How to Treat Constipation in Small Babies with Raisin Water Using Paladai Feeding Cup

Some babies suffer from constipation (even breast fed babies) till they start eating solid food. We always use raisins to solve constipation problems, especially with young babies who are a few months old. The raisins are soaked in boiling water the previous night and the next day its ground and the water is given to the babies.

We feed the babies raisin water with paladai feeding cup /sangu (the one that you see in the picture). We always feed all the medicines to very small babies, with this paladai feeding cup and every home in our village side has one.

The babies are made to lie down on the lap with their head slightly elevated and then the medicine is fed to them by inserting the tip of the paladai in one corner of the babies mouth. Feeding the babies through the corner of their mouth ensures that only small amount of the medicine enters their mouth at a time.

They do cry and try to push the paladai feeding cup away. But if someone hold their hands gently, one can easily give the medicines to them. We always use sweet raisins for this. Wash the raisins very well before soaking it in water. The amount of raisins depends on the age of the baby.

How to Treat Constipation in Small Babies with Raisin Water


1.Take the required amount of raisins. For 3 to 4 months old babies use just 1 tbsp small raisins and for babies who are older than 7 months, use around 2 tbsp raisins. Wash the raisins thoroughly and soak it in boiling water for 3 to 4 hrs or overnight.

2.Grind the raisins along with the water in a mixer. Make sure the mixer is washed properly or just use a small jar separately for the baby.

3.Strain it using a double strainer so that all the pith is completely filtered. This is especially very important, if you are feeding 3-4 month old babies.

4.Keep the baby in your lap comfortably with the head slightly elevated and gently hold on to the hands with one hand. Keep the paladai  in one corner of the mouth and feed them little by little.


  • Don’t fill the paladai to the brim, it will spill all over the baby
  • Grind the raisins finely so as to extract all the juice from it.
  • Always use sweet raisins.


  1. Lavi
    March 7, 2013 / 1:38 pm

    ramya,You are doing amazing work here! iam sure this will be one unique usefull indian blog! God bless you!

  2. Nithu
    March 14, 2013 / 6:59 am

    u r doing a great job ramya.keep it up.

  3. Anonymous
    March 17, 2013 / 4:21 am

    Ramya,thank you for this simple recipe for consipation, I will try this. It is better than taking a chemical powder form like Metamucil. I never knew something like raisin water could work to treat consipation.

  4. Srivatsan Raghavan
    May 11, 2013 / 11:09 am

    Hi Rampriya,This is Sri, Sowmya's husband. Sowmya showed me your blg sometime back and i told her that I will send my compliments to you sometime back and it is now. Whilst there is a plethora of blogs on cooking, your blog on this topic is unique and deserves to be strongly appreciated. Keep up the good work.

  5. Ruth Vasutheva
    August 14, 2013 / 4:00 pm

    Im going to try it on my one month old. Will let u know results. Thank you for the post.

  6. Colonic Irrigation
    October 13, 2013 / 5:33 pm

    This is good for moms out there. I wonder how do we know if baby is suffering from constipation.

  7. ramya
    October 14, 2013 / 1:19 pm

    These are some of the symptoms: Less bowel movements, the child will cry due to pain when passing stools, blood in the stools etc…

  8. Chaitra
    May 27, 2014 / 7:52 am

    Hi , how often can we give this to the baby .. Everyday?

  9. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    May 28, 2014 / 8:07 am

    hi Chaitra, You can give the raisin water everyday for 2 to 3 days, preferably first thing in the morning and stop once the child passes stools easily…..

    • Anonymous
      October 6, 2014 / 11:27 pm

      How much should i give my 2month old n sud i keep givin him.till he passes stools or.jst once a day is enuf

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 7, 2014 / 6:13 am

      For 2 month old baby, give around a 1.5 tbsp of the syrup once early in the morning. Once everyday is enough, I was giving my son once everyday for a few days, till he was passing stools freely.

  10. Anonymous
    September 15, 2014 / 5:02 am

    Hai my baby is 4 and half month old and her weight is 4.8 kg oly. How to increase my baby's weight

  11. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    September 16, 2014 / 3:30 pm

    Hi, If your are breast feeding her and she is healthy, I think you don't have to worry. I breast fed my son for 7 months and I didn't give him anything else except breast milk as per my grandma's instructions and he was also thinner, but healthy. If she is taking her feed properly and is healthy, please don't worry……….

  12. Anonymous
    January 10, 2015 / 11:58 am

    Is it normal for the breastfeed babies to pass stool once in every 7-10 days??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 10, 2015 / 6:42 pm

      Doctors advise that it is ok for breast fed babies to pass stools infrequently, provided they don't show signs of constipation like blood in the stools, has hard stools, has difficulty passing stools, they should also take their feed and pass urine normally. But try some of these things: try this raisin water or prune for babies above a month old, check whether the milk supply is enough as insufficient supply is also one of the reasons for not passing stools this long, keep yourself hydrated and feed on one side completely before feeding on the other side, this ensures that the baby is hydrated as the first milk is watery, hope this helps……

  13. Pratiksha Singh
    January 12, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    Thnk u so much..i will try nd let u know the result..

  14. Sharmila Krishnan
    February 1, 2015 / 5:21 am

    My one month baby is suffering from constipation.. She often grunts n pain for passing motion… Lemme try this method.. But I do have one question.. You say we have to boil the water and then soak the raisins overnight.. My doubt s early morning when I try to give that water it becomes very cold… So can I reboil that water or can I jus grind and strain and give it directly.. Cos the climate here very cold and I fear she might catch one.. Plz advice

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 1, 2015 / 5:44 pm

      Hi Sharmila, Use warm water for grinding the soaked raisins that way the raisin water won't be very cold when you are giving it to her……..

