Diet and constipation

Constipation is less likely if children drink enough fluid, eat regular meals, and include some high fibre foods.

Most children will pass a stool once or twice a day. Children who go less often then this may be constipated. Also, stools that are pellet like or very hard may be signs of constipation.

The most suitable drinks are water and milk as these contain no added sugar and are kind to teeth. Fruits, vegetables and other wet foods are also good sources of water.

Fibre is found in vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, oats and foods based on whole wheat grains like wholemeal bread and some breakfast cereals.

If your child eats some high fibre foods and drinks well, but is still constipated, it might be worth discussing it with your health visitor or doctor.

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