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Getting things moving for kids with constipation



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hi I'm dr. Decker butts new from the

Alberta Children's Hospital and today

we're here at Ellis Park to talk about

childhood constipation first though

let's define what childhood constipation

is it's the difficulty in passing stool

over a period of one to two weeks now

we're playing at a very cool erosion

table the balls represent poo and the

sand represents constipation signs that

a child is constipated include less than

three stools a week pain or a struggle

when having a poop stain in the

underwear or not even wanting to go to

have a stool now that we know a little

bit about constipation let's look and

see how the intestine works this clear

glass chamber represents the small

intestine where your food is digested

and absorbed this tube represents the

large intestine where the waste is

stored until you need to go to the large

intestine also takes water out of the

poo and that's why you need to drink

plenty of water to prevent constipation

there are many reasons why some children

become constipated these include not

drinking enough fluid eating foods with

too little fiber too little physical

activity and no regular toilet time

some children are too busy to remember

to go to the bathroom while others are

afraid to use the bathroom outside their

home and they hold their food once a

child becomes constipated it sometimes

hurts to poop and this makes the

constipation even worse it's common that

parents don't even know if their child

is constipated ask your child if he's

had a poop today this represents a

Bristol stool chart which shows the

different types of poo smooth or

slightly falling apart poo is normal

constipated poo is cracked lumpy or even

little pellets sometimes kids with

constipation actually have diarrhea this

is known as overflow and represents

liquid poo going around a plug at some

point in their lives most kids will

become constipated the best way to deal

with constipation is to prevent it in

the first place often as parents we get

so excited that our kids have learned to

use the bathroom that we lose track of

their bathroom habits there are lots of

things you can do to prevent your child

from becoming constipated and sure kids

get food with fibre and plenty of liquid

in their diet make time for a daily

bathroom routine and make sure they're

comfortable and secure on the toilet a

child needs to have foot support when

sitting on the toilet to help push to

have a poo if your toddler is not

comfortable on the toilet use a potty

chair set a good example

praise them for progress made and avoid

punishment and embarrassment for

accidents for more information visit

your health care provider or this

website