Constipation is a common concern for parents of infants and toddlers. There are many medicinal interventions to help with constipation. We prefer to start with a nutritional approach. With this strategy, constipation remains a dietary challenge rather than a medical problem that requires medicine.
We always thank a pediatric GI specialist for this little trick:
- Stew a can of prunes (can use pears or peaches)
- Puree the stewed prunes
- Pour the stewed prunes into an ice cube tray and allow to freeze
- Pop one of the cubes into a bowl and let thaw overnight in the refrigerator
- Add 2 teaspoons of flax seed oil to the bowl
- Add water to the bowl and mix until you have a nice slushy consistency that your infant/toddler will love.
This strategy works incredibly well. In addition to being a nice insurance policy to prevent constipation, it offers omega fatty acids and a good deal of fiber for your child’s diet.