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9 Popsicles for Babies and Toddlers for Constipation

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Popsicles for Babies and Toddlers for Constipation

Healthy Popsicles for Babies and Toddlers with Constipation

Popsicles for babies and toddlers can be a refreshing treat (for adults too!). You don't need an excuse to make and enjoy them.

But, did you know popsicles also come in very handy as to give much needed relief to a constipated baby or toddler?

I was always a popsicle lover as a kid, but those were so full of sugar and far from healthy.

Unfortunately, my daughter Dakota has struggled with constipation issues since she began solid foods.

It doesn't help that she's a "picky" eater. Chicken nuggets and cheese are her top two favorites!

Popsicles have been my savior, and of course I make them super healthy and full of specific ingredients that really help her get a bowel movement naturally.

Read on for a look at some of the signs of infant constipation and ways to alleviate it, including 9 yummy popsicle recipes that contain constipation-aiding ingredients.

Constipation in babies and toddlers

It’s never easy as a parent to see your baby appearing uncomfortable or seemingly in pain.

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 It’s why we’re always on the lookout for signs of anything amiss with our little ones.

If we spot something, then doing whatever we can to alleviate baby’s discomfort becomes a priority.

One sign we might see is babies straining when they have a bowel movement. If you see this with your baby, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Infant constipation is not a common condition. That’s especially true for breastfed babies.
  • Whether they are fed breast milk or formula, some babies don’t poo every day.
  • The feeling of stool passing through their intestines is totally new for babies. Their squirming, grunting, or making weird faces while pooing may just be a reaction to this feeling.
  • Babies have weak abdominal muscles, so straining as they poo is common. If they strain but pass soft stools, then it is quite likely they are not constipated.
  • Signs of constipation in babies and toddlers

    There are signs you can look for that might indicate your baby is constipated. These include:

  • Stools that are hard and look like pellets.
  • Hard dry stools from bowel movements that seem to cause pain, accompanied by crying or arching of the back.
  • Less frequent bowel movements compare to how often baby usually poos.
  • Dietary changes to ease constipation

    Switching from breast milk or formula to solid foods is often the cause of infant constipation. If you notice any of the above signs after your baby reaches the solid foods milestone, you can:

  • Give baby a serving of 100% apple, pear, or prune juice each day. 2 to 4 ounces should do. Apples, pears, and prunes have sorbitol in them. Sorbitol acts like a natural, gentle laxative.
  • Offer baby pureed peas, pureed prunes, or whole grain cereals. These contain good amounts of fiber to help baby’s constipation.
  • Give baby a little water to drink each day.
  • When to consult your doctor

    A few days of baby struggling to pass hard stools is something to reach out your child’s doctor about; especially if you have tried the dietary suggestions above and they have not helped.

    Remember, it is never wrong to talk to your baby’s health care provider at the first sign of concern. Babies don’t come with an instruction manual AND you can spot changes in your baby better and sooner than anyone else.

    Why Popsicles?

    Kids, in general, love popsicles! They’re juicy, tasty, and cold.

    They are especially great for babies and toddlers who are teething because they help soothe sore gums.

    Popsicles for babies and toddlers can also help them past a bout of constipation safely and without invasive medications.

    Some of the foods were mentioned above and other good-for-infant-constipation foods are easy to slip into a popsicle recipe.

    Whereas you might not be able to get your child to eat or drink them otherwise, they can go totally unnoticed in a delicious popsicle.

    Popsicle ingredients to help with constipation

    Each of the nine yummy popsicle recipes I have lined up for you is sure to be a hit with babies.

    Apart from being a delicious treat, they also feature one or more of the following ingredients to help little ones get over constipation.

    That said, it's always easy to add some flax seeds and to substitute dates as a sweetener. 

    Flax/chia seeds

    Among the many benefits of these two superfoods is that they are good sources of dietary fiber. Having sufficient fiber in your diet helps to both prevent and treat a variety of bowel issues, including constipation.

