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You don't have to watch the baby suffer and avoid pooping for fear of pain. Here are the ways that work!
Constipation in children: causes
Constipation in the youngest children usually has two causes resulting from either the diet used or the toilet training started too early, conducted in an atmosphere of tension and fear. Often, problems arise from the emotional nature of when the child ignores the need to defecate, suspends, avoids visiting the toilet, for example, does not want to interrupt the fun. It happens that children do not want to use the toilet outside the home, refuse to do poop in their toilet. Toddler can also feel abdominal pain resulting from bowel movements and passing of large fecal masses, therefore, for fear of discomfort, he begins to suspend stooling.
Constipation in children often appear on stage of changing the diet from liquid (milk) to based mainly on solid foods. When this change occurs rapidly, the problem becomes natural. In addition, the reason often lies in avoiding vegetables and fruits. Intestinal function is also affected by other changes - resulting from weather (e.g. heat), travel, stress. Constipation can also occur while using certain medications, as well as being a consequence food intolerance. Some doctors point out that the cause of constipation in children may be the use of too many dairy products. The risk of constipation also increases in families where this problem occurs in parents, siblings.
Fortunately, they usually have constipation transient nature, just a few changes in the daily menu to deal with them. However, if they are not taken seriously, they can turn into habitual constipation, which is much more difficult to treat.
Constipation in children: symptoms
Parents are unlikely to have a problem assessing whether a child is suffering from constipation. For the sake of order, it is worth mentioning a few symptoms that accompany constipation:
- less than three bowel movements per week, the stool is dry, hard and difficult to expel,
- stool in the form of small "laurels",
- pain associated with bowel movements
- abdominal pain,
- blood on the surface of the stool.
Children suffering from constipation they avoid defecation, they can cry, grab their bottom run away during pressure on the stool and refuse to sit on the potty or toilet.
Constipation in children is usually not a serious problem. However, sometimes when they become chronic constipation, they may be accompanied by fever, vomiting, blood in the stool, weight loss, swelling of the abdominal area, and painful skin damage in the anal area, requiring immediate medical attention.
First aid for constipation in children
If the child often suffers from constipation and complains of abdominal pain, a visit to the doctor is indicated. Ad-hoc and in the long run, you can help your toddler by choosing one or more of the following methods: