Top 3 Tips To Reducing Constipation in Children Naturally
Is Your Child Suffering from Chronic Constipation?
Constipation in children is a very common concern for many parents coming into my office . The child usually won’t have a bowel movement for 1-3 days and when they do it requires great effort. The child may experience more gas, bloating, straining and discomfort and the constipation worsens because the child becomes afraid to “go”. How can you make #2 feel good as new?
Follow these 3 simple steps to reduce constipation naturally:
- Time Management- I know this sounds like your going to a job interview, but giving your child the time to have a bowel movement is critical. Usually kids are eating too quickly and then it’s off to another task or activity. Physical stress causes significant constipation and can be reduced by creating a routine of sitting on the toilet and learning to relax the muscles to aid a bowel movement.
- Tummy Massage- Massage your child’s tummy in clockwise motion starting from above the belly button. Apply Castor Oil (can be found at Health Food stores) in a toonie size amount into your hands. Apply firm pressure in a circular motion. This aids the digestive tract in movement and supports elimination. The best time for a tummy massage is usually before bed once a day.
- Fibre- Every parent usually knows that fibre is important to support regular, easy bowel movements but it’s the “how do I get into into their diet” that’s usually the question. This is where you as the parent become a “Nutrition Ninja”. You have to become stealth and secretive to get fruits and veggies into their diet. Smoothies are a great option where you can add ground flax, add vegetables like carrot and zucchini into muffins or make fibre rich treats. Try these Fruit balls from “Naturally Healthy Babies & Children” by Aviva Romm.
Fruit Balls- A Healthy Laxative
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup prunes
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup flaxseed
1/2 cup shredded coconut or almond meal
Directions : Slowly grind all ingredients except coconut or almond meal in blender of food processor. Add as little water needed to form a sticky dough. Form in 2 inch balls and roll in coconut or almond meal. Can be eaten raw or frozen and taken out as need.