5 Tips to Help Improve Digestive Tolerance

The information included in this material is for informational purposes only. Always seek medical advice for any concerns about health and nutrition.

Signs of digestive intolerances such as colic, flatulence, and constipation worry many moms. What causes these digestive intolerances? How can they be managed or prevented?

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract plays an important function that contributes to a child’s overall health. It is where food is digested, absorbed, and where waste products are excreted. Inside the gastrointestinal tract are good bacteria called probiotics, which have been shown to boost immunity and improve cognition, which is related to performing brain tasks, in children.

Unabsorbed food plays a big role in causing maldigestion and the subsequent symptoms associated with it. A child with poor digestion will experience inadequate nutrient absorption. Undigested nutrients may cause discomfort and result in stomach pains, colic, flatulence, and constipation.

Here are five recommendations you can follow to help improve your child’s digestive tolerance.

1. Make sure your little ones stay hydrated.

Adequate hydration helps in the digestion and absorption of food. Letting your little ones drink adequate amounts of water helps them to liquify food for easier breakdown and ultimately, absorption. 

2. Make sure your child’s milk drinks are appropriately diluted.

If you are using a milk product, make sure to follow the appropriate preparation guide found on the label. Adding more milk powder than recommended can make your child feel constipated and dehydrated. By feeding them with adequate portions on a consistent schedule, your little one will be able to sustain their energy throughout the day while stimulating proper digestion.

3. Give your child enough probiotics to promote a healthy gut.

Breast milk contains essential nutrients and a unique blend of prebiotics and Human Milk Probiotics that can promote healthy digestion in children. If breast milk is not an option, consult your doctor for an alternative feeding solution. A milk product that contains Human Milk Probiotics is critical not only in their brain development and immune system but also in preventing common digestive problems.

4. Encourage healthy eating habits. 

Breast milk is best for young children since it is a rich source of dietary fiber as well as the appropriate amounts of water that your child needs to maintain stool consistency and prevent constipation. Encourage your child to drink milk in the morning and before bedtime for optimal growth, early development, and healthy digestion. However, if breast milk is no longer an option, consult your doctor for an alternative feeding solution. A milk product that contains dietary fibers and Human Milk Probiotics will aid healthy digestion and optimal growth and development.

5. Consider choosing organic for your little one.

You might want to try organic food and organic milk to limit your child’s exposure to food allergens and preservatives. Unwanted chemicals and ingredients, especially in milk, can cause digestive problems and allergies.

Final Note on Common Digestive Problems

Keep in mind that digestive problems in young children are often common conditions that can be improved by giving your child optimal nutrients from the milk and food they eat and by helping them stay active. The feeding choices you make for your child will ultimately influence their lifelong health. If your little one is experiencing serious digestive problems, seek immediate medical advice from your doctor to give you guidance on health and nutrition support.

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