Toddler constipation is indeed one of the most frustrating problems faced by parents. Constipation is generally related to the painful passing of hardened, dry stools. Due to irregular bowel movements, if it occurs once, constipation continues for a longer period and gets worsened in toddlers.
The major reason for toddler constipation is low intake of fibre-rich diet. Drinking too much of cow’s milk is also found to lead to constipation. As the toddler switches over to more and more solid food materials, constipation is most likely. This occurs as the baby’s digestive system is getting used to the new type of food provided to him.
Less consumption of water and other fluids can also cause constipation in toddlers. Toddlers who suffer from severe constipation will have extreme difficulty in passing stools and the process might even be painful. Other possible signs of toddler constipation include hard-pebble like stools. In certain cases, the baby’s belly might be swollen with gas as well.
In order to ease the trouble, diet changes should be made. The baby should certainly be allowed to drink plenty of fluids including fruit juices, milk and water. Apple juice is found to be extremely effective in treating constipation since it contains plenty of sugars and liquids. It also has a mild laxative effect.
Unpeeled fruits and vegetables such as spinach, beans, sweet potatoes, peas, turnip greens, raw tomatoes, peaches etc contains lots of fibre and will soften the passage of stools. Different varieties of beans are also found to be of extreme help. Vegetable soup should also be made part of the child’s diet. But the process of adding fibre to his diet should be a gradual process since the sudden increase of fibre content might result in the formation of gas.
Constipating food materials such as cheese, cooked carrots, yoghurt etc should be taken away from the toddler’s diet in order to overcome the trouble.