Flaxseed for Baby Constipation: Flax Seed for Infants

Many parents wonder if flaxseed or the oil should be given to constipated infants. Flax seed is more nutritious than flaxseed oil because it contains protein, vitamins, minerals, lignans and fiber. Flaxseed oil contains no fiber and very little lignan. Some people prefer flax oil for its omega-3 fatty acids and not having to grind the seeds. For constipation relief and dietary fiber, use flax seeds and not the oil.

For many years, flaxseed and flaxseed oil has been added to baby food in regions where flaxseed is grown. For constipated infants who are on solid foods, add grounded and boiled flaxseed to oatmeal and hot cereals. Grounded flaxseed can be added when preparing foods such as muffins, spaghettisauce, salads, and sweet potatoes. Be sure to consult with your doctor about giving your child flaxseeds. Breast-feeding women can also consume flaxseed as part of their diet because of the nutritional fiber which may be passed to their infant.

Because of the nutritional value, it is worth the trouble to grind fresh flax seeds. Use a coffee grinder to make it easier to grind. You can also purchase pre-ground flax seeds, available as flaxseed meal. One ounce of flaxseed meal (approximately 4 tbsp.) provides about 6 grams of protein, and 8 grams of fiber.