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6 year old, suffering from constipation. What type of diet should be followed?

hi my name is hemalatha i have 6yrs old boy not going motion at morning,,,,,,but he goes in school because of this we are not giving him a breakfast daily, for lunch we give only 2 idly , he is crying every morning to go motion, he is gng in is uniform itself which irritate us lot we are beating , just give me a good advice and wht food ineed to give , He looks very thin, because of this is his study is spoiling , For proper and daily motion wht i have to do pls pls advice me.
Asked On : Fri, 29 Mar 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013
Hi Hemalatha,

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

First I advise you to stop punishing the child for not going for stool in the morning.

This will aggravate the problems and child will feel unsecured.

Tell him to go to toilet in the morning and sit there for 10 to 15 minutes.

Don't skip regular meal and breakfast timings as they will lead to deficiency of nutrients causing malnutrition.

Give dietary fiber rich foods like vegetables, leafy vegetables, and fruits.

Hope I have answered your query.

Answered: Fri, 3 May 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Y V Siva Sankara Murty's  Response

Thanks for writing to health care magic.

Do not punish him like that. That is not going to improve the situation.

Give a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
Avoid all sorts of junk food.
Give him plenty of water to drink.

If symptoms persist you should consult your doctor.

Continue to ask further queries as required.
Hope this helps.
Take care.
Answered: Fri, 3 May 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Synthyia Bhagat's  Response
Thanks for your query.
Constipation is commonly seen in children and is mostly related to dietary factors.
Give him plenty of fluids.Give diet rich in fiber like green leafy vegetables,salads,fruit and cereals.
Give honey with warm water first thing in morning.
Avoid all kind of junk food.

If symptoms persist get him evaluated by pediatrician ,he may need some laxative for sometime.

Wishing your child good health.
God bless..
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