Constipation in Children

Constipation is something that a lot of children suffer with. A child is considered constipated when they have fewer than three bowel movements per week. This includes when the poop is hard, unusually large or just have trouble having a bowel movement. This is when the cycle starts, when it hurts to go, then they don’t want to go and do everything they can to hold it in. I watched my sister’s child go through a period of holding it in, and oh what a challenge it was, for their whole family!

But often times by changing some eating habits and include drinking the amount of water that is recommended every day (1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight), your body will get things moving again. Some foods that will have a negative affect on your bowels are processed foods (including fast foods), cheeses, lots of meat in your diet and anything made with white flour. Even supplements, especially the pre-natal vitamins tend to stop up the system!

But eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can keep your stools from getting hard because those foods are full of fiber. But sometime changing eating habits in a child is difficult and that’s why I recommend Juice Plus because it’s an easy way to get several fruits and vegetables into your diet, especially when your kids are young. What is Juice Plus? It’s whole food nutrition, not a vitamin or supplement, but concentrated whole food! The best part about Juice Plus is children can get it for free and it’s safe for pregnant, nursing moms and children as well as adults! Let’s face it, it’s hard to eat 9-13 servings per day and I’m confident knowing that my family is getting that and more with Juice Plus!

A few other causes of constipation are when your child switches over to formula or milk from breast milk and when they are being potty trained. Any routine change in diet especially can trigger poop problems! Stress can also cause problems. Research shows that emotional upsets can affect the gut at any age, so a family or school issues could also be the reason.

Keeping your kids on a scheduled meal time may also help as this also gets their bowels on a schedule too. The best thing to do is try to prevent it by encouraging plenty of water, play time and eating a healthy diet, rich in fruits and vegetables.

A few simple changes can help most kids get their bowels moving the way they should. As a Wellness Educator, I’ve had one parent after another come back and tell me how just adding Juice Plus to their child’s diet was a life saver, for them and their child! For more information about Juice Plus for your child, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit my website at