What is Constipation in children?
Constipation is a very common problem in children. A baby is said to be constipated when, the baby has fewer than three bowel movements in a week. Constipation has no particular disease or illness, which is called as idiopathic constipation. It is important that constipation be recognised early to prevent it from becoming a long-term (chronic) problem.
Causes of constipation in children
The most common cause for constipation in a child is a willful avoidance of the toilet for various reasons. Changes in diet affect bowel habits. Any intense changes in a child-such as illnesses causing fever, becoming bedridden, eating less, or dehydration may decrease the frequency of stools or may harden stools.
Symptoms of constipation in children
Loss of appetite
Crying or screaming during bowel movements
Home remedies for constipation in children
Give the child atleast 1 cup of fruit juice such as apple, pear or prune a day.
Squeeze the juice of 1 Lemon into a cup of warm water. Drink or sip the water completely.
The child should be given Grape (Angoor) juice with Jaggery (Guda).