Constipation is a very common issue in children. Constipation in children is passing hard stools with difficulty and with less frequency than normal. Many parents get stressed out if their child is not pooping as much as other children. While every child is different, there could be an underlying cause of your child’s constipation.
Diet can be a big contributor to constipation in children. If you child is constipated, try cutting out the following foods:
- Dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt)
- Fried Foods
- Processed Foods
- Fast Food
- White Flour
While cutting out these foods can help, also adding foods high in fiber can be beneficial to getting things moving for your child. Here are some foods that you can feed your child to help relieve constipation:
- Dried fruit
- High fiber cereal
- Apples, plums, and pears
If you have tried altering your child’s diet and have not seen any noticeable changes in your child’s bowel movements, then chiropractic care should be the next step. From a structural standpoint, when the lower back and/or tailbone shift from their normal alignment, it causes the muscles in the area to become tight. The GI System functions like a muscle to move the fecal matter through the digestive system. Tight muscles can prevent everything from moving properly.
From a chiropractic standpoint, nerves that exit your lower spine and supply the digestive organs can be obstructed if the spine shifts from its normal alignment. This affects the function of those nerves. A Chiropractor, will focus on getting the structure of the spine in alignment and making sure that the nerves are functioning properly.
If you are tired of your child having to take miralax everyday just to poop or if you have tried everything with no luck, then I suggest that you try chiropractic care for your child. It is safe and very effective for the poor poopers. Chiropractic care is very gentle and doesn’t involve any forceful manipulation.