Pediatricians argue that the lower the age of the child, the more often he should go to the toilet “big”. In infants up to 1 year old, this occurs, as a rule, 4-5 times a day, in older children it is considered 1-2 times a day. When can a baby be considered constipated? If the baby can not be emptied for 1.5-2 days, it is worth talking about stagnation in the intestine.
Often the cause of this problem is the psychological discomfort that the baby feels before the act of defecation. In most cases, the discomfort is caused by fear, for example, before painful emptying, if it once had a place to be.
As a result, the stools in the intestine become hard and go to the toilet becomes even more difficult. Sometimes the stool delay in a child occurs due to some kind of emotional turmoil. It is known that from the age of 1.5 the baby is able to restrain and control his natural needs, therefore, it is already possible to delay the act of defecation at this age.
What are the reasons that a child cannot be emptied?
A crack in the anus can cause constipation in children.
In the period from 1 year to 3 years, children learn to be “independent.” They are trying to repeat the movements of adults, but without their help, they are trying to manipulate toys and even strive to defend “their Self.”
This age is considered to be the age of the “first protest”, which may also appear in the situation of teaching the child to the pot.
Often the child refuses to sit on the pot because of constraints, unusual conditions, improper behavior of parents, who force them to plant them on the pot.
Sometimes these “lessons” are accompanied by shouts and irritation, from which the child can “shrink” even more. However, more often, bowel movement is hampered due to the previously experienced pain during coking, the cause of which may be a crack in the anus.
Sometimes the problem lies in the hard, not suitable baby food, which could not fully digest and stand out from the body.
How to save a child from suffering
Microlax is a disposable enema to combat constipation.
The fastest and most effective way is to set up an enema. Let this procedure is not very pleasant, but it will help to effectively empty the baby’s intestines and relieve it from discomfort.
So, if the child does not go to the toilet “big” for 1.5-2 days, then the enema will be very relevant in this case. You can buy a one-time enema (for example, “Microlax”) or resort to the use of an ordinary rubber pear.
However, you should not get involved in the production of enemas, as this can cause irritation and even cause cracks in the anus. Because of this, the baby may complain of pain. Recognize the problem using the words and gestures of the child. Usually, children point to a place that bothers them and say characteristic words, for example, “vava” or “ah”, sometimes they can cry.
No need to get involved in and laxative candles, from their frequent use can also cause problems. Sea buckthorn candles, which have a wound-healing and anti-inflammatory effect, will help to relieve irritation and healing of cracks.
When constipation in a child is very important to adjust its menu. It is useful one hour before meals or one hour after serving pumpkin or carrot juice, as well as a decoction of prunes. Also reduce the consumption of baked goods and sweets. It is recommended to include in the diet fruits and vegetables, including baked and boiled.
If the baby is not particularly inclined to such food, then it can be “disguised” in the form of cutlets, in soups and casseroles. If the child refuses the traditional soup, then surely he will like the soup-puree. Fermented milk products will help to improve the digestion, but we must make sure that they are always fresh and daily. Fermented milk long-term storage is not worth buying.
For better digestion and well-being of the child he needs to use enough liquid. In no case it should not be carbonated drinks, they only strengthen. It is useful to serve fruit drinks and juices. Receiving probiotics will help to normalize the intestinal microflora. However, it is not recommended to apply them yourself, you should definitely consult with your doctor.
How to stimulate a child so that he could go to the toilet “big”?
Toys will help to distract the attention of the child from the unpleasant process.
The most effective technique is your own example. Show your child how you do it and there is a high probability that he will repeat after you. So the habit is developed.
- If the former pot does not suit the child with something or it was painful for him to empty it, then it is worthwhile to simply buy a new one.
- To remove the baby’s fear before the act of defecation, it would be good to compose some fairy tale story about a cat or dog that loves to go to the potty and not be afraid of it.
- You can even arrange a small theatrical performance using toys, by the example of which the kid will understand that going to the toilet in the pot is very pleasant and necessary.
- After planting on the pot, you can give the child a clay and a leaflet on the bed. Such a maneuver distracts well and relaxes.
- To prevent constipation and get rid of them, you can feed one-day kefir, ryazhenka or sour milk to a child for the night.
- Praise for successful bowel movements is also very helpful. The child will remember this and will know that walking “big” is nice and pleasant.
What else can be done if the baby cannot or does not want to “go big”?
No need to force the child to sit on the pot!
It is very important to provide psychological comfort to your child. A welcoming, calm and supportive atmosphere should be at home; there should be no clarification of relations, let alone scandals.
If the baby refuses to sit on the pot, then you do not need to strongly insist, and especially scold or intimidate him.
You need to be patient and unobtrusively show, tell and stimulate the baby. In more rare cases, you may need the help of a psychologist, but you should not rush into it, you can solve the problem yourself.
Do not forget about the rewards. If the emptying was successful, you can give the child his favorite toy or candy (but you should not overdo it with a sweet one). And if it is convenient for the baby to walk “big” during water procedures, then let it be so, because this is temporary, the main thing is for him to be comfortable.
Effective ways to stimulate a baby to go to the toilet.
The doctor will help overcome the fear of the toilet.
If it was difficult for the child to overcome constipation in a child, then it is worth contacting a specialist.
The doctor will prescribe the necessary medicinal substances (probiotics, phyto-laxatives, enterosorbents), as well as mineral water and special salt to soften the feces.
To prevent constipation, as well as partially rid of them, will help a more active lifestyle of the baby. We must walk with him more often, do gymnastics and play entertaining games.
This will not only distract the child from negative experiences, but also help to improve metabolism. It is very effective for constipation massage the abdomen, which is done in a circular motion clockwise around the navel. Compliance with the regime of meals, rest and sleep will also help to normalize the child’s chair. It would be good to teach him to go to the toilet at the same time, for example, in the morning and at night.
A positive mental attitude can also stimulate the baby so that it can empty normally. It is necessary to praise and delight your child more often, play with him, allow him to show various emotions, talk about what excites him, give freedom of action and self-expression.
You can not suppress a child with his authority, as this may adversely affect his psychological state.
What should not be done if the baby does not “go big”?
There is no need to make a ritual out of the “hike” on the pot and focus the attention of the kid on this process. During planting it is better to distract with stories, talking, playing or reading. However, sitting on the pot for a long time is not recommended, it can cause problems with the rectum.
Sometimes the kid flatly refuses to sit on his pot for various reasons. In this case, you can try to put it on an adult toilet with a special seat for children. Perhaps the child will feel more comfortable. Health to you and your baby!
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