Dr. Jerod Posey
Why Growing Up Regular is a Good Thing
Updated: Jul 27, 2022
Constipation is a common issue for many children. It also stinks for parents. No one enjoys luring their child to the potty with a reward hanging in the balance for a well-done job. But, for many families, the frequency of bowel movements with your child can significantly impact your quality of life. Fortunately, most cases of constipation aren’t a medical emergency and can be resolved without medications.
Why It Matters:
Passing a large, dry stool isn’t fun. And if your child is fearful that it may hurt, they may try various tactics to avoid going. This becomes a vicious cycle that leads to more abdominal pain and constipation. So how do you break the cycle? A combination of high-fiber foods, plenty of fluids, exercise, and even Chiropractic care has been shown to improve the regularity of children.
High-Fiber Foods: foods high in fiber can help prevent gas and bloating.
Exercise: regular physical activity and exercise can reinforce normal bowel function.
Chiropractic: researchers have children who may have an increased frequency of bowel movements after receiving Chiropractic adjustments.
Encouraging your child to take time out from play and regularly use the toilet is an excellent first step towards overcoming issues with constipation. By keeping an eye on their diet, establishing daily routines, and using other forms of natural care (such as Chiropractic), your child should be on track to grow up regularly!
Science Source: Successful resolution of chronic constipation in pediatric patients with adjustments to sites of vertebral subluxation. Clinical Chiropractic. 2008. Constipation in Children. Mayo Clinic. 2018