80% of your child’s antibody-producing cells are located in the gut. Good gut health isn’t just about relieving constipation and treating diarrhoea, but it is also about boosting your child’s immune system.Little tummies can face a range of troubles. Here are some tips that can help.
Signs of constipation in kids
Any combination of these symptoms could mean your child is constipated:
- Stool is harder than usual
- Less than two bowel movements in a week
- Abdominal bloating, on and off
- Reduced appetite
Causes of constipation in kids
- Not enough fluids during the day Not enough fibre in the diet
- Discomfort during defaecation, which is causing your child to hold it in
- Certain medicines
- Other health problems
Prevention and relief of constipation in kids
Treatment options will depend on how long your child has been constipated and the severity of their pain and discomfort. A trip to the doctor is important when symptoms are prolonged, as there could be a need for intensive treatment. However, here are some simple steps you can take at home to prevent and treat it too:
- Make sure your child is drinking enough fluids (specifically water) during the day. For toddlers, 1.3 litres (depending on the child’s weight) is recommended per day, while bigger kids should be drinking at least five glasses of water a day.
- Introduce lots of fresh fruit and vegetables into meals for super healthy kids that are free from discomfort.
- Probiotic (lactic acid-producing bacteria/LAB) supplements help keep your child’s digestive tract healthy.
- Make toilet training a relaxed and positive experience. Allow your child to communicate with you and give you signals so that they don’t hold it in.
Keeping little tummies healthy
Adding probiotics (LAB) into your child’s daily meal plan and general diet can help create a healthy balance of bacteria within the gut. Probiotics (LAB) are available in a variety of foods.