July 20th, 2017
Having difficulties doing a number two can be both an embarrassing and painful ordeal, especially for your little ones who are experiencing it for the first time. Constipation is a widespread problem among children, and they may encounter it in the form of dry, hard stool, a drop in bowel movement, or difficulty passing stool. The truth is, despite being a common condition, constipation rarely requires you to press the panic button and have you running to the drugstore for laxatives each time. A few simple home remedies can help to relieve the symptoms and prevent constipation from coming back.
1. Be Flax-ible
While there is no proven evidence of flaxseed oil being a constipation remedy, flaxseeds are a good source of dietary fibre and can help to increase the frequency of bowel movement. Mix one to two tablespoons of ground flaxseed to an orange smoothie (with pulp) for a high-fibre power cocktail to unclog the pipes, or sprinkle some over cereal or plain yoghurt to combine the nutritional benefits of the seeds with probiotics, which keeps our digestive system in check.
2. Prudent About Prunes
This small, humble fruit may not be our fruit of choice, but it has earned a big reputation as Nature’s remedy for constipation over the years. Prunes are rich in insoluble fibre and contain sorbitol, a natural carbohydrate that makes stools soft by making them more absorbent and draw more water as they pass through the intestines and adding bulk to them. A recommended treatment for constipation is 50g dried prunes twice daily – the equivalent of about seven medium-sized prunes. If your kids dislike the taste, try prune juice mixed with another juice or prune juice ice pops for a change.
3. Baking Soda Beverage
There is something about baking soda that puts it firmly in the centre of the world of home remedies. From making your countertops sparkling white to scrubbing your face, baking soda does it all. Its versatility extends to being an effective constipation mixture, since its bicarbonate properties encourage the release of air from your stomach while re-alkalising it to allow things to pass through smoothly. Simply stir in one teaspoon of baking soda to ¼ cup of warm water and down the mixture quickly for a drink that would ease your potty woes.
4. Sweet Saviour
Black, gooey molasses makes a great occasional remedy for constipation. They are made by boiling sugar three times, resulting in blackstrap molasses which is highly concentrated and contains copious amounts of vitamins and minerals, with magnesium particularly helpful in relieving constipation. Consume the goodness of molasses by itself (one teaspoon) or diluted in a cup of warm water or tea.
5. When Life Gives You Lemons
Sometimes, all you need is a good, trusty lemon to do the job. The citrusy nature of lemons helps to stimulate the digestive system, flushing out toxins and impurities along the walls of the colon that hinder the effective breakdown of foods. Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a cup of warm water to freshen things up inside while keeping yourself hydrated, or make a lemony emulsion by adding a teaspoon of lemon juice to a tablespoon of pure olive oil.
For more tips and advice on how to get things moving along, read the “Bowel Trouble” article in the latest July/August issue of Parents World magazine.
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