A high-fiber diet is crucial to a successful bowel regimen. Fiber pulls water into the intestines, making stool soft and easy to pass. A general formula for determining your child’s daily fiber requirement is:

[Your child’s age] + 5-10 = recommended daily grams of fiber

For example, a 5-year-old child would need 10 to 15 grams of fiber daily. Fiber is found in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and beans. An easy trick is to add 1 teaspoon of Benefiber® powder to soft food. Benefiber is tasteless and 1 teaspoon equals 2 grams of fiber.

Try these delicious bran muffins with butter or jam, one muffin has 4 grams of fiber.


  • 2 cups Kellogg’s® All-Bran® cereal
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 and ¼ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ½ cup raisins


  1. Combine cereal and milk, let stand a half hour.
  2. Add egg and oil, beat well.
  3. Add remainder of ingredients, beat until just combined.
  4. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

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