Constipation in children is not uncommon. There are natural remedies you can use to help your child overcome difficulty with bowel movements.
It can be heart breaking to deal with a constipated child. You know they are in misery and you want to help them. Sometimes you just don't know what to do.
Children become constipated for various reasons. They may have a poor diet with too much sugar and processed foods. Not drinking enough water or getting enough exercise can also contribute to the problem.
Quite often if a child has one painful bowel movement, they become afraid to "go" and so begin holding it in. That allows the feces to get even more dried and hard, making elimination even more difficult. It becomes a vicious circle.
If your child is constipated, there are steps you can take to help. You may have to be "cruel" to be kind. Cut out the junk food! I'm as guilty as the next person. I love to "reward" the little ones with "treats" and candy. When you realize you are really encouraging their suffering by indulging them in fast food and candy, that may help you quit.
Just as with adults, children need to eat a lot of fiber in their diet. Except for extreme and rare cases of abnormalities of the bowel, a child's digestive function should naturally process their food and eliminate their waste without difficulty.
Signs of Constipation in Children:
There are several things you can do to help relieve the constipation of your child. We already mentioned changing their diet, but here are some additional steps you can try.
I hope these remedies for constipation in children will help you and your kids get some relief. If you have trouble determining the amount of the supplements to give, ask your doctor for advice.
If you suspect that your child is suffering from more than simple constipation, be sure to consult a medical practitioner. Long term constipation in children can cause long term health issues. Don't let it go untreated.
If you've used any of these constipation in children remedies with success, or have tried some other natural constipation remedy, please tell us about it using the comment form below. Parents helping parents is one of the most practical things I know of.
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