    Kefir

    Kefir is a probiotics-rich fermented milk product that you can actually make at home. A 2014 pilot study showed that kefir has positive effects on the symptoms of constipation.

    Fibrous fruits

    As I pointed out above with the flaxseeds and chia seeds, fiber can be very helpful in keeping constipation at bay and alleviating it. Fruits such as apples, oranges, strawberries, and kiwi are good sources of fiber. So, too, are raspberries, bananas, and mangoes.

    Dates

    Date might not have as much sorbitol in them as prunes but they are still effective when trying to treat constipation in a child because they are full of fiber.

    Instead of liquid sweeteners like maple and agave syrups, add dates to your child’s popsicles for a nutrition boost and a big assist in relieving constipation.

    Probiotics

    Probiotics have a host of health benefits and relieving constipation is one of them. Probiotics help to soften stool, help move stool through the bowels, and increase the number of bowel movements.

    Popsicle molds

    You have a myriad of options when it comes to the popsicle molds you use for these (or any) popsicles. Here are a few points to keep in mind when selection a popsicle mold to use with your baby or toddler.

    • Look for molds that are BPA-free.
    • Easy-release molds are much more convenient.
    • Molds with drip guards are much less messy.
    • Bulkier molds might not fit in the space you can spare in your freezer.
    • Molds with easy-grip handles are better for babies.

    My Favorite Popsicle molds

    These are molds I've tested and they are the perfect size for little hands. Get the smaller one for babies. Toddlers seem to like both the bigger ones and the small ones. 

    Hope your little love them too!

    DFSETOGO Baby Popsicle Molds, 2Pack Homemade Popsicle Molds-BPA Free, Popsicle Molds for Toddlers Popsicle Molds Silicone, Reusable Easy Release Popsicle Maker Kids Ice Cream Diy Pop Molds (Green)
    Popsicle Mold Set 4 Pieces Homemade Silicone Popsicle Maker Easy Release Ice Cream Molds Reusable DIY Pop Molds (Green)
    Popsicle Mould,Popsicle Molds 6 Pieces Silicone Ice Pop Molds BPA Free Popsicle Mold Reusable Easy Release Ice Pop Make (Green)
    DFSETOGO Baby Popsicle Molds, 2Pack Homemade Popsicle Molds-BPA Free, Popsicle Molds for Toddlers Popsicle Molds Silicone, Reusable Easy Release Popsicle Maker Kids Ice Cream Diy Pop Molds (Green)
    Popsicle Mold Set 4 Pieces Homemade Silicone Popsicle Maker Easy Release Ice Cream Molds Reusable DIY Pop Molds (Green)
    Popsicle Mould,Popsicle Molds 6 Pieces Silicone Ice Pop Molds BPA Free Popsicle Mold Reusable Easy Release Ice Pop Make (Green)
    DFSETOGO Baby Popsicle Molds, 2Pack Homemade Popsicle Molds-BPA Free, Popsicle Molds for Toddlers Popsicle Molds Silicone, Reusable Easy Release Popsicle Maker Kids Ice Cream Diy Pop Molds (Green)
    DFSETOGO Baby Popsicle Molds, 2Pack Homemade Popsicle Molds-BPA Free, Popsicle Molds for Toddlers Popsicle Molds Silicone, Reusable Easy Release Popsicle Maker Kids Ice Cream Diy Pop Molds (Green)
    Popsicle Mold Set 4 Pieces Homemade Silicone Popsicle Maker Easy Release Ice Cream Molds Reusable DIY Pop Molds (Green)
    Popsicle Mold Set 4 Pieces Homemade Silicone Popsicle Maker Easy Release Ice Cream Molds Reusable DIY Pop Molds (Green)
    Popsicle Mould,Popsicle Molds 6 Pieces Silicone Ice Pop Molds BPA Free Popsicle Mold Reusable Easy Release Ice Pop Make (Green)
    Popsicle Mould,Popsicle Molds 6 Pieces Silicone Ice Pop Molds BPA Free Popsicle Mold Reusable Easy Release Ice Pop Make (Green)

