Constipation is very common in children.
Children who are constipated tend to
have hard or painful stools or no bowel
movement for four days or more.
commonly due to a diet low in fiber, not
drinking enough water, drinking too much
milk, or holding back instead of going
to the bathroom.
A child with constipation tends to hold
in their movements to avoid the pain
which in turn worsens the constipation
and so the vicious cycle continues.
Severe, untreated chronic constipation
can lead to physical problems with the
digestive tract and the body’s metabolic
systems and mental issues such as
hyperactivity and ADD.
To prevent chronic constipation in
children, make sure they have a diet
rich in fiber that includes whole
grains, fresh fruit, vegetables, and
plenty of water and fruit juice. Of course, exercise and physical
activity are great preventatives, too!
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Little Ones Do-Do
Constipation is very common in infants
and children. Babies who are formula-fed
are far more likely to develop
constipation than breast-fed babies. It
is rare for breast-fed babies to develop
constipation, because breast milk is
easily digested, creating
stools that are much softer.