As new parents, there are always so many questions and endless doubts for our newborn. Especially when it comes to baby’s health. First six month are the most crucial as the parents are clueless about the baby’s happenings. New parents also try to understand the cues of the baby which can become challenging too. The most common query for a new mother is always related to constipation in her baby. Constipation in babies and toddlers can cause much distress if not taken care of in the right way. But across the globe pediatricians advise against the use of over-the-counter drugs for treating the same because of the potential risk of side effects of such drugs. This is the reason why mothers rely on age-old natural ways and home remedies to treat constipation in babies and toddlers.

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If you are a first-time mom and your little bundle of joy is suffering from constipation, there are a few things you need to know before you explore the home remedies to treat constipation in babies and toddlers. This article is divided into three. The first part deals with the signs of constipation in babies, second, reasons for constipation in breastfeeding babies and toddlers and last part about home remedies to treat constipation in babies and toddlers.

As a parent, you must also be able to understand when your baby is feeling constipated.

Here are some Signs of Constipation in Babies:

1. If the baby hasn’t passed stool for days.

2. Your baby is crying with pain and not been able to pass stool.

3. Your baby refuses to eat food/solids.

4. Your baby is trying to put pressure but unable to pass stool.

5. If your baby has tight or firm tummy.

6. If your baby has vomited because of irregular bowel movements.

Constipation in Breastfeeding Babies & Toddlers:

In the initial six months, as the babies are exclusively on breastfed, the chances of irregular bowel movements are high. Doctors say it’s normal for a baby in the first six months to go without passing any stool for 5-7 days. In such cases don’t panic and don’t start considering that your baby is constipated. Because the babies during initial months are mostly sleeping (which is good for their physical and mental growth) which means there’s not much of body movement or exercise. So, to increase the baby’s bowel movement gently move your baby’s legs just like cycling and do baby’s body massage. This automatically helps the baby to pass the stool.

Reasons of Constipation in Breastfeeding Babies:

  • Due to insufficient milk supply to the baby.
  • Due to an insufficient amount of water to the baby through breastfeeding.
  • If the baby is already suffering from cold and cough that decreases the water content level (dehydration) further causing constipation.

Constipation is not just restricted in infants but also past six months.

Reasons of Constipation in Babies (above 6 months of age):

  • When the baby is introduced to semi-solids/solids and food.
  • Recently introduced some specific food to the baby.
  • If the baby is suffering from cold, cough and teething that leads to dehydration further causing constipation
  • Cow’s milk and cheese can cause constipation in toddlers.
  • Even foods like bananas, carrots and rice cause constipation in Toddlers.

Note: Cow’s Milk should be introduced to babies above 1 year of age.

Many times babies get constipated when introduced to food or some babies also get loose motion’s caused by this.

Home Remedies to Treat Constipation in Babies and Toddlers:

Most of the time Constipation in babies and toddlers can be managed by some simple home remedies. And the bright side of it is that these remedies have no reverse effect on your little one. Below are some tried and tested home remedies to treat constipation in Babies and toddlers.

1. Asafoetida (Hing):

One of the most easy remedy is to apply hing (Asafoetida) water around the baby’s naval.

  • Take a pinch of Asafoetida.
  • Mix it in little water till it’s smooth.
  • Slowly rub/apply around the baby’s naval.
  • Try not to apply in the naval/avoid the naval.

Preferred age: After 40 days of baby’s birth

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2. Massage:

Massaging your baby’s tummy is important.

  • Use a massaging oil that you use and make clockwise circular movements around your baby’s naval and also on the entire tummy slowly and normally.
  • Lightly press the baby’s tummy area to allow or help bowel movement.

Preferred age: As long as umbilical cord of baby doesn’t fall off naturally by itself, nothing including water should be touched around that part of baby. To keep it safe, introduce massage only after 40 days of baby’s birth.

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3. Seedless Dates with Milk:

  • Take 2-3 seedless dates in a glass of milk.
  • Boil it on a slow flame for a few minutes.
  • Once it comes down to lukewarm temperature, give it to your baby before bedtime. It does wonders and helps the child’s bowel movement overnight. Should be given in a week just once or twice.

Note: As dates are warm in nature so avoid giving this remedy in hot weather (on regular basis)

Preferred Age: Best suited for babies over one year of age

Home Remedies to Treat Constipation in Babies and Toddlers

4. Pear:

Include rich fibrous fruit “Pear Juice” in your baby’s diet. Give your baby juicy and ripe pear which will ease the movement of stool through the intestines.

Preferred Age: For babies over 6 months of age

Home Remedies to Treat Constipation in Babies and Toddlers

5. Tomato Juice:

Tomato juice is another helpful remedy for constipation. Add tomato juice in your child’s daily diet to increase bowel movement.

Preferred Age: For babies over 6 months of age

Home Remedies to Treat Constipation in Babies and Toddlers

 6. Soaked Raisins with Milk:

Raisins are high in calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium so it is considered one of the most effective home remedies to treat constipation in toddlers.

  • Take 4-5 raisins with a glass of milk
  • Boil it for few minutes by stirring well.
  • Once it comes to lukewarm temperature, give it to your child before bedtime. It will help in regulating bowel movement.

