Constipation in Babies & Children: Best Treatments & Remedies to Keep Your Kids Regular

by: Kerry Jones, MPH, RDN, LDN - Nutrition Consultant for Tiny Sprouts Foods

Constipation is one of the most common childhood ailments with an estimated 12-23% of children and adolescents experience constipation in the United States alone.1-2 Dealing with a constipated baby or child is undoubtedly one of the most stressful situations to manage as a parent, as your child is in pain and it can feel like feel like there is little that can be done to help them. Rest assured, including digestion-friendly foods in your child’s diet can help reduce occurrences on constipation and keep them regular.

Constipation is diagnosed using the Rome IV criteria, which states that constipation can cause less than three bowel movements weekly, bowel movements that are dry, hard, or painful to pass, and fetal incontinence.3,4 Constipation can also cause bloody stools, stomach pain, and decreased quality of life.3-6 

Constipation can occur for a variety of reasons, but up to 95% of the time constipation is in response to too little fluid intake, not enough insoluble fiber, toilet training issues, changes in routine, excessive consumption of dairy, or not enough physical activity or movement.3,4 Constipation can also be a side effect from a medication or other medical conditions.4 In infants, poor feeding can also result in dehydration and constipation.

Regardless of the reason, constipation is not fun for your little one! It can even start to impact their health and nutrition, causing issues with weight, growth, and overall well-being. This is why it is so important to figure out why your child’s constipation is occurring in the first place and make sure you are working with your child’s healthcare team to make them more regular in the bathroom.

    Digestion Booster + Vitamin D & Probiotics - Tiny Sprouts Foods
    Digestion Booster + Vitamin D & Probiotics - Tiny Sprouts Foods
    Organic Digestion Booster + Vitamin D & Probiotics
    Organic Digestion Booster + Vitamin D & Probiotics
    Digestion Booster + Vitamin D & Probiotics - Tiny Sprouts Foods
    Digestion Booster + Vitamin D & Probiotics - Tiny Sprouts Foods
    Digestion Booster + Vitamin D & Probiotics - Tiny Sprouts Foods
    Organic Digestion Booster + Vitamin D & Probiotics
    Organic Digestion Booster + Vitamin D & Probiotics
    Digestion Booster + Vitamin D & Probiotics - Tiny Sprouts Foods

    Organic Digestion Booster + Vitamin D & Probiotics

    DESCRIPTION

    Keep your little one's tummy happy with our delicious Flax & Chia Organic Superseed Blend with Apple & Cinnamon. An excellent source of fiber, omega 3s and calcium, our Digestion Booster is sure to please little tummies and picky palates with it's naturally sweet & delicious taste. Sprinkle away!

    High in soluble fiber, apples may help provide relief from constipation and diarrhea. The combination of flaxseeds, chia seeds and apples can act as a prebiotic which aids in the effectiveness of the probiotic for optimal digestive health.

    Cold milled for maximum nutrient absorption & easy digestion. Suitable for ages 6M+. Comes in a convenient, resealable bag.

    HOW TO USE

    Sprinkle, mix or bake into your little one's favorite foods. The options are endless!

    For high fiber foods, always start gradually and increase water intake.

    Refrigerate after opening and consume within 45 days for optimal freshness.

    INGREDIENTS & ALLERGENS

    Organic flaxseeds, organic chia seeds, organic apple powder, organic cinnamon, Bacillus Coagulans GBI-30 6086, organic plant-based cholecalciferol (vitamin D3). May contain traces of coconut.

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      About the author:

      Kerry Jones, MPH, RDN, LDN is a pediatric & maternal registered dietitian, nutrition consultant for Tiny Sprouts Foods, and owner of Milestones Pediatric & Maternal Nutrition. Her goal is to help transition women into motherhood and then continue to support them and their children as they grow. Learn more about nutrition for your family at www.milestonesnutrition.com

      Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is based on the experience of the author and science-based research. It is not intended to replace medical advice or diagnosis from a physician or other medical provider. This blog is not intended as a substitute for a consultation with a physician or other healthcare provider. The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any suggestions discussed in this blog. It is important to talk to your doctor or your child’s pediatrician prior to starting any new medications or supplements.

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