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Constipation in Children and how to prevent it

Constipation in Children and how to prevent it


Constipation in children is mainly caused by not drinking enough water. if your child eats well and is physically active the best thing to do is to increase fiber and increase fluids. Sometimes constipation can occur in babies, but if your baby is exclusively breastfed this is unlikely to happen.


Constipation in children often occurs around two to three years of age when they are trying lots of new foods and often become a bit fussy in their eating habits. So ensure that your child is getting enough of the right foods to eat.

Unfortunately, this time often coincides with potty training which tends to compound the problem. Sometimes potty or toilet training can be very stressful and the child feels pressured to produce a result. If the problem continues take your child to the doctor as any medical conditions need to be excluded. In extreme cases, the doctor may recommend a Paediatric laxative to get the child into a regular routine and to soften the bowel motion.

If extreme constipation occurs, the faeces may become impacted causing leakage in the form of diarrhea, if you suspect that this is happening you definitely need to see the doctor.


Start each day with some nearly pure squeezed orange juice, leave the pulp in. Make sure that the child has plenty of water throughout the day.

Increase fiber in the diet, and give the child some prunes ( take the pips out first). If your child likes prunes this will help alleviate constipation.

Make sure that the child’s diet includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole foods are important for health. Get your child into a routine of sitting on the toilet at the same time every day. After breakfast is often a good time, and this will get them into a routine of toileting regularly.


Encourage physical activity, most children are very active, but if you are living in an apartment, take your child to the park so that they can run around,

Stay calm and patient, during toilet training do not get angry with your child if they get it wrong, toilet training takes time or



A good variety of foods is always important, and once your child starts school there maybe a few more issues with constipation. Sometimes children don’t like going to the toilet at school and take a while to get used to their new surroundings.

If any soiling or ‘accidents’ occur you will need to determine what the problem is.

Often children who have just started school don’t drink enough fluids, and this can cause constipation to return. Talk to the class teacher about regular access to water for the children and provide a bottle of water for your child along with their lunch box.

Starting school is a huge life event for little children and with all the changes and new friends, they sometimes forget all about going to the toilet and have to be reminded by the teacher or teachers’ aid.

Once at school, the child will have plenty of physical activity, and often some organized sport. Physical activity is important in preventing constipation.


Aim for at least 2 to 5 cups of fruit and vegetables every day in your child’s diet. To increase the fiber content look at baked potatoes in skin, pears carrots. Beans are also high in fiber, put them in a taco shell and the children will love them, you can also hide quite a few vegetables in tacos if you have a fussy eater, put some broccoli or peas into the mixture for additional fiber.Or use trẻ bị táo bón instead

To increase fiber in the school lunch use whole grain bread for the sandwiches, add an apple, as the skin of the apple has plenty of fiber.


Once your child gets to like their vegetables you won’t have such a problem with constipation. Prunes were mentioned earlier and prune juice is another way to prevent constipation in children, they will enjoy drinking it as it is quite naturally sweet. Increasing the fiber will also help to fill the child up, hopefully until the next meal.

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