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AVOIDING CONSTIPATION

ONCE UNDER CONTROL, CONSTIPATION IN KIDS CAN BE AVOIDED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Up to 10% of kids may have trouble with constipation, and the condition seems to be increasing in both severity and duration.  Maria Oliva-Hemker, director of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Johns Hopkins, says once the acute phase is treated, parents need to take a multipronged approach to avoiding a recurrence.

OLIVA-HEMKER: Making reasonable changes in the diet are very important.  It’s important for parents to realize that if they want to prevent constipation from happening in their child make sure that their child is drinking plenty of fluids during the day, and water remains the best fluid.  Make sure the diet is high in good fiber, and you can achieve this by eating whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables.  Make sure that their child is involved in physical activity, because being active actually helps your GI tract become more active and allows bowel movements to become more regular.   :32

At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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