Keep children active
Regular physical activity and movement is not only a great way to promote the benefits of healthy living from an early age, but when combined with a healthy diet can also help prevent constipation.
A little movement can create a lot of momentum
Unfortunately, as good as new technology can be for helping children learn and play, it can also lead to long periods of sitting and may slow their digestion enough to contribute to issues like constipation.
However, there are some simple exercises you can introduce that are designed specifically to relieve tension in the abdominal area. And, by making it playful and fun, you can keep them interested too.
Get your children to lie down with their hands on their stomach and one leg raised in the air. As you say “crocodile” they lower their leg like a croc’s mouth snapping shut and switch legs. This is a great exercise for massaging the organs in the lower abdomen.
When you say the word “beetle” your children have to lie on the floor on their back and kick their legs like a beetle.
When you say the word “duck” your children squat down in a crouch and waddle on their tiptoes like a duck. Not only is it a fun exercise to do, but the squat position is also great for muscles in the abdomen.
Find an activity they enjoy
It’s important to find a type of exercise that your children will want to do and not feel forced into. It could be something they do at school already, or something you can do together as a family. Whatever it ends up being, keep it fun and you’ll help keep their tummies healthy.
Activities worth thinking about:
- Football and rugby
- Skipping and trampolining
- Martial arts
Get them moving early
While it might be easier to get older children moving about and involved in sports, you can still help prevent constipation with regular exercise for your baby too.
It might take some time for the benefits of exercise and movement to have an effect. If constipation has already set in and you are looking for relief, then you might want to try using a gentle laxative that’s suitable for children.