Nutrition for Children with Cancer

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Certain medicines, changes in eating habits, and being less active can cause your child’s bowels to move less often and stools to become harder to pass (constipation). If your child is constipated, your doctor, nurses, or dietitian may suggest adding high-fiber foods to your child’s diet. Examples of high-fiber foods include whole-grain breads and cereals, raw fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, beans, and nuts. Drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day, eating at regular times, and increasing physical activity can also help relieve constipation.

Laxatives should only be used if OK’d by your doctor first. Talk to your doctor or nurse about how long your child can go without a bowel movement before you need to do something.

Last Medical Review: 06/30/2014
Last Revised: 06/30/2014