What are helpful remedies for child constipation?
Children's bodies can't handle quite the intensity of adult remedies available, so what are some good remedies for persistent children's constipation?
It is so disturbing to me how many doctors put kids on Miralax....and not just for a couple of weeks....for YEARS!! There are so many reasons for constipation, and I highly recommend going the dietary route before reaching for a prescription:
One common reason is not enough fruit/veggies/fiber rich foods.
There could also be a mineral imbalance. Kids who take calcium supplements without magnesium will probably have constipation.
Some kids do not drink enough water.
Kids with constipation could have a food allergy or sensitivity (esp. if it alternates with loose stools)
Taking probiotics is very helpful for all kids - to boost immunity, but it also is very useful in digestive disorders like constipation. Gradually increase water, fiber and fruit & veggie consumption. I really like smoothies - add in 1-2 T of chia seed, some coconut kefir, some spinach, blueberries. Make sure there is a balance of minerals in diet/supplements. Limit sugar, and processed foods.
Lots of fresh fruits and veggies.
A crushed peppermint candy dissolved in warm water.