Infant, Baby and Child Constipation
Unfortunately, way too many babies these days are suffering needlessly from constipation.
I believe the main cause of constipation in babies and infants is not breastfeeding for long enough. Studies of large primates and mammals by Dr Katherine Dettwyler suggest that we should breastfeed to 1.5 to years old old! (See "The Breastfeeding Book" by Dr Sears). Certainly we should breastfeed untill all the teeth have come out, because teeth are an essential part of nutrition.
One reason for this is that breastmilk is super easy to digest, and contains lots of DIGESTIVE ENZYMES. It takes a baby months to learn to walk. How many months must it take for the body to learn to digest different kinds of foods? Breastmilk is meant to support the body through this difficult process.
If you have stopped breastfeeding, don't despair. It's not too late! It has been discovered that MEN can breastfeed. See http://www.unassistedchildbirth.com/milkmen.htm. If they can, how much easier will it be for you? Make sure you find a good lactation consultant to help you with any problems - they offer essential help.
After lack of breastfeeding, three main causes of infant, baby and child constipation, as they are for adults, are:
Possibly the MAIN cause of infant, baby and child constipation is dehydration. Lack of water is certainly a major cause of constipation in adults. From personal observation and seeing how much my own son relishes and thrives from water, I believe that infants are not getting enough water.
If your baby is being ONLY fed breast milk, he shouldn't need water. However, as soon as he starts on solids, then water is a necessity. Offer him water frequently:
As for adults, give ONLY water for dehydration.
Juices etc. are FOOD. (Would you wash your hair with orange juice?). Water is needed to rehydrate and remove toxins.
Also, consider that he may have too many warms clothes on. Babies find it as hard to keep cool as they do to keep warm. So often one sees a baby crying it's head off, wrapped up in warm clothes and a blanket, while the parents are wearing shorts, t-shirts and sandals. I believe, and so does Dr Mendelsohn in the excellent book "How to raise a healthy child, in spite of your doctor", that your baby should have roughly the same clothes and layers on as you do.
I cannot overstress the importance of water. It's frightening when you read baby books - there is so much attention on food, but hardly anyone thinks of water. Even Dr Mendelsohn in his book does not consider that a major cause of headaches in babies could be dehydration. The brain shrinks when it's dehydrated (I have heard that the bodies of alcoholics have brains many sizes smaller than they should be). In roughly 50% of cases of headaches in adults I have found it can be healed in about 20 minutes by having the person drink 1 pint of water or more.
2) NEGATIVE FOODS
This one is a bit more tricky.
First understand that many foods that are in baby food and recommended for babies such as soy are NOT good for babies. See my article and the links at "Diet: A secret of anti-aging".
The only real way to find out what foods are good or bad for your baby is to learn muscle testing, by attending a weekend seminar called "Touch for Health".
When I used muscle testing on my six month old son to find out what foods to give him, I already had a list that I had prepared from all of the reading I had done on what to give a baby. I was going to give him avocado first, followed by banana, apples and pears.
However, muscle testing showed he did not want any of these. Muscle testing showed that he wanted butternut squash, cottage cheese, lentils, organic beans and brown rice, in that order. The lentils, organic beans (anasazi and black turtle) and brown rice I cooked for 1 1/2 hours and pureed in the blender. I sweeten them slightly with breast milk. And guess what? He loved all of them and pulls a face if I give him apple or squash. And after one month of eating a LOT of this, he has had no constipation.
The interesting thing about his selection is that he has chosen the foods best for growth. These foods have a lot of fiber (except for the cottage cheese). They also have a lot of protein.
Most people who choose a vegetarian diet in the western world don't know how to do it right, and end up suffering from protein deficiency (and hence exhaustion). The only protein they eat comes from nuts and seeds, and that isn't enough. In India, where almost everyone is a vegetarian, including the wealthy top class Brahmins, they serve 'dahl' at every meal. That is, a dish made from lentils or beans. They just have many different ways to make it taste different at each meal.
It's possible that adults offer food to babies that THEY like. It would never occur to most adults that their baby might PREFER to have beans or lentils, which has the added benefit of not hooking them on sugar and having them end up obese like so many children these days.
A new fruit that might help: Try Goji Juice. It tastes fantastic and kids love it and it has incredible healing qualities.
4) Poor availability of Probiotics (good bacteria)
Babies are like us, they digest solid food by the use of good bacteria. I asked a pediatrician where babies get their good bacteria from. She said that babies come in free of all bacteria. When I asked her WHERE they eventually get them from, her answer was an uncertain "they pick them up". From where? Our houses are so full of chemicals, no bacteria will get in.
So, Sedona Labs have formulated iFlora for kids. It's for children one year or younger. And it's tested No. 1 for potency against the opposition. THIS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A 'MUST HAVE'.
5) If they are older, the problem they can easily have is that they need to squat, not sit (as we all do). Try placing a raised area in front of the potty, or a foot stool in front of the toilet (preferably as high at the toilet). See my article "Squat, don't sit". Try this for yourself as well.
For more information on Healing Constipation, please see this article.
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