Occurrence of constipation in toddlers is a common thing. A child suffering from constipation may have bowel movements less than 4 times a week or have difficulty in passing stool or pass hard stool. This is primarily due to the change of eating habits as the toddlers digestive system needs time to adjust to the change of the food habits from liquid to solid.
Toilet training may lead to constipation because the child may at first be uncomfortable using the toilet and hold back the feces giving rise to constipation. Illness or emotional stress may also be the cause. Home treatments are mostly effective in normal cases of toddler constipation.
Treat Constipation In Toddlers Naturally
Elevate Fluid Intake
The kidneys are the primary organs needed to detoxify the system. Intake of fluids like water and fruit juices will help in the process of diluting and detoxifying the body. So give your child plenty of fluids and fresh fruit juices.
Increase Fiber Intake
Food rich in fibers should be ingested Fruits and vegetables like apricots, pears, sweet potatoes, plums, beans, carrots, broccoli and spinach may be eaten. Whole-grain breads and cereals are also fiber-rich. Pectin rich foodslike blueberries maybe taken. All these foods help to regulate bowel movements. NO MILK Some children develop constipation due to high intake of milk especially cow’s milk. It has also been seen children taking in cow’s milk suffer from constipation more than others. So decrease milk intake and eliminate cow’s milk intake if your child is suffering from constipation.
You may sprinkle ground flax seed over your kid’s meal. Flax is a natural high-fiber containing laxative. Do not use whole flaxseed as it might worsen the constipation.
Castor oil is another laxative. Add 1 teaspoon of castor oil to 1 glass of milk and give it to your toddler. Linseeds are another good option to treat constipation. Add a teaspoon of it to soup or cereals of your child.
Soak a handful of raisins or sultanas in a glass of water overnight. Next day crush well and strain. Give the raisin liquid to your child. This will be easily taken by your toddler owing to its pleasant taste and help in bowel movements.
Honey And Sugar
Early morning when the stomach is empty give a 2-3 teaspoons of honey or sugar in a cup of milk to the toddler. This is a good way to treat constipation.
Add 1/4th cup of olive oil to 1/4th cup of orange juice. Drink the mixture to effectively treat constipation.
Soak organic prunes in water overnight. In the morning strain it. Make your constipated toddler drink it.
Prepare an infusion of liquorices or ginger root with honey. Give this to the constipated kid. This helps to encourage bowel movement.
Decrease Constipating Foods
Food such milk, yoghurt, cheese and bananas are known to cause constipation in children.
These food should be avoided instead opt for other fruits to treat constipation. Green coconut water is effective during constipation.
Dissolve candy sugar in boiled water and give this infusion to the toddler at regular intervals. This helps the working of the kidney in eliminating toxins.
You may massage your child’s stomach. Apply pressure on the area a little below the navel. This helps in relaxing the intestinal muscles and regulating bowel movement.