The Oman Medical Journal cites this as a common problem but one that could lead to a behavioural change in children in which they lose self-esteem and do not want to go to the bathroom when they need to, making it a vicious cycle that can be difficult to overcomeiv.
To break this cycle, parents will often turn to quick fixes rather than more sustainable, long term preventive measures.
Parents often go into a bit of a panic or frenzy when their kids are ill - and they are not to be blamed for it. It’s always best to get the opinion of a doctor when the child is ill, so that they may get proper medication.
Laxatives are one of the alternatives that desperate parents turn to when their children can’t poop and they want a quick solution to remedy the problem. But if difficulty in passing motion is not well-managed, you might find that this problem will become recurring. And if it happens too often, it will leave long-term impacts on your child’s physical health and possibly their mental wellbeing.
What are the preventive measures?
It is very important for your child to be getting the right nutrition. This can be achieved from getting the right balance of foods from different food groups. On top of this, their diet can also be supplemented with gut-friendly food to maintain a good gut health.
One of the methods to promote good gut health and prevent hard stools is to have sufficient intake of prebiotics. Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. They can be found not only in food sources like artichokes, onions and leeks, but also in milk added with prebiotics, which can form part of your child’s diet.
Prevention is better than cure.
It is always good to keep in mind that to prevent is better than to cure. So don’t neglect your child’s hard stools and start applying preventive measures in their diets as soon as possible.