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.