Look, nobody enjoys talking about poop, but once you have kids you’ll find it’s not uncommon to have many conversations littered with discussions about bowel movements. From the time they’re born, you’re given a lecture on color, size and consistency and just how telling poop can be. It doesn’t seem to be as important the older your child gets, because things start to get a little more, well “regular.” But sometimes the transition to solid food and a broader diet can be hard on your little one’s tummy, resulting in minimal bowel movements over several days. As a mama, you just want your baby to feel better, and waiting doesn’t always feel like the best option. I don’t know about you, but us adults don’t exactly love to sit down with a tall glass of prune juice, and your toddler probably won’t either. Check out our list of some simple snacks that will hopefully get your little one’s tummy back in tip top shape!
1. Fruit Smoothies
A great way to get things moving again is to make a smoothie with lots of fruit. You can buy frozen packages of berries like blackberries, strawberries and raspberries which are all high in fiber. Try and refrain from adding any dairy products like milk or yogurt, as dairy could have been part of the initial cause of your toddlers constipation. You can add some water to make the smoothie not so thick and easy to drink.
Most kids love muffins, but may times they consume too many foods with white grains instead of whole grains. This results in creating constipation but also prolonging it. Switch up your grains by using bran and making your own or purchasing bran muffins. You can make them pretty tasty with honey and your kids won’t know the difference. It’s a good idea to keep these in your regular breakfast rotation!
3. Apple or Pear Sauce
When your kids don’t feel well, it can be tough to get them to eat anything, much less foods that are “healthy” and will ultimately make them feel better. A simple food that most kids enjoy are apple or pear sauce. It’s a wise idea to stay clear of those with sugar, especially when your kids are constipated. You can easily make your own, and we found a great sugar-free recipe here at Food.com.
4. Fruits with Skin
Fruits are high in fiber and those eaten with the skin have even more fiber and are great for easing constipation. Stock up on apricots, pears, peaches, plums and apples. Even if you have a picky eater, chances are your kids will like at least one of these. Do your best to stay away from bananas, as they can make constipation even worse.
Unless you have an awesome eater, you child may not be running to the pantry to eat a can of black beans. Sad, because beans are extremely high in fiber and proteins and will resolve constipation in no time. Maybe your child loves dip (or “dippy” as my 2-year old says) and will eat anything if they can dunk it in some. Make a bean dip or grab some hummus and get your kids loving healthy snacks from early on. You can even make burritos or blend into soups- whatever it takes!
Peas are another vegetable that’s high in fiber. Frozen peas have just as many vitamins and nutrients as fresh, because they are frozen at their peak freshness. So don’t be afraid to give them to your constipated kid. They can be eaten frozen (and are kind of fun that way), heated up or even made into soup. This is another food that’s great to have your kid loving from an early age.