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Constipation

By Janet Marshall

Advanced Diploma Naturopathy. Diploma Nutrition.

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Constipation when a person tries to open their bowels, they strain and experience discomfort. Constipation is common in children. It is less common in babies, and rare in breastfed infants. 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.

Remedies

Aromatherapy

Use aromatherapy for creating a calming environment. A sache of Chamomile leaves, Lemon balm or Lavender can be placed in a stuffed toy or in the child’s pillow light.

Melotonin

Ensure the room is as dark as possible as this encourages the production of melotonin, the brain's sleep hormone. If the child is frightened of the dar, use a night light.

Magnesium

Magnesium 250mg for children aged 2-12 30 minutes before bed has a relaxing effect.

Diet

In the evening include: bananas, turkey, dates, figs, milk, wholegrain crackers or yogurt as these food increase tryptophan which promotes sleep.

Reviewed by Janet Marshall 25 February 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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