5 Common Mistakes (and Solutions) When Dealing with Kids ’ Chronic Constipation

As a pediatric feeding specialist, my job includes helping kids become more adventurous eaters by working with registered dietitians, physicians and other team members to ensure a child learns to comfortably try new foods. One frequent issue in kids with feeding challenges is chronic constipation. Why? Because picky or selective eaters often food jag on fiberless “kid food” like chicken nuggets and mac-n-cheese. Kids—especially picky eaters—need to have regular, almost daily bowel movements in order to feel hungry and increase their desire to try a variety of foods. Steve Hodges, a pediatric urologist at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, says children need daily bowel movements the consistency of “soft-serve ice cream, pudding, hummus” to fully evacuate the colon. When hard lumps of stool remain, those lumps stretch out the smooth muscles of the colon, preventing the muscles from contracting efficiently to fully empty digested material. Plus, the sensory system often won’t detect the urge to evacuate the bowels when muscle tone is compromised. With time, the intestines and rectum can return to normal with consistently soft, easy-to-pass stools. To accomplish this desired state, parents often tackle the problem with fiber, laxatives and more. But if not administered properly, those strategies can backfire. Here are five common mistakes (and solutions) I encounter when parents attempt to solve chronic constipation: A...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - Category: Speech Therapy Authors: Tags: Speech-Language Pathology Feeding Disorders Source Type: blogs

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Source: Archives de Pediatrie - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Arch Pediatr Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Original Articles: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
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Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Medical education, web and internet Source Type: research
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Source: PediatricEducation.org - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
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Source: Mayo Clinic Proceedings - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Residents' clinic Source Type: research
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Source: Cold Spring Harbor perspectives in medicine - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Bioelectronic Medicine TECHNIQUES Source Type: research
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Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Future of Medicine Genomics Health Sensors & Trackers diet dieting digestibles digestion digital health gastro gastroenterologist gastroenterology gastrointestinal gluten gut Innovation lactose microbiome stomach techno Source Type: blogs
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