can anyone advise how i can sneak enough fruit or veg into my 3yo daughter's diet to stop her literally crying in pain as she tries to do a poo. it is getting quite ridiculous now. today she won't eat anything as her tummy hurts too much from the poo that she needs to do. when she eventually does it, it will be like a brick.
her diet is dreadful. she'll eat an apple sometimes also a strawberry or raisins, but nowhere near enough to keep her movements regular and easy (and def not daily). i sneak carrot into her pasta sauce and give her the fruit purees (but i don't think these will help as i think it's the roughage of unpureed fruit that helps with pooing? might be wrong there). i really am getting a bit desperate now as it's all so unpleasant. she understands the link between fruit/veg and poos and when she's in pain she says she's going to eat them, but then when i peel her an apple or add strawberries to her lunch they just get left, despite my reminders about the hurty poo.
tbh she isn't a great/huge eater, so she's not filling up on rubbish, she just isn't that interested in food (except pasta). can anyone help. i'm all out of ideas and off to the shops this pm. any ideas can welcomed....
I used to puree prunes and mix them up with semolina or yoghurt for my dd when she was younger. Will she eater sweeter veg, like swede or carrot mashed with potatoes? Soups with peppers, and squash? Mine don't like vegetables boiled, but will eat them with spices, such as in curries, cabbage served with a little nutmeg in.
You could get a mild laxative from your chemist too, as a short term relief.
Sympathies, my dd suffers a lot with constipation even with eating fruit and veg.
What about bran loaf, if she'll eat raisins? Mix a cup of All-Bran, a cup of milk. half a cup of sugar and a cup of raisins and leave it for half an hour to go soggy. Then mix in a cup of SR flour and bake it in a loaf tin at gas mark 3 for an hour and a half. You can mix in chopped apple and stuff too.
How about whizzing up some prunes in a chocolate cake mixture? I use a food processor and it chops them up very finely, and actually the cakes taste lovely. Prune juice is very good for constipation if she'll try that. And you can get a lot of veg, and maybe some lentils, into a pasta sauce if you whizz it enough. Brown bread?