Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.~Meryl Streep

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect.  Everything gets reduced to essentials.~Meryl Streep

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Conquering Constipation

So for those who know me, you are aware of the constant battle my child has with constipation. She struggled with gas issues when she was a newborn, but began struggling with constipation at 6 months of age, when she began solids. To help with her constipation, we gave her what the pediatrician and everyone else recommended “give her anything that starts with P (prunes, peaches, peas, and pears), apple/pear/prune juice, stay away from rice cereal, massage, and warm bath.”

As she grew older, new solids where introduced (very slowly) and we had to find the right balance between solids and liquids. It worked temporarily, but at times would still struggle with severe constipation. After about 3 months and no additional assistance from the pediatrician, I was furious and went on my own hunt…to conquer her constipation.

What I discovered was some babies do not get enough fat in their diet…basically the extra fat moistens their stools. And with my daughter eating all those fruits and veggies she probably wasn’t getting all the fat she needed. The secret is Flax Oil. I gave ½ teaspoon in the morning and within hours she was unplugged. I was amazed at how quickly and effectively it worked. Now I put about 1 teaspoon in her milk or food everyday and she very rarely gets constipated. If I notice her stools hardening than I give her an extra teaspoon in her lunch.

Flax oil is located in the natural section of most grocery stores. You can either buy the seed and grind it yourself or oil. Just watch out…if you give your child too much their stools will get runny. Of course you should check with your child’s pediatrician if you have any additional concerns. But I just really wanted to share how we conquered the struggle with constipation. No one told me about Flax Oil, so I am spreading the word!

Here's a couple of links that may be helpful!

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