Constipation is a condition when a child passes hard stools with difficulty or less often than normal. This is a very common problem of children. However, constipation can usually be treated effectively at home.
There are three common treatments and further prevention for constipation.
A stool softener
This method is used to clear the bowels. Although it is safe to children, it should be used under the prescription of a doctor’s child. Parents should use a right dose and right duration. For example, they might think that they can stop giving a stool softener after a child’s first normal-looking bowel movement. However, stopping too soon can set a child up for other constipation. A pediatrician can advise a right dosing schedule for individuals.
High-fiber foods and enough fluids can help prevent constipation. Since fiber can’t be digested, it helps clean out the intestines by moving the bowels along. When adding more fiber from fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain bread can help treat and prevent further constipation.
When adding more fiber to your child’s diet, do not forget to supply enough fluids. If a child is eating high-fiber diet but not offered enough fluid, it may prevent the fiber flush through the system and can make matters worse.
Fiber doesn’t have to be a turn-off for kids — try apples, pears, beans, oatmeal, oranges, ripe bananas, whole-grains bread, and popcorn. Adding flax meal or bran to homemade fruit smoothies is another way to slip fiber into a child’s diet. The amount of fluids kids need depends on weight and age of the child. Most school-age kids need at least 3 to 4 glasses of water each day. Serve more fiber.
Develop healthy habits
Parents can encourage your child to use the toilet in the morning and after meal or snack to develop toilet habit. For a younger child, parents may get better results by telling, not asking.
Physical activity can help the bowels into action, so parents should encourage their kids to participate in basic exercises such as playing catch, riding bikes or walking.
These small habits above can help most children deal with and prevent constipation. If they do nothing in improving your kid constipation, contact your pediatrician to have a better diagnosis and treatment.
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Review Date: April 19, 2017 | Last Modified: April 20, 2017
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