Constipation can be quite a common problem in children. Constipation is when someone has difficulty in passing stools which can cause a lot of discomfort, not to mention pain. It is almost always a result of the lack of fiber and water in the body. This problem can be corrected in children by means of providing them with a healthy diet, adequate amounts of fluid, exercise, proper toilet training and regular toilet habits. Constipation in infants requires immediate medical attention.
What causes constipation in children?
- Too much milk intake but lack of fiber in their bodies.
- A tear in the skin near the anus (fissure) can be a result of passing hard stools, which makes children delay going to the toilet because it may hurt them.
- They ignore the urge to go the toilet because they’re too busy playing.
- Some children may lack in exercise making it harder for them to pass stools.
How to prevent kids from being constipated:
- Ensure that they have a regular toilet routine.
- Give them ample time on the toilet—provide them with entertainment if need be.
- Ensure that they go poo regularly but don’t make them feel pressured.
- Encourage physical activity.
- Have water available always and encourage them to take sips of it throughout the day.
- Be careful with too much milk intake; it can quench thirst but may lead to constipation.
- Play tea parties to help encourage them to drink more water.
- Give them juice after meals (but make sure to have them brush their teeth after).
- Let them eat whole wheat breads.
- Give them fruit smoothies for breakfast. The fiber in it can help soften stools.
- Get creative and provide them with snacks with “hidden” apples or pears in it. Example: muffins
- Provide them with thick vegetable soups.
- Make them eat high-fiber cereals.
- Expose them to eating lots of broccoli, spinach and cauliflower.
- Give them fruits to munch on.