Constipation can be a scary thing especially when it comes to your little one. My hubby and I have pretty much seen it all when it comes to baby/toddler constipation, as it’s an on-going issue with out little one (Ajooni). We’ve seen her go through A LOT; from crying because it’s to painful to push, crying due to cramping, moody because she hasn’t gone for 2 days, losing appetite. As parents this can be an unpleasant and frightening experience.
Over the last year we have tried pretty much everything under the SUN and finally nailed down to what actually works for Ajooni. As a mom I feel like my experience and discoveries in this matter can help other parents. So brace yourself because the the list is long… 🙂
Prune Food or Juice – THIS WORKS! Prune’s are known to provide relief from constipation. This will work if constantly given to your toddler or baby over 6 months. Ajooni is now 17 months and we try to give her between 5-8 baby spoons of prune food everyday. When she was younger she took it straight, but now we have to mix it in her food. For the juice she can now take the full bottle 4.5oz of heinz apple/prune juice make sure you remember to adjust the intake according to your babies/toddlers age. I have given the food and the juice on the same day because Ajooni’s constipation is BAD! You can find prune food or juice at your local grocery store. We usually get the Plums or Heinz brand from Walmart (sometimes it’s actually sold out!).
Fennel Seed Water – This is a remedy that comes from all the mothers in my family. Fennel seed water encourages smooth muscle movement in the digestive tract, resulting in healthy digestion and regular bowel movements. We just started giving this to Ajooni and it works AMAZING!! What you need to do is, boil 1/2 tablespoon of fennel seed in about 2-3 cups of water. Let it simmer for about 10 mins, strain the water and let it cool. It can be stored in the fridge for a few days. For babies try giving about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon a day and adjust accordingly. Also as your get baby gets older you can adjust the amount given a day. For Ajooni at 17 months, she takes about 4-6 oz a day, that’s mixed in milk, juice, or soup as she won’t take it straight. For more information about the fennel seeds, please see link below.
Genestra HMF Baby B – A while back I took Ajooni to see a naturopathic doctor, because I wanted a more “natural” cure rather than using over the counter laxatives. The doctor recommended HMF Baby B which is a probiotic supplement which helps support gastrointestinal health. It comes as powder based and can be added to anything liquid once a day. We usually give it to Ajooni at night before she sleeps, that way she is ready to go the next day. This has also helped her constipation, but would have to say prune and fennel seed work better!
Foot Massages – Foot massages worked like a charm when Ajooni was a baby and couldn’t crawl. My hubby would give her a foot massage and she would go within a few hours. Now if he tries to give her a foot massage she just takes off….but these work and are “natural”! You can find many videos on youtube on how to massage a baby’s feet.
Glycerin Suppository – This works, but I try to stay away from it as much as I can. I don’t like the way it administration into the body, and Ajooni always cries when we use it. As a parent it’s very heartbreaking to watch her go through the pain. But this stuff works if your kid hasn’t gone for a few days and your desperate for something to work.
Lactulose for constipation – This over the counter medication might work for other babies/toddlers but it didn’t work for us. Every time we gave it to our little one she was uncomfortable, she would cry, be moody, hold her belly because it cramped, woke up from her sleep because of the cramping and was very restless. Even though it did what it’s meant to do (make her go), it also left her in a lot of pain and discomfort. So we stopped using it after 3 days and went back to our natural methods.
Along with the methods listed above we’ve tried other things like; more fruits and veggies in her diet, limiting bananas, adding ground flex seed to her cereal and avoiding any kind of food that might cause constipation. The method that works the best for our little one is, giving her prune juice/food and fennel water everyday (keeps her regular).
Hope this blog is helpful to all the parents who are in desperate need of something to make their little one go :).