The constipation in babies is an issue that leaves many worried mothers. In the first months of life, the indication of suppositories and pharmacological laxatives is still not safe, so it is possible to treat constipation with some options of natural laxatives.
One of the first signs that indicate that the baby suffers from constipation is noticed when it feels like having a bowel movement, pushing hard, turning red and nothing happens. Constipation is not only related to the number of days the child does not have a bowel movement, but also to the consistency of the poop , usually in these hard and very dry situations.
Fibers Are Excellent Natural Laxatives
After the food introduction indicated by the pediatrician, it is worth inserting fruits, vegetables and leaves rich in fiber in the baby’s menu. The main fruits with laxative effect are:
- Black plum
- Banana nanica
Also bet on vegetables , vegetables and cereals when preparing meals, such as broccoli, kale, lentils, oatmeal and dark green leaves, considered excellent bowel regulators.
Babies from six months old who already have a more varied diet should drink water , good hydration is of paramount importance to form the fecal cake.
Natural Baby Laxative Recipes
Orange-lime juice with flaxseed: both orange and flaxseed are rich in fiber and when combined bring the baby’s intestinal functions up to date. Make a juice with two lime oranges and add a small spoonful of flaxseed.
Plum water: this is among moms’ favorite recipes to regulate the baby’s intestines. There are two preparation options: boil two plums with a small amount of water, after offering them to the baby to cool down; soaking two plums in a glass of water overnight; or beat a plum in the juice it will offer.
Papaya dessert with orange: you will need 500 g of papaya and 200 ml of lime orange. Wash the papaya thoroughly, remove the peel and seeds. Squeeze the two oranges and bring the ingredients to the fire. After boiling and cooking, mash, wait for it to cool and serve it chilled.
Pear and plum dessert: Separate 600 g of pear, 150 g of pitted black plum and 200 ml of water. Wash the fruit well, remove the pear peel and the seeds. Cook with water, after boiling and creating a creamy paste, mash the rest of the pieces. Wait to cool and serve chilled.
During meals, insert foods such as: quinoa, broccoli, carrots, kale and opt for various options of vegetables, in addition to a lean protein, such as chicken.
IMPORTANT: when preparing baby’s meals, avoid beating food in a blender. The habit, although practical, grinds a good amount of fibers that are important for the baby’s intestinal health.
Tips to Improve Baby’s Intestinal Health (h3)
In addition to natural laxatives, another way to keep your baby’s intestines up to date is to replace some of the menus that you used to insert. When the habit was to prepare, for example, rice porridge, in cases of constipation it is recommended to replace with options that contain oats , papaya and fruits.
For the baby who already consumes artificial milk in powder form it is important to consult the pediatrician and see the possibility of changing the formula .
Is the Use of Suppository or Laxative in Babies Recommended?
This is a very recurring question among mothers and it will depend on the baby’s age and also on the pediatrician’s approval. In cases of severe constipation the child can go up to seven days without evacuating.
But you don’t have to wait all that time to seek help from a specialist. Until the third day is normal, after that period consult the baby’s doctor.
Both suppository and stimulation of the anus in cases of constipation are delicate measures that require prescription and guidance from the pediatrician. When a thermometer infiltrates the baby’s anus, for example, there is a high chance of seriously injuring the child.
There are suppositories that are less aggressive to the child’s organism, such as glycerin compounds , however specialist approval is required.
Natural laxatives are still the healthiest measures to cure constipation. Water intake and a balanced diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, leaves and rich options and fibers help the intestinal transit to function regularly.
What to do when the baby is having difficulty evacuating?
Stimulating exercises: the movement known as bicicletinha is great to help the little one when he is having trouble pooping. When you notice that he strains, turns red and nothing comes out, you can stimulate him with this exercise.
Belly massages: targeted belly massage is another exercise that can help. Press two or three fingers firmly under the navel for approximately three minutes.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.