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How Does Begin Health Prebiotics Work for Kids' Constipation?

Published December 03, 2023

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Constipation in kids can be distressing for both little ones and parents. The strategy for constipation relief will look different in every kiddo based on their condition and overall health status. Specific foods such as prebiotics can change the environment of the microbiome to help with digestion, so diet changes in particular can be beneficial for all toddlers and kids as they continue to develop and grow. Consuming fiber such as prebiotics can also help alleviate some of the symptoms that stem from constipation. Let’s review how Growing Up Prebiotics work to help kid’s constipation and if it’s right for your little ones.

Reasons for Constipation in Kids

Constipation impacts bowel movements by changing poop texture and frequency. It’s a prevalent issue among kids and can stem from a variety of factors such as:

  • Dietary habits - high intake of processed foods [1]

  • Dehydration

  • Stress

  • Medication

  • Changes in potty routine

  • Inadequate fiber intake

The Role of Prebiotics in Digestive Health

Begin Health's prebiotics contain fibers from the chicory root plant that act as healthy nutrition for the beneficial bacteria in the gut. A thriving microbiome full of friendly bacteria serves as the foundation to good gut health, promoting a better environment to help with a happier digestion and regularity. In addition, Growing Up Prebiotics also contain 2’FL-HMOs (human milk oligosaccharides), the third most abundant prebiotic in human breast milk to support immunity and a healthy development in kids [2].

Begin Health Expert Tip: Wondering if Growing Up Prebiotics is dairy-free? Check out what our Begin Health Scientist says about our Prebiotics and Lactose Intolerance and what our Dietitian says about Prebiotics and Dairy-Free Diets.

Research on Prebiotics and Constipation in Kids

Studies have shown that prebiotics can support constipation relief in kids by promoting the growth of bifidobacteria in the gut [1]. Bifidobacteria can help increase stool frequency in little ones that are struggling with constipation [3]. Additional data on consuming prebiotics from chicory root fiber show that consistent intake can soften stools and promote bowel regularity within six weeks, easing the discomfort associated with constipation.

Incorporating Growing Up Prebiotics in Your Kid’s Diet

Begin Health's Growing Up Prebiotics are designed to be consumed as a part of a daily routine to help support digestive health in kids. Here are some ways to incorporate prebiotics into your kiddo’s day:

  • Mixing a serving into your kiddo’s water, favorite beverage or yogurt

  • Blending into smoothies and sneaking in some extra fruits or vegetables

  • Adding into soups for a nutritious and comforting meal

Summary: Begin Health's Growing Up Prebiotics contain chicory root fiber and 2’FL-HMOs which can help address kids' constipation symptoms by fostering a healthy gut environment that leads to softer, more frequent poops. Research suggests that regularly consuming prebiotics, along with a healthy diet and lifestyle can play a pivotal role in alleviating gastrointestinal discomfort and promoting regularity in bowel movements [1].


[1] Closa-Monasterolo, R., Ferré, N., Castillejo-DeVillasante, G., Luque, V., Gispert-Llauradó, M., Zaragoza-Jordana, M., Theis, S., & Escribano, J. (2016). The use of inulin-type fructans improves stool consistency in constipated children. A randomised clinical trial: pilot study. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 68(5), 587–594.

[2] Hill DR, Chow JM, Buck RH. Multifunctional Benefits of Prevalent HMOs: Implications for Infant Health. Nutrients. 2021 Sep 25;13(10):3364. doi: 10.3390/nu13103364. PMID: 34684364; PMCID: PMC8539508.

[3] Tabbers MM, de Milliano I, Roseboom MG, Benninga MA. Is Bifidobacterium breve effective in the treatment of childhood constipation? Results from a pilot study. Nutr J. 2011 Feb 23;10:19. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-10-19. PMID: 21345213; PMCID: PMC3048518.

May Zhu, RDN

May Zhu, RDN

May is the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and nutrition expert at Begin Health.