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Coconut oil has certainly gained much notoriety over the last few years. This milky, white fat is fast becoming a household staple. It is pretty fancy.
It can be a solid or a liquid depending on its mood, it can pull off a few lifesaving wonders, it can debase itself and sauté an onion and it can help unclog the works! Yes! It can even help with your constipation!
Now, constipation is something that probably everyone has had at some time, and yet we certainly don’t want to talk about it. Constipation can be caused by a number of different things – from not having enough fibre and water in your diet, to changes in your lifestyle and even to aging. It’s not something we can totally avoid. So let’s get to the solution!
What about coconut oil for constipation in babies and children? Is coconut oil safe for them?
Absolutely! Many parents have to put their babies on formula and unfortunately, formula contains very little to no fibre (breast milk contains natural laxative properties). As a result, many formula-fed babies commonly suffer from constipation.
Due to our westernized diets, full of processed foods, many toddlers and children are also suffering from constipation. Coconut oil is a wonderful natural way to bring relief to these precious little bodies. But just a word of caution – you still need to be careful when giving it your baby or little one for the first time.
There are so many different types of coconut oil out there, but I would suggest you go for an organic virgin coconut oil. Organic is better for babies, as it has had less exposure to chemicals and pesticides. Also, foodstuff being stored in plastic, can sometimes absorb some of the chemicals in the plastic.
It is probably wise to check if your baby has an allergy to coconut oil first. It is not known as a high allergy food (It is quite rare to hear of anyone who is allergic to coconut oil, but the possibility exists. Rather be safe than sorry!).
Apply a little bit of coconut oil to your baby’s skin. Rub it in and make sure it is well absorbed. Usually the inner wrist/elbow area is used to test for sensitivites. If your child is going to react to the oil, it will happen within 12 hours. The area will begin to look itchy and inflamed. So just watch for any adverse reaction. You could do the same for an older child too. If everything looks fine – it should be safe to give internally.
But start slowly!!
Start with half a teaspoon or even less in the beginning. Add it to your baby’s breakfast or even directly into the mouth. Make sure you give your baby adequate liquid, as that also helps stimulate a bowel movement. If after a few hours, there hasn’t been a bowel movement – try adding a teaspoon of oil to the supper. You can slowly increase the amount until you are giving 3-4 teaspoons a day in divided dosages.
With older children, you will have to also play it by ear. I mix a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil into peanut butter and put it into the fridge to set. A few kid friendly, sugar free coconut oil dessert recipes here. The fat content of the oil keeps their blood sugar balanced for longer and we avoid constipation!
Unfortunately, there isn’t a tried and tested set dosage for this. It is best if you also start out slowly – maybe taking 1 tablespoon in the morning and 1 at night, and see how that affects you. Some people find that only 1 teaspoon has a bowel loosening affect, so you will just have to see what works for you. My advice is to keep with one dosage for a few days. If nothing happens, increase it slightly.
If you suffer from chronic constipation, then it will probably take a little longer before you see results. But due to coconut oil's amazing health benefits, this is something you could do for the rest of your life!
Other pages in the cocopalmtree.com in connection with this page
1. best-constipation-remedies.com. http://www.best-constipation-remedies.com/coconut-oil-and-constipation.html.
2. stylecraze.com. http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/coconut-oil-for-constipation-the-best-natural-laxative/#gref.
3. fussybody.com. http://fussybody.com/coconut-oil-for-constipation/.
4. ionehealth.com. http://ionehealth.com/coconut-oil-benefits/.
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