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Constipation in kids is so common that it has become normal. But it’s not normal. It’s a sign of poor digestion, and it’s critical to relieve it.
Constipation burden’s your child in two ways: by blocking one of the body’s methods of flushing waste and allowing chemicals from that waste to be reabsorbed into the bloodstream, and by generating irritation as stool sits in the colon.
For a child to grow well and thrive, constipation must be relieved.
I suggest parents take a two-pronged approach whenever they are trying to help their kids: The first prong is to detect and relieve contributing factors, second prong is to support the body’s natural processes.
This list is certainly not exhaustive, but the following contributors can easily be remedied with a little help from mom or dad.
• lack of fibre
• too much fibre
• sugar (can also cause diarrhea)
• dairy (in some children)
• lack of good bacteria
Once the contributor is discovered, the body’s natural processes can be more adequately supported.
Here are my top four ways to get the bowels moving. If these don’t do the trick, it’s time to get some help:
If your child is constipated, meaning they do not have a least one good bowel movement every day, their body is under stress. As chemicals get recirculated and irritation increases, mood, focus, sleep and learning can suffer and food sensitivities can develop as the immune system in the gut is activated.
Relieving constipation will free up energy so that your child’s body can function its best.
For more information, check out Jessica Sherman's book, Raising Resilience.
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