Picky-eating tots get constipation
Researchers at Ann & Robert H. Lurie
Children's Hospital of Chicago have found that normally developing pre-school
children with chronic constipation have underlying sensory issues associated
with toileting behaviours. These children are mostly picky eaters who are
overly fascinated by food textures, tastes, or odours. They also tend to
exhibit an exaggerated response to noises, bright lights, or other sensory
stimuli. Feeding problems due to sensory sensitivities are especially common among
these children. Such issues are best addressed when kids are under 5, before
maladaptive behaviours become more entrenched. Comprehensive interventional
care of these children includes tackling of sensory issues and possible
reference to occupational therapy. Enticing strategies to increase the child’s
daily fibre and water intake could be adopted.
Make having a bowel movement part of your child’s routine. Children who are facilitated to watch others eating a variety of foods in a relaxed setting could become motivated to participate. Repeated exposure to new food is required before a ‘picky’ child is willing to eat.