    9 Healthy Popsicle Recipes for Constipation

    1. Peanut Butter Pudding Pops
    These peanut butter pudding popsicles are dairy-free, healthy and super easy to make. Easy to include 1 or more additional ingredients to help baby with digestion. Feel free to use sunflower seed butter for a nut-free version.
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    Watermelon Popsicles Recipe with Fruit via @BlenderBabes #watermelonpopsicles #watermelonrecipes #popsiclerecipes #snacksforkids #blenderbabes
    2. Watermelon Popsicles with Fruit
    Dehydration is a top reason for constipation. These watermelon popsicles are incredibly hydrating. For babies, blend in another fruit such as the kiwi for sweetness and some flax seeds. Chop the pieces of fruit a bit smaller for toddlers.
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    3. Mango Banana Popsicles
    These are super simple mango and banana popsicles that you can add more constipation-aiding ingredients to. I would add just a touch of kefir, some flax seeds and a date.
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    OJ Lean Green Popsicles
    4. OJ Lean Green Popsicles
    My toddler actually asks for green popsicles now because she has had them since she was a baby! Be sure to replace the coconut nectar with dates for added fiber and add flax seeds.
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    Purple sweet potato popsicles ice cream
    5. Purple Sweet Potato Popsicles
    These healthy and beautifully colored purple sweet potato popsicles are delicious! Use dates instead of maple syrup and flax seeds for added fiber. Pour any leftovers into a dish because it doubles as ice cream!
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    Dairy Free Frozen Fudge Pops by Peggy K Kitchen Cures from @BlenderBabes
    6. Healthy Fudge Popsicles
    This healthier fudge popsicle recipe was developed by holistic nutritionist Peggy K and featured in her book Kitchen Cures. Swap the coconut sugar for dates and for more healthy fats and creaminess use full-fat coconut milk.
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    Carrot Orange Popsicles for Baby
    7. Carrot Orange Popsicles
    Carrots are FULL of fiber. Use kefir instead of yogurt for real probiotics (most probiotics are killed during pasteurization in regular yogurt) and add flax seeds.
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    Strawberry Banana Popsicles
    8. Strawberry Banana Popsicles
    There's a reason strawberry banana is the #1 smoothie, it's an absolutely delicious combo! The perfect color pink, these dairy-free popsicles are loved by all. You can blend the stems in the strawberries if they're organic for added chlorophyll. I always add flax seeds and dates to this and sometimes just a touch of kefir.
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    Orange Creamsicle Popsicles Vegan Dairy-Free
    9. Orange Creamsicle Popsicles
    Your babies will love this healthier, dairy-free, vegan version of the classic (you probably will too!). Avoid all the added white sugar and cream and now it's something to celebrate, especially when it's helps with constipation.
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    FINAL THOUGHTS

    I hope these healthy popsicles for babies and toddlers help relieve your child's constipation. Of course you can always add the ingredients that help relieve this to any popsicle recipe you want to try! 

    Let me know which recipe you try in the comments and how it worked!

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    Tarashaun Hausner
    Tarashaun Hausner is the Founder and CEO of Blender Babes, an innovative multimedia company striving to help people lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. A former roadshow representative for a leading blender company, Tarashaun founded Blender Babes in 2012 after discovering how instrumental a high-powered blender was in getting her personal health back on track. Physically and emotionally transformed from her journey back to health, Tarashaun vowed to help others find wellness. She is committed to thoroughly test and review the best blenders and healthy lifestyle products on the market to help her community make the best choices for themselves and family. Tarashaun offers several free resources to help people use their blender to get healthy including a 7 Day Superfood Smoothie Challenge. Blender Babes has also negotiated special deals and offers for products they love most.

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