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2 questions, is it OK to give a 5 yr old prune juice? Does a 5 yr old need to have a bowel movement everyday

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Dr. Randy Baker
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In brief: Yes OK, ideal but...

It's fine to give a 5 yo prune juice, a safe and gentle laxative.
No one absolutely needs to have a bowel movement every single day, though I believe it is best for our health to do so. But if the child has no distress it is not essential. Minimize need for prune juice with a high-fiber diet (rich in fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts), lots of water and physical activity.Probiotics may help too.

In brief: Yes OK, ideal but...

It's fine to give a 5 yo prune juice, a safe and gentle laxative.
No one absolutely needs to have a bowel movement every single day, though I believe it is best for our health to do so. But if the child has no distress it is not essential. Minimize need for prune juice with a high-fiber diet (rich in fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts), lots of water and physical activity.Probiotics may help too.
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