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Gluten and milk linked with constipation
in kids
.

Here are a few ideas. Be sure that he is getting plenty of fluids before and during outdoor activities.

The binding foods to avoid are BRAT: bananas, rice, apples and toast. Prune juice increases motility, but just use a little!

You could increase animal fats, butter, coconut oil, magnesium, bone broths, vitamin C, probiotics (specifically Lactobacillus casei Shirota). Try aloe tea, Rhubarb root extracts, carrot juice 1:1 with
spinach juice, plantains, dandelion tea, coconut, Blackstrap molasses, cabbage juice, almond oil with milk. All have stool softening properties, or increase motility.

Additionally, foods high in potassium help bowel function as it improves peristaltic movements of the colon: kale, cabbage, yellow tomatoes, spinach, carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, cauliflower, alfalfa sprouts, goat milk, sesame seeds, wheat germ brewers yeast, flax seed, green peppers, pineapple, beets, potatoes with skin, Blackstrap molasses, mango, pears, oranges, paypaya, fig, lime, ginger, garlic.

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/constipation/a/constipation.htm

You might offer some rescue remedy in juice or water just before and during a bowel movement, if it is uncomfortable. Rubbing the abdomen clock-wise gently with lavender essential oil helps to increase motility also.

Epsom salt baths, or a itsy bitsy pinch of Epsom salts in water or juice (has magnesium) will often help constipation. Or a larger dose of vitamin C has a tendency to cause loose stools. Warm drinks also trigger a peristalsis movement of the bowels in some folks. So, just a warm tea might do the trick. Or warm soup.

Most of us are deficient in magnesium. Some Natural Calm for Kids helps with constipation and relaxation.

I trust that one of these possibilities will be agreeable. And if he is uncomfortable, you could try a glycerin suppository. (not my first choice) But, I'd just add some whole food probiotics on a
regular basis and that will help his gut health, all around. :-) I just add a tablespoon of kefir to juice. That are a ton of beneficial probiotics.

Additional ideas for natural relief of constipation:
http://altmedicine.about.com/od/constipation/a/constipation.htm
http://www.natural-homeremedies.com/homeremedies_constipation.htm
http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/remedy/Constipation.html
http://www.homemademedicine.com/home-remedies-constipation.html


Food folate seems to be huge for preventing constipation! Folate is in greens, beans, legumes and liver.



HTH, Pat

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