What to Do if Your Toddler is Constipated
Is your child complaining about how he/she is having an extremely difficult time when it comes to pooping? Does he/she feel pain when he/she tries to do so? If such is the case, then you should know that the most likely cause for this is constipation. You should also be aware of the fact that constipation is one of the most common problems in children, with the symptoms associated to it being the two mentioned above. There are other signs that you should be on the lookout for, such as stomach pains, bloating, bloody bowel movements, and soiling accidents. If these are things your child is experiencing, then make sure that you make yourself aware on what to do if your toddler is constipated.
Ask your pediatrician about the use of a stool softener. Stool softeners are designed to help clear the bowels and are generally safe for the consumption of children. If the doctor gives you a go signal, make sure that you ask for directions as giving too low of a dose or stopping too early will not help at all. There are some children who need to take these medications for several weeks before their bowels are cleared.
Build your child’s diet around foods that are packed in fiber and increase his/her fluid intake. Fresh fruits and vegetables, cereals that are high in fiber, whole grain breads with at least three to five grams of fiber/serving, beans and legumes such as lentils and chickpeas, and fresh juices (along with water) will really help combat constipation. If you are having a hard time getting your child to eat these healthy foods, you should go for a trail mix. To make it even more enjoyable for them, give them the chance to make their own mixes. Popcorn is another great item to add, but make certain that it has reduced butter and/or salt content.