Constipation can affect most kids nowadays, especially toddlers. As soon as you start feeding your child, problems may start. Your one-year-old is too precious to struggle with this.
Unlike other digestive problems, constipation is very hard to deal with. Your child may not be able to describe everything as they can’t speak well yet, but the child may go through a lot of pain and problems.
In such cases, considering a doctor for an immediate result will be the best way. However, if the constipation is recurring, you will have to look for a permanent solution.
Your one-year-old child should not be troubled so much every time he eats or drinks something. Apart from the medicines your child’s doctor prescribes, you may start doing some home remedies as well.
Although constipation may be treated on its own in toddlers, it is important to treat it using herbal home remedies so the problem doesn’t become repetitive. Here are some home herbal remedies to treat constipation in your one-year-old.
1. Warm Water
Water is the key to remaining hydrated. As soon as toddlers start moving on their own, they eat a lot of food and forget water completely. This may cause chronic constipation later on. Hence, it is very important to treat it now itself.
If your child remains constipated very often, you must try to give warm water as soon as your child wakes up. Give sips of warm water before you feed your baby. This helps relieve pain and bloating.
It helps flush out toxins from the body in the morning and eventually treats constipation as well.
2. Lemon Juice/Water
Lemon has been used in many herbal or traditional remedies for ages now. It acts as a natural lubricant to stimulate bowel movements in kids as well as adults. It helps in regulating and stimulating bowel movements.
In a glass of water, squeeze about a tablespoon of lemon. Mix the water with lemon juice and feed your child. This should offer instant relief from pain, gas, and bloating.
If your child hates the sour taste, you may add some sugar and salt to lemon water. This makes it very tasty and easy to consume as well.
3. Milk + Ghee
A very ancient Ayurvedic remedy suggests taking a cup of warm milk with a very small spoon of ghee. This remedy is often suggested before bedtime as ghee acts as a laxative and takes a few hours to relieve constipation. So when your child wakes up, he will be able to empty his bowels very well.
Ghee also helps in detoxifying harmful substances from your child’s body. You can also give your baby a cup of warm milk every night and add ghee only when he or she is constipated.
Asafoetida is often used as a spice in Indian cooking. However, this spice is widely known to reduce gas, bloating and digestive problems. Hence, a pinch of good quality asafoetida should be applied on your baby’s belly button.
Massage your baby’s belly button after applying asafoetida and leave it overnight. It will reduce the pain and bloating, also, your baby will be able to empty bowels the next morning.
5. Castor Oil Massage
Famous for being a natural laxative, castor oil is a favorite constipation remedy for both adults as well as kids. Adults may consume castor oil orally but it is not advised to do so with your baby. One-year-olds may not be able to digest it well.
You should take a few drops of castor oil and apply the oil with your hands around the anal area of your baby.
It helps reduce the pressure on the anal skin, loosens it, and helps the stool to pass easily. Massaging with castor oil should relieve constipation almost within a day. However, make sure your child doesn’t have any allergies.
Babies love prunes as they taste very good. Prunes are black and juicy foods that are filled with dietary fibres that can help relieve constipation.
There are various ways to serve prunes to your child. You may add prunes to various fruit juices, serve them as a puree or feed them raw. You should feed prunes in the morning to see the best results.
7. Mashed Papaya
Papaya can relieve constipation very naturally and it is a very delicious fruit as well. You can simply mash some pieces of papaya and feed your baby. Offer only some pieces to your baby or this fruit may also cause diarrhea.
If your child doesn’t like papaya, you may add pear, plum, or peaches to his diet. Adding fibrous fruits can do wonders. Make sure you smash the fruits before feeding your baby, this makes it easier for your baby to digest it.
8. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can be massaged on your baby’s anal area your baby is below the age of 1. Or, you may add a few drops of coconut oil to your baby’s food. It is a natural laxative that helps in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and constipation in toddlers.
Adding coconut oil to your baby’s diet helps loosen his stools and pass them easily.
Yogurt or curd has natural probiotics that can treat digestive troubles within a day or two. Feeding yogurt or curd is completely safe if your baby is one year old. You should not mix salt or sugar in the yogurt.
It can help increase the stool frequency and makes it easier for the stool to pass as well.
A small smashed banana is every child’s favourite. Bananas contain natural laxatives too that can help smoothen the intestinal walls and prevent the stool from hardening. Having half or a small banana every day can treat chronic constipation in babies.
You may feed the fruit by mashing it, or simply make a smoothie for your baby. Babies love banana shakes and smoothies nowadays.
Whatever the problems may be, seeing your child suffer is sheer agony. We know how it must feel for a parent to feel helpless when their baby cries in the middle of the night.
If you already know your child feels bloated and is unable to pass stools, it is high time you try these remedies and treat your child immediately.
Treating constipation at an early stage prevents it from becoming chronic.
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