Home Remedies For Constipation

Home remedies to help relieve your child's constipation, and how to help prevent it.

Constipation in children can be a painful, insecure, embarrassing experience for them and can lead to some serious medical problems. This does not have to happen, and in the privacy of your own home you can help your child through this embarrassing process. If you have problems dealing with such things, just remember it is worse for your child, and your job as a parent is to do everything you can to help.

It is important for a child to have proper nutrition to help make sure they stay regular and do not become constipated. This requires a diet high in fiber. Foods such as whole grains, vegetables, fruits and legumes (beans), should be served with every meal. Kids may not have developed a taste for these kinds of food items so it is up to you to not only make sure they do get plenty of them, but also to try different ways of preparing them to find ways that your children do enjoy eating them. Try a vegetarian cook book to learn new, flavorful ways to cook vegetables. Try different kinds of spreads on grainy breads - there is more than just peanut butter out there! Fruit butters, such as apple or apricot are readily available.

Children should also get plenty of liquids to drink everyday, especially clear liquids such as fruit juices and water. When a child is constipated, push lots of water!



Very young children and babies should not be given over the counter laxatives, they can contain harsh chemicals that may cause even more embarrassment once they begin to work! These chemicals can also increase cramping and have other side effects.

Infants can be given glycerin suppositories (available at pharmacies). These will help a child go, but do not use them too often as even a baby may become dependent on them and will not be able to go without them.

You can also use watered down Karo syrup or watered down prune juice in a bottle. Some brands of baby juices do have their own weakened prune juice available also.

Older children can be given over the counter laxatives, but use them sparingly. Stick with the more natural laxatives - either the high fiber variety, milk of magnesia or mineral oil. Try to stay away from ones that contain harsh chemicals - you will know which they are, the ones you can not pronounce the names in the ingredients!

If your baby becomes constipated, you should notify your doctor as there may be a more serious problem. If your older child is in a lot of pain, or if his or her stomach is distended, you should take him or her to a doctor, too. You should also take your child to a doctor if any of the following occur: Blood in your child's stool, your child is refusing to go (for example for emotional reasons during potty training), or if your child has "accidents" - this could be a sign of muscle control problems or psychiatric problems.

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