DIARRHOEA is when food passes through the intestines too quickly for proper absorption, resulting in poo that is watery and difficult to control. The most common cause is a bug or food poisoning. If this is the case, it is best for a child not to eat during the early stages but to sip on fluids and drink Dioralyte rehydration salts which replace lost fluids and prevent dehydration.
Diarrhoea which persists can be the sign of an irritation or inflammation. Because there will
One very simple suggestion for keeping your children (and yourself) healthy, alert, energised and resistant to illness is to make sure they drink plenty of fluids. We can go for weeks without food but only days without water. Every bodily function, especially digestion, needs water. Water transports nutrients, it flushes away waste and it controls our body temperature.
Children do not always recognise the sensation of thirst. They can find drinking water a bit boring and so
CONSTIPATION, the inability to poo is very common. In children, it is often the result of ‘holding on’ to poo or of not allowing enough time on the toilet to fully empty.
The poo that remains inside starts to dry, becomes hard and then is painful to pass. This can lead to a cycle of fearing the pain and further holding on. Over time, residual poo can build up and stretch the colon. When it is stretched, the colon can become tired and struggle to contract to move the dried-ou