The bowels of an infant in health should be relieved two, three, or four times in the twenty-four hours.
This is one of the mildest aperients, prompt in its action, and effective in clearing out the contents of the bowels; it is a medicine, therefore, particularly applicable to infants.
During teething there is generally much torpor of the bowels; here, then, castor oil is a very appropriate and useful artificial means of increasing the frequency of the alvine discharges.
Then, again, no purgative can be so much relied on for overcoming habitual costiveness as castor oil; it may for this purpose be given daily for some weeks, gradually reducing the dose until only a few drops be taken; after which the bowels generally continue to act without further artificial assistance. Even its occasional administration leaves the bowels in a relaxed state; a great advantage over other purgatives, which generally cause, after their action is passed off, a confined state.
The proper dose will depend upon the age, and the known effect of aperients medicine upon the child some requiring more, others less:
It may be given in various ways; poured upon a little mint water, or blended with a little moist sugar or if the stomach is unusually delicate, the oil may be made into an emulsion with some aromatic water, by the intervention of the yolk of an egg and a little syrup of roses or sugar combined with it. The following proportions make an elegant and not at all a disagreeable mixture, of which a desert-spoonful (or more, according to the age,) may be repeated every hour until it operate:
Note: this article is written in good faith. Please always consult your doctor before taking any action.