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February 20, 2009, last updated December 21, 2012

By Gary Picariello, Contributing Columnist,
Susan Callahan, Health Editor and Staff of CollectiveWizdom







Child constipation is a common complaint of many newborns and
toddlers.  Infants often become constipated because of their inability to
digest various formulas, especially those high in iron. Toddlers become
constipated very easily when you change their diets.  Toddlers also often
hold in their bowels, a problem which can lead to a serious condition
known as "encopresis".  Are there any natural remedies for constipation in
children? Are there any foods or habits that can help to relieve
constipation in children?


How Common Is Constipation in Children?

Few studies have arrived at an accurate figure for how common
constipation is in children. However, we have found a few guideposts. A
2011 study by the Division of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Health and
Medical Sciences, University of Surrey in the UK looked at the prevalence
of constipation among of pre-school children in Hong Kong.  Looking at
368 randomly selected children between the ages of 3 and 5, researchers
found that about 28.8% of all these children were constipated.

Update:

Other studies have confirmed the estimate from the UK. For example, a
2011 study from the Department of Pediatrics in the University of
Kelaniya, Sri Lanka estimated that up to 29.6% of children experience
constipation.

Moreover, children who ate
more plant-based foods, more  fiber and less
milk were the less likely to be constipated. (Read more about the
health
dangers to some people of drinking cow's milk.)

Will Your Child Outgrow Constipation?

Not necessarily. The 2011 study from the University of Kelaniya’s
Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine in Sri Lanka advises parents
not to count on children just growing out of it. As the study noted
“Contrary to the common belief that children outgrow constipation as they
grow up, a sizable percentage continue to have symptoms beyond
puberty”.

Here's the problem. The urge to defecate is a weak impulse --as opposed
to the stronger physical urge to urinate.   Once ignored, the urge passes
quickly and won't appear again for another 4 to 8 hours.  By then, you've
got a problem.  By then, there are 2 bowel movements which the child
must pass, and that can be even more painful.

When it comes to being a child, few things  are more uncomfortable than
constipation.


























For starters -- understand that children should have 1 to 3 good bowel
movements
every day. Some children have more, some children have
fewer. Believe it or not, there are many kids (and adults for that matter)
who only produce one bowel movement every couple of days or even
once a week.

[Update:

As children age from birth to 42 months, the number of their bowel
movements change, according to a 2009 study from the University of
Bristol, Department of Community Based Medicine. The study examined
the medical records of 12,984 children.  They found that, when children
are born, they pass an average of 3 stools a day up until the time they are
4 weeks old. Then, the number of stools they pass gradually declines to
1.3 a day by the time they are 42 months old. The consistency of the
stools also changes, with 4 week olds passing liquidy or curdy stools (only
14% of 4 week olds pass hard stools). The
color of the stools also
changes, from yellow at 4 weeks old to brown by the time they are 6
months old. ]

Fortunately even the worst cases of child constipation are more or less
easily cured. Here are the top 10 remedies for constipation in infants and
children. It may take some persistence and persuasion on your part to
make them work, but they do work in most cases.

1.
Reduce the Iron. Excess iron in formula is the Number One cause of
constipation in newborns. Infants have a hard time with iron because their
intestinal systems are so new and iron is a difficult mineral even for some
adults to stomach.  If your baby is constipated, try switching to a low-iron
formula to see if the problems clears up.

2)
Add Fiber. The term “fiber” is often used so generically, it confuses
many parents simply because there are plenty of sources of fiber. One of
the best is wheat bran and wheat germ. Why? Because fiber adds body to
the stool and assists in the development of regular bowel contractions. It
doesn’t take much fiber in your diet either – only 2-3 tablespoons added
to your morning cereal or added to soups, drinks, or other meals
throughout the day.

3)
Exercise. As a parent, you may be wondering what exercise has to do
with your child going to the bathroom, but exercise pumps more blood,
oxygen and nutrients into the intestines, which in turn makes it easier for
the intestines to pass waste. When your children combine exercise and
fiber they’re off and running – no pun intended. Even something as simple
as your child walking for 15 minutes after eating can help tremendously.
At the very least, exercise is the bedrock of healthy living – whether you
have constipation or not.

4)
Drink lots of Water. Water helps flush the body of toxins. Those flushed
toxins have to go somewhere and the next thing you know you’re
experiencing a bowel movement. Anywhere from 4 to 8 glasses of water a
DAY is what you’re aiming for. That might seem like a lot of water but if
your child is suffering from constipation his/her body needs that much
liquid. Not only that, if you’re exercising regularly you need lots of fluid to
replenish the electrolytes and salt you lose while perspiring. (Read more
about
how much water you should drink.)

5)
Eliminate sugar and white flour. Don’t confuse flour with fiber. The
problem with white flour is that the really beneficial part -- the bran -- has
been processed out.  

6)
Add some fat.  Your child needs essential fats, such as omega 3 or
omega 6 to form bowel movements. These are important for many body
functions – but in particular they soothe and coat the intestinal tract which
makes a bowel movement easier. Omega 6 fatty acids are found in Evening
Primrose Oil (take 500 mg three times daily), black currant seed oil, and
Borage Seed Oil.  Omega-3 fatty acids are found in high concentrations in
fish such as
salmon.

7)
Cut back on milk. Better to have your kids stick to plain old water or
fruit juices such as orange juice which contain pulp.

8)
Good bathrooms habits. Get your children in the habit of having regular
bowel movement by going to the bathroom at specific times. Have your
kids try to go the bathroom at the same time every day, after meals and as
soon as they feel the urge. This does not mean your son or daughter goes
in the bathroom with a magazine or a book. It simply means conditioning
the body to poop at a specific time.

And by the way, your kids should never hold in a bowel movement.  
Research has found that many,many children hold in their bowel
movements. The bowel movements then back up higher into the intestinal
tract, which can cause severe constipation and, in severe cases, infection.

9)
Use Bael and other Fruit.  Fruits, in particular pears (taken after dinner
or with breakfast and supplemented with pear juice), oranges (at least
two before bedtime and two with breakfast) and papaya, figs and grapes.

Bael fruit (kind of like a pomegranate) is legendary for its ability to combat
constipation -- as a cure to constipation, use this fruit in its raw form prior
to either breakfast or meal. Experts say that digesting Bael fruit for at
least 2 months can clean the intestinal tract of even the oldest fecal
matter. And as a side-note, all parts of the bael tree including the stem,
bark, root, leaves and fruit at all stages of maturity have medicinal value.

10)
Use Honey and Lime. Maybe grandma does know best: give your child
honey and lime juice before bed or in the morning is an all-natural way to
flush the colon of toxins and stimulate bowel movements. Taking 2
teaspoons or 5ml of castor oil along with milk or tea in the morning, once
a week also helps in the proper movement of bowels and serves as a good
laxative. Maybe that’s why my grandma lived so long.

Bonus Tip
11)
Chew Slowly.  And finally, encourage your child to take their time
while eating: that means breathing slowly, and chewing food thoroughly.
Research has shown that if children eat smaller portions and more
frequent in the day, they have a much easier time assimilating food. Not to
mention being more difficult to overeat at one sitting. If you kids aren’t
chewing at least 10 times per bite of food, they are getting it wrong.

Teach them to remember: chew first, swallow and drink. Don’t chew and
drink and then swallow.

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