Parents always love to see their baby happy eating and playing, but constipation is one of those conditions that sometimes becomes stressful for both the parent and the baby. There are several medicines available in the market, but using simple home remedies at the first sign of constipation can help avoid further aggravations. All these tips are tried and tested, and they work like a wonder!
Ajwain Powder –
Carom Seeds are full of medicinal values and are an age old remedy for curing digestive problems, including stomach bloating and constipation.
- Wash ajwain seeds properly to remove any dust particles and sun-dry them.
- Roast and grind them to a fine powder. (Try our homemade Ajwain Powder for an instant solution).
- Mix this powder in food or warm water to relieve constipation.
- ½ a pinch of ajwain powder mixed with 1 tsp breastmilk for infants below 6 months
- 1 pinch of ajwain powder in baby food for infants aged 6 to 12 months
- 2 pinches ajwain powder (1 – 3 years)
- ¼ tsp ajwain powder once a day (4 – 10 years)
- Adults can have this powder as is or mixed with hing and black salt after food.
Asafoetida (hing) powder –
Another herb well known for its medicinal properties, when mixed with warm water asafoetida can work wonders in curing digestive problems. For infants, mix a pinch of asafoetida in warm water and apply it on their naval using cotton.
Homemade Ghutti –
This amazing ghutti works wonders in treating constipation. It can be stored in refrigerator for upto 2 days. Please note that this ghutti needs to be served lukewarm. (Find the recipe here)
- ½ tsp for infants below 6 months
- 1 tsp for infants from 6 to 12 months
- 1½ tsp for toddlers from 1 to 2 years
- 2 tsp for kids above 2 years
Raisin Water –
Soak 3-4 Munakkas in water for about 5 hours. Then boil the munakkas in about ½ cup water till it is reduced to about ¼ cup. Serve this lukewarm raisin water to your little one and see the magic!
The ‘P’ foods –
Prunes, Pears, Plums, Peaches, aPple juice – always think of fiber-rich foods when it comes to curing constipation. Whole grains, oats, brown rice are all excellent sources of dietary fiber, followed by fruits and vegetables. These P foods are rich in fiber content, making them extremely helpful.
Vegetables like spinach, tomatoes, beetroots and pumpkins –
They are all rich in fiber and a must-include in your child’s diet. The best way to introduce these veggies is by making a delicious soup. (Don’t have time to cut vegetables and make healthy soups? Try our instant Tomato Soup powder)
Avoid carrots and applesauce –
Applesauce contains pectin that causes firmer stools, and carrots also tend to cause constipation in some babies.