Home Care Advice for Constipation

  1. Increase fruit juices (apple, pear, grape, cherry, prune). Citrus is not helpful
  2. High fiber foods (peas, beans, broccoli, apricots, peaches, pears, figs, prunes, and dates)
  3. Increase whole grains (bran flakes, bran muffins, graham crackers, oatmeal, brown rice, whole wheat pastas, and whole wheat bread)
  4. Decrease constipating foods (milk, ice cream, cheese, yogurt, and cooked carrots)
  5. Establish regular bowel habits, if toilet trained, by sitting on toilet for 10 minutes after minutes after meals, especially breakfast
  6. Consider mineral oil: 1 tablespoon 2-3 times/day in diluted juices (sometimes necessary for weeks-months)


    Source: Barton Schmitt "Your Child's Health"

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