Constipation is a common affliction that causes severe discomfort and pain in babies. Generally caused by a reaction to solid food or overall diet, constipation can cause irregular and painful bowel movements in a baby. Natural remedies can alleviate constipation and put a baby at ease.
Massaging a baby's stomach in a circular motion can calm a constipated baby and encourage the movement of the bowels. Moving the legs in a bicycle motion can help alleviate gas caused by constipation.
A warm bath with baking soda can relax and promote bowel movements in a constipated baby. Keep the baby in the bath for 10 minutes, and massage her tummy for additional relief.
Fill a 118ml bottle with breast milk or water, along with a few drops of castor oil once a day, for 2 to 3 days. As a natural cleansing agent, this mixture can ease stomach pains and clean out any blockage in the intestines.
Juice is high in fibre and can naturally alleviate constipation in a baby. In a 113gr bottle, mix water and juice, such as prune or apple, to be consumed twice a day for a week. Juices should be used in moderation so babies do not get addicted to sweet liquids, as opposed to more nutritional liquids, such as formula or breast milk.
Change of Diet
Adjusting a baby's diet is one of the best and easiest ways to alleviate constipation. The BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) provides a baby with simple foods that are rich in fibre and easy on the stomach, which is good for discomfort.
A common herb used for digestion, fennel seed is known to alleviate gas and constipation in a baby. Mix fennel seed tea and water in a 118ml bottle, which can be given to a baby for 3 or 4 days, 2 times a day.