Fiber is important to keep your child’s digestive system moving, and to prevent constipation. Fruits and vegetables (especially leafy ones) are excellent natural sources of fiber.
Plenty of water is essential to ensure good digestion. Toddlers between the ages of 1-3 require at least 1.5 liters of fluid daily. If your child is getting enough water, his/her urine should be light colored or color-less.
Probiotics: these living helpful germs are found in most natural yoghurts. They help the body digest food and eliminate bad bacteria. Give your child some probiotic-enriched yoghurt regularly.
Avoid sugary foods and fizzy drinks: Certain artificially-added sugars aren’t easily digested, causing gas and tummy cramps. The gas in fizzy soft drinks can also cause painful bloating. Offer your child natural fruits and juices instead.
When your child is sick, avoid giving him/her rich or oily foods. Offer easily digestible foods such as light soups and toast instead.
Placing a hot water bottle or a heated pad on your child’s tummy during a tummy-ache can relieve some of the pain.
Since they constantly put things in their mouths, children get easily infected by parasites such as tapeworms and hookworms. These cause tummy aches and malnutrition. Toddlers over one should normally be de-wormed twice a year. Talk to your pediatrician about this.
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