Constipation is a common problem that causes infrequent bowel movement or difficulty in passing stool. These daily ablutions of our kids can cause us quite a lot of grief. We worry if they poop too much or if they’re not pooping enough. Both are cause for concern actually.
Today we’re going to tell you about some home remedies that can help the terrible discomfort babies face when they don’t poop. Some of the top reasons for constipation is dehydration, lack of activity, changes in diet or a tummy bug. Hard, dry and pebble-like stools sometimes accompanied by blood, uneasiness, pain in the belly and nausea are symptoms of constipation in children. But, this painful health problem can be effectively treated at home with the help of these natural remedies. We recommend that you consult your paediatrician before trying any of the remedies listed below.
1.P Foods (Pears, Peaches, Prunes & Plums)
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Four P’s is the most common home remedies for constipation in kids. Four P’s include- Pears, Peaches, Prunes & Plum. Regular intake of these P foods helps relieve constipation. They are rich in fibre, Vitamin A and potassium and are considered to be natural laxatives that make the stool softer.
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Fibre-rich food plays an important part in keeping our bowel movement healthy. It is known for curing constipation. Make sure to add high fibre foods like oatmeal, grains, cereals, fruits and leafy vegetables to your child’s diet.
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Dehydration is the most common cause of constipation. To prevent constipation, fluid intake is very important. Fluid intake will help keep baby’s stool soft and make it easy to pass. Make sure you include fruit juices like orange & apple to your child’s regular diet.
4.Ginger & Honey Solution
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Ginger is known for curing various health issues and honey is very effective in relieving constipation. Ginger and honey, when given together, helps in digestion and maintains good bowel health. Add 1/2 inch of ginger to a cup of water. Let it boil for 2 minutes. Let it cool down a bit and add a spoon of honey to it. Give a tsp of this concoction to your child thrice a day.
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Figs (anjeer) are considered to be one of the best natural laxatives. Put 2 dried figs in 1/2 a cup of boiling milk. Turn off the flame once the figs become soft. Once it cools down, mash the figs and make a paste. Strain the paste through a sieve to make it smoother. Give a tsp to your child an hour before bedtime. This remedy works brilliantly to get things moving the next morning.
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Tummy time not only helps strengthen a baby’s head, neck and back but also helps stimulate a healthy digestive system. Put your child on his/her stomach either on the floor or a feeding pillow to see improvements in your baby’s tummy issues.
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Put your baby in a lying position. Gently massage the stomach in the clockwise direction using warm olive or coconut oil with asafoetida (hing). Do several massages throughout the day until the baby has bowel movements. Hing helps release the trapped gases in the tummy and eases the discomfort also.
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A warm bath can be extremely soothing for a baby’s abdomen and can relieve several problems related to stomach discomfort. Soak your baby in a warm bath to help him or her poop easily.
9. Frozen Ghee
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Freeze some ghee in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes. Once frozen, make tiny pellets of ghee. Put these solidified pellets into the baby’s rectum. The ghee will melt and help make the stool softer. This will make it easier for your baby to poop.
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Breastfeed your baby more frequently. Breastmilk is a natural laxative. Just make sure that what you are eating is not causing the baby to be constipated.
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