Tired of watching your child suffer due to hard stools and extreme pain? Get quick relief with these High Fiber Foods for Toddlers with Constipation.
If you ask a parent about what would be a sight that would hurt them the most, they would reply that it’s the sight of their child suffering. None of us can bear to see our child in pain, and we wish we could take some of it from them.
Unfortunately that’s not possible, and the best thing we can do is help them deal with the pain, or better – prevent it in the first place. This is especially true of babies and young children, when they are particularly prone to incidents that cause them pain – like that of constipation.
Constipation is the condition when stools become hard and difficult to pass, leading to less frequent bowel movements. Constipation can be due to a variety of reasons, but in young children it’s most often due to a low consumption of fluids and a diet lacking in fiber.
Anyone who’s had constipation (which is all of us) knows the pain of straining and straining to no effect. What’s worse is the constant bloated feeling of being backed up. The more it gets accumulated in our body, the more uncomfortable it gets. Now imagine little babies or young children experiencing this, especially when they can’t express how they feel in words. Horrible, isn’t it?
That’s not all, constipation in children also reduces their appetite and can lead to more serious issues if left unaddressed. While medication may offer temporary release, it does not tackle the root cause. That’s why we constantly remind parents to check on their children’s fiber intake. Here are some foods that are high in fiber and perfect to deal with constipation.
High Fiber Foods for Toddlers with Constipation
1. Raw Kerala Banana
One of the most traditional baby foods in our country, raw plantains or raw Kerala Bananas are known as a healthy weight gaining food for babies. 100 g of raw plantains contain a good 2.3 grams of fiber. They’re also packed with other micro nutrients like Vitamins A, B6, C, potassium and magnesium.
2. Brown Rice
White rice is devoid of the outer covering of the grain, which makes it inferior to brown rice. Brown rice, on the other hand retains the covering, giving it an impressive 3.4 g fiber in just 100 g of rice.
With a whopping 31 grams of fiber in 100 grams of lentils, this is a must have food in your child’s diet, whatever her age. You can include any lentils including Black Urad Dal, Green Gram, Roasted Gram, Moong Dal, Masoor Dal and others.
4. Wheat Dalia
Using broken wheat or wheat dalia ensures that you get all the fiber since it includes the germ, endosperm and bran. 100 grams of broken wheat contain 11.9 g fiber making it a great food to include in your little one’s diet.
Horsegram is a legume that is used in many traditional Indian dishes but is seen less in modern cooking. It is rich in protein and is packed with fiber – 100 grams of horsegram contain 5 grams of fiber.
Since toddlers are notorious for being fussy eaters, including all these foods individually can be a challenge. Some of us may also have trouble sourcing some of these ingredients. But what if you could have all these ingredients combined together in one dish?
Yes, you can – in our Banana Nutrimix! The Little Moppet Foods’ Banana Nutrimix contains all these ingredients and more, in a convenient format that helps you easily include in your child’s food. Make a porridge out of the powder, add it to batter or dough, cook and use it in milkshakes – the options are endless!
What’s more, all these ingredients are easily digestible and are sourced from places that grow them using only natural fertilizers. As always, what you see is what you get – there are absolutely no preservatives, additives or added flavors of any kind.
So if you want to prevent the pain and discomfort of constipation in your little one, you know where to look!