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Health Tip: Help Prevent Your Child's Constipation

-- Constipation is a common problem in children and can be painful for young ones. But you can take steps to help prevent constipation in your child.

The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions:

  • Make sure your child drinks plenty of water daily. Typically, a child should drink three to four glasses per day.
  • Feed your child plenty of fiber, in the form of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Keep your child active, and make sure he or she gets plenty of exercise every day.
  • Set a schedule for meals and snacks, as regular meals can help lead to regular bowel movements.
  • Set aside a few times each day, such as after a meal, when your child tries to go to the bathroom.
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Posted: September 2009