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.
Sep 22, 2020
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.
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The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. The HPB recommends that infants start on age-appropriate complementary foods at around 6 months, whilst continuing breastfeeding for up to 2 years or beyond to meet their evolving nutritional requirements. If no longer breastfeeding, toddlers can switch to full cream milk after 12 months. This should be complemented by a good variety of solid foods from the four main food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and alternatives). For more information on the nutritional requirements of infants and young children, please visit www.healthhub.sg/earlynutrition.
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