Children suffer from constipation just as much as adults. Watch this video to make sure it isn’t your child who suffers.
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Konstantin Monastyrsky: Greetings. My name is Konstantin Monastyrsky. I’m an expert in forensic nutrition and the author of Gut Sense. How to reverse and prevent constipation and irregularity in children and adults? People often ask me this question, Mr. Monastyrsky, what are the causes of constipation in older children? Pediatric constipation can be functional in passing conditions just like a cold or flu when constipation is related to a permanent pathology such as nerve damage or enlarged Hemorrhoid, it is called organic. So, please consult your child’s doctor immediately to rule out or treat organic causes. Fortunately, it’s a very rare, especially in children. On the other hand functional constipation among teens and pre-teens just as widespread as among adults. I have identified the following major causes of functional constipation among all the children. The first place belongs to incorrect medical and dietary advice, particularly regarding a high fiber diet; Next are large and heavy stools, or hard stools regardless of their size; Straining while moving the bowels is a common contributor as well; Pain and bleeding which results from straining while moving the bowels usually follows it; Next prominent factor is related to antibacterial medication and mercury fillings; Then, of course, conscious withholding of stools because of pain or concerns over hygiene; Crash diets are big among teenagers, particularly young girls; Next is chronic stress, which is, unfortunately, so common among children today; Naturally, medication for depression and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders follow stress. And it also may play a very strong role in teenagers' constipation; Addiction to over-the-counter laxatives is also a prominent factor; Finally, food allergies that cause inflammatory bowel disease, manifested by an alternating pattern of diarrhea and constipation are a factor. So, this list collars the majority of reasons behind functional constipation on older children. All as a courses mainly derivative from this list, assuming in no what to look for, what to do, and what not, functional constipation in children is relatively simple to prevent and reverse. The good news is: it is easier to reverse because children enjoy great digestion, supple intestines, undamaged bowels, good muscle tone, highly sensitive nerve endings, a steady schedule, and aren’t yet as inhibited by social mores as are adults. Well, the bad news is: the dominant medical advice to treat constipation with more fiber, more fluids, and more exercise is grossly incorrect. If your child follows it, the constipation will get only worse, because fiber enlarges and hardens up stools even more, excess water dries them up, and exercise only increases straining and pain. From that point on, your child will be at the mercy of laxatives, drugs, and doctors for the rest of his or her life -- something I don’t wish on any child or parent. If you doubt my words, please consult the Federal Drugs Administration web site. It is against the law to claim that the fiber in food or laxatives prevents or relieves constipation. So, anyone recommending fiber for constipation, is, in fact, violating federal law, and, of course, I didn’t make that law, the FDA did! Functional constipation has a natural tendency to turn into a chronic, life-long affliction, and it may significantly impact on the self-esteem, development, growth potential, health, and quality of life of your son or daughter. So, don’t let it fester unattended and ruin the rest of their promising lives. To learn how to anticipate prevent and overcome all of the above causes of constipation please review this page. Good luck!