How to Relieve Constipation in Babies and Young Children

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While these remedies focus on how to relieve constipation in babies and young children, ultimately many of them work for older children and adults as well.  The most important thing, however, is to make sure you choose the right remedies for the younger ones.  Remember – if these don’t work or you’re not seeing results, always contact your pediatrician.

Infants less than 2 months old:  See your pediatrician

2 – 4 months: Fruit juice such as apple, pear, cherry, prune, or grape juice.  One ounce per month of child’s age (3 month old = 3 oz. juice, etc.)

4 months – 1 year: Feed high fiber baby foods such as beans, prunes, plums, peaches, pears, apricots, spinach; make sure they’re receiving these foods 2x daily.

1 year and up: Add more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to the diet.  Be sure your child receives enough water.  Also try adding fruit juices like prune, apple, cherry, or grape.

For any age, if constipation is a problem, try limiting white rice, bananas, cooked carrots, white flour and dairy products.  With a few minor dietary adjustments, there should be some relief of constipation soon.  If not, please consult your pediatrician.

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    I have also found the following useful when trying to ease baby constipation and constipation in newborns.

    Exercise is very helpful in eliminating constipation. If your baby is mobile, get him to crawl or walk more. If she is too small to crawl, lay her on her back and rotate her legs yourself. Bend and straighten her legs and tickle them to get those legs kicking.

    Massage the baby’s belly. Using a natural oil or cream, rub your baby’s tummy in the belly button area in small circles.

    Give the baby a warm bath. A warm bath will help to loosen the stools and allow your baby to go to the bathroom. Do not let the water get too warm however so as not to burn the baby.

    Hope that helps

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