Published on in Spina Bifida Family Connection
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
- Combine cereal and milk, let stand a half hour.
- Add egg and oil, beat well.
- Add remainder of ingredients, beat until just combined.
- Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.