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Homeopathic Remedies for Constipation

Constipation in children

Constipation problem is very common in children and can turn chronic without early treatment or prevention. Constipation occurs when there is infrequent bowel movements or passing out hard stools, often encountering difficulty during the process. Normal bowel movements for children may occur a few times each day or even once every few days depending on the child’s age and diet.

Babies on breast milk are less likely to suffer from constipation as breast milk is better and easier to digest. Normal bowel movements for breast-fed babies can be as frequent as with every feed or even for as long as up to a week of no bowel movements. Their stools are runnier, soft, yellow-coloured and easily passed.

On the contrary, the stools of bottle-fed babies tends to be bulkier, smellier and varying in consistency and colour from day to day. Constipation arises whenever there is any prolonged changes to either less frequent or harder stools.

As the babies grows up, from being weaned to solid foods to toddlers and then to young children, more and more changes will occur in the frequency, consistency and smell of the stools which are very much dependent on their diet.

Hence there is really a great variation in the children’s bowel movements which are very much dependent on age and diet. Regardless, so long as the stools are hard and difficult to pass and bowel movements occurs only every 3 days, then it is most likely a constipation problem.

Constipation symptoms

Some of the common constipation symptoms in children includes:

  • Frequent, straining but ineffective urge to stool
  • Child cries
  • Feverishness
  • Restlessness or fidgeting
  • Headache
  • A small tear in the anus skin
  • A tiny amount of blood on the toilet paper or nappy
  • Hard, very large stools, pellet-like or small rabbit-like stools
  • Sometimes vomiting

Less common constipation symptoms in children includes:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Behavioural changes, for example being unhappy or irritable
  • Nausea
  • Feeling “off colour”

Homeopathic remedies has the capability of treating a particular type of constipation depending on the causes and symptoms.

Homeopathic Remedies

Symptoms: Difficulty in passing soft yet sticky stool, no urge for days
Homeopathic medicine: Alumina
Potency: 30

Symptoms: Stool is large and dry or dark as if burnt, headache, having a thirst for cold water
Homeopathic medicine: Bryonia
Potency: 30

Symptoms: Stools are like round balls that are stuck together with mucous
Homeopathic medicine: Graphites
Potency: 30

Symptoms: Wind is passing downwards but constipated
Homeopathic medicine: Lycopodium
Potency: 30

Symptoms: Hard stools which crumbles at the anus
Homeopathic medicine: Magnesia Mur
Potency: 30

Symptoms: Stool has mucous in it
Homeopathic medicine: Merc Sol
Potency: 30

Symptoms: Stool has blood in it
Homeopathic medicine: Merc Cor
Potency: 30

Symptoms: Stool is hard and crumbling, bleeding at the rectum
Homeopathic medicine: Natrum Mur
Potency: 30

Symptoms: Frequent yet ineffectual urging, pressure at the anus
Homeopathic medicine: Nux Vomica
Potency: 30

Symptoms: Stool coming out and sliding back, weak rectum, anus is sore and oozing mucous
Homeopathic medicine: Silicea
Potency: 30

Recommendation: Begin homeopathy treatment with one dose in the early morning
Homeopathic medicine: Sulphur
Potency: 30