Many researches showed that the majority of constipation cases that happen to children dues to children’s incomplete digestive systems (functional constipation). Constipation makes children lose appetite, have abdominal pains, puke or crying, and in the long run, it can lead to malnutrition and slow developments.

Children constipation is a symptom of a popular digestive disorder with the particularity of an increase of normal defecations followed by heaviness and pain caused by hard or big poo. Newborns who have 2 defecations a day; children who are breastfed and have 3 times a week (once over 2 days); older children who have a defecation over 3 days are considered to have constipation.  You must distinguish children who have constipation from children who eat little: children who eat little have defecation each 3-4 days but they have soft poo and slow weight gain.

Constipation makes children lose appetite.

Constipation makes children lose appetite.


·         Eating: children eat less than they’re supposed to, eat little fiber, eat vegetable broth but don’t eat vegetables, drink milk which is too thick, drink milk from people who have constipations.

·         Psychology: it often happens to kindergarten children. That’s due to the fact that children are afraid of asking teacher’s permission to go to the restroom or afraid of dirty restroom, and in the long run, their colons will get bigger, which means the poo have to stay remained in the colon for days before it’s strong enough to stimulate the colon to have defecations. Their poo is often as big as adult’s, hard and dry.

·         Medicines: When children are sick, they have to use sulfa drugs that can imbalance colon’s microorganic system, cough drugs that contains codein or iron pills…

·         Body diseases: children who are weedy and have malnutrition, which dues to lose appetite often eat little food and have less poo. Therefore, they have defecation once over few days.

·         Surgical diseases, digestive diseases: birth defects like the increase in size of colon, bowel exiguity, anal narrowness and anal crackle.   

Drinking more water can improve the constipation.

Drinking more water can improve the constipation.


Though it must be based on the reasons of diseases to have sensible treatments, regimen is the most important treatment that should be done first:

·         Drink lots of water

·         Eat green vegetables and ripe fruits: Choose vegetables that are laxative, such as: sweet potato leaves, Ceylon spinach, sweet potatoes, papaya, banana, orange and grapefruit. You should help your children to get used to eating lots of vegetable and ripe fruit when they are little.

·         Choosing milk that doesn’t cause constipation: The milk should have fiber supplement. You can also combine the milk with diluted porridge or smashed sweet potato.

·         Children shouldn’t eat fruits that are tart, such as: guava, Japanese persimmon, confections, soft drinks and coffee…

·         Constipation treatments for mothers: If mothers who do breastfeeding have constipation, it’s necessary that the disease be treated timely. One of the way to do treat constipation is to adjust regimens of mothers.

·         Increase the amount of actions in abdominal muscles and anal muscles: To older children, they can run, play  sports, do exercises…. Rub the abdomen on the colon area from right to left for 3-4 times. The action should be done in the middle of 2 meals. It’s recommended for children who are under 1 year old.

Exercise can help children prevent constipation.

Exercise can help children prevent constipation.

·         Defecation: Make children be used to a defecation schedule: the defecation should be done in a stable time of a day.

·         Some diseases that should be got rid of first: rickets, malnutrition and anemia.

·         Supporting products: laxative, vitamin C and probiotics. According to pediatrists, adding healthy bacteria to balance the intestinal bacteria system plays an important part in preventing popular digestive in children like: constipation, diarrhea, heaviness….  


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