What comes in must come out. That’s how a healthy digestive system works. But how do we promote healthy digestion in children, especially with their growing palate and unhygienic practices?
What Constitutes Normal Poop
As concerned and responsible parents, we try to look out for anything unusual in our children. It could be skin conditions, their appetite, their energy levels, and of course, their poop.
Normal poop can come in different shapes, sizes, and even colors. Yellow, tan, dark green, or brown are normal. They just vary because the color of waste matter is just greatly influenced by the food that we eat.
Constipation vs. Diarrhea
As they grow up, children may experience different bowel movements. Sometimes, they will experience constipation or hard poop. If symptoms continue for days, it could be really painful to defecate and might need interventions. Ask your paediatrician about what you can do.
However, constipation can be avoided by giving your child a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Remember to always keep them hydrated with water all day long. Children tend to forget to drink water, so as parents, we have to continually remind them to drink throughout the day.
On the other hand, they could also have diarrhea. When the stool is loose, give them food that is high in starch but are soft to digest. Some examples would be rice, biscuits, and banana. Avoid giving them oily foods.
Taking Probiotics for Healthy Digestion in Children
Probiotics are helpful bacteria that are safe to be consumed by people. When ingested, they propagate in the tummy and promote healthy digestion.
There are many over the counter probiotics sold in the pharmacy. Your paediatrician may recommend a certain product if your child experiences some digestive problems. You can easily add these to food or drinks so that the child can consume it without fuss.
After antibiotic treatment of certain infections, probiotics are also often administered to restore gut health.
How Nestogrow Promotes Healthy Digestion in Children
Meanwhile, there are certain food products for children that are loaded with probiotics to help kids have normal bowel movements.
Take for example Nestogrow. It is enriched with Lactobacillus Comfortis (L-Comfortis), a probiotic, which aids in proper digestion.
Plus, it also keeps the child’s immunity up.
When the digestive system is healthy, it leads to better absorption of the minerals in the food that they eat. The child also develops better milk tolerance and food acceptance. All of these results in the healthy growth of your child’s muscles, bones, and the brain.
No More Tears
Additionally, there will be no more crying because of constipation, colic, and even bad or hard poop because of a healthy tummy. For overall wellness, a healthy gut is imperative.
What a lot of people don’t know is that, a healthy tummy also keeps the child’s immunity up.
That is why we are confident that even if our little Shane plays in the mud or with animals or goes swimming, she remains safe and healthy. She can grow happy because her playtime doesn’t get limited with our common concept of what is “dirty.”
It is easy to bring the kids around when they are well. We just love to travel as family, discover new places, and learn new things together. We are a homeschooling family so after her kinder school, Shane will also be educated at home. Just like her Achi Shawna.
Check her photo below, taken during our stay at the Delfin Ledesma Ancestral House Silay Airbnb. She played in the pool, went around the garden barefoot, and collected insects.
We just encourage her to not put her hands in her mouth or touch her face while playing. Afterwards, we wash her hands with soap and water. That’s it. So palagi syang happy (she’s always happy) with undeterred play. 🙂
How about you, mommies? How do you maintain your child’s healthy digestion?