“P” Fruits – Natural Constipation Remedies for Babies and Toddlers

Natural, nutritious remedies for helping relieve infant constipation, these three fruits are suitable for infants between the ages of four and six months.

Natural, nutritious remedies for helping relieve infant constipation, these three fruits are suitable for infants between the ages of four and six months.

It’s sad to think about but almost every baby will at one time or another suffer from a bout of constipation. There are many different causes of constipation in babies. If there is ever a time when constipation may strike babies, it is when they are first introduced to solid foods, specifically rice and bananas. Solid foods are not digested as easily as formula or breast milk may be digested during the first phases of weaning (introducing solid foods). Other causes of constipation in babies may include the following:

  • Diets low in fiber
  • Diets of excessive dairy products (yogurt, cheeses, milk)
  • Foods such as
    • Bananas
    • Applesauce
    • Cereals
    • Breads
    • Pasta and
    • White Potatoes may contribute or cause constipation

Please keep in mind that baby may not be truly constipated simply because a baby strays from his regular poop schedule. Babies who are constipated will have hard stools and will have a difficult time passing those stools. You will see a lot of struggling, grunting and possibly signs of pain.

When your baby is suffering from constipation, keep the “P” fruits in mind; pears, peaches and plums are super fruits for battling constipation. These fruits are a naturally healthy and even nutritious way to help babies (and big kids too) to get things moving again. Preparing these “P” fruits is simple and takes little time. You may seed and puree these fruits raw or steam or bake them until they are tender and then puree. These fruit purees will freeze well so you can always have a stash on hand in the event that your baby battles constipation.

Disclaimer: It is important that you always consult your pediatrician about the appropriateness of any remedy to help alleviate constipation.


One Comment

  1. Trista Paone September 13, 2012 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Because breastfeeding confers many important health and other benefits, including psychosocial,
    economic, and environmental benefits, it is not surprising that breastfeeding has been
    recommended by several prominent organizations of health professionals, among them the
    American Academy of Pediatrics
    (AAP),25 American Academy of Family
    Physicians,27 American College of
    Obstetricians and Gynecologists,28
    American College of Nurse-
    Midwives,29 American Dietetic
    Association,30 and American Public
    Health Association,31 all of which
    recommend that most infants in the
    United States be breastfed for at least
    12 months. These organizations also
    recommend that for about the first
    six months, infants be exclusively
    breastfed, meaning they should not be
    given any foods or liquids other than
    breast milk, not even water.

    This was an excerpt from the Surgeon General’s Call to action 2011 to support breastfeeding.

    Please note that to provide the most health benefit to your child, it has been shown that the first six months of exclusive breastfeeding is best.

    Babies who are breastfed almost never have constipation and much less gastrointestinal side effects.

    Got to: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov
    for more info

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