Pediatrician's Perspective (Advice from Dr. B)

When something’s wrong with your child, a doctor’s advice is just what you need to put your mind at ease. See what our own Dr. B has to say about managing your child’s constipation.

I’m Dr. Belinda Basaca, but my patients call me Dr. B. As a pediatrician, I know that constipation is one of the most common children’s health problems because I treat it nearly every day. As a mother of two young boys, I also know that provides little comfort when your child is struggling with the pain and frustration of not being able to go to the bathroom. That’s why I’m here to help. I’ve partnered with Fleet because I’m excited about the line of kid-friendly options that Pedia-Lax offers to parents and their children. From time to time, I’ll be answering your emails and addressing your concerns on the Pedia-Lax website. I hope you’ll consider me just another mom you can turn to for advice.

With best wishes for your health, 

Dr. B

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What Are Probiotics?

All healthy and well-functioning digestive systems have a normal amount of “good” bacteria to help digest food properly. Other names for bacteria found in the digestive tract are “microflora,” “microorganisms” or “intestinal flora.”
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Digestive Health and Probiotics

Common childhood bowel conditions include constipation and diarrhea. This is largely because of a developing digestive system in the early childhood years being sensitive to changes in the child’s dietary intake.
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Probiotics and Antibiotics (The Use of Probiotics When Taking an Antibiotic)

Did you ever wonder why diarrhea often occurs after taking oral antibiotics? Here is the explanation of why this happens.
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Constipation & Diet Advice:

Signs and Symptoms of Constipation

Constipation can leave clues that may not be obvious to a parent or caregiver. Sometimes the only clue may be excessive crying and/or clinginess, especially in nonverbal children. Here are a list of physical signs and symptoms, including some behavioral ones, that may point to constipation: 
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Safe, Fast Constipation Relief

Pedia-Lax® has a full line of products ranging from oral to rectal laxatives that are specifically designed for use in children ages two to eleven. Each product is carefully formulated to have optimal results while maintaining safe dosages of FDA-approved ingredients. 
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Bed Wetting and Accidents: Signs Your Child May Be Constipated

There are overt signs of constipation, like straining and not having bowel movements regularly.  However, there may be certain subtle signs that can point to constipation as well. One of them is wetting at night (bed-wetting) or wetting during the day (accidents), especially after the child is potty-trained. 
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Address Constipation Quickly, Then Work to Fix It

Constipation hurts. A constipated child may have stomachaches in addition to pain when straining to pass a hard stool. And, when your child has had painful bowel movements, he or she may choose to “hold it in” rather than risk discomfort. This behavior can actually cause a recurrence of constipation.
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Tips for Keeping Your Child Hydrated

Water plays an important role in keeping kids regular, because it helps soften stools so that they are easier to pass. More than our bowel is affected when we get dehydrated because water makes up 60% to 80% of our bodies. It is essential to regulating the body’s temperature by allowing us to sweat.
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Pass the Fiber, Please!

As a whole, most parents know and understand that fiber is a vital part of a healthy kid’s diet. But it’s beyond there that the problem lies. While moms and dads may know fiber is important, they don’t know how important or how many grams of fiber kids need each day or even how to create fiber-rich meals.
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When Other Symptoms and Clues Point Toward Constipation

Most parents know what to look for when their child is constipated. Usually the child strains, has difficulty passing hard stool, and spends long periods in or makes frequent trips to the bathroom with no results. Sometimes the child will complain of stomach pain, or sometimes he/she will just cry while clinging to her/her belly. These are obvious signs. Parents should know there are other symptoms or clues that suggest constipation.
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Poop and Potty Advice:

The Scoop on Poop Part 1: Color

Parents spend the first few years of their child’s life immersed in a world of poop. You learn what’s “normal” and what’s “abnormal” for your child. But, as they graduate from potty training, you may miss out on a very important measure of your child’s health: the color of their poop.
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The Scoop on Poop Part 2: Shape

What’s ideal? In terms of color, typical poop is brown. It should be almost odorless. You do not want stool to be super-thin (like a pencil), round (like little pellets), extremely hard or loose. Poop that is very soft and smelly may indicate excess fat in your child’s stool.
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Get Ready, Get Set, Get Your Child to “Go!” Potty Training Tips for Parents

Potty training is a big step for toddlers and can make some children fear going to the bathroom. So, what can you do to help ensure success?
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After the Flush: Helping Promote Regularity

When it comes to constipation, my philosophy is to intervene quickly to relieve the child’s discomfort and then work to fix it. Diet plays a very important role in this process.
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Regularity Advice for Special Occasions:

Going to the Bathroom Can Be a Big Issue When Going Back to School

According to a recent survey conducted by Pedia-Lax, bathroom anxiety is a common concern among school-age children. In fact, nearly two-thirds (64.6%) of boys and girls ages 6-11 said they rarely or never poop at school.
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The Holiday Health Issue That No One Talks About

It’s difficult for many families to maintain their routine during the holidays with travel, treats and a lively social calendar. These factors compound to affect the whole family’s eating habits.
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Does Summer Spell Constipation for Your Child?

For most kids, summer plans include travel to a summer camp, family vacation or at least a sleepover with friends. But alongside summer fun is a new schedule, and while itineraries sometimes include a trip to the bathroom, some kids don’t find a time when it’s comfortable for them to go.
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Q&A with Dr. B:

Questions & Answers with Dr. B

Q: I gave my son a recommended dose of Pedia-Lax based on his age. How long should I wait until I can give him the next dose if he has not had a bowel movement yet?
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