Toddlers have bodies that are only beginning to adjust to solid food. Because of this, it is not uncommon for toddlers to have difficulty while moving their bowels. While constipation in toddlers will usually resolve itself through time, it will still be very painful for the toddler, and can make potty time very frightening. Here’s how you can reduce constipation in toddlers.
- Water. If your child is showing signs of constipation, be sure to give him plenty of fluids and water. Without enough water in the child’s body, the stool will be very hard which makes it much more difficult to move and pass out of the body. If your child does not like to drink much water, you can replace it with fresh juice that will hydrate your child’s body just as well. Even better, fresh juice drinks usually have vitamins and minerals that will help strengthen your child’s body. If your toddler spends plenty of time outside of the house, be sure to give him a water bottle that he can carry with him.
- Exercise. Exercise is equally important in minimizing constipation because frequent motion and exercise will help the body learn how to pass the stool more effectively. This is the reason why people who live sedentary lives are often bothered with frequent constipation. If your toddler likes to play but plays mainly with toys, you should encourage him to spend more time with other toddlers so that they can run around the playground and get their bodies moving. Running and other types of child’s play are usually enough exercise for toddlers.
- Food. There are certain types of food that will foster constipation, and there are some foods that will minimize it. Be sure to give your child food that prevents constipation, such as fruits and vegetables. Food that has lots of fiber is also great because fiber acts as a natural scrub that will remove the toxins in the body and make bowel movements easier. Carrots, oatmeal, and bananas are some of the best foods for preventing constipation. Junk foods such as chips and candies that have plenty of fat and sugar can make constipation even worse.
- Stress. Sometimes, constipation is a sign of stress. Some people think that children do not get stress, but even without work and finances in their minds children and toddlers can actually get stressed out. If you find your toddler looking sad or stressed out, ask him what is causing his stress and try to remove these things from his environment. A quarrelsome toddler from the neighbor, for example, can stress out your child and cause constipation.
- Medical advice. Finally, ask for medical advice if your child’s constipation does not go away. Sometimes, constipation can be a sign of other and more serious medical conditions. A doctor should be able to tell if the constipation is already a symptom of other diseases, such as problems in the gastrointestinal tract.
For toddlers or adults alike, constipation is difficult and painful. Through these steps, you should be able to minimize constipation in your child.