After one to three weeks, the number of bowel movements will start to decrease. It is vital to watch for signs of constipation.
Your child must have at least one stool each 24 hours (one day).
Your child’s nurse or dietician will give you nutrition tips that will help prevent constipation.
Many times laxative food is not enough to manage constipation and a laxative will be prescribed by your child’s doctor. They will adjust the amount of laxative so that the child is not constipated, but also does not have diarrhea.
If constipation is not managed well it can lead to problems with potty training in the future.
- The stool should be soft, but formed.
- Sticky, pasty stool or small, frequent stools can be a sign of constipation.
Many parents do not want to give laxatives because they think it will make the child always need laxatives. Due to a slow moving colon, many children need help from a laxative to keep the colon and rectum clean on a daily basis.