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.
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