Natural Remedies for Constipation in Kids
Start With the Basics: Water!
Water requirements are different for kids at different ages - ask your doctor how much water is the right daily intake for your child.
Fiber? Yes or No?
We often hear that the first line of defense for constipation is fiber. And for some children, this really does help. For others, fiber can actually make things worse! Part of this confusion is because there are two main types of fiber - soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber soaks up water and turns to a kind of jelly in the digestive track. This can act as a lubricant for the gut, helping everything pass more easily.
Identify Food Allergies
Although we often think of food allergies as causing loose stool, food allergies are actually one of the most common causes of childhood constipation - in one study, food allergies were the cause of issues in almost 73% of constipated kids! Fortunately there are a lot of ways to identify food allergies and sensitivities - there are several types of blood tests that your child can get, and then there’s always the dreaded (but very effective and 100% free) elimination diet.
Herbs and Supplements
In addition, supplements for kids with constipation should be given following an individualized plan, tailored to meet your child's specific needs and taking into account everything else that's going on with their health.
Any time you’re using herbs or supplements with kids, you should always do so under the care of your ND or other holistic health practitioner!