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Today on the show we’re talking about kids’ constipation which affects approximately 30% of children in the U.S. Chances are, it’s something that has affected your kids at one point or another, and around the holidays when there’s a lot of cookies and sweets, it’s a common challenge for kids. The good news? There are natural remedies and several foods to help kids poop.

In this episode, I sat down with Jessica O’Connell MBA, RD, LD, a registered dietitian, owner of Jessica O’Connell Nutrition, and co-owner of The Constipation Gurus. Through diet and natural supplements, she counsels parents on helping their kids accept more foods that help with constipation. She’s also an expert in using osmotic laxatives to help kids return to normal life without the fear of accidents and belly pain.

Jessica and I talk about the common causes of constipation, why conventional ways to treat it may fall short, and natural fixes including a ton of foods to help kids poop. She also talks about pelvic floor therapy, probiotics, and her favorite recipe for poop chocolates (yes) that can ease constipation in kids.


2:14 Let’s talk about your story!

4:41 What is the definition of constipation?

6:10 How common is kids’ constipation?

6:28 What are the reasons kids can suffer from it?

8:30 Can food intolerances lead to constipation?

8:49 For kids who have Celiac disease, how do parents go about getting a diagnosis?

12:16 How does trauma affect kids’ constipation?

13:35 How do parents go about trying to figure out the reason for constipation?

14:42 If it’s not identified or being treated, can constipation lead to other problems?

17:41 What are some conventional ways to treat it?

26:16 What are natural remedies for kids’ constipation?

29:28 What are the best foods to help kids poop?

36:24 Should kids take probiotics?


Jessica mentions that research shows fruits such as kiwis and dates can help with kids’ constipation.

Learn more about Jessica and The Constipation Gurus on their website.

Sign up for their Poop Bootcamp.

Follow The Constipation Gurus on Instagram and Facebook.


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Julie Revelant teaches parents how to raise children who are healthy, adventurous eaters. Through blog posts and videos, her goal is to shift the conversation from short-term, problem picky eating to lifelong, healthy eating and healthy futures. Julie has written for FoxNews.com, FIRST for Women magazine, WhatToExpect.com, EverydayHealth.com, RD.com, TheBump.com, Care.com, and Babble.com.