So your T21 kiddo is constipated, right? This is so incredibly common in our community the majority of my clients with Down syndrome have fallen in this boat. In fact I would say this is often the main reason for their parents seeking out my help.
Scientifically speaking, in my master’s of nutrition program, we learned that constipation is when the large intestine removes too much water thus making stools hard and compact, but the question is why is this happening so often to our kids with Down syndrome?
If you are looking to relieve constipation in the general population the answer is typically pretty easy.
This is of course slightly exaggerated, but you get the point. Other tips may include go gluten free or visit a chiropractor, drink more water, increase fiber, etc., but in all seriousness that’s really about it.
Now you take your child with Down syndrome and try to fix their constipation and it is like a whole complex condition that may need multiple angles to be resolved. Now I would recommend taking action and doing the same things you would do for any other child, but you are most likely going to have to add in some other tricks.
Also keep in mind, Down syndrome or not chronic constipation is not always caused by the same thing!!
So what is causing this chronic constipation in our children with Down syndrome. I think the better question is what is NOT causing this issue.
Heavy metals, yeast, pathogens, processed foods including sugar, dairy, gluten, soy, corn, dehydration, low muscle tone, low enzyme count, inflammation, compromised detox pathways, thyroid dysfunction and more could all be contributing factors.
What I am saying is chronic constipation is systematic. We need to address all of the root causes of the constipation in order to be successful at allowing the body to heal.
I bet you didn’t get that advice from your doctor, am I right?
Instead doctors tell you to not worry about changing anything else about your child’s lifestyle and give them Miralax daily to resolve the symptom of constipation.
You see constipation is a symptom and most people just want to suppress their symptoms and I can totally empathize with that, but symptoms are our body’s way of telling us that something is just not right. So by suppressing the symptom of constipation through the use of a drug like Miralax you are ignoring the body’s message that something is not right.
In other words, you are just putting on a band-aid. How long can your child wear that band-aid made of toxins?
Why is Miralax harmful?
Miralax contains PEG 3350 which is a toxin that is also found in anti-freeze. According to this news article, over 20,000 adverse effects have been reported and over 100 deaths. In addition, even the label warns not to give to children under 17 and for no longer than 7 days. There have also been reports of children experiencing neuropsychiatric symptoms such as seizures, tics, and behavior issues.
Do you think that these issues may be hard to diagnose in a child with Down syndrome?
Considering our kids already have neurological issues going on I would say heck yes and your doctor may very likely brush it under the rug and putting it under the umbrella of “things that kids with Down syndrome do.”
So why is your pediatrician or GI doctor recommending this for your child? You would have to ask them that question.
In the meantime, I highly recommend you look for natural alternatives.
So what should you do instead?
Feed your child a whole food diet high in fiber with foods like fruit, vegetables, and legumes.
Remove dairy, gluten, soy, corn, processed foods and sugar.
Give your child plenty of filtered water. Remove fruit juice.
Add in healthy fats such as avocado, ghee, coconut oil, and extra virgin olive oil.
Eat fermented foods such as dairy free yogurt, kombucha, and pickles.
Research detox baths and start giving them regularly.
Do these things for 30 days with no cheating.
If your child is still having chronic constipation after, seek out a health professional who understands the nutritional and biochemical needs of a child with Down syndrome.
The above diet I recommend will help your child be healthier even if he or she does not struggle with constipation.
I believe your child with Down syndrome can thrive!
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In abundant health,