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7 Natural Ways to Treat Constipation in Kids

by Julie Ryan Evans 

constipationWow, there are a lot of constipated kids out there. In a recent study, researchers found that having backed up bowels is the most common emergency room diagnosis for kids.

They found that 25 percent of kids who are diagnosed with anything when visiting the ER are diagnosed with plain old constipation. Talk about feeling like a crappy parent when the doctor gives you that news (sorry). But really, it's got to be a shock to find out that something you thought was serious enough to warrant an ER visit was something so basic. 

There's good news though. Constipation rarely warrants any kind of major medical treatment, and you can often treat and prevent constipation on your own with very simple methods. Here are seven natural ways to treat and prevent constipation in kids.

1. Fiber

Even a couple of days with too much macaroni and cheese and too few fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, can cause problems. Try to work in at least one source of fiber in every meal and limit fiber-free foods like cheese and processed meat. It never hurts to add in a few prunes to their diet either.

2. Hydration

Busy kids don't often stop to drink all of the fluids they need to keep things running regularly. Whether you have to buy fun cups, give them reminders, or employ other tactics, just get them drinking. Fruit juices, like apple, pear, and prune, are good choices in addition to water.

3. Give Them Toilet Time

The Mayo Clinic suggests encouraging children to sit on the toilet for 5-10 minutes within 30 minutes of each meal, every day.

4. Exercise

Getting kids moving physically is often key to getting the bowels moving themselves.

5. Acupuncture or Acupressure

Some success has been reported using these methods when others don't work. Also just gentle massages of the stomach by mom or dad may help.

6. Probiotics

While there's been some debate as to their effectiveness, some swear by these products that contain "good" bacteria to treat constipation.

7. Warm Baths

These may help relax muscles need to pass the stool.

As for any types of laxatives or other products, consult with your doctor first.

What effective ways have you found to treat constipation in your children?

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bzzybeemomof3
by on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:21 AM

 And cherries. Seriously in adults 20 cherries a day will make yor constipation disapear. lol In kids its down to 10 and infants and young toddlers its about 6 and 3.

My dd suffers from chronic constipation (16 months old) and is on permenent meds every 2nd day to help her (since she was 3 months old) and the middle day is about 8 cherries, Dr recommended and it works wonders, plus cherries help build your immune system, double bonus.

elkmomma
by Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:30 AM

DS has 2-3 prunes every morning with his breakfast, at least 1 glass of apple juice every day, 1 apple or other fruit depending on the season for snack after school, and thankfully he loves water and drinks a lot of it.  The cherries are a good idea, may be we'll plant a tree next year.

Mom2Just1
by Mom2boys on Jun. 12, 2013 at 10:27 AM

We don't deal with this thankfully. We eat really clean, lots of fiber foods, etc. I am shocked that 25% deal with constipation.

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Randi02
by Platinum Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 1:19 PM
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This! It's NEVER been an issue.

No processed foods or dairy, lots of fruits and veggies - nothing but water to drink, lots of exercise etc.

Quoting Mom2Just1:

We don't deal with this thankfully. We eat really clean, lots of fiber foods, etc. I am shocked that 25% deal with constipation.


paintitblack0
by on Jun. 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Thank you..this helps

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