Flax seeds are a valuable plant product that is used in the pathology of the digestive tract, liver, gall bladder. Flax seeds are given to children as a mild laxative and enveloping agent.
AT WHAT AGE CAN CHILDREN
Flax seeds are the safest laxative and emollient for baby’s health. Theoretically, it is not able to harm the digestive tract if the child does not have allergies. But the application is better coordinated with the pediatrician.
You can start giving flax seeds to a child from the age of 12. Dosages should be less than standard. Always start with microdoses to make sure that the child is not allergic. If flax seeds are indicated as an adjunct treatment for diseases of the stomach or intestines, consult a gastroenterologist.
Flax seeds are taken for such indications:
- reflux esophagitis;
- ulcerative erosive lesions of the intestines and stomach;
- inflammation of the stomach;
- inflammation of the esophagus;
For children, the remedy is often recommended precisely for constipation in short courses or for a single-use.
Flax seeds are good for the health of both children and adults because of the high content of alpha-linolenic acid – this is an essential fatty acid in the diet. It is the precursor of important compounds in the body that are responsible for the development of the brain, the restoration of the cardiovascular system. The same acid has an antiarrhythmic, vasodilating effect.
Fiber in the composition reduces the risk of cholesterol plaques, normalizes intestinal motility.
Vitamins in the composition:
- vitamin C;
- B 1 , B 2 , B 5 , B 6 ;
- vitamin PP;
- B 9 , B 7 ;
- vitamin E.
Micro and macro elements:
By dry weight, flaxseeds contain 7 times more potassium than bananas. The macro element is useful for blood vessels, heart, central nervous system.
The benefit of the drug lies in its enveloping and laxative effect. Water extraction envelops mucous membranes due to high concentrations of natural mucus and linamarin glycoside.
Fatty acids, protein inclusions, and phenylpropane derivatives provide moderate activity against the foci of inflammation. Flaxseed treatment accelerates tissue regeneration. The laxative effect is associated with plant mucus and the ability to increase the volume of intestinal contents.
Flax seeds are useful for any age category to maintain health:
- myocardium and blood vessels;
- brain and central nervous system;
- gastrointestinal tract;
- hepatobiliary system.
Pediatricians often recommend giving flax seed to children for the symptomatic treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.
MODE OF APPLICATION
The medicine is taken in the form of infusion or after swelling in water. The manufacturer recommends several recipes for the preparation of the drug for diseases of the gastrointestinal mucosa and constipation.
The infusion is prepared according to this recipe:
- In an enamel bowl put 1.5 tsp. seed.
- Pour a glass of boiling water.
- Cover with a tight lid.
- Put in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes.
The remaining raw materials must be wrung out. Take the resulting infusion of 50 ml three times a day for half an hour before eating. The course lasts 14-21 days.
1.5 tsp seed pour a glass of boiling water. Cover with a tight lid and insist for half an hour. Stir the mixture periodically. After half an hour, filter, squeeze the raw materials. The liquid is taken in the same dosage and in a similar manner.
So you can prepare flax seeds for a child in the treatment of constipation. Seeds are poured with boiling water in a ratio of 1: 2, mix thoroughly. Take 15 minutes to 1-3 teaspoons. On the day of such receptions should be up to three.
The method helps to effectively treat constipation in children, but only on the condition that the child will take a large amount of fluid. Flaxseed mucus envelops the intestines and is able to retain drunk water in order to increase intestinal contents. Thus, motility and peristalsis are activated, feces move more actively.
If no improvement is noted or the condition becomes worse, you need to stop taking it and consult a doctor. You can treat a child with flax seeds only at the dosages indicated by the manufacturer or your doctor.
Children may experience intolerance reactions, especially when used in primary school age according to the testimony of a pediatrician.
Other side effects:
- porridge-like stool in the first days of admission.
If the child’s condition worsens or other effects are noted, you need to stop giving him flax seeds and consult a doctor.
It is impossible to give the child more infusion or swollen seeds than recommended by the instructions. It is dangerous for bowel obstruction. In case of an overdose of infusion, nausea and loose, watery stools appear.
If you give too many swollen seeds for several days in a row, intestinal obstruction develops. She is treated with laxatives strictly under the supervision of a doctor.
Children can drink flax seeds only in freshly prepared form. You can not cook the product for more than 6 hours before use. When treating constipation, a child should drink at least two liters of water per day, unless there are contraindications.
In cases where the symptoms persist for 3 or more days, you need to stop taking and undergo additional diagnostics.
You can not take with fixing drugs that slow down intestinal motility, for example, loperamide. Between taking flax seeds and other medicines, there should be a break of at least half an hour.
Flax seeds contain high concentrations of fatty acids.
They are needed in the human diet, because they have a number of useful qualities:
- prevent atherosclerosis;
- reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the blood;
- are structural components of cell membranes;
- necessary for the synthesis of inflammatory mediators.
But under the influence of direct sunlight and at the violation of the storage temperature, linseed oil is oxidized with the formation of peroxides that are hazardous to health. Oil acquires a bitter taste and a musty smell. You can’t accept it.
In flaxseeds, fatty acids are in the kernel under the shell, therefore less susceptible to external factors. Ground seeds are able to oxidize at the same rate, so they need to be crushed immediately before use.
The use of flaxseed or a bitter-tasting oil can be harmful to your health, leading to disturbances in the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular system.
Excessive intake provokes intestinal obstruction and dysbiosis. Flax seeds should be given to children after consultation with a pediatrician.