Causes of Constipation
The main reason for constipation among infants is change in diet. Infants who are transitioning from breast milk to formula milk or from liquid to solid may experience constipation. It may also happen due to reaction to changes in formula types. The other cause for constipation may be while you are trying to give toilet training. If baby is not ready or interested to sit in bathroom for toilet, then he or she may avoid going to bathroom.
If infant has constipation, he or she may cry while passing bowels. Straining during a bowel movement may cause their face to appear red. If they are not constipated then they pass motion within a few minutes of straining. Unusual habits such as arch their back, tighten their buttocks and cry; they become silent or hide in a corner etc.
The infants suffering from constipation will have bowel movements that are dry and hard instead of a normal, loose, watery texture. There may be loss of appetite, stomach get distended due to constipation
Various home treatments often treat this problem more effectively. Here are mentioned some handful of home remedies, you may try any method, which is best suited to your baby.
Home Remedies For Constipation In Infants
Harad is hot, carminative and it is light and works as an appetizer bringing about the stimulation of digestion. It gives instant relief from constipation. Rub harad on a grinding stone or hard surface (Sil) and make paste by adding little water. Make it bit warm. Give to baby once in a day. It is a very old folk remedy for infant’s constipation. Once the bowel movement become normal, stop it.
Mugli Ghutti 555
In India, since long traditionally it is used as an effective remedy for constipation among Infants. It regulates baby digestive system. It prevents flatulence and loss of appetite. It helps in ease of indigestion and constipation. Give mugli ghutti in a warm water once in day for getting cure from problem. You may also use Janam Ghutti , it also serves the same purpose.
Badam Roghan is a one-stop solution for total healthcare among infants. It is very effective for constipation and dryness of intestine. It regulates the bowel movements. It is also good for strengthening nerves and mental weakness. Add one to two drops of badam roghan in milk bottle (warm milk). Give once in a day before going to bed.
This is a very good home remedy for infants if they have bloating or gas, constipation. Castor oil is a very well known and powerful purgative for bowels. It is very effective for relieving the intestinal gas and relieving colic. Take a palm full of warmed oil and gently apply it to infant ‘s belly. Rub in a clockwise direction and cover the entire abdominal area. The infant will calm down as soon as you start rubbing and pass gas or pass the motion.
Coconut water is full of minerals and enrich with chlorides, potassium, magnesium, dietary fiber, calcium, Vitamin C. It is natural diuretic and also helps relieves constipation, improves intestinal functions and promotes digestive health. It is also helpful for infants suffering from intestinal problems. Give 2-3 ounces of coconut water in a day to infant to get relief from constipation. Baby may pass urine number of times after drinking coconut water. Give it at room temperature otherwise it may cause cold in Infants. In starting don’t give overdose as it may cause loose bowels.
The laxative properties for asafoetida help relieves flatulence, gas and prevent constipation. It is a very old folk remedy for infants. Put a pinch of asafoetida on infant’s belly button. It gives instant relief and baby may pass gas or release motion.
Apple juice has a mild laxative effect that helps in to get relief form constipation. Apple contains Pectin, which add bulk to stool and their cleansing action encourage bowel movements. 2-3 ounces of apple juice can be given to baby once in a day. It is also good for baby growth and development, it is also said that apple makes the complexion fair of infants and definitely gives the advantage in constipation.
Put the baby on its back then hold both the feet of baby in the air. Circulate both the feet in the air in different directions clockwise for one and anticlockwise for another. This improves the digestive function of the baby and baby passes the motion soon.
Slowly and gradually cycle the palm on baby’s belly in anticlockwise direction. The pressure should be light but steady. This stimulate the digestive system of baby and baby pass the bowels. Put the baby on back and hold both the legs in half bent position. Now begin to move baby’s leg as he or she is riding a bicycle.
Generally breast-feed baby experiences less constipation than formula one’s. If baby is on breast feed and still facing constipation then nursing mother should improve her diet. There may be nursing mother who is suffering from gas, constipation, and flatulence hence baby too. Nursing mother should drink lot of water; take high fiber diets, fruits such as papaya (it increases production of milk as well), apple, yogurt etc. She should include jeera and ajwain in her diet (you may soak the jeera and ajwain in desi ghee for 15-20 days and then use it in your daily meal, it increases the production of milk as well) to alleviate gas, constipation problem.
If baby suffers from constipation due to formula based milk or change in milk, then slowly make the changes in diet is a solution. Don’t let the baby totally on formula milk at one shot; introduce it slowly along with breast-feed. Sometimes particular milk formula is not suiting to baby try another formula milk or consult with pediatrics.
Introduce one baby food at a time. Let the baby digestive system gets familiar with it then introduce another one. At least make a gap of 1 week, if there is any side effect, allergy or constipation due to food then you will come to know in a time period of 1 week. These home-based remedies are worthy to try for constipation among infants before going to doctor, and quite safe as well.