Natural Remedies for Constipation in Kids
My pediatrician once told me this: There are two things as a parent you can’t control. You can’t control what goes in, and you can’t control what comes out.
That’s the frustrating truth for a parent dealing with constipation in kids.
I’ve had a kid who has had issues with constipation her whole life. This despite the fact we eat tons of fresh produce and she drinks adequate water.
In our house, we’ve used a combination of these natural remedies for constipation in kids with good success. However, you should always check with your pediatrician if your child is in pain or if you’ve tried these constipation treatments and your child is still suffering.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR CONSTIPATION IN KIDS
Dehydration contributes to constipation.
When you are constipated, a good rule of thumb is to take your weight and divide it by 2. Whatever that number is, aim to drink that many fluid ounces of water.
If your kiddo’s constipation is also making his tummy hurt, give him plenty of ginger tea as part of his daily liquid intake. Ginger is known to soothe tummies and relieve gas.
Avoid giving your child caffeinated beverages since caffeine contributes to dehydration.
If you have a school aged kid, they probably spend most of the day sitting. This can exacerbate any constipation symptoms.
Make time for physical play every day to keep their bodies healthy and their digestive tracts moving.
3. MAGNESIUM SUPPLEMENTS
Did you know that it is estimated that almost 80% of people are magnesium deficient?
It’s possible to get magnesium through diet but it involves eating a lot of leafy greens. Not all kiddos are on board in eating enough leafy greens to get adequate magnesium.
Magnesium deficiency can be tested for by a doctor.
When taken as a supplement, magnesium helps neutralize stomach acid and moves stools through the intestine.
Our favorite way to get magnesium is with the Natural Calm supplement. It tastes great, so it’s been easy to get everyone on board with daily magnesium supplementation.
Make sure to consult with your pediatrician before giving to children under 4 and always start with the lowest dose possible.
Flax is a highly fibrous food. It’s inexpensive and can be found in any grocery store.
Make sure you buy ground flax seeds, otherwise the seeds will just pass through without doing the work. We like to top our smoothie bowls with the seeds.
Because flax seeds are so high in fiber, it’s important to remember to drink plenty of extra liquids.
5. SLIPPERY ELM
Slippery elm is the inner bark of a tree. When ingested, it stimulates mucous secretion, which is helpful for stomach and intestinal problems.
For proper dosage, please follow the recommended amounts on the supplement bottle.
6. SQUAT POTTY
Really? The squat potty?
Yep. There really is some magic to the squat-like position you get when using the squat potty.
When kids get constipated, they often fear using the potty because it can be painful. Help them get in the best position for success.
Adding plenty of probiotics to your diet helps with gut health which aides in eliminating constipation.
The secret with probiotics is to switch up brands frequently. Every brand has a different combination of strains. You’ll improve your gut health but constantly giving it different beneficial microflora.
Prescript Assist is my favorite brand, but I’ll change it up and some months I’ll give her the SmartyPants gummies.
As with any medical condition, I try a balanced approach between natural remedies and seeking medical advice. If after trying these remedies you don’t experience relief, please see your practitioner.
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