Health Tip: Constipation in Children

A better diet may help

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(HealthDay News) -- Children are considered constipated if they have fewer than three bowel movements a week, or their stools are large, hard, and difficult to pass.

Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Family Physicians on how to help a child's constipation:

  • Increase the amount of fluids and high-fiber fruits and vegetables in your child's daily diet.
  • Teach your child not to wait to use the toilet. Have the child try to use the toilet for at least 10 minutes each day after a meal.
  • Talk to your doctor about whether laxatives or similar medications may be appropriate in your child's case.
  • Reward your child for sitting on the toilet and trying to have a bowel movement.

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