Irregular Bowel Movement: Toddler Digestive Issues and Remedies
Constipation, I have learnt is a common digestive problem in babies and toddlers. For my son, It began when he started solids at six months and if you thought seeing your child ill is heart-breaking then watching them suffer to pass hard stools is even more nerve-racking.
The signs of constipation are quite obvious: I know my son will have trouble when he hasn't had proper bowel movements for two days. So instead of waiting longer, I began to make note of the reasons why this was happening. The first step to tackle this situation was to understand the cause of such digestive problems.
- Does not eat enough of high-fibre fruits vegetables or whole grains
- Does not drink enough water
- Does not have enough activity and movement
4. Adding a spoon of ghee: recent research has revealed several benefits that healthy fats like ghee offer. Since my son turned one, I have always added a spoon of ghee to his afternoon meal and while cooking certain dishes. If anything, it enhances the taste of the food and makes it highly pleasing.
5. A diet rich in high-fibre foods: as mentioned earlier, getting my son to eat a lot of the fibre-rich foods is still a work in progress. Some foods I have managed to incorporate in his diet include: lentils like dal and chickpeas, almonds, green peas, fruits like banana and berries. These foods are served in curries along with rice, as snacks and as side dishes and the added spices help in quickening bowel movement. There are several wholegrain cereals, fruits (like apple, pear, prunes), vegetables like sweet potato, coconut and cabbage that help prevent constipation. Depending on your child's food choices, these can be added in the daily diet in adequate proportions.