Most children tend to be constipated some time or the other in their early years. It can cause a lot of difficulty for your little one. To get rid of this problem, you need to take a fresh look at your baby’s diet.
Getting enough fibre
Check out if your kid is eating enough fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Constipation is common in a predominantly meat based diet. It is often difficult to make kids eat a variety of veggies and fruits. Try out little variations in the meals that you make for them.
Most kids will love carrots, beans, beetroots, spinach etc cut into small pieces and stir-fried. Try to substitute processed cereals with whole grain cereals- wholegrain bread is better than white bread. Also, it is better to give slices of fruits rather than biscuits as a snack. Encourage them to eat whole fruit as it is always better than fruit juice in terms of fibre content.
Getting enough water in the diet
Babies who have constipation can be given around 1 oz of water after each meal in addition to the milk given. Older kids need to take in more water. Kids who refuse to take water often tend to drink water if you give water in cups and bottles of different colors and shapes. Keep them where the kid can easily reach it. Some kids like cold water better than warm water.
Fruits can help
Fruits like prunes, peaches, apricots, oranges, grapes etc can help cure constipation if included in diet on a regular basis.For small babies, always remove the skin and cut into fine pieces before giving these fruits or else they might choke on them. Raisins soaked overnight and made into juice can often help in softening stools.
Is your child getting enough exercise
Find out if your baby or toddler is crawling or walking around a lot. Let him climb on things, jump, run and play around as physical activity always helps in digestion.
Consult your doctor if the problem persists
Even after making variations in the child’s diet, if the problem persists, consult your doctor. He can help you find out the underlying reasons. Lots of medicines are available over the counter. Do not try it for your kid without consulting yourdoctor. Many mothers try suppositories and laxatives without consulting a doctor and the child often becomes dependent on it.