It’s really common for toddlers and preschoolers to have trouble pooping, and I am frequently asked about how to resolve children’s constipation. It can be emotional and exhausting for all involved - the upset, the denial, the hopping and wiggling, the lethargy and low appetite. This has come up again recently (including with my own kids!) during quarantine, and there’s a couple of reasons that might be: change from our regular routine, different foods due to reduced availability, lower activity levels due to stay-at-home orders, and maybe some household stress in the mix too. I’m going to run through some of the reasons that kids have trouble going to the bathroom, some of the pitfalls to avoid, and some of the solutions. Fair warning, there is lots of poop talk ahead!
Aside from the health-supportive ingredients and nutrients covered in prior posts, there are a few lifestyle choices that can also keep our immune systems functioning optimally and reduce the germs in our homes as we shelter in place, and a few that might be inadvertently sabotaging your efforts.
Hi, I'm Amy. I'm a nutritionist in the DC area, working with clients of all ages, focusing on prenatal and pediatrics. I'm all about straightforward, evidence-based health & wellness advice - because life/parenting in the modern world is complicated enough!