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Constipation is a result of inadequate intake of dietary fiber. It is important to add the fiber in the diet by giving green vegetables, fresh fruits etc and also increase the free water intake of the child. Temporarily, while you correct the child's diet, you may use commercial fiber preparations like Isabgol etc. Eating sufficient fruits, vegetables, sprouts, whole grains and fluids helps in the prevention as well as the treatment of constipation.

Regular bowel habits and relaxed pace for morning routines also helps to avoid constipation. A glass of water on getting up in the morning is helpful. Many children may get a normal urge to pass a motion after that. Others may get used to passing the motion after drinking milk or after breakfast. The child should be relaxed after a while sitting on the toilet. A younger child may be encouraged to sit for about 15 minutes. The mother or others can engage him with something interesting like a toy or a book or a puzzle. If he does not evacuate, he must not be forced to do so.

The diet should have more of fiber in the form of fruits like figs (fresh as well as dry), raisins, plums, pricots and prunes; vegetables especially leafy vegetables, raw vegetables, peas, beans and sprouts; whole wheat flour chappati, and bread and unpolished rice and enough liquids. You may also try adding mashed fruits like banana and chikoo in the child's diet. A diet of vegetable soup, khichdi and ragi porridge is also recommended.

Try this home remedy: Take a ripe tomato (small one) boil it in about 1/2 glass of water. After it is nicely cooked, squeeze and extract the juice and filter the seeds and skin. Add a pinch of salt and give about 3 - 4 spoons of this extract every day. The stool pattern will become normal. It is advisable not to give commercial cereals like Cerelac.

Generally, your Pediatrician would suggest Syr Cremoffin 5 ml every day for 15 days. But this should be taken under his advice.

Note that not passing stools in a breast fed child is normal. The child may not pass stools for as long as 5-6 days, which is as normal as children who pass stools 10-15 times a day. But if the problem persists it's best to consult your Pediatrician.

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Niharika.11 years ago
spinach is the best to be eaten during constipation.
Mahua.11 years ago
why cerelac is not advisable ?
parita mashru
parita mashru.11 years ago
my daughter 3 yr. old suffer regularly from constipation .
but what treated her best was --- 1/2 glass of luke warm water with 1 tbs spoon of ghee and honey 3 to 4 times in a day.
also intake of ripe banana and prunes hleped and above all not coaxing her to eat more than what she felt liked , cause that would relax her system.
Suma.11 years ago
my daughter 2 1/5 yrs old suffers from acute constipation. this is a cycle, as she has constipation, she just refuses to eat, feels her tummy is tight, as she eats nothing, it gets even more difficult for bowel movement.
am so worried,
more of home remedies please to solve this problem, have any mothers faced sucha problem before.
Carol.11 years ago
my son, age 5 and 1/2 has struggled with slow bowels all his life. the strange thing is, he continues to eat w/o evacuating for 5 or more days. he usually does not have discomfort. i do not know if should be aggressively treating this or not.
Denise.11 years ago
my son is 3 and 4 months old and has suffered from constipation for a long time. it is very frustrating to not have found a lasting solution yet. it seems as though the minute we ease up on daily vigilance of water and whole grains and home remedies that he gets constipated again. could this be a food allergy? we are vegetarian although i have to say he has not been eating vegetables at all lately. it is a struggle. when he finally goes after being constipated it is very painful and awful. what to do? has anybody figured out food allergies that cause constipation?
Mike.11 years ago
my daughter is almost 3 now and it seems very often that she does not have any bowel movements for 7 to 8 days at a time. when she goes she does not seem to have alot of trouble, and she will go several times that day. what should i do to get her to be more regular with her bowel movements.
bobbie jo
bobbie jo.11 years ago
my little girl has had bad constipation since she was 2 years old i have taking her to the doctors and they put her onmiralax braintree its helped some but her belly is hard and breath smellsand she weighs 82 pounds at 8 but shes tall for her age its just her belly do you have any sugestions
bobbie jo
bobbie jo.11 years ago
my little girl has had bad constipation since she was 2 years old i have taking her to the doctors and they put her onmiralax braintree its helped some but her belly is hard and breath smellsand she weighs 82 pounds at 8 but shes tall for her age its just her belly do you have any sugestions
maria tang
maria tang.11 years ago
my son is eight. when he is constipated he develops a high temperature and becomes drained of energy ie: wanting to sleep. is this normal? why does it happen?
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