Found in oat bran, barley, nuts, lentils and peas, fruits and vegetables (like Brussel sprouts and beans). This fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel-like paste that helps soften your baby’s stools.
Studies have yet to find an effect of insoluble fiber in the treatment of constipation. At the same time, too much of this fiber type can cause children to have bowel problems that make it more difficult to go to the toilet.
Some fermentable soluble fiber may also not be effective in treating constipation. Sometimes this fiber is also fermented by bacteria in the gut and loses its ability to hold water.
To treat constipation in children, choose to add non-fermentable fiber to your baby’s daily diet, such as psyllium.
3. Give Your Child Probiotics
Probiotics can effectively treat constipation in children. If your baby has problems with bowel movements, sometimes it’s due to an imbalance of gut bacteria. Therefore, you can give your baby beneficial bacteria from foods or medicines, such as yogurt, probiotics, or probiotic gummies.
4. Try Prunes
Plums and prune juice are commonly known as natural constipation medicine for kids and adults alike. In addition to fiber, plums also contain sorbitol, a natural laxative. In addition, scientists have found that prunes are more effective than regular fiber.
If your baby is constipated, prunes may be the easiest natural solution. You only need to give your child about 50g (equivalent to almost 7 plums) twice a day.
5. Avoid Dairy Products
In some cases, lactose intolerance can cause constipation because the condition affects bowel movement. If you think your baby is lactose intolerant, temporarily eliminate milk or dairy products from your child’s diet to see if their constipation improves. At the same time, make sure your baby gets enough calcium from other foods.
6. Let Your Baby Move More
It may sound hard to believe, but regular exercise can help treat constipation in children, as well as reduce symptoms. By being more physically active, your baby’s intestines have a chance to move. Therefore, encourage your child to play for 30-60 minutes a day.
7. Set a Regular Schedule