Dealing with Constipation in Toddlers - Tips
Do you wish to learn how to deal with constipation in toddlers? Here are some tips and suggestions.
No parent wants to watch their toddler experience the pain and discomfort that is associated with constipation. However, using laxatives is not always a safe route for toddlers. For that reason, using natural methods is generally the best method of dealing with constipation.
When it comes to constipation in small children and toddlers, diet is almost always responsible. While this might not be helpful news to the toddler, who is probably experiencing stomach cramps and bloating, the good news is that by focusing on the toddler's diet, constipation can be prevented and relieved.
A lack of or decrease in bowel movements is not the only sign that your toddler is constipated. You should also look for hard stools and pay attention to toddlers who complain about stomach pain or pain when passing stools.
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If a child is dehydrated, then their stools will tend to be hard, which can make passing them painful. Making sure that your dear baby is getting plenty of fluids is thus important in preventing and healing constipation in toddlers. Add plenty of juice and water into their regular diet.
And if you think that milk might be the culprit, then talk to your child's health professional about your concern. Toddlers can have a sensitivity to milk which negatively affects their digestive systems.
In order to defeat constipation in toddlers, foods that are high in fiber should also be included in the daily diet. Some common foods that are good sources of fiber include raisins, apples, peas, and peanut butter. Apples can be consumed either raw, or as applesauce, depending on the child's preference. You should not give your child a fiber supplement unless directed to do so by their health professional.
When treating constipation in toddlers, it is important to use natural laxatives, such as juice and foods that contain laxative properties, instead of over-the-counter laxatives. These can be harmful to small digestive systems and cause an imbalance in electrolytes.
Some toddlers have a fear of using the potty when they are being potty-trained. This can lead to them withholding their stools, which can cause a back-up of feces in their system. As a result, when they do have a bowel movement, it can oftentimes be painful. Creating a safe, and even fun, environment when potty-training is therefore important.
Take your toddler to the potty directly after they have finished eating. Let them sit on the potty for 5 to 10 minutes. Consider reading them a story during this time, or singing songs with them. This will not only help them relax, but this is also a good time for them to have a bowel movement, since their intestines are also relaxed.
In the course of dealing with constipation in toddlers and small children, once your toddler has had a bowel movement, don't be too alarmed if there is a small amount of blood mixed in with it. Oftentimes, blood is evident during constipation, especially if there was any straining during the bowel movement. However, if there is a large amount of blood apparent, then medical attention should be sought.
While constipation in toddlers is common, pay careful attention to whether or not there is severe pain or fever present. This could be a sign of something more serious and should not be taken lightly.
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