Dr. Oz: Constipation
Dr. Oz took questions from his audience about their kids’ health. Dina asked about her kids, who seemed to struggle with constipation. She’s done what she can to make sure they’re hydrated to over-the-counter remedies. She said they’re having issues once a week.
Dr. Oz explained that children’s bowel movements can be erratic. Children aren’t as regular as adults. But they should have smooth bowel movements.
Dr. Oz recommended the CRAP diet. C is for cherries, R is for raisins, A is for apricots, and P is for prunes. These are all great sources of fiber. Start with one serving a day of one of these items and gradually move up to three servings, because there is a lot of fiber and too much at once will be bad.
Dr. Oz: How Many Hours Should My Child Be Sleeping?
Sherri wrote Dr. Oz about her teenager, middle schooler, and second grader, who all have different sleep schedules. She wondered how much sleep her kids need. Dr. Oz said the new sleep guidelines just came out and the recommendations are:
- 11 to 14 hours for toddlers
- 10 to 13 hours for preschoolers
- 9 to 11 hours for preteens
- 8 to 10 hours for teens
These times might fluctuate from time to time, but these guidelines are important.
Dr. Oz: How Do You Get Children to Eat Greens?
Another woman wondered how to get her daughter to eat greens. She won’t eat anything green. She lives on mac and cheese and pizza. The mother had tried begging and pleading with her but she wouldn’t budge.
Dr. Oz suggested sneaking vegetables into the meals kids love. He snuck some cauliflower in mac and cheese and some spinach in some brownies and tested it with three real kids, including the one the mother was asking about. All three of the kids enjoyed the food, although they had mixed reactions when Dr. Oz told them they had veggies in them.
Dr. Oz: Children’s Multivitamin
Dr. Oz suggested parents give their kids a children’s multivitamin to ensure picky eaters get the nutrients they need. He suggested Usanimals.