Prune Juice And Baby Constipation – How Much And How Often?

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Are you one of those parents who helplessly experience the torture your little toddler goes through because he or she is constipated? Constipation can be triggered due to any number of reasons and you first need to find out what exactly causes this in your toddler and how you can help get rid of it.
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What Causes Constipation in Babies?

Mostly, little ones experience constipation due to the variations in their diet. Infants go through this phase when they switch from breast milk to formula milk or to solids. While breast babies’ pass mustardy, soft stools, babies who are on formula or have started solids pass somewhat firmer and darker stools. Whatever be the cause, constipation can be quite troublesome for both you and your little one. Painful or difficult bowel movements can wipe the smile off your little one’s face and she may also suffer from abdominal pain or cramping making her all the more uncomfortable. Constipation will also impact the frequency of the stools, and one of the best remedies that can work magic for this issue whatever be the cause, is prune juice. This is a wonderful laxative and works to ensure your child passes stools without any difficulty.

Given below are some useful tips about prune juice, which would be helpful to ensure you provide exactly what your baby needs.

How Can I Tell if My Baby is Constipated?

Your baby’s stools and their frequency will change with age, type of food he eats and activity levels. Prune juice can be offered to babies to combat the issue of constipation as it acts as a natural laxative encouraging softer, frequent stools. The following signs indicate that your baby might be constipated:

  1. Irritability and crankiness for no apparent reason.
  2. A belly that is hard to touch and feel.
  3. Refusal to feed or a poor appetite.
  4. Baby appears in pain or red faced when passing stools.
  5. Hard, pebble like composition of stools.
  6. Streaks of blood on the stools.

How to Use Prune Juice for Treating Constipation in Babies?

First and foremost, you must consult your baby’s pediatrician before offering prune juice to your baby. It is generally recommended not to give prune juice to babies younger than 6 months – breast or formula fed. Once your baby hits 6 months and is constipated, start with a 25% juice and 75% water combination offered only occasionally.

Prune juice contains sugars, which are poorly absorbed and pass through the babies’ intestines, thus holding water in the poop. However, it is important that the juice is not filtered, and is 100% pure juice. If your child does develop gas or bloating or become fussy at any instant, it is advisable to consult the doctor.

What are the Benefits of Prune Juice for Babies?

Good news is that prune juice is not only an excellent laxative, prunes are also found to be packed with vitamins and minerals which are good for your little one’s health too. Rich with antioxidants, prune juice helps to fight free radicals that cause cell damage. The fiber and healthy enzymes present in prune juice is ideal to assist your little one’s bowel movements and get them back on track. It also ensures better digestion after the problem of constipation is taken care of.

How Much Prune Juice Can be Given to Babies for Constipation?

Ideally anywhere between four and six ounces of prune juice is recommended for toddlers ranging between one and six years old, starting with a small quantity of 60 – 100 milliliters. It would be ideal that you provide unfiltered juice of prunes preferably before giving any other food, for maximum effectiveness. Also bear in mind the fact that prune juice may take around one full day to show positive results if your baby is highly constipated Do not expect instant results as soon as you feed your toddler with prune juice. You will need to give 24 hours for it to work. However, if the baby is mildly constipated, it might work in just a few hours. Consult your doctor to guide you taking into account your baby’s degree of constipation.
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How to Prepare Prune Juice for Your Toddler for Constipation?

1. Recipe for Prune Juice

Preparation of prune juice is simple and easy. All one needs to do is:

  • Soak a handful of dry prunes in steam for a little while.
  • The next step is to just blend the steamed, dried prunes in a mixer or blender and get the puree.
  • Add juice of half a lemon to this potion.
  • Also add one cup of water to this mixture and blend it well.
  • Now your prune juice is ready for your toddler.

On the other hand, if you discover your little one does not like the taste of prune juice, you could try out making some prune smoothie which the baby is sure to relish

2. Prune Mango Smoothie

Blend five prunes, one cut mango, one orange and 100 grams of yogurt with one glass of milk in your mixer and your smoothie is ready to drink. Your little one is sure to lap up this tasty smoothie in no time, which solves your problem as well. Yet another extremely effective prune juice smoothie recipe is given below:

  • Half a cup of coconut milk
  • One kale lead
  • Flax seeds : 1 tablespoon
  • Half a cup of pure juice from organic prunes
  • One fourth cup of frozen mixed berries

Just blend all the above mentioned ingredients together in your blender and lo and behold! Your delicious smoothie is all ready for your little one. Most kids love this taste and it is much easier to get them drink up the smoothie rather than making them drink pure prune juice.

Can I Give My Baby Prune Juice Daily?

Under the guidance of your doctor, you may offer a little prune juice to your baby daily if constipation is an ongoing battle for her. However, if the issue arises occasionally, it may be given only as needed. Although prune juice has been proven to have excellent results for constipation in toddlers or any person, regardless of age, they do have mild side effects if consumed in excess. They can trigger gas, bloating of the tummy or even diarrhea if consume excessively. They can also cause tummy ache in toddlers. So make sure you get the perfect approved recipe for preparing prune juice for your toddler apart from ensuring the right quantity that is required according to their respective age.

So if you are at the end of your tether not knowing how to cope up with the constipation issue your toddler is grappling with do try out prune juice and see how its magic works on your little one.

FAQ’s

1. Should I Give Dried Prunes or Prune Juice to Help my Baby’s Constipation?

Tiny babies cannot chew anything. For young babies, dried prunes can be quite hard. They tend to stick to the teeth.

2. Can I Give my 9 Month Old Prune Juice Daily?

Yes as long as the quantity is not much. However, you need to give their body to learn to digest foods rather than helping. Do consult your doctor for an opinion and dosage.

3. Can I Give Prune Juice for My 4 Month Old?

No. it is recommended only for children above 6 months of age. Until 6 months, the babies’ stomachs are very sensitive and prunes can irritate.

4. How Long Does Prune Juice Take to Work in Babies?

It will take a day’s time. It can take anywhere between 12 – 72 hours. Do not expect instant results.

Read Also: 10 Foods That Will Help Relieve Constipation In Babies

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