Hemorrhoids, although not a major health threat, can be an unpleasant and rather embarrassing topic to discuss. They are most often the consequence of straining due to constipation, which is frequently a result of improper diet, lack of exercise, insufficient water intake, stress, laxative abuse, and/or other factors.
How do you prevent your child from getting hemorrhoids and instill proper toilet hygiene habits?
There are simple yet radically effective ways to help your child avoid hemorrhoids, and they focus on preventing constipation.
Have your child consume fiber-rich foods like vegetables. Ideally, the amount depends on your child’s nutritional type, which helps identify foods that are best for a person’s body type (i.e. Carb, Protein, or Mixed Type). Vegetable fiber provides the bulk necessary for your child’s stool to pass comfortably through his intestines.
Whole organic flaxseeds are recommended if extra fiber is needed. You can also try using organic psyllium (just avoid any non-organic fiber), which helps address both constipation and diarrhea. If your child is not used to acquiring much fiber in his diet, have him proceed slowly – he may get gas and bloating as his digestive system gets used to the additional fiber.
Give your child plenty of pure, clear water, either from a clean spring or using a high-quality water filter. Thirst and the color of your child’s urine should guide him when it comes to proper hydration – dark yellow urine means he’s probably not getting enough water. The combination of plenty of fiber and water helps soften stools, which move easily through your colon and lessen the need for straining.
Other tips include exercising regularly; taking a high-quality probiotic; and managing emotional stress through simple and natural tools such as the Emotional Freedom Technique, an energy psychology tool intended to help relieve pain, cravings, and negative feelings.
Start ‘Em Young on Good Toilet Habits
Routines and regular practices give children a sense of security, so make sure you are inculcating in them only the best, most health-promoting habits. Toilet hygiene is one critical area, so teach your children to:
- Allow their body to work naturally by using the toilet whenever they have the urge to have a bowel movement. Tell them to never delay, which can cause or worsen constipation.
- Don’t sit on the toilet for prolonged periods of time, which may increase pressure on the rectum. Limit toilet time to three to five minutes per sitting, getting up and walking around if necessary.
- Don’t strain excessively to have a bowel movement. Only gentle pressure – for no more than 30 seconds per attempt – should be exerted. Teach them to use their abdominal and pelvic muscles.
- Squat on the toilet. Hemorrhoids are hardly seen in countries where people use a squatting position for bodily functions.
- Avoid aggressively rubbing the anal area with toilet paper or other wipes, because this can further irritate and inflame the skin.
- Clean up without using soap, which can act as an irritant. Simply rinse the area well using a bidet (a bidet you can attach to your toilet is economical and easy to use and install) and gently pat dry with a soft towel. In situations where rinsing isn’t possible, a disposable moistened wipe may be used.
- If your child already has hemorrhoids, you may use beneficial extracts and supplements like Butcher’s broom (can help tighten and strengthen veins), horse chestnut, bromalin, and aloe vera extract. You may also give them a sitz bath, which involves immersing your child’s hips and buttocks in warm water. Additionally, you may apply cold compresses to the anal area, keep the area dry to fight moisture, apply a coat of petroleum jelly for relief, and wipe with cotton moistened with witch hazel.
Katrina Pascual writes for Mercola.com. She writes about the use of high-quality water filter, bidet, and other tools to optimize child and family hygiene and health.