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There are oh-so-many foods we put into our bodies these days many of which are "foods" that wouldn't even be recognizable to generations past, and often contain ingredients we can't even pronounce.
According to the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) published by the National Institute of Health, the recommended fiber intake for a child of one to three years old is 19 grams per day.
So, what does that practically mean, or look like? Here's both a pictorial view and each of the portions are listed below. Try them raw, or cooked according to the suggestions below. You can get them fresh, or canned. Your food choices for your child matter. Many picky eaters have potty training issues because of fibrous foods continually lacking in their diet.
Are you up for natural methods or are you wanting to cut to the chase and pursue pharmaceutical options?
We can choose from natural and pharmaceutical options. For most common issues with potty training constipation a simple change in diet, water intake, and habits can help treat many of the issues. There are exceptional cases of constipation that warrant the necessity of medical intervention.
Natural remedies for the treatment of potty training-induced constipation include increasing the amount of fiber your child eats. Increasing healthy fats can help and also making sure they are hydrated. Hydration doesn't just take the form of cups and cups of water. You will get far more hydration from a slice of watermelon than you will from a handful of Cheerios, and more from pineapple than you will from a cracker. Choose your foods wisely. Treat water-based and fibrous foods as your first line of defense "medicine" for treating constipation.*
*The Potty School always suggests you consult your child's pediatrician for any medical concerns you may have as we are not medical doctors. But, we do talk potty training all the day long.
Choose recipes that contain the ingredients you are looking for. Here's a sample breakfast you and your little can share on a fall or winter's morning. It's warm and cozy and screams - yummy! And, if you serve yourself, enjoy a bite and then offer some to your child, they are far more likely to enjoy breakfast along with you. Kids are culprits too. "The grass is always greener on the other side", or in this case plate. How many times has your kiddo asked for food off of your plate. Let's start, and continue, potty training on a fun note by sharing breakfast together!
Not only does sharing a meal (this one in particular) help with preventing and treating constipation, but it also builds a bond with your child. Being able to sit eye-to-eye and enjoy something together as simple as oatmeal does wonders for when you tell them to do something later in the day. Your happy, cheerful attitude now helps your child to be willing to go along with your other suggestions throughout the day. It's not a matter of manipulation, it's a matter of trust and contentment. Kiddos (and I as well), would rather listen to someone with whom they have shared, positive experiences.
It seems to be the pediatric medical go-to for childhood constipation. But, did you know that Miralax isn't even approved by the FDA for pediatric use?
"Similar to many commonly used medications, the use of Miralax (PEG 3350) is approved by FDA for adults only, due to lack of clinical trials in children. Its metabolism and long-term use in children are being studied." Full article here.
There are several medical test that are typically saved for more severe cases of constipation, they include, but are not limited to:
All-in-all there are numerous ways to deal with and prevent constipation. Most are very common sense. Eat things that make your child poop regularly (fibrous foods), give them plenty of hydration (water and water-dense foods), and give them the opportunity to poop. You can't expect them to get it done in a minute, so give them time do grow the rythm and get into the groove of what you want the new normal to be.
Potty training can deal with ongoing issues, and be frustrating. We at The Potty School understand that. We'd love to help. We offer ongoing support via our Diapers to Flush membership site. Check-out our Potty Training section of our menu for more info!