All kids have issues with constipation at one point or another. Some kids seem to always be dealing with it. Either way, it’s hard to see children in discomfort or pain from this condition. Indian home remedies for constipation in kids are a good way to keep control of the condition without modern medicine that is not formulated for kids. Indian Home Remedies are always the safer route to take.
There are many ways to help children who struggle with constipation. My oldest used to always be constipated when she was a toddler. I made her some special applesauce I called “magic applesauce” because I made it with prunes. She loved it!
However, apples produce pectin once they are cooked for applesauce as their natural chemistry changes. The pectic actually works to increase constipation, therefore making this applesauce useless.
But there are ways to decrease the amount of pectin produced in your applesauce! Follow these steps:
- Make sure your apples are super ripe and NOT tart. Tart apples contain the most pectin.
- Remove the skins and seeds from the apples BEFORE cooking.
- I like to use a 3:1 prune to apple ratio
- You can add apricots or pears to the applesauce to cut down on pectin
Here are some Indian Home Remedies for Constipation in Kids
- Juices like prune, pear or apple often help soften the stool. Give 4 to 6 ounces once a day for kids but don’t water down pear or apple juice!
Do not give prune juice to infants, even if it is watered down; it is irritating!
- High fiber foods are helpful for the passage of stool and relieving constipation. Try apricots, sweet potatoes, pears, prunes, peaches, plums, beans, peas, broccoli or spinach.
- If you can find or make some ghee, you might heal your child’s constipation but giving them a cup of warm milk before bedtime with one teaspoon of ghee added to it.
- You can also offer raisins and figs at night. If your child doesn’t like those options, try organic fig bars – mine love them!
- Another popular Indian home remedy for constipation is to consume a glass of warm milk with two teaspoons of almond oil before going to bed. This will help promote regular bowel movements in the morning.
- Give plenty of water to the child.
- Add two tablespoons of baking soda to a warm bath. Let your child relax for 5-15 minutes, soaking in the warm bath.