Constipation is described as not having a bowel movement or simply pooping, as often as you usually do. Or having a tough time because the poop is hard and dry.
Life can be quite miserable when you have a constipated kid as you try to figure out what to do to make them feel better. Constipation in children is a very common problem.
Constipation can be caused by a diet that does not contain enough water and fiber to help the intestines move as they should. Children who eat lots of processed foods, cheeses, white bread and bagels and meats can get constipated fairly frequently. But this isn’t a cause for concern and you can prevent this by eating healthy.
Signs of constipation in kids can include:
- going less than usual
- having trouble or pain
- feeling full or bloated
- straining to poop
- seeing a little blood on the toilet paper
But constipation can happen to all children regardless of their age or consumption of food, and for them it can be painful, uncomfortable and embarrassing. This is why this Homemade Constipation Juice is the perfect natural constipation remedy for babies as well as older children. This juice is made with fresh pears, strawberries, prunes and a touch of honey, so your kids will it.
- 1 peeled and chopped ripe pear.
- 5-6 strawberries, frozen or fresh.
- 1 prune.
- 1-2 tablespoons of honey.
- 4 cups of water
1. Place the prune in a small bowl and cover with hot water. Let sit for 10 minutes.
2. Next, place the pear, strawberries, prune, honey and 4 cups of water in a blender and blend on high for 2-3 minutes.
3. You can serve as it is, but for some kids it may be a little pulpy. First, I like straining the juice. Place a fine mesh colander over a bowl and pour the juice through the colander, strain any excess pulp before serving. Or, by placing the nut bag over a bowl, pouring the juice into the nut bag and then holding the nut bag over the bowl, letting the liquid drip out of the nut bag before serving.
A high-fiber diet. A fiber – rich diet can help the body of your child form soft, voluminous stools. The recommended dietary fiber intake in your child’s diet is 14 grams per 1,000 calories.
This translates into an intake of approximately 20 grams of dietary fiber a day for younger children. It’s 29 grams a day for teenage girls and young women, and it’s 38 grams a day for teenage boys and young men.
Offer high – fiber foods like beans, whole grains, fruits and vegetables to your child. But start slowly, adding just a few grams of fiber a day over several weeks to reduce the amount of gas and bloating that can happen in someone who is not used to eating these kinds of food.
Adequate fluids. Water and other fluids will help to soften the stool in your child. Be careful, however, to offer your child too much milk. Excess milk is contributing to constipation for some kids.
Adequate time for bowel movements. Encourage your child to sit on the toilet for five to 10 minutes after each meal. Follow this daily routine, even during holidays and holidays.
Be supportive. Reward efforts of your children, not the results. And most importantly, don’t punish a child who has soiled his or her underwear.
When To See a Doctor
Constipation is usually not serious in children. Chronic constipation, however, may result in complications or may signal an underlying condition. You should take your children to the doctor if constipation lasts longer than two weeks or is accompanied by:
- Blood in the stool
- Abdominal swelling
- Weight loss
- Painful tears in the skin around the anus
- Intestinal protrusion out of the anus
Additional Methods For Relieving Constipation
Drinking water: Rehydrate your body by consuming lots of water. Try to do this daily.
Bulking agents: Adding these to your diet can help soften stools and facilitate their passage. Examples of bulking agents include wheat bran.
Regular exercise: Exercising can help make bodily processes more regular and easier, including the passing of stools.
Avoiding holding in stools: The key to reducing the impact of constipation is to respond to the natural urges of your body to pass stools when they occur.