Toddlers might sometimes have stomach cramps and might not go to the bathroom for a few days. Take a look at the causes of constipation and some of the remedies you could try to relieve it.
Toddler constipation is common, especially around potty training age, which is usually when your toddler is two or three years old. While it’s not normally anything to worry about, it can be very uncomfortable and upsetting for the child, and could possibly lead to further issues with toilet training. Don’t delay in seeking advice from your doctor if you have any health concerns over your toddler.
Let’s look at the symptoms and causes of constipation, as well as some toddler constipation remedies that you could try.
The symptoms of constipation in toddler years can include:
Unfortunately, if a constipated toddler is finding it painful to poo, this can discourage them from trying, which can then make the issue even worse.
There are numerous reasons a toddler might become constipated, these include:
Occasionally, constipation can be a symptom of a different medical condition or illness.
Your doctor will be able to help identify the reason behind your toddler’s constipation.
You should seek the advice of your doctor as soon as possible, as it can get more difficult to treat constipation, the longer it goes on.
Natural ways of treating constipation in toddlers include:
If these aren’t successful in getting constipation relief for toddler, your doctor might recommend using laxatives. However, you should never use any stool softener for kids without speaking to your doctor first.
If your toddler is suffering from constipation, it can be an upsetting time for both of you. Remember, though, that constipation isn’t normally anything to worry about. Your doctor should be able to identify the cause of your toddler’s constipation, and suggest the right course of action for relieving it.
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