A healthy, well-functioning body produces and expels waste regularly and any irregularity will result in uneasiness and health conditions such as constipation. A child’s body is no exception, and parents should take care that their children have regular bowel movements so as to keep such discomforts at bay. There are several important things to keep in mind when it comes to a child’s bowel health.
Encourage the consumption of fiber
Dietary fiber helps to bulk up stools and prevent constipation. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber and parents should try their best to encourage their children to consume two to three servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
Adequate fluid intake
The intake of fiber can only be effective when it’s accompanied by sufficient fluids to help soften and push stools along. Besides water, children can also consume milk, soup and fruit juices to stay hydrated.
Movement and exercise
Encouraging children to move about helps to keep them healthy in more ways than one. Exercise not only keeps children’s bodies healthy inside and out, but it also prevents a list of health conditions including constipation and sluggish digestive systems.
Practice regular toilet habits
It is not unusual for children to be caught up in playing, watching TV, etc, to the point of ignoring the calls of nature. Ensure that your child uses the toilet a few times a day to prevent the habit of “holding it in”, which may lead to constipation if left that way for long.