Children are very sensitive and constipation can be a very big problem, both for them and their parents. Usually constipation in children is a result of lack of water, too much milk in their diet, imbalanced diet or sometimes even improper toilet training. However, when your child needs to be relieved from constipation there is something you can do.
What to Drink to Relieve Constipation
Plenty of water is important. Make sure your child is drinking proper amount of water every day and by doing so you will prevent any potential problem with constipation. Doctors advise about 3 to 4 glasses of water every day as the bare minimum kids must take. Cow milk is known to cause constipation in some kids, if taken in large amounts. Soy milk is perhaps a better option, especially for older children, since it is less likely to lead to constipation.
Glass of water or milk, sweetened with a teaspoon of honey, or a glass of water with half of lime and some salt is also known to be a very effective remedy for constipation in kids. A tablespoon of water with some corn syrup is also said to instantly relieve constipation.
Diet Options for Constipation in Kids
A child's diet must be well balanced. More fibers in the diet will certainly be beneficial, so give your child more fruits and green leafy vegetables. Spinach or spinach water is believed to be very efficient constipation remedy for children. Other raw vegetables are also a very good solution for constipation, known to help and not to cause any harm to your child. Meals for your child should contain raw tomatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, legumes, turnip greens, beans or peas, to help them resolve the problem quickly.
Pears and bale fruits are said to be very helpful for kids suffering from constipation. Oranges, guavas, papayas and grapes should also be used more when your child is constipated. Prunes and prune juice are traditionally given to kids suffering from constipation.
Some Additional Advice
Proper amount of sleep and rest is also very important for any child. When your child is suffering from constipation, don’t use over the counter medication (OTC) to relieve the problem. If you already tried above mentioned home remedies and none seems to work for your kid, it’s much safer to take him/her to the doctor to be examined properly. The problem with medications, even with OTC ones, is that as any other drugs they can be potentially harmful, and children can be more sensitive than adults to side effects.