Your child’s stool should not be too hard or too soft. A common cause of constipation is when food moves too slowly through the digestive tract, resulting in the stool becoming hard and dry. Constipation can potentially be a sign of possible dehydration, lack of fibre consumption or that your toddler is sick. We’d like to help parents understand what causes hard stools and how this might affect our little ones’ overall well-being.
Is a lack of fibre in your child’s diet causing his or her constipation? Found in abundance in fruits and vegetables, fibre keeps stools soft, bulky and easy to pass through the digestive tract, so take the time to familiarise yourself with foods that are rich in fibre1 .
A lack of fluid consumption is another possible cause of your child’s constipation. If you suspect that dehydration is causing or caused by your child’s constipation, simply check for dry diapers, dark-coloured urine and tearless crying, as these are all signs that your toddler lacks water2.
Environmental or perceived stress can also cause constipation. Have you been travelling or has your child been feeling very warm? Changes in a child’s routine and other external stressors can affect his or her bowel movement.1
Very rarely, constipation in your child is a sign of an anatomic malformation, a metabolic or digestive system problem, or another underlying medical condition.1 However, if constipation persists or your child is acting weak or ill, it is recommended that you seek further advice from a paediatrician.
We hope these tips will help you keep your child healthy, active and growing well! Balanced and regular meals are of paramount importance, and make sure your little one drinks the daily recommend volume of fluids.