By definition, Toddlers are a finicky bunch. We will switch their moods and impulses on a dime.
Even something as simple as going to the bathroom can be difficult. While some children go to the toilet every day like clockwork, some kids can go two, three, or even more days without any bowel movements.
Seeing an empty toilet day after day may fill parents with anxiety, but constipation in infants is not usually a sign of serious illness. Most of the time, it’s triggered by an issue that’s easy to solve, like a diet or resisting the temptation to go.
So how do you know if your child’s infrequent trips to the toilet were usual, or if you have a constipated kid? Read on to find out when and how to treat child constipation is a problem.
Was My Toddler Suffering from Constipation?
The average kid (if such a thing exists) makes once a day a bowel movement. A infant with a bowel movement is typically constipated fewer than three days a week (or less often than he regularly does) and whose stools are painful and unpleasant to transport.
Often, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, any infant with big, rough, dry stools followed by painful bowel movements may have constipation, soiling during bowel movements, or blood outside the stool.
The physician may ask you to keep note of the bowel movements of your child – how much duration, how big and painful they occur and whether there is blood in your child’s stool. Certain signs of constipation should also be investigated, such as:
- Crying or screaming during bowel movements
- Avoiding the toilet
- Smears or bits of liquid stool in the diaper or underwear (soiling)
- Loss of appetite
What really usually causes the constipation in Toddler?
Various things, from food to medicine, may cause constipation in babies. Some of the most common reasons are here:
Going on holiday and away from their toilet will deter certain children from going to the bathroom.
The 2-year-old average is far more interested in toys than in the bathroom. Many kids fear or are ashamed to use the bathroom, especially when it is a public toilet. Toddlers who protest against the toilet training often articulate their control battle by refusing to leave.
A diet that is too rich in processed food, milk and sugar and too low in nutrients (like whole grains, fruits and vegetables) is the cause of many instances of child constipation. Not having adequate water can also cause constipation, since it hinders stools. Any dietary changes— such as when your infant is consuming new foods, or when he or she switches from breast milk or formula to animal milk— can also impact stools.
Basic exercise helps to move nutrients in the digestive process.
Appetite changes due to stomach bug or other diseases may have an impact on the diet of your infant, which results in constipation.
Some medications, including large doses of iron supplements and narcotic pain relief, may contribute to a constipated infant. The reduced intake of iron is not constipating of baby formula.
For rare cases, recurrent constipation is likely because of structural complications with the intestines, bladder or rectum. The capacity of an infant to go to the toilet can also be impaired by brain dysfunction and other nervous system disorders.
Fear of painful bowel movement
Stressed kids who had traumatic bowel movements in the past often fear using the toilet because they are scared it would hurt again. The toilet can not be used in an awkward period. In the lower part of the bowel, the stool starts to grow and is growing increasingly hard until the time is even harder and painful.
It’s not a choice to wait overnight! The last thing a parent wants to do when the kid doesn’t feel good is to get them to wait for support. Parents and caregivers can not only help young people feel better at constipation, but can avoid further problems by knowing the causes and signs of constipation.