Promoting good digestive health in children

Health and Digestion

Promoting good digestive health in children

Good digestive health refers to a healthy condition of the digestive system, and this should begin from childhood. There are many ways to promote good digestive health for your child, including drinking more water, increasing physical exercise, having a fibre-rich diet, limiting high fat foods and more.

Effects of good digestive health

 

When your child has good digestive health, these are some visible effects on your child:

 


Normal functioning of the digestive system


Has a good and healthy appetite


Shows no signs of indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence or fussiness


Displays age appropriate habits of eating, drinking and bowel movements


Displays age appropriate physical and psychological developments

Effects of poor digestive health


On the flipside, there are various impacts to having poor digestive health. Most often, these effects are seen through various digestive disorders on your child. Consequently, these can also affect parents or caregivers with added levels of stress.

With poor digestive health, these effects are visibly seen in children, where they:

Good digestive health refers to a healthy condition of the digestive system, and this should begin from childhood. There are many ways to promote good digestive health for your child, including drinking more water, increasing physical exercise, having a fibre-rich diet, limiting high fat foods and more.


Are easily annoyed, and quickly lose interest in playing


Have a reduced appetite that could also lead to malnutrition


In younger children, it could cause them to experience discomfort that leads to constant crying both in the day and night time


For older children, their discomfort could affect their quality of life, their learning activities and community engagement

For the family, longer-term impacts are also noted on the parents or caregivers, as their child’s poor digestive health could:

For family

Affect their life and work as they worry about their child

Increase stress and pressure as they find a solution

Require lots of time and money to get an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for their child

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