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.
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.