The Little Seed That Could
“In my last post I wrote about the importance of eating a good breakfast, and how protein can help children concentrate through the morning at school. Another nutrient that helps mental health and the ability to focus is omega 3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA). Egg yolks and fish contain this essential fatty acid, which is another reason why they make excellent breakfast items. However, for a couple of my kids, eating too many eggs can cause constipation, and eggs do contain a fair amount of cholesterol. A good solution I have discovered is flax seed.
Flax seed is not technically a grain, but it has a similar vitamin and mineral profile, while being far more nutritious. Here are some of the great properties of flax seed:
NB. Even though flax is high in insoluble fiber, which helps constipation, it also contains soluble fiber (dissolves in water) so make sure you drink enough water or else constipation can ensue.
More on toddler constipation
Constipation may become a problem oftentimes for the following reasons:
Having dealt with toddler constipation, I know that this is an extremely worrying time for parents. Many pediatricians will recommend a medication called Miralax to deal with this problem. However, if you prefer to use natural methods, flax seed oil is a good, healthy option because you are giving your child omega 3 oil at the same time.
Other natural ways to combat constipation are:
Always keep in mind that we are all biochemical individuals (i.e., we all have different nutritional needs) and what works for one child doesn’t for another. These are anecdotal recommendations from a mother of four; be sure to consult your pediatrician if you have concerns about your child’s health and nutrition.”