There are some natural treatments you can use to soften toddler stools and relieve constipation. Treatment should begin as soon as the symptoms become evident, because if it is not treated, the level of discomfort for your little one may increase and it could lead to complications. A toddler who does not have a bowel movement for two weeks is most likely constipated. Blood in the area of the rectum during a bowel movement, hard stools, nausea, and abdominal pain are also symptoms of constipation. Kids with this condition may become cranky. Children with this condition should see a doctor to rule out a more serious cause, before treatment is offered at home.
Add more fiber foods to your child's diet. Fresh vegetables and fruits, especially prunes and raisins, are good sources of fiber. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, children between the ages of 2 and 6 should eat two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables each day. Other foods such as grainy breads, breakfast bars containing fiber, and peanut butter can also offer help with constipation. Organic flaxseed sprinkled over oatmeal can also ease constipation.
Limit your child's intake of dairy foods. Cheese, yogurt, ice cream and cheese should be limited to a maximum of three servings daily with one serving equaling a half cup. Squash, bananas and cooked carrots can also cause stools to harden.
Keep your child hydrated. Fluids can relieve constipation. Kids should drink plenty of water, juice and milk. Soups and ice pops can also contribute to their fluid intake. Drinking a lot of fluids helps keep the stools soft. You can tell if your child is getting enough to drink by paying attention to how often she urinates. If your child is getting enough fluids, she will urinate at least once every three hours throughout the day.
Give your child aloe vera juice for help with constipation. Aloe vera juice can soften toddler stools, but be sure you are using the type of aloe vera juice that's intended for drinking. You can mix it with your child's favorite fruit juice to give it a more appealing flavor. Give it to your child up to two times a day as needed.
Put your child on the potty right after meals. Children who are frequently constipated sometimes avoid having bowel movements. Holding it in can cause the stools to become hard. Have your child stay on the potty for about 10 minutes after eating. This is when his reflexes in the intestines will make it easier to pass a bowel movement.