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Should we use laxatives on our constipated 2 year old?

When a two year old in the midst of potty training gets constipated, it can be a major setback. However, before you decide to give him laxatives, you should consult your paediatrician.

You can achieve the same affect by altering your child’s diet. Add fibre rich foods like whole grain breads, cereal, and broccoli.

A good way to judge if your child is getting enough fibre in his diet is to take his age and add 5. That is the amount of fibre he should have each day. For instance, if your child is 5 years old, he should have 10 grammes of fibre per day. The fibre should be split up between meals as much as possible.

Additionally, you have to make sure that he is getting the proper amount of fluid per day. If not, this could also lead to constipation. While dairy products are a necessary part of a good diet, don’t overdo it. Too much dairy product can also lead to constipation.

If modifying your child’s diet does not alleviate the constipation, try to give him a teaspoon of honey every morning. Honey will help to soften the stools. But, never give honey to a child younger than one. Very young children can get botulism from honey.

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