This post has been sponsored by Pedia-Lax®. All thoughts and reviews in “Ways To Help Avoid Constipation In Children!” are my own, however this information does not take the place of medical advice from a Pediatrician.
Now that school is back in session, the kiddos are busy with a full schedule. Between homework, piano, tumbling, and now even guitar, they have been working as well as playing hard.
Because I want them to be set for their next task or practice, during this time of year we try to avoid colds and the flu, but another biggie is constipation. It can happen though and as a MOM, nothing is worse than seeing your child uncomfortable and dealing with the crankiness that follows.
So if you have found your kiddos in an uncomfortable bathroom situation or want to try to prevent this from happening, here are some Ways To Help Avoid Constipation In Children based on my own family’s experiences.
-Provide them with fluids throughout the day
Keeping children hydrated will help stool pass easier. I simply send my kids to school with a full water bottle and provide them drinks at meals. I also increase their water intake at times of intense exercise.
– Feed them a balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
Of course feeding your family foods with fiber is a great for their overall health, but it also helps them keep them regular.
– Remind them to take a bathroom break
Holding it in is never a good idea. Be sure to remind them to take regular bathroom breaks at home, or ask permission to go at school.
– Keep them moving
Exercise is so important and in the past this has been very effective for my youngest when he hasn’t gone #2. After running around outside or even swimming, he usually has to go shortly thereafter.
Now if your child is already constipated, then it may be time for a laxative.
Even after we take preventative measures, sometimes the digestive system just gets disrupted and needs a little help. Be sure to check out Pedia-Lax Chewable Tablets which are formulated for kids ages 2-11 and come in a tasty watermelon flavor (I tried them and they do taste good).
According to Pedia-Lax, they can provide quick relief (within 30 minutes) and last up to 6 hours offering a gentle relief without the painful cramping sometimes associated with laxatives. Of course if your child is having continued difficulties, it is always best to consult with a pediatrician.
Since there have been reports of sides effects like behavioral and speech issues resulting from one of the main ingredients in adult laxatives, pediatric specialist Dr. Nina Shapiro urges parents to choose treatment options that are specifically made for children.
Pedia-Lax is the only pediatric brand offering a full line of laxative products that are fast, safe and specifically made just for kids to help support digestive health and ease constipation. I am glad to have this on hand just in case we run into a future constipation situation.
What ideas do you have for Ways To Help Avoid Constipation In Children?
I hope you find these ways to help avoid constipation in children helpful for your own family.
Carlee @ FLL
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