Sometimes dairy causes constipation in children. It does not happen often, but it does happen. The mechanism is not fully understood, but it is possible that in children sensitive or allergic to dairy, dairy may cause inflammation in their body which in turn leads to constipation.
What you can do to find out?
A 3-week trial without dairy in your child’s diet may help you find the answer. All milk and milk products should be eliminated, whether from cows, goats, or sheep: milk, yogurt, kefir, cheeses, butter, sour cream, whipping cream, heavy cream.
Many parents who remove dairy from their child’s diet notice an improvement in their child’s bowel movements. This shows that in their particular case constipation may be linked to dairy and removing dairy from their diet long term may help achieve regular bowel movements.
Give it a try! Your child might be that rare one who gets constipated from dairy. Three weeks might seem like a long time, but it is worth trying to remove dairy from your child’s diet if you already tried other avenues to relieve constipation without success.
Do you want to read more about helping your child have regular bowel movements? Here are some past articles about how to relieve constipation.
Do you have any questions or you are thinking about how to eliminate dairy temporarily from your child’s diet? Contact me here and let’s chat.
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