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What to Feed a Toddler to Fight Constipation

author image Sara Ipatenco
Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.
What to Feed a Toddler to Fight Constipation
high fiber vegetables such as peas can help constipation Photo Credit: Mallivan/iStock/Getty Images

If your toddler has had fewer than three bowel movements over the last week, she is constipated. Other symptoms include difficulty passing stool and the passage of hard, dry stools. The KidsHealth website reports that constipation is common among children and can be treated with certain foods. Constipation can be caused by poor diet or by holding stool in rather than using the toilet. If your toddler is constipated, call her pediatrician for advice, but in the meantime serve her foods that may help relieve the condition.

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eliminate bananas until constipation subsides
eliminate bananas until constipation subsides Photo Credit: tycoon751/iStock/Getty Images

Certain varieties of fruits may help your toddler fight constipation because they are high in fiber, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. When your toddler gets plenty of fiber in her diet, she is less likely to get constipated, but adding them after the fact may help reduce the time she spends suffering. Fiber cannot be digested and helps keep your toddler's bowels clean. The most effective fruits for fighting constipation include prunes, apricots, plums and raisins. Bananas are not useful for constipation, so eliminate them from your toddler's diet until her constipation has passed.

High-Fiber Vegetables

give your toddler high fiber vegetables like broccoli
give your toddler high fiber vegetables like broccoli Photo Credit: eyewave/iStock/Getty Images

Vegetables that are high in fiber can also help your toddler fight constipation. Certain vegetables contain several grams of fiber per serving, which helps clean out your toddler's bowels and enables her to pass stool. The best vegetables to include in your toddler's constipation diet are peas, beans and broccoli. Keep vegetables in your toddler's diet after she recovers from her bout of constipation to help prevent recurrence in the future.

Whole Grains

fiber rich oatmeal can help constipation
fiber rich oatmeal can help constipation Photo Credit: Dejan Lecic/iStock/Getty Images

If your toddler is experiencing constipation, do not serve her white rice, bread or pasta. Replacing those foods with grains higher in fiber will help treat your toddler's current case of constipation, according to, but keeping them in her diet may help prevent future occurrences. Whole grain cereal, bread and pasta are some healthy options that your toddler is likely to eat. Oatmeal and brown rice are additional high-fiber grain foods that are effective at fighting constipation.


water is the healthiest beverage for toddlers
water is the healthiest beverage for toddlers Photo Credit: Thilak Piyadigama/iStock/Getty Images

The fluids your toddler consumes are important in fighting constipation as well. If your toddler does not drink plenty of water, increasing the amount she consumes may help treat and prevent constipation. Getting plenty of fluids helps digested food move through the bowels more easily, which makes constipation less likely explains Water is the healthiest beverage for your toddler, but 3 to 4 ounces of prune juice can help ease constipation so that your child is able to pass stool more comfortably.

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