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Treatment of Chronic Constipation in Children

Good. The fruit sugars (sorbitol) in juice help to make your child's stools softer and more frequent. In fact, when toddlers drink too much juice, they often get diarrhea (lots of soft stools).

However, some juices work better than others at treating constipation. Prune, pear and apple juice are the best (in that order) for helping to soften stools. Encourage your child to drink four to eight ounces of these juices every day.

Remember that it is not good for children to drink too much juice because it is high in sugar and calories, which can cause cavities and unnecessary weight gain.

What about milk?

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