Useful Tips for Healthy Bowel Movements

Eat more fruits & vegetables

Include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your child's diet to ensure that the nutrients requirements are met, including dietary fibre which helps to facilitate good bowel movements. For children below 7 years old, give at least 2 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruits daily.1

Stay hydrated

Ensure that your child drinks enough of plain water daily. It is recommended that children aged 2 to 3 years old drink 1 to 2 glasses, while children aged 4 years and above drink 6 to 8 glasses throughout the day.1

Cycling, playing in playground - be physically active

Make exercise fun for your child. Encourage your child to accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activities daily, such as brisk walking and cycling.1

Consume foods/drinks with prebiotics

Prebiotics are known as the "food" that stimulates the growth and/or activity of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Prebiotics can be obtained from various food sources2 such as chicory root, banana, asparagus, leek, onion and fortified milk like Mamil growing up milk.

Set up a regular toilet routine

References:

  • 1 Malaysian Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents, 2013.
  • 2 Mashfegh et al. Journal of Nutrition 1999, 129 (7 suppl): 14075-14115

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