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Soluble and insoluble fibers are the two types of fibers that our bodies need to keep our children healthy.  Soluble fiber increases the sense of fullness. 

That special quality is very important when you are trying to reduce the amount of food that your child eats to maintain a healthy weight. 

This type of fiber also lowers cholesterol levels and decreases blood sugars especially in diabetics. 
Soluble fiber is found in legumes, fruits, vegetables,
barely, and oats.

Insoluble fiber has another special quality which plays
an important role in maintaining a healthy colon. 
Insoluble fiber speeds up intestinal transfer time
and therefore helps children who suffer from constipation.

Insoluble fiber is found in whole grains in the form of
brown and wild rice, wheat bread, oatmeal, barley, cereal
and seeds.


What Causes Constipation in a Child? According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

Can occur if your child is not eating enough high-fiber foods, drinking enough fluids, or getting enough exercise.  But in many children, no cause for constipation can be found.  Having a bowel movement may have been so painful that the child begins resisting the urge to have a bowel movement. Not having a bowel movement when the urge occurs can lead to constipation.

Your child might be scared of being alone in the bathroom or scared of the toilet.  Some children just don't want to stop playing to go to the bathroom.

An illness that leads to poor food intake, physical inactivity, or fever can also result in constipation and stool soiling.  This problem can remain after the illness has gone away.

Symptoms of constipation are extreme straining during a bowel movement, abdominal pain and bloating, crankiness, tiredness, loss of appetite between bowel movements, wetting during the day or night, and extreme reluctance to use the toilet.

For more information about this topic, please visit: www.familydoctor.org

 
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