Fiber (Glucomannan) Is Beneficial in the Treatment of Childhood Constipation
While the fact that increased fiber intake (along with concomitant increase in water intake) will help with constipation is no surprise, I would like to take this chance to mention that childhood constipation seems to be quite an issue with alot of kids. I’m not exactly sure what we’re doing to set up this scenario. I know antibiotics destroying normal flora could contribute and added sugars in kids’ diets don’t help, and probiotics and careful attention to diet helps dramatically. But, for lack of a more medical term, our children’s GI tract seems “sensitive” and prone towards constipation. This makes me think that there’s something else that’s been done to the physiology of their GI tracts. I just haven’t come across anything that I can recall that would positively answer it for me.
Pediatrics — Abstracts: Loening-Baucke et al. 113 (3): e259 –