What are the effective ways to support your preschooler’s digestive system?

What are the effective ways to support your preschooler’s digestive system?

Nowadays digestive problems are found not only in adults but also in kids. Digestive problems such as bloating, constipation, gas, etc can result from a multitude of factors, but the main cause of such problems is caused because of inappropriate eating habits.

Digestion is known as to how your body takes food and makes it usable in the form of energy and nutrients. To help improve the Child’s digestive system and their access to nutrients, it is best to implement some of the strategies mentioned below. Sometimes, even by changing some of the harmful habits that overwhelm children’s system can be enough to bring about change.

OVEREATING: Eating outside becomes a restraint dish out to give a sense of value to the customers. As children do not know as to how much food to be consumed parents must tell them what the appropriate amount to consume food is. Overeating puts a lot of pressure on the digestive system which should be avoided.

Do not drink while eating: Most of them prefer to drink while eating. This combination of liquid and solid will lead to slower digestion because the digestive juices are diluted by the liquids consumed. Teach your children to drink water before 15 minutes of their meal and 30-45 minutes after a meal.

Avoid processed food:

All the packed and fast foods should be strictly removed from children’s diets who have digestive problems. Such food contains trans fats and can harm the digestion. These foods have many unnatural substances with which our body is not sure what to do with them and will be leading to cause indigestion.

avoid processed food

Avoid heavy foods: Foods such as meat, dairy is hard to digest than other foods and end up maximum digestive energy. It is good to have at least one or two vegetarian days a week which will help in better digestion.

Combinations: Certain foods can be eaten together and keep apart those foods that cannot. The concept is known as food combining which shows that the body requires a specific medium to digest certain food and that such kind of combined foods can slow down digestion. Food recommended for proper digestion during the night is wild salmon with some non-starchy vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower etc.

Eat with concentration: In a world full of distractions, most of the children prefer to have their meal while watching TV or by playing video games. Children and parents should practice mindful eating during meal times. This will help the body to digest the food properly, which was consumed.

High-fiber foods: It is suggested that both the adults and the child should consume at least 14 grams of fiber for every 1000 calories they eat. This means that children from the age of 1-3 should consume 19g of fiber and children from the age of 4-8 should consume at least 25g of fiber at any cost every day. Foods recommended are apples and pears (with the peel!), beans of all kinds, high-fiber cereals, baked potatoes, broccoli, green onions, sprouts, berries, yogurt, etc.


Give plenty of fluids:

When you get plenty of fiber and not enough of fluid it makes the matters worse. Make sure that you give your child plenty of water to drink and some milk during the day. If your child sweats a lot, make it a point to take plenty of water breaks. Parents may think that they give their kids sports drink and powerful beverages, but they are just sugary drinks like juices. Limit such kinds of juices and increase the intake of water.


Exercise is not only good for the digestive system but also for your heart, for your lungs, and your immune system. Any physical activity that will stimulate activity in the gastrointestinal tract can help you to digest your food better. Incorporate these digestive strategies into your child’s eating habits, which will lessen the burden on your child’s digestive system. Once you start to apply this your child should observe a change in the symptoms of the digestive system such as gas, bloating, or even discomfort.

healthy food for preschooler


Do not drink while eating

Avoid processed food

High-fiber foods

Give plenty of fluids

Exercise is not only good for the digestive system


Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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