Constipation Candies

Do your little ones ever struggle with constipation? I know mine did, and occasionally still do, and it’s painful for both of us when it happens. These little ‘candies’ are a perfect solution, offering a gentle push in the right direction for their digestive tracts. All natural and inexpensive they’re easy to make ahead and keep on hand or whip up as needed. Be warned though, these do taste like coconut, or more specifically coconut oil. I didn’t have any problems getting my kids to eat them, but the thought of eating coconut oil by the spoonful (essentially this is) made me cringe.

The general idea is that because the type of triglycerides that make up coconut oil don’t cause a person to store fat, they have limited absorption in the small intestine and tend to pass right through you.  Just two “constipation candies” and then anywhere between 8 to 18 hours later, total relief without tears.

These are totally safe for both kids and adults. As for the dosage, for kids start with 2 and wait a day before increasing the amount given. For adults, start with four and try adding an extra candy each day until you find what amount works best for your body. In adults a daily regime of these candies could be beneficial to keep everything moving smoothly, even without having a prior problem as coconut oil is used both to treat, and to prevent constipation.

Constipation Candies

4 Sons 'R' Us: Constipation Candy

recipe from The Robyn’s Nest

  • 1 cup organic coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp organic sugar, honey, or maple sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt, or sea salt
  • 2 trays of candy molds, or shaped silicone ice cube trays

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or with a handheld mixer.
  2. Pour into the candy molds. As you pour you might have to stir several times. To set properly, the other ingredients need to be evenly combined with the coconut oil.
  3. Taste it as you go along and make it as sweet or sour as you like.
  4. Freeze the molds for at least an hour before popping the candies out.
  5. They’ll keep fine in a home that’s 68/69 degrees or cooler, or to be on the safer side you can store them in the fridge so they won’t melt.

*Take a minute to read this information from The Robyn’s Nest on the importance of not using over the counter products like Miralax as a constipation remedy for your children.

“Please don’t ever give your children Miralax for  constipation.  PEG was never meant for kids or to be taken more than occasionally, and can cause a host of health problems, not to mention make autism worse.”

9 thoughts on “Constipation Candies

  1. Thank you for the great recipe. How large are your candy molds. Do you know about how large a serving size is? One tablespoon?

    1. The molds I used came from the Dollar Tree and are tiny. Each probably holds about a tablespoon. Emmy, for kids we start at 2 candies a day and will increase the amount given by 1 each day until they can find some relief. From that point on we know their number and just give them that amount. Four is the most we’ve ever had to give one of the sons in a day. Hope that helps!

    1. If you don’t want to use sea salt in particular, any unrefined salt will work. If you’re asking can you exclude salt altogether the short answer is yes, but there is a reason we originally included it. Sodium is an electrolyte which helps you remain hydrated and keep things cruising along your system naturally. Also, a mineral deficiency of even just sodium alone has been suggested as a cause of constipation. Either way, even just the coconut oil and lemon juice should help your little one find some relief.

  2. I was wondering if food grade lemon essential oil would have the same effect? Do you squeeze your own lemon juice or use one of those little yellow plastic lemons?

    1. I usually squeeze my own, but I have used pre-squeezed on occasion without any noticeable difference. If you do end up trying a batch with your eo, I’d love to hear how it works out for you.

  3. Can you make it without the coconut oil? If so what would be a good replacement? The child I’m wanting to make it for has an allergy.

    1. I would love to say, ‘yes’ but unfortunately it’s the stuff that’s in the coconut oil specifically that makes these work. The triglycerides in them cause the body to not store fat, helping them- and everything else- pass right on through. If you could find another fatty oil with the same medium chain triglycerides, then that would be your best bet.

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