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Should my child take Probiotics? What exactly are they, anyway?

Probiotiocs are "good" bacteria that normally colonize the digestive tract. Lack of these bacteria can lead to digestive disruption and symptoms such as chronic diarrhea and/or constipation. The "good" bacteria also happen to play a large role in our overall health, since the digestive tract contains over 40% of our body's immune system. Read the rest of this entry »

Dealing with Chronic Constipation in Children.

Constipation is a common problem in children, and one that can often be corrected at home. Common causes of constipation include lack of fiber in the diet, mild dehydration, pain with bowel movements, behavior, stress, and lack of physical activity. Certain medications and supplements may also cause constipation. The age of your child should help you determine which of the above causes is most likely. If constipation is a new problem for your child, your child is complaining of pain and has a distended abdomen or fever or it has been more than 4 days since having a bowel movement, your child should be seen by his or her healthcare provider. Read the rest of this entry »
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