How can constipation in children be prevented?

The following measures may help prevent constipation in children:

  • Changes in the diet, including increasing water intake and switching to lower fat dairy products (if age appropriate). Check with your doctor to see if he or she recommends any juice. A doctor can help plan a diet with the appropriate amount of fiber to treat or prevent constipation. Increasing the intake of fresh fruit and vegetables is helpful.
  • Scheduling a regular toilet routine
  • Encouraging regular physical exercise

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