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TODDLERS & CHILDREN

Toddlers and children with constipation

For toddlers and children with constipation, laxatives are often recommended alongside changes to diet. Osmotic laxatives are usually tried first.

As well as eating fruit, older children should have a healthy, balanced diet, also containing vegetables and wholegrain foods, such as wholemeal bread and pasta.

 

OTHER HELPFUL HINTS:

Tummy Massage:

Carefully massage and rub your baby’s tummy in a clockwise direction to help stimulate their bowels. Place your hands at their navel and massage in a circular motion, moving your hand(s) out and away from the center of your baby’s belly.

 

Bicycle Legs:

You may want to try gently moving your baby’s legs in a bicycling motion to help move the hard poo along their intestine.

Some medical professionals suggest giving your constipated baby a warm bath.

 

Warm Bath / Baking Soda:

Warm water can relax the rectal muscles that have been tensed from the pain of constipation. Baking soda (approximately 2-3 teaspoons in the bathwater) can further soothe your child into having a bowel movement. You could even give a tummy massage as you are drying your baby.

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