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How to help toddler tummy problems

Painful toddler tummy problems, including toddler diarrhoea and toddler constipation, are horrible for parents and little ones’s alike. Here’s a list of things to help keep your toddler’s upset stomach under control.

2 mins to read Jan 27, 2021


  • Look out for frequent watery poop. This is a sign your toddler has diarrhoea, so ask your healthcare provider (HCP) for advice.
  • Wash hands often and practice good hygiene to stop it from spreading.
  • Rehydrate your toddler after every bout of watery poop with 100-200ml of fluid.
  • Avoid sugary drinks. Drinks with artificial sweeteners aren’t allowed in foods for children under three years old.
  • Look out for dark, strong smelling pee, as this can be a sign of dehydration.
  • Ask your pharmacist or HCP if rehydration drinks are advisable.
  • Only give your toddler anti-diarrhoea medicine as recommended by your HCP.
  • Keep your toddler home from nursery while ill and up to 48 hours after their last bout of diarrhoea.
  • If your toddler doesn’t poop at least three time a week it could be a sign of constipation.
  • Give your toddler more fluids, ideally water or diluted fruit juice.
  • Make sure they’re getting plenty of fruit and veg in their diet.
  • Make sure your little one stays active as this can help the bowels to keep moving.
  • A gentle toddler tummy massage — moving hands clockwise — after a warm relaxing bath can help constipation to pass.
  • Avoid over-the-counter medication for toddler constipation unless recommended by your HCP.
  • For more on getting to the bottom of your little one’s upset stomach, read Troubleshooting tummy troubles.


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