8 Home Remedies For Constipation In Infants

Home Remedies For Constipation In Infants

Constipation is a common problem in infants and children. A child with constipation problem has  less frequent bowel movements, and are hard & painful. 

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 Reduce Constipation

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.

Mugli Ghutti Reduce Constipation

Badam Roghan

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.

Badam Roghan Reduce Constipation

Castor Oil

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.

Castor Oil Reduce Constipation

Coconut Water

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 problemsGive 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.

Coconut Water Reduce Constipation

Asafoetida (Hing)

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.

Asafoetida Reduce Constipation

Apple Juice

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.

Apple Juice Reduce Constipation

Mild Exercises

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.

Mild Exercises Reduce Constipation

Other Treatments

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.

Papaya Reduce Constipation

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  • See La

    Hi, my son is facing constipation. He said he never poo for few days and stomach pain all the time. I’m not dare to try with any medicine. So anyone have any ideas to prevent constipation. Kindly share Thanks

    • Jenny Chin

      SeeLa, actually what brand of milk powder you use for your child? Some milk powder is heaty and cause constipation.

  • Sue Yee Tee

    I think better let them to have some traditional remedy so that less chemical!!! No harm to their health! Cheers.

  • halleyleong9938

    People pls dont simply try all these unproven remedies all… bcos my LO went in hospital bcos minor food poisoning due to these traditional herbs.. Thanks to my MIL la! So better seek medical advise 1st before trying anything.

  • Michelle Lee

    I have
    the same problem previously, but once I switched to Mamil for a week, it
    really works! Because it contains no
    sugar and high DHA! But, the pre-biotic in Mamil help to solve constipation

  • Jenny Chin

    I heard of the price of Mamil is quite expensive. But it is one of constipation remedy as it contains pre-biotic in the ingredients that helps for relieving constipation.

    • See La

      I had go through with Mamil and it has a lot of good feedbacks. So, as long as it can helps my son to stay healthy, it is worth.

  • Dominic Uee

    Previously my son also suffered in constipation, then my colleague said Mamil is very good for constipation and asked me to switch to it. Then, my son never suffer in constipation anymore after switch to Mamil

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  • john

    when i used old way remedies like used prune to prevent constipation for kid, my boy end up at hospital because he’s got stomache. after that i realize that remedies didnt work to prevent constipation. now i wonderin what is proper and proven way to prevent constipation for my kid?

  • Bernert Chim

    My 8YO DS used to suffer in constipation probs.. I tried every means but his constipation even worse! My friend who is a mother of 2 kids suggested Mamil for my boy and it really works! My boy is now no longer suffer constipation.. . Mamil can softer stools and increase good bacteria for kids. Also, it has the highest level of DHA which is good for kids. Mamil solved my issue as it did prevent kids constipation.. You should also give it a try and you will see the difference in a week.

  • Arone box

    I just gave my kids tried Mamil and it works fine. I realized that Mamil is good in preventing kids constipation due to the prebiotics oligosaccharide that helps maintain in a good intestinal environment. You should try it.. The result of Mamil brings for kids confirm surprise you.

  • lita ola

    yeah i’ve found mamil made my little one free from constipated, mamil was great to prevent constipation, so i wouldn’t changed now and satisfied with the ingredients of mamil. would let you exchange to mamil? i’ve recommended for you

  • Annie Tong

    I think Enfamil is preety good for me in terms of keeping my DS away from constipation but not sure what ingredients inside that helps in that. But i also heard Mamil is pretty good in preventing constipation, also it’s is less sweeter compared to Enfamil. Gonna try it out one day