I made this cereal for my toddler when she was 1-2 years old and regularly constipated. I fed it to her 2-3 times per day because she wasn’t able to eat anything else except Breast milk. More about that in my post June Bug’s FPIES. After starting this cereal, she began pooping once per day. Before that she would sometimes go a week without pooping and then it was very painful for her. Try this recipe with your toddler. It takes good, and it’s easy to keep the items on hand as they’re shelf and refrigerator stable for quite a while.
Magic Cereal for Infants & Toddlers
Recipe [Easy], Time [3-5 min], Serves 1
- 2 Tbsp Infant Rice Cereal (or infant oats)
- 1 Tbsp ground Flax Seed Meal
- 1 Tbsp whole Psyllium Husk fiber
- 1/2 Tbsp edible Aloe Gel
- 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1/2 capsule quality Probiotic (I used Ultraflora Balance by Metagenics®)
- Dash of cinnamon (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl or your child’s breakfast bowl. Add warm water 1-2 Tbsp at a time and stir. Mix and add warm water until cereal comes together in a pudding consistency. If it’s too runny, you can add a bit more rice cereal. If it’s too thick, add a bit more warm water. The water should be warm enough to melt the coconut oil, but not so hot that it burns your kid. Serve warm. Yum!
- The flax meal and psyllium husk fibers both gel slightly in liquid. This is normal, but make sure you stir constantly while you’re making it to avoid clumps.
- Because the rice cereal does not save after prepared (per package recommendation), do not make this ahead and refrigerate. Make this cereal as needed and use immediately. If you want to make it ahead, you can make a large batch of the dry ingredients to save you some time.
- You can make this cereal for an older child by substituting the infant cereal with regular oatmeal and making 1 serving of the regular oatmeal (or instant oats).
- If your child is allergic to any of these ingredients, just omit that ingredient and try it without. Aloe gel can help the gut move stool out, fiber is excellent for getting the bowels moving, and probiotics replenish our gut microflora for healthy GI.
Comment below if you tried the recipe. It may take a few days to see results. We offered it to our daughter 2-3 times per day in her infant stage and it was really helpful. It makes just a small bowl of cereal.