is very common problem in children. Do the following to manage it.
1. Give her lot of fluid. Inadequate hydration is the major cause behind many cases of constipation. Ensure that your child drinks 2-3 glass water daily.
2. Modify her diet. Add foods with more dietary fiber
contents [ green leafy vegetables, fruits, whole and shredded wheat, cereals, un-refined grains etc and lower foods with less dietary fibers[ white bread, refined grains, banana, meat]. Drinking much milk may cause constipation in some children.
3. Sometime child retains bowel due to the uneasy feeling, changed environment, fear or just to save some play time. Retained stool get harder as moisture is absorbed from it. As, it is painful to evacuate the hard stool, child try to retain it. The vicious cycle goes on. Encourage your child to spend more time in toilet and make a healthy habit of daily bowel evacuation.
suppository is a rescue medicine and it should be used in emergency cases only. Daily use of it is not recommended. Oral laxatives medicine [lactulose
, milk of magnesia
, docusate] can be used for longer time and these could be alternate choice in your case.
Please get your child examined by pediatrician
before starting alternate medicines.