Toddler constipation is one ailment as a parent that you will have to deal with at sometime during your child’s toddler years.
Unlike adult constipation which is defined as having fewer than three bowel movements a week, when it comes to toddler’s bowel movements there is no “normal” number.
A toddler’s bowel movements pattern depends on their diet, how active they are and how quickly they digest their food.
There are several reasons why your toddler can become constipated.
Dehydration, low fiber intake and putting off going to the bathroom are a few reasons how your toddler can become constipated.
There are several things you can do to try to treat and prevent toddler constipation.
Dehydration is one of the most common reasons for toddler constipation. If your toddler is not getting enough fluids then their stools can become hard and difficult to pass. Keeping your toddler hydrated will aide in keeping their stools soft and easier to pass.
Another cause of toddler constipation is low fiber intake.
If your child eats lots of cheese, yogurt or peanut butter and not enough whole grain cereal, wheat bread or vegetables then your child will mostly become constipated. The bulk and texture of fiber helps to prevent hard dry stools.
Putting off going to the bathroom can also lead to constipation.
A lot of times children will be playing and feel that they are too busy for a bathroom break or if the child has passed a hard stool before, they will try to avoid going to the bathroom so that they do not have to go through the discomfort again.
It is important to encourage your child to use the bathroom when they feel the urge to go.
There are many treatment options for toddler constipation.
It is important to contact your child’s pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s constipation. Your child’s pediatrician can go over treatment options that would best suit your child.