Safe & Natural: 5 Home Remedies To Ease Your Baby’s Constipation
Prune Juice: Prune juice acts as a natural laxative that can improve your baby’s digestion and ease constipation. Make sure that you give not more than an ounce of prune juice every day as it can make your baby gassy if taken in excess.  Initially you can add a little water to the prune juice till your baby gets used to the taste.
Switch The Cereal: If you have recently introduced your baby to solids, the transition could also bring about a bout of constipation. Instead of feeding your baby a rice-based cereal, try something that contains rye, oatmeal or bran as they will be rich in dietary fiber.  You can add a spoon or two of prune juice or mashed peaches to your baby’s cereal to counter the effects of constipation.
Leg Bicycle Movement: A very effective way to ease your baby’s digestive system is to use the bicycling movement to massage your baby’s tummy and set the motion. Make your baby lie down on the back and gently rotate the legs as if pedaling a bicycle. You can follow it up with a gentle belly massage.
Read The Instructions Before Making Formula: If your baby is on formula, make sure you read the instructions carefully and add the recommended amount of formula and water. Adding more formula than suggested can often cause constipation in your baby. If nothing works, try switching the brand of formula, as some babies find certain brands difficult to digest. Even if your baby is on formula, make sure you give him a few sips of water every now and then to prevent dehydration, which can also lead to constipation.
Add More Fruits: If your baby has just started solids, add fruits such as strawberries, plums, pears, grapes, raspberries and apples, as these are all high in fiber and will help ease constipation. Introduce one fruit at a time and not more than two to three teaspoons. You can also add it to your baby’s cereal.
Constipation is a very common problem in children and can be triggered by a number of issues such as food habits, fluid intake, and other such factors. However, as the weather shifts from warm to cool, your baby would not like to have that many fluids, which can also cause constipation or worsen an already existing one.
However, instead of rushing to the doctor or giving your little one over-the-counter medicines, try these natural remedies to ease constipation. While all of these remedies are safe and easy-to-use, consult your doctor if your baby’s constipation doesn’t improve or the condition seems to be deteriorating. Also, make sure you check with your doctor before you add any new food to your baby’s diet.
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