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Posted by: concerned mom | 2010-10-26

fibre rich diet for toddler

What is a typical menu, or ideas for meals and snacks for a 4 year old? My daughter is very constipated, even though I try to add fibre to her diet. She is a very fussy eater, and I struggle for her to try anything new.

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Dear Concerned Mom
The best solution to constipation for children as well as adults is to increase dietary fibre intake and use probiotics ("good microorganisms"). For a small child you just need to make sure that you introduce the high-fibre foods gradually and in small quantities so as not to upset het digestive system and cause diarrhoea which is also not desirable. Select a high-fibre cereal or wholewheat toast for her breakfast with 1 tablespoon of cooked, dried fruit. Give her ProVitas or wholewheat bread for lunch with fruit and yoghurt and a standard supper consisting of a small portion of meat or fish, a cooked starch like wholewheat pasta and some cooked vegetables plus a fresh fruit. Use Kiddi-Forte probiotics which you can buy at a health shop to help your daughter's colon function normally. Click on 'Diet n Food' at the top of this page and then on 'Food as medicine" and read the articles under 'Healthy colon'.
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DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2010-10-26

Dear Concerned Mom
The best solution to constipation for children as well as adults is to increase dietary fibre intake and use probiotics ("good microorganisms"). For a small child you just need to make sure that you introduce the high-fibre foods gradually and in small quantities so as not to upset het digestive system and cause diarrhoea which is also not desirable. Select a high-fibre cereal or wholewheat toast for her breakfast with 1 tablespoon of cooked, dried fruit. Give her ProVitas or wholewheat bread for lunch with fruit and yoghurt and a standard supper consisting of a small portion of meat or fish, a cooked starch like wholewheat pasta and some cooked vegetables plus a fresh fruit. Use Kiddi-Forte probiotics which you can buy at a health shop to help your daughter's colon function normally. Click on 'Diet n Food' at the top of this page and then on 'Food as medicine" and read the articles under 'Healthy colon'.
Best regards
DietDoc

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