“If people would take care of their body and cleanse their colon and intestines, their problems would be pretty much eliminated.”—Dr George C Crile
Seeing their children in pain and discomfort is the most difficult thing for parents to witness. Constipation is one such issue that can cause pain and discomfort among children. But just because your child’s bowel movements aren’t regular, can you say that he is constipated? Bowel patterns vary among children and you need to make sure that he really is suffering from constipation.
It is common for children to hold back on passing stools. So, to ascertain whether your child is constipated, look for the common signs like abdominal pain, straining and hard stools. The presence of streaks of blood and incomplete evacuation can also indicate constipation. Because of the pain experienced with passing stools, constipated children tend to hold back on bowel movements. This results in aggravating the problem.
Once you have established that your child is indeed suffering from constipation, it is time to look for a solution to the problem. According to an article on foodforkidshealth.com, ‘Constipation and other bowel disorders are common symptoms of underlying illness, which can be treated with dietary and lifestyle changes’. Some of the natural ways to relieve constipation include introducing probiotics, removing processed foods from the diet and cooking food in healthy fats like ghee. But when simple measures fail to cure the problem, you must take your child to the paediatrician.
Usually, paediatricians recommend laxatives to cure the condition.
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