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The Link Between Diet and Potty Training

We all know that Christmas is a great excuse for indulgence in all forms from the gifts to the seemingly endless amount of delicious food. While we would never be party poopers, we do suggest keeping an eye on the kids during the holidays to make sure they don’t give themselves upset tummies by eating too much rich food. It’s also important to limit their consumption to avoid them becoming dependent on junk food and losing interest in healthier options.

Consistency and Constipation

Most of us can expect the little ones to eat more junk and processed food at Christmas than they would at other times of the year, so it’s important to be aware of the impact this may have on potty training and toilet habits.

Most types of fast, convenient food are packed with additives and contain little to no nutritional value. They will also be packed with sugar, starch and other nasties, all of which contribute to a constipated child. As one of the most challenging issues associated with potty training, constipation causes your child to have irregular bowel movements. This impacts on consistency and therefore the entire foundation on which potty training is built.

It may also make your child fearful about going to the toilet as constipation is often painful. Some children try to hold their bowel movements in because they are nervous about the pain, but this only serves to exacerbate the issue and lead to potty training regression.

A Fibre-Rich Diet

Assuming you have established healthy eating habits from the beginning, then there’s no need to worry too much if constipation does crop up. Simply encourage your child to eat foods rich in fibre that will be an integral part of their regular diet. Good options include plenty of fresh fruit and veg as well as wholegrain breads and cereals.

If you encounter resistance because he or she is distracted by the junk food, simply take it slowly and encourage them to eat the fibre-rich foods they do enjoy. Include foods that are naturally sweet such as pineapple which may minimise their processed food cravings.

You can also be clever with it. Sneak some green veg into the tomato sauce for a wholegrain pasta dish or add some chopped nuts to their morning cereal to ease symptoms of constipation. Try to stick with the general guidelines that suggest 19 grams of fibre daily for toddlers aged 1-3, and keep their diet varied so they don’t lose interest.

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