Have you ever seen the results of constipation in kids? If so then you know that this is a very serious subject. Seeing a child suffer with constipation is enough to make any parent concerned, especially when it’s a cycle that doesn’t seem to stop. Your child may still be very young and dealing with constipation or perhaps this is very much an ongoing cycle in the life of your kids. Perhaps, it’s almost become normal. Sure, you are aware and your child is aware that this can’t be normal but perhaps you’ve reached the point where you doubt that anything will ever change. Please keep hope. My family’s doctor told us that some people have genetics playing against them and the truth is you may not be able to just eat whatever you want but you shouldn’t let that same token keep you believing that there isn’t hope for you or child in the bathroom stall. Constipation for kids can be just as embarrassing, if not more so, then for adults. They are young and don’t fully understand their bodies. Perhaps that lack of understanding even adds to the constipation. Whatever the case is for your child I want you to know that the bathroom battle isn’t one that you are battling alone. Over the course of the past few years my own family has found that certain things work for us. Those things are shared below. Please understand, I’m not a doctor but I am a mom.
10 Tips To Help Treat Constipation In Kids
Daily probiotics can be expensive but for some people this may be the cost needed in life in order to avoid greater and far more serious cost down the road. If you’ve been told by a doctor that your child needs to take a daily probiotic then be aware that there are coupons out there for those. Also know that the type of probiotic matters as well, thankfully the boxes are labeled clearly letting you know exactly which ones are for kids.
This one may mean many things to many people. For example, it could mean cutting out foods that are known to add to constipation such as bananas and rice. For others this may mean seeking a gluten free lifestyle. Of course it could also mean a healthier change in your overall diet plan such as eating fresh foods instead of frozen and packaged food.
Each morning my children are given fiber gummies. They adore them (I do too!). We’ve found that when we take these out of their diets that we see instant setbacks, so we make it a vital part of our morning routines. These are the ones that we use.
Kids don’t always like vegetables, at least that’s the case for my family. Still, we make it an effort to serve them, knowing that they need them. At times, these vegetables are hidden. However, the most success that we have seen with getting our very picky children to each vegetables is by allowing them to pick out a vegetable at the grocery store and then serving that same vegetable multiple times through out the course of the week. If they eat all that they are given then they get a small reward. This method is frowned upon by many people because we are essentially rewarding our children for eating. However, this is for their overall well being and it works for us.
Cookies. Candy. Fried Food. Pizza. Yeah, even pizza. Our kids love junk, we love junk. Our bodies were not designed to love junk.
Our bodies were designed to love water. Our kids could care less about water. We tend to be the same way. However, without enough water in our bodies there won’t be enough water in the stool and therefore your child will be likely to suffer from you guess it, constipation. There are some other amazing benefits to water too, you can check them out here.
When the doctor told you were going to be a parent I bet you never envisioned cheering them on from the sidelines like this, did you? Well, they need you to be a parent in every aspect of their life and sometimes this includes some not so pretty moments of life. At the very least I encourage you to encourage them to sit on the toilet once a day, every day preferably at the same time each time.
8.Help Them Through The Fear
You may understand what it is that your body is trying to tell you and you may know that having a bowel movement isn’t going to kill you. However, not all kids know this. Some kids have a true and genuine fear of using the restroom. Don’t belittle them or their fears. Instead, help them through their fears. Teach them about their bodies. One of the best books we used to help our children overcome these sort of fears was It Hurts When I Poop. Read my full review of that book as well as see some inside images of it.
Let’s get some things moving! This is a fun post to write 😉 Seriously though y’all, the more active you are the less likely you will suffer from constipation. If your kids haven’t gone in a few days take them for a run. Bring them to a park, just make sure there is a restroom near by.
The biggest piece of advice I can give you is this one. There are going to be days where you both you and your child are frustrated. There will be days when you feel that things won’t get any better, they will. There will be days when you are mad and your child is confused. There will be days when your kid is furious and you are emotional. Be patient. When the rectum has been stretched from constipation it can take months or even years of healthy habits to properly heal. It’s not entirely your child’s fault at this point. This will need to be a slow and steady process in order to heal the damage that’s been done. Reward your child when things go right, encourage them and let them know that they can count on you in all areas of their life.