Fruit Puree for Constipated Babies
When complementary feeding begins, some children may temporarily develop constipation. This process isn’t serious, but there are some dietary measures to help constipated babies, such as fruit puree.
Keep in mind that it’s also crucial that you guarantee an adequate intake of water. The liquid together with the fiber allows an increase in the volume of the fecal bolus, thus achieving a more efficient transit through the digestive tract. In addition, this fluid manages to stimulate the lubrication of the stool, which allows for an easier descent.
Here are some fruit puree recipes to help your little one.
What fruits to include in baby food for constipated babies?
When preparing fruit puree for constipated babies, it’s important to prioritize those with high fiber content, as these substances have been shown to be capable of modulating the peristaltic movements of the digestive tract. In this way, they improve transit and reduce the ailments associated with constipation, as evidenced by research published in the journal Nature Reviews.
The best options for this purpose are ripe bananas, plums, grapes, oranges, tangerines, avocado, kiwis, papaya, and pears. All these fruits have insoluble and soluble fiber inside, which ferment at the intestinal level and favors the growth of intestinal bacteria.
It’s important to keep in mind that the nutrition of the baby’s microbiota can be positive for preventing constipation, according to a study published in Advances in Nutrition. Therefore, it’s a good option to complete the fruit pure with fermented foods with a high content of probiotics, such as yogurts.
Examples of fruit porridges for constipated babies
Not only is it important to include fruits with high fiber content in these purees, but it’s essential to combine them properly. This way, better organoleptic characteristics are achieved in order to increase the acceptance of the food by the child.
The best fruit porridge options for constipated babies are as follows:
- Pear, plum, and grapes
- Kiwi and banana
- Banana and avocado
- Orange and banana
It’s best to prepare them in small quantities to prevent them from oxidizing and losing their organoleptic characteristics.
If you want to keep them, it’s best to keep them in a tightly closed glass container in the fridge. The cold helps to prevent oxidative processes of many nutrients, and in this way, the puree can be consumed for a longer time.
Another very useful trick is to add a few drops of lemon juice, but you have to be careful not to overdo it so as not to alter the final flavor. However, in the right amount, it provides ascorbic acid, a very good antioxidant compound for little ones.
Other ingredients to include in fruit porridges
The purees may include some other components in addition to fruits, to give the dish a higher nutritional density and fiber sources.
The best choice of all is oatmeal, which is a cereal that has high-quality carbohydrates inside. In addition to these, it contains beta-glucans that ferment in the intestine and improve the functioning of the microbiota.
It’s also possible to include other cereals in the fruit puree, but it’s essential to observe the labeling in advance. They must be special for babies and you need to avoid those that have added sugars. In the long run, these could be harmful to your child’s metabolism.
Prepare fruit purees for constipated babies
As you’ve seen, it’s very easy to prepare fruit porridges for constipated babies. You just have to choose the ingredients well to achieve a tasty end result with a high concentration of fiber.
In any case, if after the inclusion of these porridges in the baby’s diet, no improvements are observed, consider consulting with the pediatrician. There could be some anatomical or functional problem in the baby’s intestine, capable of conditioning fecal transit.
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- Vriesman, M. H., Koppen, I., Camilleri, M., Di Lorenzo, C., & Benninga, M. A. (2020). Management of functional constipation in children and adults. Nature reviews. Gastroenterology & hepatology, 17(1), 21–39. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41575-019-0222-y
- Dimidi, E., Christodoulides, S., Scott, S. M., & Whelan, K. (2017). Mechanisms of Action of Probiotics and the Gastrointestinal Microbiota on Gut Motility and Constipation. Advances in nutrition (Bethesda, Md.), 8(3), 484–494. https://doi.org/10.3945/an.116.014407