There are natural resources to combat constipation among babies, for example, the plum water indicated by many pediatricians. In the first months after birth, the baby still does not have full intestinal transit , and for this reason it is common for the child to stay for up to three days without evacuating and presenting certain symptoms, such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Swelling of the belly
Plum water is the most suitable natural medicine for these cases, as the fruit is rich in fibers that act directly on the hydration of the feces and relief of constipation.
Most mothers are unsure whether or not to offer plum water to their newborn . This will depend a lot on the pediatrician, some indicate intake at two months , for example, others stipulate that tea consumption be introduced after six months. Consult your doctor and see the appropriate recommendation for your baby’s case.
Why does the baby go several days without evacuating?
At birth, the baby does not yet have an adequate intestinal rhythm . Every time you ingest the milk and the food reaches the stomach, it causes all the muscular reflex to occur, which quickly forwards what was consumed to the intestine.
However, this reflex is still unstable and may diminish, causing the baby to remain up to seven days without a bowel movement . When the stool is finally evacuated, it is common for the stool to come in a watery, lumpy or large volume.
The loss of the gastrocolic reflex and the lower production of lactose (sugar present in breast milk) is also responsible for the soft aspect of the stool. Babies, when spending time, need to learn to perform the proper movements for evacuation. Some tend to take a little longer for this effort, which can cause constipation .
Usually, when trying to evacuate the baby, he usually stretches his legs and turns red , a sign that he is undergoing training to later carry out this step naturally.
Noticing the newborn’s difficulty in evacuating the mother can help him by removing the diapers and slightly flexing the baby’s legs. Belly massage with circulatory movements for approximately two minutes is another indication.
IMPORTANT: it is not recommended to give the baby spasmodic medications, as they can have serious side effects, in addition to aggravating constipation.
Does Food Improve Intestinal Transit?
For the relief of mothers, the discomfort can be relieved after the food introduction of the first fruits, vegetables and some foods rich in fiber and healthy for bowel functions. The varied foods change the consistency of the feces, offer varied nutrients, replenish the water and change the color.
What the mother ingests and the relationship with the baby’s intestinal health is still a complex and unproven matter in the medical field. However, in cases of frequent colic symptoms, the mother’s diet should be supervised . Excessive consumption of cow’s milk, black tea, coffee, chocolate, alcoholic beverages and cigarettes can increase the symptoms of colic in the baby .
Each body must be assessed individually. Pay attention if the baby felt more colic at a given time and what he may have ingested in the meal. This is a simple way to identify what are the possible foods that you consume and cause discomfort in your child. ´
Plum Water: When can I give it to the baby?
Plum water is a homemade recipe indicated to treat constipation in babies. However, the age for drinking plum water will depend a lot on each pediatrician and on the individual assessments in the newborn’s body. Therefore, to consume safely consult your doctor first.
In the case of a baby over six months old and fruit and baby food have already been introduced, the ingestion of plum water is released. Fruits are generally rich in fiber, but plum occupies the first position when it comes to treating or relieving constipation. The fruit is rich in fiber and antioxidants that aid in intestinal transit.
How to Prepare Plum Water
Boil approximately 90 ml of filtered water with four prunes . When the tea is warm, offer it to the baby in the bottle. In cases of feeding only with breast milk, offer in the spoon or cup.
Laxative Juice Recipe for Babies Over 6 Months
Beat in a blender: lime orange, black plum, papaya and flaxseed flour and offer it to the baby whenever he is constipated.
If the little one is more than six months old, he may offer other foods to loosen the intestine, such as: banana-nanica, papaya, endive, kale, okra, oat, wheat bran and lentil are some examples.
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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.