One of the first steps in preventing constipation from affecting your child is to increase the amount of fibre in their diet. The best sources of fibre include fruits, veggies, legumes, and oats, which include pears, berries, artichokes, avocado, broccoli, beans, lentils, and oatmeal. Other ways to prevent constipation include:
Drinking plenty of water each day:
Generally, school-age children require about four glasses of water per day at a minimum. Ask your child’s pediatrician what’s best for your kid.
Get your kid on a stooling regimen:
Children are great at holding both their pee and poop, mostly because they don’t want to take the time out of playing to go to the bathroom. Sounds familiar, right? Try establishing a specific time each day when your child has to sit on the toilet to try to pass stool. The best time for this is about 20-30 minutes after a meal when the colon naturally contracts to pass a stool. It doesn’t seem realistic to get a child on the potty before rushing off to school every morning. And we all know that they won’t do it at school. So, the ideal time is generally after dinner.
Remind your kid that holding their poop causes pain, and it’s better to let it out rather than keeping it in.