Arrow backLanguage
EN
Article

Foods To Relieve Constipation In Kids

How Can I cure My Child's Constipation With Food?

2 mins
to read Apr 1, 2021

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and continued breastfeeding for as long as possible. Growing up milks are formulated to meet nutrition needs of healthy young children older than 1 year and should not be fed to infants.

 

Constipation is one of the most common intestinal problems affecting children, and according to experts, there are many natural remedies so easily accessible to lessen its severity and prevent further complications.

 

Nutrition is probably the most prominent natural treatment. Below is a list of the most common effective foods to fight constipation in toddlers:  

  • Whole wheat bread or bran bread and other whole grain products full of protein and fibers. 
  • Dried fruits like raisin, apricot and prune.
  • Oatmeal rich in fibers.
  • Fruits, namely kiwi, plum, grape, apricot, pineapple, peach, fig and pear (at least two servings a day).
  • Vegetables, namely those high in fibers like broccoli, spinach, cauliflower and raw carrot (at least 3 servings a day).
  • Legumes, including beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas.
  • Fermented foods with beneficial probiotics, mainly: yogurt and milk. Choose among the types of milk that are full of minerals, vitamins, essential nutrients for growth and immunity, as well as probiotics. Given that the major role of probiotic bacteria is to improve the immune system’s function by reducing the number of IgA plasma cells, increasing the phagocytosis rate, raising levels of T white cells and natural killer cells, in addition to boosting gut’s immunity and ability to fight illnesses and treating constipation by boosting the bifidobacteria flora which softens the stools.
  • Seeds and nuts with high level of fibers and Omega 3, such as: sesame seeds, flaxseeds, almonds and walnuts (just know how to serve them safely).

 

And for the most efficient results, make sure these foods are accompanied with a high level of activity and lots of healthy fluids, namely water.

 

Read More: Why Is My Child Constipated And What Can I Do To Help?

Logo white

Get full access to expert-backed nutrition support

  • My feed

    Curated content based on your preferences 

  • Feeding guidance

    Learn about various feeding options and what each means for you and your baby

  • Tailored Practical Tools

    Try our tailored practical tools to guide you through the parenting journey.

  • My First 1000 Days club

    Customised notifications, reminders and newsletters

Search icon

Still haven't found what you are looking for?

Try our new smart question engine. We'll always have something for you.