Last updated on Jan 31st, 2021 at 08:52 pm

2. Constipation

Constipation refers to infrequent bowel movements, painful bowel movements, difficulty in passing stools and hard stools, says Dr Bisseru. “Although it can start without any clear cause, there are certain times when a child is more likely to become constipated.”

These include:

  • A change in diet, such as the introduction of solids, picky eating, decreased fluid intake and low fibre intake
  • Psychological issues during toilet training, the start of school, the birth of a sibling or divorce
  • Medical causes such as thyroid disorders, Hirschsprung’s disease and the side effects of medication

Symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Poor appetite
  • Nausea, vomiting and abdominal bloating or distension

Dr Moodley recommends the following treatments:

  • Dietary modification such as increasing the intake of fibre-rich foods like bran, fruit and vegetables
  • Increasing water intake
  • A regular toilet routine
  • Medication such as stool softeners and laxatives

Dr Schultz says that there are many different homeopathic remedies that can be safely and effectively used to treat constipation in babies and toddlers, but it’s important to find the most specific one that addresses your child’s symptoms. “These medications should be individually prescribed, so take your child to a registered homeopathic practitioner to determine the most appropriate remedy,” she advises.

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