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The Constipated Kid
Oh my, there might be nothing worse than a kid who is constipated. I have been very, very blessed to have kids who poop on the reg.
Even as babies, the breast milk just kept them extremely regular. However, we had a recent bout with constipation with my almost 7 year old.
The world as we know it came to a screeching halt. Every session on the pot turned into a sob session. It was grueling. After each pot session, he wanted to take a warm bath to relax…..Ya’ll,after the 5th bath last Saturday, I threw my hands up! The woes of constipation are not fun. I gave him sympathy, but I just wanted him to get the poop out! My nerves were shot.
The child is not constipated a lot, obvi…. He has become more finicky of an eater this summer and it finally caught up with his bowels. Apparently, easy-mac, cheese sticks and popsicles do not a bowel movement produce…Who knew?!? 🙂
Said child is also the one who
DOES NOT LIKE will not take medicine. He will chew a gummy vitamin and that’s about it. I don’t know why, but medicine to him is like eating charcoal. So, any kind of laxative/drink/stool softener wasn’t happening.
So What to Do?
Being a dietitian, I decided to try and help him out with food. I knew the reason for his constipation was food-related (not enough fluid and too much junk), so I told him we would solve it with food. After a few rounds of juice and extra water and fruit, the magic happened. Hallelujah! You would’ve thought he had hit his first home run! It was like the heavens opened up and the angels were singing!
We had to call everyone who knew of his poop struggles to tell them of the achievement, and still now, 6 days later, he comes to tell me when he has pooped and how great he feels when it comes out easily….The child is appreciative, what can I say?
So, in case you ever find yourself with a child that is constipated-and you probably will- here are a few tried and true things to help kids go…..
10 Foods to Help the Situation
Special Recipe Fiber Goop
1 cup applesauce, ¾ cup Prune juice, 1 cup crushed fiber one or bran cereal, blend together and refrigerate give 1-2 tbsp/day. This is a recipe we used when I worked in nursing homes for our residents. Sometimes elderly patients have problems going due to inactivity and all of their medications. This special sauce will do the trick in a heartbeat.
Hot Juice with Cinnamon
Heat the pear or apple juice with a little cinnamon stick in it. Hot liquids stimulate the gut, so this may just do the trick. Serve it in a mug and make yourself a little hot toddy to drink along side with the kid. You are going to need extra whiskey if your kid is anything like mine when constipated.
So many recipes are out there for different kinds, find the one your child likes best. My simple recipe that we love is just almond milk, banana, strawberries. Good source of vitamins, nutrients and fiber.
If you want store-bought, just grab one from the refrigerated section. Try to pick one your kids will like the flavor of.
Frozen Fruit Popsicles
Make a blend of strawberries, blueberries, and pear juice and freeze in ice cube trays with popsicle sticks.
Oh this watermelon sorbet on pinterest looks soooo good! I may have to make this tonight for myself. The fiber and fluid in it are a great choice to help the gut get moving! Plus…slushy watermelon…yes, please!
Chicken Noodle Soup
Call me crazy, but chicken noodle soup served hot will sometimes do the trick when nothing else will. Sometimes it only takes the hot liquids and electrolytes to help out the situation!
These Frozen Yogurt Yums look divine, and are made with fiber rich cookie bars! If you feel a little lazy, just buy the fiber cookies or bars and don’t worry with making them into the stick bar thingies 🙂
My children LOVE gummies, so adding a little fiber to them can only help the situation, right?! Check these Fiber One Gummies out!
Kids love anything resembling a candy bar, so these are just that. Chocolate with fiber? Yes, please! These chewy fiber bars for kids may be the solution to your poop problems. Don’t forget the extra liquid!
Extra Liquids of All Kinds
Kid not wanting to drink as much? Increase the amount of popsicles, jello, yogurt, pudding, ice cream as these all melt to liquid in the gut.
Air popped is best, but all popcorn has fiber in it! If your child is old enough for it not to be a choking hazard, then pop some up for a snack!