Activia yogurt? (helps keep you regular)

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Activia yogurt? (helps keep you regular)
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Fri, 03-10-2006 - 2:30pm

Do you think this would be appropriate for a 6 year old boy?

 

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Sat, 03-11-2006 - 10:53am
It doesn't sound much different than other yogurts with live cultures to me. I'd just go to the store and compare the ingredients to other yogurts. (I couldn't find an ingredients list on their website.) My kids eat regular yogurt with live cultures all the time. I've never seen this kind before.

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Sat, 03-11-2006 - 11:20am
Thanks! :-)
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Sat, 03-11-2006 - 12:48pm

Hey there:

I'm sure that the yogurt wouldn't hurt, but I'm not sure that it will help with what you are trying to accomplish either. My son has encopresis (chronic constipation) and as a part of his treatment, I took him to a Naturopath to talk about diet and various supplements. I specifically asked him about supplementing with probiotics and live bacteria such as in yogurt and he told me that typically these are used to repopulate the gut following a sickness that wipes them out or the use of antibiotics. I could be wrong, but I thought he said that you would tend to see diarrhea as a symptom - not constipation. But I could be wrong about that last bit. :)

For mild constipation just making some small changes in his diet should really help. Here is what we have done:

1) Substitute ALL white rice for brown rice. I used to cook my own brown rice, which was fine (I recommend Trader Joe's brown Jasmine rice if you can find it.) But then I found Rice Expressions which is frozen cooked, brown, organic rice. It takes three minutes in the microwave and is so yummy. My poor rice maker is now becoming obsolete. :)

2) Substitue ALL white bread products for whole wheat. Sarah Lee makes a good whole wheat bread that is soft, high in fiber and sized on the small size. It is perfect for school lunches. Milton's MultiGrain bread is also not bad. It is not made with whole wheat, as the package would have you believe, but they have added grains to it that increase the fiber and it tastes really really good, especially toasted.

3) Substitute white pasta for whole wheat pasta. This was tougher, as it is hard to find good whole grain pasta. Trader Joe's is excellent - I cannot tell the difference in taste. But some of the supermarket brands are getting better. And you can even find whole grain macaroni and cheese now. Kraft makes a Spongebob variety that I sometimes let the kids get as a treat. It still has loads of crap in it, so I don't like to buy it too often, but every now and then won't clog up the kids due to the higher fiber. Annie's makes okay mac and cheese with organic ingredients and whole grains. It isn't super delish, but it isn't bad at all.

4) Watch stuff like crackers. Even the ones who say 'Whole Grain' typically have next to no fiber in them and seem to be rather binding.

5) Limit dairy products. They still need calcium so get them the amount they need, but don't go overboard with cheese and milk. They are constipating.

6) Also watch processed apple products. A good fresh apple is terrific, but applesauce and apple juice can be binding. And limit bananas - also constipating. I used to give my daughter a little bit of prune juice on ice every morning with breakfast just to help her stay regular. I sooooo did not want her to develop encopresis! One is enough! :)

7) My N.D. also recommended adding a healthy fish oil supplement designed for kids to his diet.

8) Really push water. I don't ask them if they want it, I just hand them bottles of water throughout the day.

9) Finally, if you think your son is constipated - haven't seen a poop in a while, give him something for it. I use Little Tummies with my daughter every now and then. My son, of course, is on daily medication for his condition and will be for a while. But prevention is everything with constipation. If you think they are slightly constipated, then treat them so they can get rid of it. Don't use suppositories or enemas, but choc ex lax or Little Tummies is not too traumatic and will get the job done. The problem with constipation in children is that it can build up, unknown to the parents, until it causes medical problems. This is what happened to my son. So if you think he needs a little help, I would not be at all afraid to use something to get the stool moving. It is better then letting it get bigger and bigger until it hurts to pass it. Some kids will simply decide not to go if they have a painful bowel movement. This can lead to encopresis and is what happened with my own child.

Hope some of this was helpful. :)

Susan

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Mon, 03-13-2006 - 9:52am

Susan, that was all wonderful advice!

 

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Mon, 03-13-2006 - 1:28pm

You are very welcome, Aravis. :) I wish I wasn't such an 'expert' in constipation - sigh...

Susan

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Tue, 03-14-2006 - 11:06am

The whole wheat pasta is great, actually! My kids prefer it over the regular. THings that are "enriched" are typically not as healthy as without it. More chems and such. You can add bran to homemade breads, too. That helps. If your son likes beans, they are HIGH in fiber and good tasting. You can make them sweet or spicy. I add beans to my rice soemtimes if I don't serve them together. I also add beans to my hamburg...Bush's or B&M are our favorites.


Good luck!!!

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