through them, it turns into constipation. Any form of juice or water works great to make the stool pass easily through their system. If your child is not very fond of drinking water again and again, you can try juices. You can make lemonade and add a little sugar to it. The change of taste might trigger your child’s interest in taking fluids and it would solve the problem in the long run.
Prunes juice is the most effective reliever of constipation in both babies and kids. If the child is mildly constipated then prune juice is a miracle remedy as it starts working within a few hours of it’s consumption. Prunes are are rich in insoluble fiber, as well as the natural laxative sorbitol. If your child is small you can take two tea spoons of prune juice and mix it with a glass of water. If your child is above one year old, then 150-180 ml of prune juice works best in relieving constipation.
If your child doesn’t like the taste of prune juice, you can make it into an ice pop and see the magic.
Figs or Anjeer
Figs are loaded with fiber and hence are a wonderful home remedy to treat constipation. Without the right amount of fiber, it becomes very difficult for the intestines to make any bowl movement. One fig everyday can give your child a good amount of fiber and it will prove beneficial to their health in an all round way.
You can soak on fig at night in water and give your child the soaked fig in the morning. If they don’t like the taste of it, then you can make a milk shake and can blend it in.
Soaked Raisins In Milk
Raisins are also a good remedy for constipation. Raisins are a rich source of minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. When soaked in milk, they become a sure shot solution for constipation. You can take 4-5 raisins and soak them over night in water. Then you can boil these raisins in milk and can give to your child on an empty stomach. You can also give the raisin milk before they go to bed at night.
Yes, Papayas are more efficient than you think. They are very rich in antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavonoids. Papayas are a rich source of papain, which is a natural enzyme that digests protein. Partially unripe papaya contains the most amount of papain, which relieves constipation because it prevents the accumulation of partially digested protein in your large intestine. You can blend the papaya really well and can give the juice to your child in the evening. In just two doses, you will see the difference.
High Fiber Foods
For proper digestion, there should right amount of fiber present in everyone’s diet. Here are the foods which offer good fiber content.
- Rava, ata, daliya, ragi(nachni), khichdi, suji, corn flakes, brown bread, brown rice and bran
- Green leafy veggies like spinach, methi, broccoli
- Peas, beans, lady finger
- Red kidney beans and lentils
- Fruits like papaya, apple with skin, strawberries, sweet lime, ornages, water melon, grapes, plums, melons, kiwi, raisins.
Coconut oil works as a natural laxative and when eaten uncooked, it softens the stool and makes it easy to pass through the intestines. If the baby is smaller than six months, then you can apply the coconut oil to their anus and the pooping will be painless. You can give 2ml of virgin coconut oil to your child to relieve constipation.
We hope these remedies help in relieving the constipation of your child. Do let us know if there is some remedy you tried and it worked wonders. We would love to add it in our list.