For kids who struggle with chronic constipation, a fiber-rich diet is critical. It’s also important for kids to drink plenty of water, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and get plenty of regular exercise to prevent constipation.
But for the occasional bout of constipation, you might want to use a natural remedy to get things moving. Magnesium is an excellent remedy for occasional constipation. It also soothes and relaxes the gastrointestinal tract. This is why so many over-the-counter remedies include magnesium, such as Milk of Magnesia, magnesium citrate, and various antacids.
“One of the best natural remedies I’ve found is Natural Calm,” says Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, a mom of three sons, a family physician in Lexington, KY, and coauthor of The Mommy MD Guide to the Toddler Years. “It’s a tart-tasting liquid that offers 240 milligrams of magnesium per capful, a safe and effective dose for youngsters. Children younger than age eight years should only take half a capful, 120 milligrams of magnesium, per day. It helps soothe and relax the GI tract and promote normal elimination. You don’t want to go overboard and give your kids too much magnesium, as it can cause diarrhea.”
Millions of people suffer from symptoms that can result from a lack of magnesium, including stress, fatigue, inability to sleep, muscle tension, anxiousness, nervousness, irritability, and headaches.
You can buy an eight-ounce container of Natural Calm in raspberry-lemon flavor for $13.77 at VitaCost.com.