Q My 20-month-old of­ten gets con­sti­pated. What foods will help, and is there any­thing I should avoid giv­ing him?

Mother & Baby (UK) - - HERE TO HELP - Emma Allen, Red­car, North York­shire JC

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.

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