Real Moms Talk: Remedies for Constipation During the First Year of Life
During the first year of your child's life, you will likely spend more time consumed with thinking about what is going into and coming out of their body than you ever thought possible. Let's be honest, though. Your biggest concern in this area will be all about their poop. You may wonder if it's too runny, too hard, too green, too little, or too much. One of your biggest concerns may be that they just can't poop. No mom or dad wants their child to be in pain from being constipated.
According to the Mayo Clinic, constipation is defined as “hard or pellet-like bowel movements or pain while trying to have bowel movements. […] Infants experiencing painful bowel movements might arch their backs, tighten their buttocks, or cry.[…] Infant constipation is unlikely if your baby passes a soft bowel movement after a few minutes of straining.”
I crowd-sourced social media friends, family, and other moms to find out what constipation remedies worked best for their baby. It should be noted that you should seek medical advice from your pediatrician if you are concerned about your child's digestive health and before beginning new treatments.
Here were the most popular suggestions, in no particular order:
1. Rectal stimulation: Use the tip of a thermometer or q-tip to stimulate the reflex that causes an infant to stool.
2. Diluted prune juice.
3. Light Karo syrup mixed in with breastmilk or formula.
4. The “P” foods: pears, peaches, prunes, plums, and papaya.
5. Miralax: Speak to your pediatrician about amount and frequency.
6. Digest zen and ginger essential oils in a roller. Learn more about the use of essential oils from this video with pediatrician Dr. Hill.
7. Undiluted apple juice: It is recommended to start with 2 to 4 ounces to determine whether your infant needs more or less.
8. Avoid rice cereal and switch to oatmeal cereal.
9. Glycerin suppositories: These are only for occasional use if dietary changes aren't effective.
If your baby suffers from constipation, what have you found to be the best remedy?