Looking for a natural way to help your child stay regular? Have her eat these healthy, fiber-rich foods and say sayonara to constipation.
Constipation is an all-too-common problem among kids and a top source of belly pain. There are several culprits, including “withholding” (resisting the urge to go) and not getting enough physical activity. But diet plays a big role too. Unfortunately, the stereotypical American diet—high in processed food and fast food and woefully low in fruits and vegetables—makes matters worse.
If you’re looking for a natural way to keep your child regular, fiber is your friend! That’s because fiber makes stools softer and bulkier, so they’re easier to pass. Be sure your child is also drinking plenty of water, which naturally softens stools too. If your child’s diet is low in fiber now, remember to add these foods slowly (and in small portions at first)—since a lot of fiber at once can trigger gas and bloating.
It’s recommended that kids get about 20 grams of fiber per day. If your child is eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, it adds up fast—especially when you serve these 11 fiber-rich, kid-friendly foods with meals or snacks:
With eight grams of fiber per cup, this berry is one of the highest-fiber fruits. Whether they’re fresh or frozen, you’ll still get the benefits.