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Constipation

By Dr Peter Eng

GP, FACNEM, Nutritional Medicine

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There are many causes for constipation in children. They may be drinking too much milk, not drinking enough water or not being active enough. Medical conditions can also cause constipation. Children may also be embarrassed to pass a bowel motion. For that reason, they ‘hold on’. When they ‘hold on’ and don’t empty their bowels, this slowly distends the rectum. Over time, this means they won’t feel the urge to empty their bowels as often, worsening the cycle. Written by Dr Evelin Lewin.

 

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Multivitamins: All kids with constipation should take a standard children’s multivitamin once daily. Folic Acid: Folic Acid deficiency is the most common of the vitamin deficiencies – so feed your children loads of green veggies!

  • Pro-biotics: including lactobacilies acidophilis and bifidobacteria are helpful to fight bad bacteria in the gut and are helpful in relieving constipation due to a variety of causes.[2] (Rettger)

  • MultiVitamins

    All kids with constipation should take a standard children’s multivitamin once daily.

  • Folic Acid

    Folic Acid deficiency is the most common of the vitamin deficiencies – so feed your children loads of green veggies!

  • Pro-biotics:

    Pro-biotics: including lactobacilies acidophilis and bifidobacteria are helpful to fight bad bacteria in the gut and are helpful in relieving constipation due to a variety of causes.

Tips

  • Rule out food sensitivity
  • Several reports have noted improvements in allergies and asthma following elimination of food and/or food additives.
  • Do an IgG 93 Food Sensitivity Profile. You need to see a doctor who is from NIIM or a member of ACNEM. https://www.acnem.org
  • Skin tests and blood allergen specific IgE (RAST) tests are reliable and scientifically validated allergy tests. Together with a medical history and examination these tests can help your doctor define the cause of your allergies and are rebated by Medicare in Australia
  • http://www.annclinlabsci.org/content/37/1/96.full
Reviewed by Dr Peter Eng 3 June 2015 references
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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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There are many causes for constipation in children. They may be drinking too much milk, not drinking enough water or not being active enough. Medical conditions can also cause constipation. Children may also be embarrassed to pass a bowel motion. For that reason, they ‘hold on’. When they ‘hold on’ and don’t empty their bowels, this slowly distends the rectum. Over time, this means they won’t feel the urge to empty their bowels as often, worsening the cycle. Written by Dr Evelin Lewin.

 

Reviewed by Evelyn Lewin 3 June 2015
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  • current version

    Dr Peter Eng
  • PEER REVIEWER

    Dr Peter Eng
  • document id

    988-
  • next review

    27.08.2016

This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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