If your child has less than three bowel movements per week and stool is hard and is facing difficulty to pass stool then he/she is probably suffering from constipation. Some of the causes of constipation in toddlers are listed below.
According to the National Institute of Health, children develop constipation due to stool withholding. Toddlers usually withhold stool to avoid interruption in their playtime. Unfortunately stool holding can quickly become chronic. When looked at physiological aspect of stool withholding as cause of constipation, larger stools lead to pain and involuntary soiling. A toddler can also hold back stool due to many other reasons.
If problem of constipation runs in the family then your child is more likely to face the problem. Risk for chronic constipation appears to cluster in families, either as a result of genetics or shared environmental conditions such as stress. Chronic constipation mostly occurs in people who share same genetics and environmental conditions (such as stress).
According to the American Dietetic Association, most of the Americans fall short of recommended intake of 25 to 35 grams of dietary fiber. Parents give their toddlers same diet, this leads to constipation in toddlers.
Children who are being breastfed may have constipation while switching to the formula milk. But this is only temporary; bowel movements come back to normal when child’s body becomes accustomed to the other type of feed.
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