However, it really isn't necessary for any person -- especially a child -- to have a bowel movement
every day. As children
develop, their bowel habits can change dramatically: within a relatively short period of time they can go from having three bowel movements a day to having one movement every three days. As long as their stools aren't hard and they're not uncomfortable (bloated, straining to evacuate, irritable, etc.) it usually isn't necessary to stimulate a bowel movement.
does become an issue, there are any number of different remedies; the ideal approach is dictated by the child's age, to a certain extent. Glycerin
suppositories, digital stimulation, laxatives (e.g., miralax
), mineral oil
, supplemental fiber
, stool softeners, and fleets enemas could all play a role. In addition, it's important to maintain adequate fluid intake and -- for toddlers and older children -- plenty of activity and a diet
that's rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other healthy foods
If you really think your daughter is constipated, talk to her pediatrician about the best way to deal with it.