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How to Deal with Constipation in Children

image 5 How to Deal with Constipation in ChildrenMost people will suffer from constipation at some time in their lives and children are no exception. Few people in developed countries eat enough roughage to keep their bowels emptying regularly throughout their lives. As well as roughage we need plenty of fluid to allow the fibre to swell and so stimulate the bowel to empty. The normal pattern varies from 2-3 times per day to once every two days. The pattern for breastfed babies can differ from those who are bottle-fed. Breastfed babies may dirty every nappy or may open their bowels very infrequently. They are less likely to develop constipation than babies fed on formula milk.

What you can do…

  • Give your child more fibre. Oranges are excellent and you can also try other fruits, vegetables, peas and beans. Don’t be tempted to add bran to a baby or toddlers diet as it may upset their system.
  • Encourage your child to drink more but don’t overdo the fizzy drinks or they may develop tummy pain.
  • If this still doesn’t work make an appointment at the surgery.

This article is a guide only – please seek advice from your medical advisor in all cases.

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