How to treat constipation for babies and children at home
January 16, 2019
Let’s chat about constipation. You probably never expected it would be such a big part of parenting – just like endlessly hunting for lost shoes, or reading the same bedtime story two thousand times. But now that you’re raising a child, you’ve learned more about that small person’s gut health than you ever anticipated.
Constipation is actually really common in young kids. So you need to know what’s going on, how to help your child feel comfortable again, and how to prevent constipation in the future.
What causes constipation in kids?
Watch out for symptoms such as stomach pain, “accidents”, or avoiding going to the toilet. If your kid is already talking, they’ll probably tell you when something is up… but not always! Keep a close eye on your baby’s toilet habits.
Constipation can be caused by several different factors:
• Your child might not be getting enough fiber in their diet
• They could be dehydrated
• If they have food intolerances or are taking any medication, check the list of side-effects for constipation, too.
• Constipation can happen when your kid doesn’t want to “go”. They’re holding in a bowel movement and making the issue worse.
So the first priority is to make them confident and comfortable about going to the bathroom. Let your kids know that they can talk to you about anything… even if it seems a bit embarrassing!
Natural remedies for constipation in kids
If your child has severe or repeated constipation, then you should get them checked out by a pediatrician. There are pharmacy remedies such as stool-softeners available, too.
But your first resort can be natural, home remedies. Here are some useful tips for handling constipation at home:
• More fiber. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables for extra hydration and fiber. First Spoons meals are packed with baby-safe fiber to protect your baby’s digestion.
• More fluids. Encourage your child to drink lots of water, and consider cutting down on salt. Vegetable soups are a great way to maximize hydration with healthy meals.
• Keep them regular. Try and set up a daily routine, where your child has a specific time to go to the bathroom. Regular habits are very good for gut health and avoiding constipation.
• Exercise. Running around and playing sports will kick your child’s system into action. Encourage them to be active, and a healthy stomach will follow.
A healthy gut depends on a healthy diet. First Spoons takes the effort out of healthy eating for kids, with our balanced range of tasty, nutritious meals. They’re full of fiber and fresh ingredients, with minimal salt and additives.