Preferred Age: For babies over 1 year of age

Home Remedies to Treat Constipation in Babies and Toddlers

7. Fennel (Saunf) Seeds in Water:

Using fennel seeds in water is another favorite remedy of mine when it comes to treating constipation in babies.

  • Boil 1 teaspoon of fennel seed in a cup of water for 3-4 minutes.
  • Let it come down to room temperature and feed it to your baby with spoon 3-4 times a day. It does wonders too.

Preferred Age: For babies over 6 months of age

Home Remedies to Treat Constipation in Babies and Toddlers

8. Ajwain Water:

Ajwain water is another remedy that you can try follow the same steps as above with fennel seeds.

  • But remember to give it to you baby at lukewarm temperature.
  • This helps in proper bowel movement instantly.
  • Again to be given 3-4 times a day.

Preferred Age: For babies over 6 months of age

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9. Hydration:

Ensure your baby is taking sufficient water everyday. Letting child have enough water through the day helps a lot in the child’s proper bowel movement. This reduces the stomach’s tightness and also lets the baby stay happy and comfortable.

Preferred Age: For babies over 6 months of age

Home Remedies to Treat Constipation in Babies and Toddlers

10. Honey:

Honey is one more quick and easiest home remedy for treating constipation in toddlers.

  • Give one teaspoon of honey in lukewarm water to your child just before bedtime.
  • If you want to improve bowel movement, give this solution twice in a day.

Preferred Age: For babies above one year of age

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11. Orange Juice:

Orange juice works wonders as well. This is another way if increasing liquid intake in the baby’s body too which indirectly helps the body to stay hydrated.

Preferred Age: For Babies over 6 months of age

Home Remedies to Treat Constipation in Babies and Toddlers

12. High-Fiber Diet:

Adding high fiber food to you child’s daily diet can help in their bowel movement too. Foods that are whole grains, wholewheat, oatmeal, broccoli and high fiber cereals help the child in constipation.

Preferred Age: Best suited for babies over 6 months of age

Home Remedies to Treat Constipation in Babies and Toddlers

13. Cycling during Massage​ time:

You may also choose to make your child move his legs as if cycling during massage​ time. This is considered as a great exercise for babies and keeps baby active and playful as well.

  • Make your baby lie down flat on his tummy
  • Move the baby’s legs as if paddling the cycle, do it slow and easy. This helps bowel movement too.

Preferred Age: For Babies over 2 months of age

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14. Papaya:

Papaya helps in building immunity as well helps in digestion of food, making digestive system strong. You can make a simple smoothie using papaya cubes or blend it and give it to your toddler. It is rich source​ of fibre as well. 

Preferred Age: Babies over 6 months of age

Home Remedies to Treat Constipation in Babies and Toddlers

15. Formula Milk:

If your baby is feeding on formula Milk, sometimes constipation occurs due to that also. Consult your pediatrician once whether to change that particular brand of Formula Milk. 

16. Ginger:

Ginger is another helpful ingredient to treat constipation.

  • You may use ginger in honey to help your baby.
  • Take half inch of ginger in half cup of water. Boil here two together for few minutes.
  • Once you turn off the gas, add one teaspoon honey into the ginger water.
  • Give it to your toddler 1-2 times a day at lukewarm temperature. It must be given to babies over 1 year of age.

Preferred Age: For Babies over 1 year of age

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17. Plums:

Plums are really high in fibre which is beneficial in treating constipation

  • Chop the plum into cubes after washing it properly and removing its peel
  • Blend it along with water until smooth
  • Mix it well
  • Give it 1-2 times a day at a lukewarm temperature

Preferred ageAbove 6 months

18. Apricots:

Dried apricots have been an instant Indian home remedy for constipation in babies or toddlers

  • Make a puree of the apricots
  • Or serve it as a juice by blending it with water
  • Dried apricots can be added to baby foods as well

Preferred ageAbove 8 months

19. Walnuts:

Walnuts have a high amount of soluble fibre which can help in treating constipation. It should be given in the powdered form to babies and as a whole according to the age

Preferred age: Above 8 months

20. Broccoli:

Broccoli is another great source of soluble fibre being very effective in treating constipation

  • Wash the broccoli properly
  • Pressure cook the broccoli and garlic together
  • Add them to a blender until a fine paste is obtained
  • Add a little milk or water and serve warm

Preferred age: Above 8 months

So, these were the Home Remedies to Treat Constipation in Babies and Toddlers. 

A mother should  rely on home remedies to treat constipation in Babies and Toddlers for her baby because they are easy to use and safe. But make sure not to use all remedies at the same time or together.

When to see a doctor?

If constipation lasts for more than two weeks, if there is swelling in the abdominal part, blood in the stool, or rectal prolapse etc, medical assistance should be sought immediately.

Disclaimer: These home remedies to treat Constipation in Babies and Toddlers that I’ve mentioned in this article of mine are my own tested and tried on my daughter. In case of any unfortunate effect or side effect, and if the situation worsens, you may please consult your pediatrician.

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