Childhood Diseases

Posted by: T | 2011/01/10


Constipation ina two year old

Hi Doc
My son suffers from constipation, we eat lots of veges and fruit. And i try to make him drink lots of water but its sometimes a struggle bbut i make sure of at least 2 glasses a day. He has other liquids like tea, milk and juice. Is this the cause, lack of water or is 2 glasses sufficient? What can i use to help him regarding constipation?and is there any lotion i can apply as he seems sore?
Thank you for your advise

Expert's Reply



It is unusual for a child of 2 years who seems to be on a good diet to b e constipated. Your son does not appear to be fond of drinking water but his daily fluid intake is probably quite good.He should eat lots of fruit especially now with all the summer fruits available. He should also eat lots of fibre rich foods such as Weetbix and whole wheat bread. Do not give him any cheese and also do not let him drink more than two cups of milk per day.Give him Duphalac Liquid for 14 days [ask your pharmacist about this]

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