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Constipation in toddlers

At least once in your child’s life, he is bound to suffer the evils of constipation. Constipation in toddlers is a relatively common childhood problem and it is not easy for parents watching their kids struggle to have a bowel movement.

Fighting constipation in toddlers the natural way

Your child is too young to be taking commercial laxatives, and that leaves you the better option of fighting constipation in toddlers the natural way. The best way of avoiding constipation is to closely monitor your child’s diet. Toddlers can become constipated due to lack of fibre in meals, drinking too little water or too much milk or some are more prone to it than others.

Tried and tested remedies

But what can you do to help? There are tried and tested remedies at hand to assist you and help your baby out of what can be a sore and upsetting time for both of you!

  • Offer plenty of fruit juice and water to help loosen the bowels
  • Ensure your Childs diet is rich in fibre. This can be obtained through breakfast cereals and whole-wheat pastas and breads
  • Give your child plenty fruit and root vegetables.
  • A bath can also help loosen the area and be prepared should one pop out!
  • Massage your child’s stomach area using baby oil and gentle strokes

Toddler’s meals

For your toddler’s meals, aim for breads and cookies which offer fibre and are healthier. Fruits are natural laxatives and let your child have them as much as he wants. Though fruit juices are natural laxatives, they don’t contain the fibre that your toddler needs and should be given in addition to fruits not as an alternative.

Drinking water

Make sure that your kid is drinking plenty of water. Aside from acting as a natural anti-oxidant, enough amounts of water a day can help regulate your child’s bowel movement and avoid constipation. If a child refuses to drink plain water, you can put in a small amount of flavouring or food colouring to it. Water helps move things in your toddler’s digestive system and ensures that they stay well hydrated throughout the day.

Exceeding milk intake

Give your toddler just enough milk. Usually, 2-3 six-ounce cups of milk a day is enough. Exceeding this amount may encourage constipation in toddlers. Also when old enough schedule a potty time for your child that gives him a routine where he can learn to loosen up and have quiet time for him to get used to this new idea.

Constipation is difficult for both you and your child.

Constipation is never easy for both you and your child. Always be guided on how you can keep your child away from constipation and when they have it then use the tips above to make it as pain free for both of you as possible!

But what can you do to help? There are tried and tested remedies at hand to assist you and help your baby out of what can be a sore and upsetting time for both of you!

  • Offer plenty of fruit juice and water to help loosen the bowels
  • Ensure your Childs diet is rich in fibre. This can be obtained through breakfast cereals and whole-wheat pastas and breads
  • Give your child plenty fruit and root vegetables.
  • A bath can also help loosen the area and be prepared should one pop out!
  • Massage your child’s stomach area using baby oil and gentle strokes
  

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