Dietary changes to include plenty of fiber and fluids, along with exercise and regular bathroom habits, are some remedies for toddler constipation, advises WebMD. Applying a warm, damp cloth to the anus and inserting a petroleum-jelly-coated cotton swab into the anus can stimulate a bowel movement, states eMedicineHealth.
Increasing the amount of fiber and fluids in a toddler's diet helps soften the stool so that it passes more easily, explains WebMD. Whole grains, fruits and fruit juices, vegetables, beans and cereals are high-fiber foods to include. Limiting foods that have a binding effect, such as bananas and dairy products, is helpful as well, notes Baby Center.
Ensuring that a toddler receives some exercise daily helps circulate blood to all the organs and keep the bowels moving, states Baby Center. Massaging the toddler's belly may help too. Encouraging bathroom use regularly throughout the day, particularly following meals, is helpful in preventing constipation, notes WebMD. Allowing a child to soak in a tub of warm water with 2 tablespoons of baking soda can help relax him enough to move his bowels, advises eMedicineHealth.
In severe cases of constipation, a doctor may recommend a stool softener, such as fiber supplements or glycerin suppositories, according to Mayo Clinic. He may also suggest use of a laxative or enema.