Q. What’s best to give to a child with bad constipation? – Mia M.
- A stool softener, also known as a laxative, to clear the bowels: These are safe in children, but should be used under the supervision of your pediatrician. Your doctor can advise you on the right dosing schedule for your child.
- A high-fiber diet with plenty of fluids: This means loading your child’s plate with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, high-fiber cereals, whole grain breads (look for at least 3-5 grams of fiber per serving), and a variety of beans and other legumes, like chickpeas and lentils. You must give your child plenty of water with the increase in fiber or they will continue to be constipated.
- Regular toilet time: Encourage your child to use the toilet first thing in the morning and after every meal or snack.
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