Constipation Remedies for Children

| Modified: May 01, 2016
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As miserable for children as adults, constipation does have effective natural remedies that are helpful in many cases.The first cure to consider for constipation in children is simple dietary modifications. Children should be taking in adequate fluids. Many children do not drink enough water. Sometimes, just adding more water to a child's daily routine will help him with constipation.

Adding some apple or pear juice to a child's diet may also help him with constipation. While too much juice can cause a child to not be hungry enough to take in adequate carbohydrate and protein, some juice each day is good for children, especially those prone to constipation. Fresh apple cider is an especially helpful juice constipation.

Prune juice is also very helpful. It should be given in small amounts at first. For children under a year and over six months, only a teaspoon a day at first.  For children over a year, just a tablespoon or two each day may be effective.

Prunes, grapes, raisins and berries can be added to the diet. Again, start with less at first as a child is adjusting to different foods.

Causes of Constipation in Children

Certain foods can cause constipation,especially when consumed in large amounts. Milk, cheese and ice cream, white flour, sugar products, and processed foods are common causes of constipation in children.

Some children will avoid using the bathroom in certain settings.

"Holding it," is a cause of constipation. Some children may avoid using public restrooms. A school age child sometimes prefers to wait until he has the comforts of home to relieve himself. If a child has experienced pain during bowel movements, he may be avoiding the pain. Making sure there is plenty of "low stress" time at home will encourage relaxation and may help with this issue. Making sure morning routines before school include enough time for bathroom visits is important. Too often, this time of day is too rushed.

Magnesium for Constipation in Children

A great remedy for an acute constipation problem is an epsom salt bath. Add one cup of epsom salt to a warm bath and let the child play in the tub for 20 minutes or so. Not only does relaxed play in the tub encourage the body to relax and eliminate, the body absorbs the magnesium in water and that often helps constipation. A child's magnesium supplement would be another option to consider.

Please keep reading below to see what others have found helpful in relieving childhood constipation, and be sure to report back what works for your child!

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Apple Juice

Posted by Marina (Guelph, On) on 07/08/2014
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For constipation in babies:Give an ounce or two of apple juice per day. Works wonders!

Barley Cereal

Posted by Susan (Ohio, Illinois) on 01/21/2010
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My daughter had constipation problems. We tried everything the doctors told us to. With no positive results. Several months and several biopsies later they recommended surgical modification. I revolted at that idea. We refused to follow this path. My daughter was found later to have dairy allergies. At this time the leche insisted my daughter could not be allergic to breast milk. We switched to soy. Still pooping was painful and impossible. Around this time a complete stranger told me her daughter suffered this way until she put barley cereal into her bottle. Truth be told she started pooping freely. Once the concrete was passed. By this time we had to manually stimulate her movements bc her sphincters were not working properly. To this day we remember how horrible this episode was and thank the good fortune of the barley cereal.

Replied by Ksy

Thank you for sharing your idea on the Barley!! I think it is important to note that your baby wasn't allergic to your milk, but rather the lactose proteins from what you were eating that were in your milk. When Breastfeeding moms remove dairy from their diet, the breastfeeding baby's allergies should improve steadily and be gone within 3 weeks.

Blackstrap Molasses

Posted by Jennifer (Greenfield, WI) on 02/28/2007
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I went to the health food store to ask about what I could give my 15 month-old son for constipation. They suggested 1-2 tsp. of blackstrap molasses in his bottle. I bought the bottle, came home, came to this website and discovered all different things this stuff is good for. I am 8 months pregnant. I was having a lot of trouble sleeping and developing symptoms of restless leg syndrome (common in pregnancy). I decided to give it a shot. Long story short, my son is pooping like a champ and I started sleeping through the night without any jerking limbs ON THE FIRST DAY! I ran out for one day, and I had a horrible night sleep. I am amazed and delighted


Posted by Cheryl (Utah) on 05/19/2013
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For constipation, my chiropractor helps a lot of kids/babies with just one painless visit. Find one that uses the Blair technique. (He also cured my migraines!)

Posted by Hermes (Princeton, Nj) on 04/24/2011
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Hello, dear worried mothers. Have you tried taking your babies to a chiropractor? I did take her when she was 6-month-old after I had tried everything - more liquids, prune juice, thermometer in the rectum, etc. - and just happened to mention of my desperation to the chiropractor I normally see. He did some gentle manipulation of her legs and upper body over a few sessions. The results came in a few days when her bowel movements started to normalize and became more regular. I know that there are plenty of options but if you have tried them all, you may consider this too. It may be a subluxation that is causing it all of a sudden.

Fish Oil

Posted by Cindy (Northern California) on 02/19/2014
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When my grandson had severe chronic constipation I asked my daughter-in-law to try flavored fish oil. She bought some lemon-flavored fish oil at a natural food store and within 24 hours it changed what doctor's remedies had not been able to solve.

Lemon Juice and Olive Oil

Posted by Colleen (Vancouver) on 07/19/2006
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My six year old son was constipated, and instead of using over the counter medication/remedies I tried the lemon and olive oil. He only took it 2 times (mid morning & after lunch), and he had a regular bowel movement before the night. The sour from the lemon was a bit too much for him, so I put a pinch of salt in the mix.

Magnesium and Fish Oil

Posted by Lhope (Lexington, Sc) on 05/01/2014
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(1) 1/4 teaspoon magnesium citrate powder in 6 oz of liquid twice daily.... Morning & evening (brand name is Calm by Natural Vitality)(Note: I am not affiliated with any manufacturers of any products. I just want to share what worked for my little one (now age 3 ) who had suffered with constipation since age 2 months when I could no longer breastfeed)

(2) 1 teaspoon Barlean's omega swirl fish oil (lemon flavor is one of the best flavors, in my opinion) at lunchtime.

(3) plenty of liquids throughout the day

Warm Bath

Posted by Tina (Flint, Mi, United States) on 08/12/2010
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Constipation in babies 1 month and over

I just wanted to let you all with infants and babies to know that if your child is constipated to give him or her a warm bath ~ in the sink is good so that you can have the child in it from the midsection down in the warm water. You need to add nothing to the water, just have it warm and keep the child happy and comfortable for oh a minimal of like 15 mins to like 25mins. And the warm water will loosen their bowels naturally.. Then watch out because you will have a sink or bath tub to clean... But a very content child afterwords. I have found this to work every time my daughters and now our grandchild has this issue. Alot of the time it's due to too much iron in their formula and not enough water through the day.. Hope this will help even one distressed parent dealing with these kind of issues.. Because when baby's not happy ~ no one in the house is happy. PEACE!