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Why Growing Up Regular is a Good Thing

Bottom Line:

Constipation is a common issue many for children. It also stinks for parents. No one enjoys luring their child to the potty with a reward hanging in the balance for a job well done. But, for many families, the frequency of bowel movements with your child can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Fortunately, most cases of constipation aren’t a medical emergency and can be resolved without the use of medications.

Why It Matters:

Got a kid with tummy troubles? Dr. Mills is certified in pediatric chiropractic and we want to help!

Got a kid with tummy troubles? Dr. Mills is certified in pediatric chiropractic and we want to help!

Passing a large, dry stool isn’t fun. And if your child is fearful that it may hurt, then he/she may try a variety of tactics to avoid going. This becomes a vicious cycle that leads to more abdominal pain and constipation. So how do you break the cycle? A combination of high-fiber foods, plenty of fluids, exercise, and even Chiropractic care have been shown to improve the regularity of children.

  • High-Fiber Foods: foods that are high in fiber can help prevent gas and bloating.
  • Exercise: regular physical activity and exercise can reinforce normal bowel function.
  • Chiropractic: researchers have shown that children may have an increased frequency of bowel movement after receiving Chiropractic adjustments.

Next Steps:

Encouraging your child to take time out from play and regularly use the toilet is an excellent first step towards overcoming issues with constipation. By keeping an eye on their diet, establishing daily routines, and using other forms of natural care (such as Chiropractic), your child should be on track to grow up regular! Learn more about this and other relevant topics in our upcoming workshop: It’s All About Healthy Kids, or contact us to schedule an appointment.

Science Source:

Successful resolution of chronic constipation in pediatric patients with adjustments to sites of vertebral subluxation. Clinical Chiropractic. 2008. Constipation in Children. Mayo Clinic. 2018

2 Join the Conversation

  1. Judi Knox says
    Mar 22, 2019 at 9:46 PM

    Thanks for sharing this information. I enjoyed reading and hearing your thoughts on this issue.

    • says
      Mar 27, 2019 at 1:06 PM

      Thanks for reading Judy! Dr. Mills is passionate about educating the community, so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the info! -Katie

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