how do i get a 5 yr old to eat a high fibre diet

Debra - posted on 09/04/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my 5 yr old had been getting very bad tummy pains on and off for about 6 months, doctors said it was a 'virus' (everytime), one bad episode ending up with us at the hospital because he became dehydrated, the doctor there said he was extremely constipated, he was given medicine and we were told to change his diet to a high fibre diet, he loves fruit and will try most of them but veg is not so good, trying to get him to try new food is a nightmare, any advice on recipes that will appeal for 5yr olds.

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Cindy - posted on 09/11/2011

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Fiber one bars or brownies. I usually give my SD 1/2 of a bar or a whole brownie everynight after dinner.

Debra - posted on 09/11/2011

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thanks, will give the book a try, we have increased his water intake, also his teacher has been great with making sure he drinks at school, and we are slowy introducing wholegrain, if it persist we will go back to the doctors and ask to see a pediatric doctor, thanks everyone, fingers crossed,xx

Kate CP - posted on 09/04/2011

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I think you need to see a specialist because a virus doesn't cause constipation. So you've got doctors telling you two completely different things for the same problem. I'd find a pediatric GI specialist and find out what's really going on.

However, either way, he needs more fluids.

Jodi - posted on 09/04/2011

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I agree with Katherine, that book has lots of ideas, and I believe she has also released a sequel.

Also swap all of your white processed grain (if you are using them) with wholegrains, and add bran to his cereal. Try to avoid dairy, because that can be binding.

Also, you mentioned that he was admitted to hospital because he was dehydrated once. The trouble with fibre is that you can pump all the fibre into his little body you like, if he is not drinking enough water, it's going to end up constipating him, because fibre absorbs water, and if it doesn't have enough to process, it's going to get nasty. You need to have him drink LOTS of water if you are going to increase his fibre. It sounds to me like he already is not getting enough water, so increasing his fibre before you can get him drinking the water will probably make it worse......

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