Junior can’t poop — help!

It’s a harmless yet painful condition that can develop at any age…

Constipation, a common problem among children, occurs when your child has difficulty passing motion or has fewer than three bowel movements a week (or none at all). It depends entirely on the cause and there is no fixed duration for this condition.

“At times, it can even last up to a week. Therefore, there is no cause for alarm, says Dr Lim Kai Hung a family physician at Lifescan Medical Centre. “However if there are symptoms such as bloody stools, weight loss, persistent vomiting or chronic constipation, please bring your child to the doctor immediately.”  

Other symptoms to look out for:

-    Having fewer than three bowel movements a week.

-    Having trouble passing motion at all.

-    Abdominal pains.

-    Hard and dry stools, which are difficult for your child to pass out.

-    Traces of liquid or clay-like stool on your child’s underwear/diaper.

           There are various factors contributing to constipation: Diet, controlling and inactivity.

DIET plays an important role as it can either prevent or cause constipation. If processed or refined food forms the bulk of bubba’s diet, it will most likely leave him constipated. 

“Parents should ensure that there is adequate hydration and fibre in your child’s diet,” advises Dr Lim. “To prevent and avoid your child from getting constipated, you may even have to try a combination of different foods or different kinds of milk to optimise their bowel movements.” 

SOLUTION: Introduce healthy portions of carbohydrates, protein and high-fibre foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables into bubba’s diet. Fluids such as water or fruit juice are just as important, as they help to moisten the faeces, making it easier to pass out of the body. Try a milk that preserves nutrient in its natural form, since Natural nutrient. Easy on tummy.

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