Without knowing your little ones' dietary habits it's difficult to determine if the constipation is dietary related. Most of the time constipation is a direct result of a diet low in dietary fibre (a natural substance found in plant based foods, such as fruit, vegetables and breads/cereals).
To ensure a 2 year old toddler is getting enough dietary fibre, as well as a healthy balanced diet, their diet should be made up of the 5 core food groups:
1. Breads, Cereals, Rice/Pasta
At least 2 serves per day (1 serve = 2 slices of bread, 2 weet-bix, 1 cup porridge or cereal etc)
Note: wholemeal and wholegrain breads and cereals have more dietary fibre than the white varieties.
Aim for at least 1 serve per day (1 serve = 1 cup salad or 1/2 cup cooked vegetables etc)
Aim for at least 1 serve per day (1 serve = 1 medium sized fruit (apple, banana, pear, peach, orange etc), 1 cup fruit salad etc)
Note: To increase fibre, keep the skins on where possible. Whole fruits are always better than consuming fruit juice.
4. Dairy or Dairy Alternatives
Aim for at least 1.5 serves per day
5. Protein/Meat sources
Aim for at least 1/2 serve per day
Some children also need the assistance of fibre supplements, which can be found from your local pharmacy or supermarket (movicol, metamucil, benefibre etc).
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