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This might seem like a funny question, but it actually is not.

My 13 month old daughter started to have constipation and we were trying to figure out what it could have been.

While researching, I found out that you need to stay away from BRAT (Bananas, Rice, Apples, Toast)...the combo that helps you when you have diarrhea. Those four things are actually her favorite. We started to reduce the amount of bananas (she really loved 'nanas') and the others, too and that seemed to do the trick. Upon further research supposedly ripe bananas do not cause constipation.

So my question is...how ripe does a banana have to be so as to not contribute to constipation?

UPDATE

http://www.raw-food-health.net/Bananas-Constipation.html - here's a good reference that talks about ripeness and effects on constipation.

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It's not a matter of ripeness, if you feed her a banana you're feeding her a banana. The BRATY diet is fine even when a child is well, you just need to make sure she's drinking enough fluids.

Kids often don't feel thirsty, or recognize it when they are, you have to remind them to drink. Make sure there's water available to her, and remind her to drink. Constipation is often more a result of dehydration then diet.

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I've never heard that ripeness matters, but the amount does. We have a rule of "one per day" and that works fine. –  Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Nov 22 '12 at 12:18
    
@TorbenGundtofte-Bruun a good habbit to teach in general anyway. Moderation is great. –  balanced mama Nov 23 '12 at 15:34
    
I agree that hydration is a big factor. I didn't use to think that ripeness mattered, but there were many sources that I read which indicates that it does. I think that part of the inconsistent conclusions regarding bananas/ripeness/constipation is due to the subjective determination of 'ripeness' of a banana. :) Please see my update above. –  milesmeow Nov 23 '12 at 20:14
    
Is there some reference for this? Absent actual research inks, this seems as invalid of a guess as the opposite, sorry –  user3143 Dec 3 '12 at 10:49
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In this article on Ehow.com, it is the ripeness of banana that will determine if it can cause constipation or not. Green or unripened bananas can cause constipation because it is full of heavy starches that exacerbate constipation. Whereas, a ripe banana has fiber content which helps in removing the bowels in the intestinal tract, so it helps in relieving constipation.

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According to Skeptics.SE: never. Banana's ripeness has almost no effect on constipation.

http://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/13907/does-the-ripeness-of-a-banana-have-any-effect-on-causing-constipation/13911#13911

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Nice, thanks! +1 –  Beofett Dec 3 '12 at 17:28

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