How to Treat Constipation in Toddlers Naturally. When a toddler suffers from constipation, not only is his stool dry and hard, it is also difficult and often painful to pass. To assist toddlers who are constipated, it is usually best to use all natural products before attempting an over the counter laxative which may be too strong for the child. Here are some natural ways to prevent and treat constipation in toddlers.
Review her diet. Make sure you are not giving her too much junk food. These usually are highly processed and lack fiber, which is essential for regular bowel movements. If your toddler is eating too much junk food, cut down the intake immediately.
Replace his diet with foods that are high in fiber such as whole grains and bran.
Encourage her to eat more fruits such as apples, apricots, pears and grapes. Avoid bananas as they tend to clog up the system more than they offer relief. Serve her plenty of vegetables such as carrots, peas, squash and green beans. Chop them into bite size or mash them to prevent accidental choking.
Offer your toddler fruit juice if he refuses to eat any fruits or vegetables. Apple and prune juice are especially effective in treating constipation. You may even add the juice into his cereal.
Give her plenty of water to drink. This helps prevent dehydration and promotes regularity as well. If her urine is yellow, she is not drinking enough water.
Put him on a bathroom schedule every couple of hours as a reminder to him to use the bathroom. Sometimes, a toddler can get carried away playing and may ignore the signs of a bowel movement. Doing so may lead to constipation. It can also become a habit that is hard to correct.
Increase her activity an extra 30 minutes a day. Take her for a walk, turn on the music and dance or play at the park. Exercise helps to prevent and reduce constipation.
Try using glycerin suppositories if all else fails.
Consult a doctor if your child's stool is bloody or if he has a fever or vomits.