Bloating can happen for a number of reasons but when it comes to kids, they often don’t know how to tell you that they are in fact ‘bloated’.
Definition of Bloating
- a swollen state caused by retention of fluid or gas.”she suffered from abdominal bloating”
There are a variety of causes for bloating:
. Extra intake of air due to nervousness or the holding of breath
. Food sensitivities or allergies
. Lactose Intolerance
. Not enough water
. Insufficient beneficial bacteria
. Eating too quickly and poor food choices
One of the best things you can do with your children to help, is to have open and natural conversations. Children should be taught to ‘listen to their bodies’ and to observe how they feel after they eat certain foods, for example.
Another excellent topic is the “Poop”topic. Make this a natural subject in your house. Learning about how often and what is deemed irregular is very important for kids to learn. Help them to identify if they are having changes in their bowel movements or if they are indeed constipated. Constipation is a huge issue with kids these days. Sometimes it helps to celebrate ‘good poops’ because it encourages the naturalness of having bowel movements.
Another helpful idea for kids that is beneficial all around and that also helps with gut and bowel health, is to encourage and implement lots of fruits into their diet. Here is a link to past posts that I have done on fruit and recipes etc. https://maggiesvitamins.blog/category/fruit/
Here is a past one on dehydration that might be helpful as well https://maggiesvitamins.blog/2019/04/29/dehydration-in-kids/
And let’s not forget that sore tummys are sometimes anxiety based. I have written about that too and you can read up on it here. Anxiety is especially high at this time of being at home due to COVID-19. https://maggiesvitamins.blog/2019/01/30/sore-tummy-6-ways-to-help-your-child-with-anxiety/
One of my favorite products for kids and gut health is Aloe Vera Juice. I have found one that I use with kids and I have yet to meet one who did not love it. The Strawberry Kiwi flavor seems to be a hit with kids. 🍓🍓🍓🍓
Here is a link to that product if you are interested in taking a look. Aloe Vera is a great for supporting the immune system as well and is extra helpful at this time in history. Here is the link https://www.shop.com/THESHOPCONSULTANT/Ultimate+Aloe+trade+-603891601-p+.xhtml?credituser=R1159126
I hope you have found this helpful.