Try eliminating all dairy foods from you child's diet.
I admit, I was skeptical of a dairy-free diet at first. Kids need milk to grow strong bones, right? And besides, my daughter loved milk and cheese - - that was mostly what she ate! I half-heartedly tried going off of dairy a couple of times and it didn't seem to make a difference in her encopresis symptoms. Finally, her condition got so bad that I was willing to give it another try.
Here’s why a dairy-free diet might help your child’s constipation and encopresis symptoms:
1) Dairy is constipating in many people. Many adults and children suffer from constipation caused by dairy but are unaware of the cause.
2) Your child may be lactose intolerant. Dairy foods are made up of two main parts, the milk sugar (also called lactose) and the milk protein (sometimes called casein on food labels). If your child's digestive tract does not handle the milk sugar well, it can cause constipation and encopresis.
3) Your child may have a dairy allergy. Your child may be able to handle lactose ok, but not the milk protein. Some people are also allergic to both the milk sugar and the milk protein. An allergy to any kind of dairy may cause constipation and encopresis symptoms.
Here’s how to get started on a dairy-free diet:
Sorry, milk. You're outta here!
Replace dairy milk with almond milk.
Eat ice cream when the kids are in bed!
3) Plan to not eat out for a week or two. It is hard to find dairy-free food at restaurants. It is also hard to be certain that the food you are given is really, truly dairy free (even if you've requested it!). Plan to eat at home for a few weeks so that you are certain of what your child is eating.
Use non-dairy butter substitutes. It's not as good as real butter, but it tastes ok.
Have you tried a dairy-free diet with your child? What were the results?