Constipation in children
All our nutrition consultations are done via our telehealth online platform and app. Wherever you are, you can speak to our expert childrens dietitians & nutritionists.
Our process is simple
1. You book an initial consultation
2. You activate your practice better account (our online software)
3. We send you the pre-assessment forms
4. You will receive an email with your zoom link
5. You meet your dietitian.
Nutrition therapy for constipation
Constipation in children or babies can mean any, or all, of the following:
Difficulty or straining when passing stools.
Pain when passing stools, sometimes with a tiny amount of blood in the nappy or on the toilet paper, due to a small tear in the skin of the back passage (anus).
Passing stools less often than normal. Generally, this is less than three complete (proper) stools per week.
Stools that are hard and perhaps very large, or pellet-like and small, like rabbit droppings.
As well as less frequent, hard (and perhaps painful) stools, constipation can cause:
Tummy ache (abdominal pain).
Feeling 'off colour' (general malaise).
Behavioural changes, such as being more irritable or unhappy.
Fidgeting, restlessness and other signs that the child needs to go to the toilet.
Feeling sick (nausea).
Severe constipation can cause impaction, where a very large stool is stuck in the lower gut, usually just above the anus, in the section called the rectum. This can cause further symptoms. In particular, this can cause a child to soil their pants regularly with very soft faeces, or with faecal-stained mucus. This is often mistaken by parents as diarrhoea.
A Dietitian can help solve your childs constipation by
Ensuring a nutritionally balanced dieet
Ensuring enough fiber
Recommending appropriate supplementation
Assesement for any food allergies or intolerances
Initial consultations are 60 minutes and together you and your paediatric dietitian will take into consideration your child's medical history, current feeding patterns, challenges, dietary needs, medications and preferences.
After your consultation you will receive detailed individualised advice and recommendations for your child. All reports and documentation will be shared via your personal secure account.
Follow ups will be arranged by your paediatric dietitian.
What to expect
An email will be sent to activate your telehealth portal. You can also download the ‘better by practice better’ app , and log in with your details
Complete the pre-assessment form and terms and conditions
Join the 1-1 consultation via the zoom link provided on the telehealth platform. Here you will meet your dietitian.