Constipation in Toddlers
1) Ginger, mint, or chamomile tea with a little raw honey between meals in your child’s bottle or cup.
Grate some fresh ginger root into a teapot, fresh mint or chamomile herbs. Add boiling water, cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Pour into a sieve and serve when tea has cooled sufficiently.
2) Fruit and Veggies –
This add bulk and fibre for the stools. Hide in sauces or casseroles, soups etc.
3) Juice of life –
Juice for your child – more vegetables than fruit to alkalize the juice. This add digestive enzymes in a live form to help break down the food
4) Water, Water, Water –
Water is one of the key ingredients for a healthy digestion. Make sure the majority of water is consumed in between meals and not with meals.
5) Probiotics –
Probiotics will help to re balance the gut flora and in turn help with either constipation or diarrhea
6) Good oils –
Fish oils (nod cod liver), krill oil, udo’s oil, coconut oil, olive oil, rapeseed oil. Use goo oils in your cooking, add it to meals. Mashed avocado is another good one for toddlers
7) No more processed –
Cut out the processed food – this tends to be high in wheat, sugar, dairy and chemicals and is lacking the nutrients your child needs. This includes cereals – swap for porridge, fruit salad with goats yoghurt, muesli, eggs etc.
8) Cut down the red meat-
Red meat is notoriously hard to digest so cut it down, use more fish, chicken and eggs for protein
9) Swap white for brown –
Use brown rice instead of white, use sweet potatoes instead of white, if eating wheat swap white to a course wholegrain bread
Keep it simple and natural :)
Carina Kennedy was formerly a Nurse, now a Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist living in the west of Ireland. Her passion is food, health and teaching clients to gain control of their life with simple techniques.