  15. Manisha Thakur
    April 8, 2015 / 5:54 pm

    Hi,My son is 3years and 5months.he holds his stool for 3to 4days and one day he cries for stomach pain.I am giving him soaked raisins and raisin water but its not working.please tell me something so that he starts passing daily.thank u

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 9, 2015 / 7:57 am

      Manisha, raisin water is for babies. Since he is 3 years old, increase the fiber in his diet. My son had the same problem, when I started giving him lot of fruits, water and a diet rich in unrefined cereals, he started passing stools freely without any pain. Tweak his diet a little to include fiber rich foods and this problem will go away very soon…..

  16. Helen Majalla
    April 28, 2015 / 4:17 am

    My baby is 7 mths and I am giving the same as u hav mentioned in this post but just 4 raisins and I give it daily. I Am planning to giv till he is 2 years or throughout. Is it not bud to give like tat. Plz advise

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 2, 2015 / 5:44 am

      Hi Helen, this raisin water will not do any harm even if you give it to him daily for years…….

  17. SY Kang
    May 8, 2015 / 8:58 am


  18. Helen Majalla
    May 10, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    Thanks Ramya. Also plz advise on below. My mom says to giv jathikai Mahakali and vasambu daily for my 7 mths baby. Can u tell exactly how much quantity sold I giv in each.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 15, 2015 / 11:27 am

      Helen, I think what you meant was masikai not mahakali. We call this practice kulumai in my place and I will be posting it in detail very soon….

  19. anitha krishna
    May 27, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    Can I give my 3 month old baby raisin water regularly

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 31, 2015 / 3:22 pm

      Hi Anitha, I would suggest using it as a remedy for treating constipation not as a regular juice because long term use of raisin water is said to increase cavities….

  20. Sushmitha Polamuri
    July 8, 2015 / 5:49 am

    My baby is 7 months old can i mix this raisin water in cereal and feed her.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 10, 2015 / 8:22 am

      Hi Sushmitha, You can mix raisin water with cereal and feed her but if she is still constipated, give it to her alone the first thing in the morning…

  21. mrpolie baba
    July 9, 2015 / 6:48 am

    Great article

  22. Anonymous
    August 7, 2015 / 4:24 pm

    My baby is 3 month and 2 weeks old.He passes stool every alternate day.The day on which he doesn't pass stool,he use to release a lot of gas,feels so uncomfortable and the day he passes he wont release that much gas.Can i give this water daily to my baby?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 12, 2015 / 4:43 pm

      Hi, You can give him raisin water but make sure to give him water after giving the raisin water as raisins are high in natural sugars. Also try massaging him gently everyday, it will greatly help…

  23. raveena kannan
    August 28, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    Hi ramya, my baby is 11 months old now. She is passing stool very hard. How much ml of raisin water should I give to her?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 31, 2015 / 2:37 pm

      Hi Raveena, Start with 1.5 tbsp of raisins and if she still has the problem increase it to 2 tbsp. The amount of water added to the grind the raisin is optional, you can either thin it down or give a thick concentrate as per your child's preference..

  24. raveena kannan
    September 4, 2015 / 3:55 pm

    Thank you ramya:)

  25. Anonymous
    December 3, 2015 / 11:01 pm

    Hi My three month old baby stomach is becoming reddish after feeding. It's like patches with no swelling and it goes of after couple of hours. She is healthy and passing stool almost every feed from Day 1. Is this something I should be worried about ? I checked in net and found it could be food allergy. We stay abroad and we don't get any medics from doctor for year. Can you advise grape water would help?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 19, 2015 / 2:01 pm

      Grape water will treat only constipation and not allergies, I would suggest consulting a pediatrician about the allergy….

  26. iiscian
    December 25, 2015 / 2:08 pm

    my wife and her mom are skeptical about using pacfiers for our 4week old baby. So they improvised and filled the pacifier with soaked raisins and punched a small hole into the pacifier. They feel this will give something nutritious to the baby while it is sucking it. Is it safe?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 8, 2016 / 3:36 pm

      Sucking on raisins will prevent constipation in babies. The only side effect for a child sucking on raisins is the high sugar content of raisins, I would suggest limiting the amount of time the child sucks on the pacifier…

  27. Hema M
    January 4, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    Ramya,My daughter is 4 months old and her head is always warmer compared to her body..Her temperature seems normal.Please let me know if you have any herbal medicine.Thanks in advance,Hema

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 15, 2016 / 4:56 am

      Since she is very young, I would suggest only applying a few drops of homemade coconut oil on her scalp gently. You can find how to make coconut oil at home in the blog…

  28. Krithika Kartik
    September 19, 2016 / 8:50 am

    Hi RamyaMy daughter is 1mnth n 22days old. For the past few days her poo pattern is changing.and I feel she is constipating as she cries while passing stool. And she puts lot of pressure. When I took her to doc her pead.. suggested to insert glycerine suppository. Which helped. But I want her to pass motion herself without any trouble.Can I give her grape juice any time of the day..or it has to be in the morning only and how much should I give her. She is exclusively on breastfeed

  29. Anonymous
    October 17, 2016 / 3:11 am

    Can I store raisin water or should I make it fresh everyday?

  30. patel
    December 23, 2016 / 1:07 pm

    Can the mashed grapes juice be added to milk cause my child refuses to drink the juice alone?

  31. priyanka sk
    February 23, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    Hi Ramya my baby is 6 month old how much raisin water to give in a day?

  32. margali nallamothu
    April 8, 2018 / 6:27 am

    i Ramya, my baby is 4 months old. She is having constipation.How much and how many times and quantity should be given?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 11, 2018 / 3:06 pm

      Hi Margali, wash 1 tbsp of raisins in water, soak, grind the liquid, strain and give the raisin water once a day. I would suggest not giving more than once…

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