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Pediatric Constipation Dietary Management

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Pediatric Constipation Dietary Management

  • Indications
  1. Constipation in Children over age 1 year
  • Stop all milk products for 6 weeks
  1. Substitute Soyarella for Cheese
  2. Substitute Tofutti for Ice cream
  3. Use milk substitute on Breakfast cereal
    1. Non-dairy creamer
    2. Soy bean milk (e.g. Isomil, Prosobee)
  4. Provide Vitamin Supplementation while off milk
    1. Calcium 250 mg qd (or Tums qd)
    2. Multivitamin (Poly-Vi-Sol or Vi-daylin chewable)
  • Stop constipating foods
  1. Apples and apple sauce
  2. Bananas
  3. Jello
  4. Carrots
  5. Rice
  • Serve only whole grain cereals and breads
  1. Oatmeal
  2. Cheerios
  3. Ralston or Wheetena
  4. Granola
  • Increase amount of bran in daily diet
  1. Unmilled bran or bran flakes
  2. Bran muffins
  3. Shredded wheat
  4. Graham crackers
  5. Oatmeal
  6. High fiber cookies
  7. Brown rice
  8. Whole wheat bread
  • Add Bran flour to jelly, cereal, hamburger or casserole
  1. Child under age 6 years old: 2 heaping teaspoons
  2. Child over age 6 years old: 3 heaping teaspoons
  • Encourage raw unpeeled fruits and vegetables tid
  1. Prunes, Figs, Dates, Raisins
  2. Peaches, Pears, Apricots
  3. Beans, Peas
  4. Celery
  5. Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cabbage
  • Other recommended foods
  1. Encourage salads
  2. Encourage pure fruit juice
  3. Encourage water