Constipation is a common problem

Constipation is a fairly common problem in children. Up to 30% of children has infrequent bowel movements or hard,dry stools. Thankfully, most cases of constipation in children are temporary.

Here are some tips to overcome constipation

High-fiber diet & plenty of fluids

– Load your child’s plate with plenty of fruits and vegetables, high-fiber cereals, whole grain bread, variety of beans and legumes e.g chickpeas and lentils

Regular toilet time with proper toilet positions

– Encourage your child to use the toilet first thing in the morning or 30 minutes after main meals


– Good bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis has been well known to ease constipation

Stool softener

– With the approval of your pediatrician of course! Common mistakes made are using too small volume and stopping it prematurely. Usually, your child will need it for at least a few weeks.


– Make sure kids get enough exercise as exercise stimulates the bowels into action. It can be as simple as cycling or kicking a ball.
Overcoming emotional issues
– Some children might find public toilets icky. Having a toilet shield will be helpful.
– Sometimes constipation can be a manifestation of anxiety or stress and has to be explored.

The most important ingredient though is PATIENCE. ?

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