Constipation is a very common problem in babies and young children. While it can be painful, it is not often serious and can usually be treated at home. In addition to home remedies, there are some healthy foods that kids can eat to help relieve constipation.
Your child’s diet makes a big difference in their digestion. When children are not getting enough fiber in their diet, are not drinking enough water, or are eating too much processed food, it is more difficult for their little bodies to keep everything moving. Whole foods that are high in fiber can aid in digestion.
To fight or prevent constipation, consider adding these seven foods to your child’s diet.
Fruits and Fruit Juices: While all fruits are extremely beneficial to proper digestion, the best fruits for constipation are peaches, pears, plums, and prunes. Prune juice in particular is notorious for being a natural laxative. Berries, bananas, apples, and oranges are some of the most popular fruits for kids of all ages. Just be sure to avoid bananas that are not yet fully ripe.
Vegetables: All vegetables are naturally high in fiber. In general, the darker the vegetable, the higher the fiber content. Some of the best vegetables to choose for their fiber content include carrots, beets, broccoli, collard greens, Swiss chard, artichoke, green peas, squash, spinach, and kale. Some kid-friendly favorites include sweet potatoes and avocados.
Whole Grains: From bread and cereal to waffles and pancakes, always reach for the whole grain variety to help ensure your child gets enough healthy fiber in their diet. Oatmeal is another fantastic option that is high in fiber and a favorite breakfast among young children.
Legumes: In addition to being high in fiber, beans are a source of protein and iron for your child’s diet. Similarly, lentils are another great option for kids who are battling constipation. All legumes are naturally high in fiber and very healthy for your child.
Nuts: As long as your child does not have any nut allergies, there are many healthy high-fiber options to choose from, including almonds, peanuts, and pecans. Having nuts and nut butters on hand for healthy snacks can go a long way toward preventing constipation in kids.
Flaxseed: This seed is high in fiber and can be used to effectively treat constipation. Ground flaxseed can be added to many of your child’s favorite snacks, including smoothies, yogurt, and applesauce.
Chia Seeds: Likewise, chia seeds can be added to your child’s meals as an effective quick fix for constipation and digestion issues. Chia seeds absorb water as they pass through the gut, helping soften stools and making them easier to pass.
Please note: If you are making significant changes to your child’s diet, be sure to add high-fiber foods slowly to avoid gas and bloating. Staying hydrated is extremely important as well.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s diet, give us a call today to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly pediatricians in Littleton.