The childhood constipation is a very common problem in school, preschool age and babies. The most characteristic symptoms of this complication are: difficulty to expel stool, abdominal swelling and pain when defecating.
However, detecting constipation in babies can be more complicated, and attention should be paid to the frequency of bowel movements and abdominal movements. It is usually considered constipation when the frequency of bowel movements is less than three times per week.
Although it is a common ailment in children and that, a priori, does not represent anything serious, it is important to remedy it as soon as possible, since otherwise it could become complicated or become chronic.
Most frequent causes of childhood constipation
There are a number of common causes that cause constipation, below we explain the most frequent:
Maintaining a meal schedule and eating a balanced diet have a decisive influence on the intestinal flow. A diet low in fiber , the abuse of sweets and drinking little water contributes significantly to constipation.
Opposition or rejection of defecation
This is a frequent reaction in children whose parents have been too strict in educating them about the need to go to the bathroom.
Laziness and reluctance
Sometimes children ignore their impulses, especially if they have a too active pace of life, so they do not devote enough time to their bowel movements.
Children manifest stress in multiple ways, and constipation is one of them. The family and school situation has a definite influence on their well-being.
What to do against constipation in babies and older children
NGHUBS wants to give you some effective remedies so that your child does not suffer from constipation again. Therefore, we explain below how to do it:
Constipation in babies
Increase fluid intake daily. If the baby is more than four months old, increase the fiber-rich foods such as compotes, purées and fruit and vegetable creams .
Give him a relaxing hot bath and massage his belly with circular movements. Do not use glycerin suppositories without a pediatric prescription.
If the baby takes more than five days to defecate, it is advisable to consult a pediatrician.
Constipation in newborns
The recommendations are the same as for all babies, however, you should contact the pediatrician if more than two or three days pass between your bowel movements.
Constipation in older children
Establish a daily pattern to go to the bathroom.
Explain to the child that he should not wait to make his stools if he feels the need. Increase fiber- rich foods such as fruits with skin, whole vegetables, legumes and nuts. Do it gradually, since otherwise it could cause flatulence or colic. Temporarily eliminates the consumption of astringent foods such as bananas, rice or potatoes.
Worry about drinking more water .
Health problems at these ages arise continuously. That is why we recommend to be attentive at all times, and put the health of our children in the hands of pediatrics professionals in whom we trust.