Q My 20-month-old often gets constipated. What foods will help, and is there anything I should avoid giving him?
The most common reason for children of this age to be constipated is a lack of water, so make sure he’s drinking plenty. Increasing the fibre in his diet will help, too. Swap to wholegrain breads and pasta, which are higher in fibre, and up the veggie count also, hiding some wherever you need to if possible, such as in a homemade pasta sauce. And steer clear of refined carbs in white bread, pasta, and any other ‘beige foods’. A smoothie is a great way to help relieve constipation, as it contains both fibre and liquid. Make one with vegetables and use fruit to sweeten it – prunes and oranges in particular can help get things moving.