• Rosemary Hansen

Constipation in infants: How to relieve it?

It is hard to watch your infant struggle with constipation. Luckily, there are some home remedies you can use to help her. I have used all of these methods with excellent results.

What is infant constipation & how to relieve it

Constipation in infants means that a hard stool is stuck in the colon and needs more liquid to help move it through. Your baby should have nourishing, easy-to-digest liquids to help the constipation. Breast milk is a perfect nourishing liquid. Babies on formula and over 4 months old can have homemade bone broth as well. Exclusive breast feeders can have homemade bone broth at 4 months as well, or whenever they start solids.

Why bone broth?

Bone broth is hydrophilic, which means that it attracts digestive juices to it when it is being processed in Baby’s gut. This will help the stool move through the colon more smoothly. Also, broth has easily absorbed gelatin, magnesium, and lots of fat to ease digestion and soothe the gut. Bone broth is also very easy to make at home. Breast milk is 50% cholesterol, so babies naturally need fat to help digest any food. The Magnesium in bone broth relaxes the intestinal muscles, allowing the stool to pass. As well, Magnesium attracts water, so it will add water to the hard stool. If you’ve been told to give Baby more fiber, remember that fiber requires liquids to pass through the colon. So if the fiber intake is increased, so must the liquids increase.

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Blessings, Rosemary

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