Well-known remedies for your baby’s constipation

After checking that it isn’t your baby’s diet that’s causing their constipation, try the following remedies before heading to the doctor’s office.

Glycerine suppositories or rectal stimulation can be used occasionally, especially if there is a need for urgent/rapid relief, such as when there is a very hard stool in the rectum and baby is showing immense discomfort (that heart-breaking face and cry that make you want to sob!). However, this should not be used or done frequently. Rather consult your healthcare professional.

When infants have been introduced to solid foods, try juices containing sorbitol such as prune, pear and apple juices. These can decrease constipation, but the risk is that the infant may drink more fruit juice than formula and become malnourished. High sugar concentrations are also a concern. Again, it is always best to consult your healthcare professional (GP, paediatrician, clinic sister, etc.) if you are unsure.

“A mother’s touch is very powerful and sometimes relief can be provided just by rubbing your little one’s tummy with a warm hand or by applying pressure.”

Many mommies often use gripe water to try and assist their little ones who struggle with constipation, as they believe it assists in digestion and stomach aches. However, for many years the safety and effectiveness of gripe water has been under question. In an article about the benefits or risks of gripe water published by Jain et al., (2015) it was found was that vomiting and constipation are seen in more children receiving gripe water than in those who did not. This is something to think about since it is such a commonly recommended remedy.

Another reactive way to ease constipation and help nudge your tot push out that stubborn poo is to lie your baby on their back, hold their legs and move the legs in and out towards the tummy, as well as around in circles. This sometimes does the trick. A mother’s touch is very powerful and sometimes relief can be provided just by rubbing your little one’s tummy with a warm hand or by applying pressure.