Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Constipation in toddlers

Hi friends! Hope my blog is helping you in some way or the other to handle your little sweethearts better. Today we will talk on an important topic, constipation in toddlers.

Constipation is very tricky and needs to be handled with utmost care. As you all know toddlers are in their own fantasy world. So always be calm and composed to deal with any problem.

Constipation in a toddler can be caused by:

·         not having enough fiber intake
·         not drinking enough fluids
·         drinking too much milk and not enough water
·         lack of exercise and activity
·         being anxious about potty training that can make your child "hold in" her poo, which can make constipation worse. If your toddler is constipated, it will be painful for her to do a poo. This pain means that she might hold back even more and a vicious circle begins.

·        Boosting your child’s fibre intake will make her bowel movements easier. Offer foods such as wholemeal bread and cereal, and fruits and vegetables such as prunes, figs, apricots, plums, peas, broccoli, sweetcorn, potatoes and baked beans. However, don’t overload your toddler with high-fibre foods – they shouldn’t form the bulk of her diet until she is at least five. Too much fibre for a toddler could give her diarrhoea.

·        Add fruit juices in their diet. I would advise to make fresh juices at home than offer canned ones.Give your child plenty of fluids to help moisten her poo. Keep offering water at regular intervals.

·        Constipation may make your toddler sluggish and low in energy. But encouraging her to be active and lively will help her ease a little. Play with her or you can even dance with her.

·        If your child is constipated while you are potty training her, stop potty training her for a while. Remember, may be your child is not ready to get potty trained. So chill and go easy. If you push too hard, your child can pick up on this and refuse to go to the toilet, making the problem much worse.

·        If your child’s constipation still doesn’t improve, your doctor may prescribe a mild laxative, probably lactulose, to soften her poo.

Enjoy Parenting and have a great time!!!

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