Yes, we all do it. Get over it.
Ok, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk constipation in children. It is totally common and will probably happen to the majority of kids at some point in their lives. 9 out 0f 10 kids do not get enough fiber in their diets, so it’s no wonder that constipation occurs. It can be painful, unhealthy and cause bloating, bleeding and accidents. How can we relieve constipation? What can we do to help prevent the poop chute from backing up? You need to eat foods high in FIBER.
Fiber is a natural laxative that can come from many sources. It is non-digestible, which means it will push through and come right on out! Look to fiber rich foods such as beans, whole grains, oatmeal, vegetables, chia and flax seeds, brown rice and even cereals to get your fiber fix.
Kellogg’s partnered with registered dietitian Sylvia Melendez-Klinger to brainstorm ways that cereal can serve as a tasty source of fiber, and help keep children’s tummies happy.
How To Get More Fiber In Your Child’s Diet
- Fiber First: Breakfast is the perfect time to sneak fiber into kids’ diets – breakfast cereals like Frosted Mini-Wheats are an excellent source of fiber that kids already love eating. Try adding in a few blueberries on top for that extra fiber punch. Convenient, tasty and affordable. I’ll take it!
- Increase Hydration!: While fiber is a great way to help keep everything moving through the digestive system, it is important to also increase water intake. By increasing your fiber intake gradually and drinking more water you will allow your body to adapt. Prune juice, anyone?
- Make Tasty Treats: Fiber can also help prevent kids from snacking needlessly and filling up on empty calories. When looking for a tasty snack, include foods with a good source of fiber such as Apple Jacks, a handful of almonds and some dried fruit, to increase fiber intake. I add ground flax to smoothies, freshly baked muffins and other stuff for a fibrous kick! You can’t even taste it.
- Keep It Simple: When shopping for fiber foods that your kids will eat, focus on four main groups – bread, pasta, cereals, and produce like fruits and veggies – and try to incorporate a few into every meal. Foods vary in nutrient content so be sure to check the label for fiber content and look for a good source – at least 3 grams.
Pooping is important, it really is! We keep our favorite Kellogg’s cereals stocked, I love that my kids have a choice to eat something they love and can get the fiber they need each morning. Cereal is a convenient and affordable choice, y’all! Learn more about getting your kids their daily fiber at LoveYourCereal.com and join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #LoveYourCereal!
Disclosure: Myself and other bloggers are partnering with Kellogg’s for the Champions of Great Starts program for 2013. Although compensated, all opinions expressed are my own.