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more fibre for a 3 year old?

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reban Sun 30-Aug-09 19:17:02

my ds2 aged 3.4 has finally been seen by a consultant for his sickness and lack of bowel control. He has suggested the sickness is reflux and the poo problems could be down to constipation. he is an extremely fussy eater but really loves bread which im sure doesnt help. Im looking for suggestions for child friendly food (for a very fussy eater)which have a good fibre content please!

Sidge Sun 30-Aug-09 19:31:55

Apricots, figs, pears, apples and many breakfast cereals have a reasonable anount of fibre in them.

Have a look here for the fibre content of many foods

blametheparents Sun 30-Aug-09 19:42:27

Good alternatives to bread are 50:50 bread, wholemeal pitta bread and tortillas.
Kiwi fruit, oranges an grapes also good for my DD who also suffers from constipation.
Fig rolls and raisins are also popular with my DD.

reban Sun 30-Aug-09 20:44:51

i try and get him to eat a pear a day and i generally only buy 50/50 bread. He will not touch grapes, oranges, kiwi fruit well most fruit appart from apples and pears but he used to eat raisans so will try to encourage them again. I also used to make mini pizzas with pitta bread but changed it to normal bread for ease, so will try them again with wholemeal pizza bread.

My problem is because this has been going on for such a long time he will only eat very small portions and never seems to be hungry. The only thing i can guarentee he will eat is a bowl of shreddies first thing and a piece of toast and some apple juice. Im no expert but i would have though the fibre contents there wouldnt be too bad.

So those with children who suffer from constipation, do you have any recipe suggestions for lunch or dinner for my very fussy 3 year old please!

Sidge Sun 30-Aug-09 20:55:32

Does he drink well? Many children have constipation not through lack of fibre but through lack of fluids.

Try offering wet foods that have hidden veg, eg soup with a wholemeal roll, wholemeal pasta with tomato sauce containing pureed veg if he avoids veg. Try pitta pockets with peanut butter, or jacket potatoes with baked beans.

reban Sun 30-Aug-09 21:07:42

yes amazingly he does drink really well. In fact because of the reflux he can make himself sick if he drinks too much or too quickly but he has got better at controlling that. I also do do a hidden veg tomato pasta sauce and they have that with wholemeal pasta two or three times a week. But the portions i can get him to eat are so small i dont know how much actual fibre he gets. on the other hand i think in general he eats too much bread and processed food. is there any foods i need to avoid with him that would compound the problem?

reban Mon 31-Aug-09 13:58:04


RosieMac Mon 31-Aug-09 14:01:30

See if you can get away with 2 teaspoons of Linwoods Flax Seeds on the Shreddies each morning. DS2 age 4 has them on her 2 Weetabix every morning, plus a small glass of apple or orange juice and we have no problems.

reban Mon 31-Aug-09 14:06:36

thanks Rosie, where would i get it from?

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