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How to help toddler tummy problems

Painful toddler tummy problems, including toddler diarrhea and toddler constipation, are horrible for parents and babies alike. Here’s a list of things to help keep your toddler’s upset stomach under control.

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  • Look out for frequent watery poop. This is a sign your toddler has diarrhea, so ask your healthcare provider (HCP) for advice.
  • Wash hands often and practice good hygiene to stop it from spreading.
  • Rehydrate your toddler after every bout of watery poop with 100-200ml of fluid.
  • Avoid sugary drinks. Drinks with artificial sweeteners aren’t allowed in foods for children under three years old.
  • Look out for dark, strong smelling pee, as this can be a sign of dehydration.
  • Ask your pharmacist or HCP if rehydration drinks are advisable.
  • Only give your toddler anti-diarrhea medicine as recommended by your HCP.
  • Keep your toddler home from nursery while ill and up to 48 hours after their last bout of diarrhea.
  • If your toddler doesn’t poop at least three times a week it could be a sign of constipation.
  • Give your toddler more fluids, ideally water or diluted fruit juice.
  • Make sure they’re getting plenty of fruits and vegetables in their diet.
  • Make sure your little one stays active as this can help the bowels to keep moving.
  • A gentle toddler tummy massage—moving hands clockwise—after a warm relaxing bath can help constipation to pass.
  • Avoid over-the-counter medication for toddler constipation unless recommended by your HCP.
  • For more on getting to the bottom of your little one’s upset stomach, read Troubleshooting tummy troubles.

 

Sources:

http://smababy.co.uk/toddler/toddler-tummy-problems

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