7. Apple Juice
You can give your baby a small amount of apple juice to help relieve constipation as it has a mild laxative effect. It contains pectin that encourages regular bowel movements.
However, avoid feeding your baby applesauce, which may contain a higher level of pectin that could firm up stools and lead to constipation.
You can give 2 to 4 ounces of apple juice once a day to toddlers and 4 to 6 ounces once a day to older infants. If possible, extract the juice at home from organic apples, instead of buying prepackaged juice.
Prunes are a high-fiber fruit that can help fight constipation in infants. Their natural laxative property helps regulate bowel movements.
- For infants up to 6 months of age, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of prune juice to ½ cup of breast or formula milk or just plain water. Give it to your baby once or twice a day to regulate bowel movements.
- For older infants, add diluted prune juice to your baby’s formula before feeding.
- If your baby is eating solid foods, you can try pureed prunes.
Note: Consult your doctor before giving prune juice to your baby as it contains a natural bowel irritant.