Encourage Outdoor Activities
If your child is suffering from constipation, Dr. Roizen says it’s the perfect time to hit the playground. “Physical activity can aid movement through the GI tract, whereas lying in bed can actually induce constipation,” he explains. “And while this treatment is less scientific-mechanism-based than others, it works!” Acceptable activities include walking, moderate running, playing outside, or playing an “active” Wii game. Advise your child to hold off on the more “tummy turning” activities, such as twirling, hanging on the monkey bars, and doing cartwheels.
Know When to Seek Help
Home remedies can work wonders, but it’s necessary to know when it’s time to call the doctor. Dr. Lonzer says that pain around the belly button is often the least concern. “Loss of appetite is more serious and would concern me after a few days,” she adds. “Constipation should be addressed within a week if a change in diet is not helping.” As a general rule, if your child is vomiting, has a fever, has blood in his stool, is not thriving, or looks worn-out all the time, it’s best to take him to the pediatrician.
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