Constipation in childhood cancer - nutrition advice

Constipation in childhood cancer - nutrition advice

Constipation is common in childhood cancer and can lead to an anal fissure which could result in an infection. High fibre foods and extra fluids to drink can help a child who is constipated.

What can help my child with constipation?

Constipation is common and can lead to an anal fissure which could result in an infection.

See: Constipation due to chemotherapy

High fibre foods and extra fluids to drink can help a child who is constipated. Fluid requirements depend on age and your child's dietitian or doctor will advise about the requirements for your child. A daily serving of one of the high fibre foods below will help your child if they are constipated:

  • wholemeal bread, wholegrain bread and bran muffins
  • wholegrain cereals such as Weetbix, Fruitybix and porridge; bran added to cereals
  • all fruit and vegetables especially with the skins left on and especially corn.
  • kiwifruit and Kiwi-crush (crushed kiwifruit from the freezer section in the supermarket), prunes and prune juice

Where to go for information and support

On this website:
Nutrition and childhood cancer
Childhood cancer: Where to go for more information and support

All the information in the Childhood cancer section of this website have been written by health professionals who work in the field of paediatric oncology. They have been reviewed by the members of the National Child Cancer Network (NZ). Medical information is authorised by the National Child Cancer Network Clinical Leader.

This page last reviewed 22 June 2013.
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