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 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.
Signs of constipation in babies and toddlers
There are signs you can look for that might indicate your baby is constipated. These include:
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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!
9 Healthy Popsicle Recipes for Constipation
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!